The Hero's Journey with Danielle LaPorte

In today's episode of The Embodied Podcast, I am honored to be joined by Danielle LaPorte where we break down Joseph Campbell's hero's journey.

You can find a written breakdown of the podcast below, but here's a little bit more about Danielle's impact on the world:

Danielle LaPorte is a member of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, a group who, in Oprah Winfrey’s words, “is uniquely connecting the world together with a spiritual energy that matters.”

She is the creator of The Desire Map series—the book has been translated into ten languages, a day planner system, and online courses that over 250,000 people have tapped into. There are 500+ Desire Map Facilitators running programs in 23 countries.

Her podcast, With Love, Danielle, ranked in iTunes’ Top 10 Wellness category. She’s the author of White Hot Truth: Clarity for

keeping it real on your spiritual path, and The Fire Starter Sessions: A guide to creating success on your own terms, which also spun off into a coaching curriculum.

You can find her on Instagram @daniellelaporte.

To listen to today's episode, click here.


The Hero's Journey Show Notes

Below I offered some quick highlights and/or takeaways from each phase of the journey.


Status quo/Ordinary Life

  • This is where we begin our journey.

  • We’re "asleep" in this place.

  • There is structure and order here.

  • But within us, we start to become aware of out inner world.

  • The chaos of the world is not consciously acknowledged or it is repressed/suppressed.

The Call to Adventure

  • Some information is received that acts as a call to head off into the unknown.

  • The "hero" is presented with a challenge.

  • The hero can no longer go on with ordinary world

Refusal of the Call

  • The refusal can comes from within yourself or from without( aka from family or friends)

  • This refusal may be from a sense of duty or obligation, fear, insecurity, a sense of inadequacy, etc.

  • This represents an internal refusal to exit your sphere of comfort.

  • This threatens the ego and challenges the Self.

  • This is the stage where the hero wants to stay in his or her egoic "comfort zone."

Supernatural Aid

  • A mentor prepares the hero to face the unknown.

  • Here a guide and/or "magical helper" appears or becomes known to the hero.

The Crossing of the First Threshold