Creating a short hero story is a great way to move through challenges and inner struggles to a turning point of change and then integrating and anchoring that change so it consciously becomes part of the new you.
Allow your challenges, successes, conflicts, urges, turning points, support of mentors, etc. to become crystal clear. Apply the hero story process so you attain a new level of learning and integration towards wholeness. Leave no rock unturned, otherwise it slides into our unconscious mind to come up another time demanding a new hero story for healing.
Below are 21 ways to identify story lines that could use some light, learning and anchoring into your psyche.
Create a table of challenges, calls to action, mentors, the many struggles and trials, turning points, the prizes and the sharing to your tribe. As you are triggered by one of the above items – write it down and then build your story around it.
Allow some of the ideas below to trigger hero stories within you.
1. Weaknesses – If you do not have an inventory of life challenges and weaknesses then take an online character or style quiz like Myer Briggs or the 4 quadrants quizzes or take the 4 personality quizzes at Higher Awareness. Do any hero stories come to mind to turn one of your weaknesses into a strength?
2. Turning points – Make a list of the best learnings, insights, miracles, books, courses, etc. that impacted your life. Then reflect on any negative that you turned around into a new way of doing life. Any new learning is worthy of a hero story so you anchor it even deeper.
3. Mentors – Who were/are important people in your life? How did they support you? How did they help you change? What was your take-away from these people’s support? Is there a hero story unfolding in your mind?
4. Ego-Soul – Most of our major inner conflicts are the subtle prompting of our soul against the resistance and controlling, self-centred nature of our ego. This is where hero stories shine as you dive into and humble the sub-personalities of the ego so it lets through the authenticity and aspirations of the soul.
5. Left/right brain or Male/Female parts – Most of us are polarized one way or the other. Part of our life journey is to accentuate and be confident with the yin or yang parts AND/OR balance the 2 parts. Both are different journeys to explore.
6. Rites of Passage – A great read is “The Roaring of the Sacred River” by Steven Foster and Meredith Little. They discuss how many aboriginals celebrate various rights of passage. These are such important events in our lives that we need to celebrate and ritualize them so they are strongly anchored and completed in our psyche. It is very worth while writing your hero story around puberty, leaving home, marriage, first child, job changes, completing school, divorce, bankruptcy, retirement, dying etc. Create definite distinctions form before and after the transition.
7. Quests – If you want to take an existing transition or be open to a new hero story, take your rites of passage to anew level by having a quest. Allow 3 days of loneliness, fasting, or roughing it in nature in a self retreat. These activities really take one into the depths of the inner psyche and into old patterning. The language of your hero story reaches a new level of imagination and heart felt survival emotions.
8. A parent – You have chosen your parents for a reason. Do you now what it is? Have you completed your learning regarding these 2 most influential people in your young, vulnerable, impressionable time of your life? If you can’t think of a lesson to learn, Ram Dass says. ‘Go live with parents or a siblings for a week and watch your buttons get pushed.’ Try it and list your new hero story trials.
9. People conflicts – Who pushes your buttons the most? Who do you dislike or have had an ongoing conflict with? If you were to believe that these outer conflicts are just projections and caused by some inner perspectives or programming, how can they be corrected? Hero stories are great at resoling the conflicts and rewriting forgiveness and love back into your past.
10. Beliefs list – Too often the smallest limiting beliefs we learned from our parents and keep rehearsing in our minds, affects our success and character. Review this list of common limiting beliefs and see what resonates with you. Eg. “Money does not grow on trees” or “no pain – no gain”. These are great opportunities for short FUN hero stories to disarm their unconscious power.
11. Stepping stones – Put your life on a few pages. For each year since you were born make a list of where you lived, best friends, your place of work and schooling, friends, memorable events. Look for cycles and repeating events. I am sure lots of hero stories can arise.
12. Feeling finder– A real hero story has multiple, progressive battles of wins and losses that give the journey more empathy and depth. Explore these 50 degrees or progressions of love, wisdom and power. As you scan each list, mark the words that resonate with you or that you have had experience with.
13. Enneagram – At lest 60% of your hero journey is ideally is in the trials and battles as you gain great experience of what works and does not work. As you attack your challenges from all angles you integrate more layers within you. If you want a great list of progressive battles laid out for you, explore “Understanding the Enneagram” book. Identify your personality type and they have 10 levels of health for that type plus another type you integrate to when you are very positive and another type you disintegrate to when you are challenged or unconsciously reacting. That’s up to 20 trials and leanings and inner battles that you may relate to AND the Enneagram has a wing (next to your main type that is a sub personality and it again has its 10 levels of health and levels of disintegration and integration. Great learning opportunities here.
14. Astrology – If you know astrology there are many ways to stimulate stories in your fixed signs and in your transitions that have different signs and houses moving through each other.
15. Rays – I have gotten the most out of the 7 Rays. It identifies the style or character of your physical body, your emotions, your thinking, your personality and your soul. Now we have the trials and skirmishes as these 5 character parts work towards harmony – multiple life times of hero stories. This material lists multiple differences between our personality (ego) and soul.
16. Grooming – Let’s work from a positive perspective. This is one of my favourite questions – ‘What are you being groomed for this life time? What are your life experiences leading you towards? What is your contribution, service, unique expression, passion? What has your education, jobs, encounters, challenges, been grooming you for? Look at your past and now you can write a hero story about your future and anchor it deeply. Yes – you can write your own future.
17. Life Lesson – This is an ultimate, big learning, big growth hero journey – more than a hero story. We are each here to work on a significant life lesson and turn it into a significant learning. Get multiple hero stories under your belt before you tackle this one.
18. Daily pet peeves, tensions, urges and learnings – As you deepen your knowledge and naturalness in using the hero story for healing and empowering, you can apply it in real time as daily conflicts, tensions and pet peeves occur and as your urges, opportunities, callings knock at your door and as you learn a lesson – you now have many situations to create memorable stories. VERY IMPORTANT – as these story opportunities arise in real time – ONLY THEN is the cause and cure in our psyche, so it is important to find time that day to mentally, if not on paper go through your hero process and attain a new level of learning and anchor it as a celebration. Create a short headline so your daily events are more memorable.
19. Best book or movie – If you have seen Star Wars 21 times, you have an excellent metaphor to guide and mentor your life. What is your most watched movie or most read book. How does your life compare to it? Write your journey along that line with you as the hero.
20. Meditations and intuition – Relax. Breath. Center and Ground yourself. Connect to the highest aspect of yourself. Basque in the beauty and perfection. And ASK any question you may have and listen. Let your higher self walk you through your hero journey.
21. 7 year segments – Saturn returns – The 7 year growth cycles are quite popular -first 7 years we grow physically, then the next 7 to 14, emotionally, and then the next 7 to 21 mentally (your point of highest ego) and then the next 7 for personality integration, etc. As we shift these paradigms in growth the friction created can be integrated in your hero stories. Saturn cycles of 28 years also have a strong bearing on human development.
22. Conflict of 2 archetypes. Review the 12 archetypes in the Write Your Hero Story e-book, pick your 2 predominant archetypes. Notice the differences between them and create a few small skirmishes or even a big battle as they fight for dominance and harmony.
23. Please add to this list – What ideas do you have for more triggers for hero stories? We would love to hear from you.
A final tip – titling is key, so you can instantly recall your newly learned level of being. Put all your headline titles together and you have a story book or newspaper of your life.