The Beginning & The End: The Zero Step of The Hero’s Journey

[fade in]   If this series is new to you, I suggest you watch this episode before moving onto The Call to Adventure. The beginning is the end, the end is the beginning. [fade out]   [fade in] Hello, Spiritual Seekers, and welcome to the final Hero’s Journey episode of Think Spiritual Podcasts.   No. […]

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Emotions Are Your Cure – MCU Hulk/Banner’s Hero’s Journey Part 3

We ended the last Hulk episode of Think Spiritual Podcasts with our discovery that Bruce Banner has to be angrier than Hulk in order to keep the beast at bay.   Now, there is nothing wrong with anger or with being angry from time to time. But constant anger? That is not a sustainable way […]

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Two Important Lessons from James J. Braddock – Cinderella Man (2005)

When we fight an opponent of any size, we have to ask ourselves, are we fighting because we hate what’s ahead of us or are we fighting to protect what is behind us? It’s important to know the difference, my Dear Heroes, because the ocean between those two viewpoints is deep and dangerous. As I […]

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Freedom to Live: Step 17 of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

I know, I know I keep saying the same thing about these last few stages of the Hero’s Journey: we don’t see them fleshed out in modern films. I keep emphasizing this just in case new Watchers and Listeners jump in on a later episode and I really want you to understand that these steps […]

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(MCU) Hulk’s/Bruce Banner’s Personal Hero’s Journey – Part 2

We’ve seen Bruce Banner take one Hero’s Journey in Ang Lee’s Hulk – a movie we decided is not a superhero film after all, but, instead, a portrayal of how we can deal with and heal our past and/or inherited traumas. Go take a look or listen to that episode if you haven’t already because […]

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Master of Two Worlds: Step 16 of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

To put it mildly, these last few weeks have been interesting and this week has been tragic for many people in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. I would like to comment on that event, but the perpetrator’s motive has not been clarified. I believe I know what his motive was, but I won’t surmise […]

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Hulk’s / Bruce Banner’s Personal Hero’s Journey – Part 1

I’ve talked about a number of superheroes on Think Spiritual Podcasts. I’ve gravitated heavily towards Thor Odinson from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I’ve heavily criticized Batman at times – don’t worry, a positive commentary on the Dark Knight series is coming. And before anyone yells at me about this video’s thumbnail, let me emphasize […]

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The Crossing of the Return Threshold – Step 15 of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

These last few steps of the Hero’s Journey are highly interwoven. So highly, in fact, that I had considered incorporating all of them into a single episode. However, I have chosen to not do so as that hasn’t been the pattern of this series. As I’ve been saying throughout all of these Return Stage episodes, […]

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Rescue from Without – Step 14 of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

Half of the purpose of every Hero’s Journey is to go down into the depths of your Soul. To unleash your True Self and work your way towards being the best and highest version of you that you can possibly be. And all of this can’t be fully achieved until you begin to make the […]

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The Magic Flight – Step 13 of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

This Hero’s Journey series may become quite the mess as we continue this exploration of the Return stage of the journey. Why is that? Because, uh, I’m actually living this portion of the journey. You are witnesses to my fight to bring the Elixir of Life back to, well, you. I’m in the midst of […]

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