The Hero’s Journey

Last night I was watching a video presentation by David Wilcock, a noted new age thinker and lecturer, on Youtube. In his presentation he mentioned the hero’s journey as an archetype which dominates not only man as he exists on earth, but man as he exists everywhere in the universe. Obviously, he thinks that we are not alone in the universe, and that those that accompany us look a lot like us.

The hero’s journey begins in the known and travels into the unknown, all the way to a place of uncertainty out of which a return trip to the known is possible over the new path one finds because of the uncertainty. There are several very good diagrams of this journey available on the web. Here is one that is pretty easy to understand.

Journey with the hero

I’ve been acquainted with the archetype of the hero’s journey for some time, ever since I read both Carl Jung and  Joseph Campbell when I was young. Listening to David Wilcock talk about it, however, made me see something that I had not seen before, the similarity of the hero’s journey to the structure of the neuron. If you see the hero’s journey as a journey that begins with many sources, many influences, paring down to one which provides for the return you may see it too. It is similar to how the dendrites in a neuron gather all of the synaptic signals and pour them into the nerve cell. When a threshold is reached the neuron fires. In a way the firing of the neuron is very much like the return journey and the threshold is very much like the void or the abyss which the hero must cross. Here is a picture of a neuron to help you see the similarity.

neuron

Neurons do not exist singly. They function within themselves, but they rely on their connection within a network in order to mean anything. They are about how many connections they can recruit, or be recruited by. To see the similarity to the hero’s journey only imagine a whole group of neurons finding their meaning amongst their activity. In something like the conditioning experiment that resulted in Pavlov’s dog a researcher provided the direction for the circuit over which the group of neurons found meaning. They understood they were about food. Once enough neurons had been recruited the understanding that food would be coming upon the sound of a bell was set up. When the bell was rung the dog salivated, even if there was no food within sight. The hero has to set up a similar story, only no one is providing any direction to help it along. The hero has to find meaning to life which reaches beyond the mere survival that the dog was concerned with.

The hero must set up a spiritual understanding within the network that is affected by his or her journey. Each neuron within that network eventually operates by means of a circuit that causes the understanding to trip the same responses as the hero’s journey depicts, and which the neuron naturally functions according to, within each of the neurons of the circuit. When more neurons are recruited the circuit, and the lesson, becomes stronger. By this we can see that certain things, like selfishness, may hinder the circuit because they essentially distract it. Other things, like love, may actually promote the circuit. In short, understanding the basic truths that famous heroes have delivered to us is made easier if we can see with eyes of love and forgiveness rather than eyes of selfishness and covetousness. And the more time and effort we put into it, the better we can get at understanding it. The circuit will have recruited more neurons and the lesson, because it mirrors how the neuron actually functions, will spread.

If you have been reading my blog you know that I have put forth an hypothesis concerning how the universe came about. That hypothesis relies on the idea that everything is made of energy. It also posits that same energy is what forms the proton, the basis of matter, and that it is also what forms space-time. Space-time in this theory is really an extension of the proton, logically formed by its relationship to the base energy from which it sprang. Energy traveling over space-time is directed back to the proton because of the way that the layers of space-time direct it. In being directed back they reform or confirm the proton, giving it existence over time. That’s a mouth full. Take it for what you will, but do see the similarity to what the hero’s journey and the neuron reveal.

Here’s an image from a video I made to help understand what I just said about my theory.

Energy Meeting

Also think about the Tabernacle and the Temple in the Old Testament. Within these the Ark of the Covenant resided. The Ark of the Covenant is very much like the proton in my theory, or the return part of the hero’s journey. All of the experience of the Tabernacle and the Temple was about leading one to concentrate and focus upon the Ark. They both had inputs, in the form of sacrificial alters. They both had places where activity took place, both regularly and according to constraints. Here too the amount of repetition, as in recruiting a neural network, seemed to mean something.

Here is an image of the Temple layout to help you see the similarity to what I have been talking about. Here it is laid out opposite from the nerve cell example, but it has the same understanding.

temple dual layout

So, there is something to the hero’s journey. There is something to the Temple and its rituals. There may be something to my hypothesis. They all rely upon us and the way our brains function to help us understand a spiritual truth about life, that love is more important than anything else. That how, if we don’t embrace love as a way of living, we can get short circuited, especially if we are too selfish.

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