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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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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The Deeper Meaning of Kung Fu Panda 3 (aka How to Attain Enlightenment)

Welcome to my Deeper Meaning of Movies review of Kung Fu Panda 3. If you haven’t watched or listened to my first two Kung Fu Panda videos or podcasts, I highly recommend that you do so. I also suggest that you check out my last Hero’s Journey episode about the Refusal of Return. Kung Fu […]

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Refusal of Return – Step 12 of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey

On October 3, 2019, we’ll press pause on our Kung Fu Panda series and look at the little-seen Return stage of the Hero’s Journey. Do you have children or do you remember being the type of child who cried and complained whenever your parents took you somewhere. And then, when it was time to leave, […]

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The Deeper Meaning of Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

I’m not sure how to start today’s episode. This is number two of a trilogy. I’ve never done a trilogy before. This is kind of weird. Another episode talking about the same characters on a journey to a place they’ve never been to and while on that journey, the main character deals with some past […]

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