Do you think that you shall enter the Garden of Bliss without such trials as came to those who passed before you? --Joseph Campbell A series of tests, tasks, or ordeals that we must undergo to begin transformation. We explore the ‘dark forest’ territory within us and around us and succeed in attaining the ultimate achievement of the quest. We must walk into the depths of the unknown and metaphorical death in order to know what makes us live
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” Heraclitus Once the hero's transformation is complete, he or she returns to the Ordinary World with the elixir, a great treasure or a new understanding to share. This can be love, wisdom, freedom, knowledge. It doesn't have to be a tangible prize. A circle has been closed, bringing deep healing, wellness, and wholeness to the Ordinary World. Returning with the elixir means the hero can now implement change in his daily life and use the lessons of the adventure to heal his wounds.