What is the Master of Two Worlds?

This is the final entry in a series of posts detailing the hero’s journey.  It expands on this post: The Hero’s Journey.  See the earlier posts here: The Mundane World, The Call to Adventure, Crossing the Threshold and The Path of Trials.

Reaching the end

At the end of the journey, the hero has changed.  It is this change that provides the mantle of Master of Two Worlds.  The lessons and skills learned in the new world allow for success (and mastery) in the old world.  This change in the hero is the whole reason the story exists.  Without change we’d have no interest.  Who wants to read 500 pages about a boy who lives under a staircase?

With this transformation in the hero, we also see a change in the world.  Simply put, the changed hero changes the world.  This can come from Peter Parker’s assumption of the Spiderman identity or from Luke Skywalker’s ascent from farm boy to rebel leader.  New York City is changed by Spiderman and the galaxy is changed by fighter pilot, Skywalker.

What’s next?

While it may seem comfy to hold the title of Master of Two Worlds, the reality is that the next journey is just around the corner.  While your new world may seem spiffy right now, it will soon turn into another Mundane World from which you’ll be waiting to be called away.

The fact is, you are on a hero’s journey right now.  When this one ends you will begin another one – sometimes multiple journeys at a time.  The strength of this model is that it applies to you at all times.

  1. You might be sitting at your desk in the Mundane World wondering when things are going to get better.
  2. You might have just received a Call to Adventure suggesting a new career and are wondering whether to accept it or not.
  3. You might be entering college – a new world with a Threshold to be crossed.
  4. More than likely you’re in the middle of the Path of Trials overcoming challenges, learning new skills, and meeting new people.
  5. Maybe you’ve come out the other end and are now capable of changing the world with what you’ve learned – the Master of Two Worlds.

Where are you?  What step are you on?  Please consider describing your current stage at length in the comments.

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2 Responses to What is the Master of Two Worlds?

  1. Lainey December 19, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    I think you come to a point in life where you feel success, happiness, and fulfillment. Whether it be completion of college degrees, career, marriage, children, or making large purchases such as a home. You come to a positive fork in the road where you feel everything is “in its place” and you feel complete.

    This is the end of one journey, for where another could begin. But you must allow it. You must be completely open to understanding and respecting that we do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, and constellations.

    For every hero journey completed there is a new untraveled path that leads into uncharted territory where you need to aply your last “hero journey” lessons learned to the next in order acheive your desires.

    The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.

  2. matt December 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Thanks Lainey, that was a great summary of the hero’s journey. I liked this line – “We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another”

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