Psychology Of The Hero Soul

Psychology Of The Hero Soul

“There is​ the known, and there is​ the unknown, and in​ between is​ the doors.” – Jim Morrison

“Break on through to​ the other side...Where the day destroys the night and night divides the day...Break on through to​ the other side.” These were the famous haunting words sung by the American poet, rock artist, Jim Morrison of​ The Doors. With these words, he electrified an​ entire generation. And with these words, he began his own destruction. Morrison was talking about the great hero quest that he longed to​ take: to​ break on through to​ the other side, the dark side, the spiritual side, the unknown, and beyond. to​ penetrate the deepest darkness of​ his soul, enter on to​ the other side of​ pure light, and return with a​ vision to​ heal himself and his people. But Jim Morrison never returned from the dark side.

Jim was not prepared to​ enter into the dark side. He did not understand the psychology of​ the hero soul, and did not have the capacity to​ deal with the horror of​ his inner demons. Instead of​ slaying the dragon, his ego, he fed his ego with more fire and hatred. He set out to​ kiss the serpent, to​ ride the snake to​ the end of​ time and beginning of​ eternity, but he was swallowed by it. He was consumed by his own darkness.

The same thing happened with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. They got stuck in​ the dark side. By using artificial means, massive quantities of​ drugs and alcohol, they were able to​ shut the spinning wheels of​ their mind and receive a​ small glimpse of​ the other side. in​ their drug-induced trances, they caught the occasional beams of​ light on ‘the other side’ that penetrated their darkness with visions of​ poetic expression.

But they did so at​ a​ great cost to​ themselves and people around them. These visions may have electrified their generation, but they did not heal. They simply entertained people, and at​ best, during their peak, may have satisfied a​ small yearning inside. But their music did not elevate people to​ a​ higher level of​ understanding like Mozart, Beethoven, or​ John Lennon.

Joseph Campbell, in​ his book, The Hero with a​ Thousand Faces, beautifully illustrates the path of​ the hero: “the birth, life, and death of​ the individual may be regarded as​ a​ descent into unconsciousness and return. The hero is​ the one who, while still alive, knows and represents the claims of​ the super consciousness which throughout creation is...unconscious. The adventure of​ the hero represents the moment when, while still alive, he found and opened the road to​ the light beyond the dark walls of​ our living death.”

The penultimate hero is​ able to​ enter into the unconscious realm and beyond, still awake, and bring back the boons that elevate entire civilizations and create the titan works that give birth to​ cultural enlightenment. He or​ she has the strength, will, courage, and inner capacity to​ defeat the dark demons of​ the other side. Heroes also survive the cruel impact of​ the world. They learn to​ effectively deal with the initial, furious scorn and ridicule from people that don’t understand them upon their return. They learn to​ shatter the ego, and return transformed, offering people the life elixir to​ renew and transform themselves as​ well. They cause the illumination of​ the collective soul and liberation of​ the mind. The highest purpose of​ the hero is​ to​ provide a​ vision that heals our tribe called humanity.

Can we all aspire to​ become like this in​ our lifetime? This is​ a​ question that I cannot answer, because I have no authority to​ decide what is​ possible and what is​ not. The important thing to​ remember is​ that this work is​ a​ composite of​ the universal hero in​ a​ state of​ perfection. We only need to​ access a​ small fraction of​ this power to​ experience a​ new life with new power and new blood." [Excerpted from "Psychology of​ the Hero Soul," by Sharif Khan, Chapter 1.]

Psychology of​ the Hero Soul is​ an​ inspirational book on awakening the Hero within and rekindling people's passion for greatness. it​ is​ based on author, Sharif Khan's ten years research in​ the field of​ human development. The Hero Soul is​ availble to​ order in​ most major bookstores including Borders, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, Indigo, and Coles bookstores. to​ order online visit:

Psychology of​ the Hero Soul, by Sharif Khan, ISBN 0973192208, Diamond Mind Books, 160 pages, $14.95 US, trade-paperback, Self-help/Inspirational, distributed by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and University of​ Toronto Press.

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