Biography Of A Heroic Journey
“Our life is a heroic venture.” Andreas Maeckler
On hearing this subject, some people think it means putting on a heroic costume during carnival and appearing in the crowd as Superman or Supergirl. Doing this can be an enjoyable form of a heroic journey. You can even do a few exercises during the writing course in which you act out the role of your favourite hero, heroine or role model. Some men might enjoy imagining themselves as their favourite pop singer, footballer or fictional hero like James Bond. Women may imagine themselves as a beautiful filmstar, like Marilyn Monroe, or a role model like Mother Teresa. In this biographical course, however, we go further than that, and we pursue the subject in a more profound and substantial manner, resulting in real benefits for your life.
How do you react in a crisis, when the meaning of life seems lost? A positive response is to ‘pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again’, as the old song tells us. So, get on your way! Every heroic venture is also a quest for the meaning of your life! Use this writing course to attain your aims in life through your biographic work in an almost playful and magical manner.
Colourful and exciting characters and symbols will cross your path: gods and angels, warriors, dancers, entertainers, merry-makers, the witch, the fool, clowns and jesters … and many other amusing personalities! You can expect roller-coaster rides to the dark depths and the bright heights, hells and heavens – and best of all – all this lies within yourself, concealed in your biography. However, don’t be afraid! Have you ever looked at your life from the perspective of the tormented Prometheus who knows that Hercules will soon release him? To set yourself positive goals is one of the basic principles of the heroic journey and as we act them out in this course you will ultimately regain your original strength, vitality and energy.
In this course, we want to work at the uniqueness of each biography, namely in the genre of automythography – a genre which is as old as mankind, although the term appears in a new guise. We interpret ourselves and the world the way we perceive and comprehend it to be. Hence, the heroic quest is also an interpretation of the world around us. As the myth researcher Joseph Campbell formulates nicely in his title, the hero appears in a thousand personalities. In this course, you will pursue the subject further: the hero appears in as many facets as there are people, thus, every life can be interpreted as a heroic journey! We will often examine this thesis during this very unusual and exciting course.
We look at your life as a heroic venture which starts at the beginning and leads from adventure to adventure eventually returning to its origin. This biographic writing course helps you to interpret your life positively, even in the midst of loss, grief, and pain. You will be surprised how mythological your biography appears, when you think about it!
Are we not born to prove ourselves?
“As a basic pattern of mythology worldwide”, so we read in the online-encyclopedia Wikipedia (German edition), “above all American myth researcher Joseph Campbell has investigated the motive of the heroic journey. Based on this pattern, the heroic journey has had great influence, both, on therapy, and on literature.”
My aim in developing this writing course has therefore been to support you in working out the strong, heroic aspects of your life and to build a structure around it. By the time you have completed your mythological exploration, you will be very proud of your self-portrait as it manifests itself within the panorama of your life.
The monthly participation fee amounts to USD 39.00 and you can cancel it at any time without giving any reasons. I hate small print, long contracts, and hidden costs, therefore, you will find no such terms in any of my contracts! Alternatively, you can also order an improved half-year (25 biography worksheets, USD 215.00) and the complete course (51 biography worksheets, USD 400.00).
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Take a look at the list of 51 biography worksheets below! You decide on the subscription and of course you don’t have to pay for this first worksheet. Your participation in this course, which consists of 51 biography letters (whole extent approximately 300 pages) begins with your registration and the receipt of the first monthly payment. You will receive your biography letters weekly – generally on Wednesdays – as an email attachement in PDF format.
You can start with the writing course at any time!
List of 51 biography letters
Discover the hero in yourself
No. 01: Staying alive in your own biography – why you should interpret your biography as a heroic journey and write it
No. 02: Introduction: structures of the heroic journey
No. 03: The archetypal array of characters in your journey
No. 04: The birth of the heroines and heroes – how you came into the world
No. 05: Nomen est omen – names of the heroes
No. 06: The cinema in your head – basic rules of the thrilling narrative (part 1)
No. 07: The cinema in your head – basic rules of the thrilling narrative (part 2)
No. 08: The first recollections
No. 09: Early childhood and youth
No. 10: First fights and conquests
No. 11: Working Karl May’s text: “My childhood”
No. 12: The tension of the opposing forces – basic rules of the lively narration (part 3)
No. 13: The outlining of characters – basic rules of the lively narration (part 4)
No. 14: Writing dialogues – basic rules of the lively narration (part 5)
No. 15: Headlines and introduction – basic rules of the lively narration (part 6)
Departure – on your way to the world of adventure
No. 16: The call of the herald
No. 17: The refusal to follow the call
No. 18: Friends and allies
No. 19: The mentor of the hero
No. 20: Of warriors and female warriors
No. 21: Ruling and being ruled
No. 22: The high priest – the high priestess
No. 23: The male and female magicians
No. 24: The lovers
No. 25: Fool, dancer, trickster and comedian
No. 26: Friend or enemy – encounter with the changeable character
No. 27: Meet your own shadow
No. 28: The guardians of the threshold to the gates of the new world
No. 29: Example: Karl May’s infernal and heroic journey
No. 30: End of part II – reworking (part 1)
Per aspera ad astra – on rough path to the stars
No. 31: No return – the first challenges
No. 32: Meet the adversary in the lion’s den
No. 33: The battle against Evil
No. 34: Nightmarish journeys and pandemonium
No. 35: Revelation of holy secrets: meetings with wise people
No. 36: The ultimate proving – vicinity of death and the light of the summit
No. 37: The hero’s reward: the elixir of success
No. 38: Return and resurrection
No. 39: Coming home
Visiting the gods – mirroring yourself in different heroes
No. 40: Heroic types – how we invented Hercules and Supergirl
No. 41: In search of immortality – Gilgamesch and Enkidu
No. 42: In search of the holy Grail: King Arthur and the knights of the round table
No. 43: The cunning Odysseus
No. 44: Enchant the world with art: Orpheus, the singer
No. 45: Foreseeing and warning: Cassandra
No. 46: Avenger of the dishonoured – Robin Hood
No. 47: Jeanne d’Arc, the fighter
No. 48: We heroes in the wild west: Leatherstocking & Co.
No. 49: Beginning and end – writing the preface and epilogue
No. 50: Proof reading your manuscript for printing
No. 51: End of course with extended reading list and questionnaire
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8th of April, 2011