The Hero’s Journey

I took the kids out to see a movie this afternoon : The Seeker – The Dark Is Rising , which was built on the often reproduced artistic archetype of “The hero’s Journey”, which has been popularized by recent Hollywood blockbusters (such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy).

Preview of The Seeker:
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Although The Seeker, as a whole, was not especially well put together, and unimaginatively ‘borrowed’ images and themes from a few other successful movies (such as the Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter) , I did enjoy participating the essence of the many classic elements of this type of journey:

  • a child-figure is called to adventure (This movie’s hero has just turned 14)
  • Passage through many stages and challenges, including
    • Confusion and denial
    • Resistance and hesitation
    • Leaving behind the family and the familiar
    • Fear
    • Temptation / betrayal
    • Discovery of inner strength and self-knowledge
    • Ultimate overcoming of danger
    • Return home transformed

I always enjoy experiencing this sort of adventure on the big screen, as it re-connects me with the essence of what the inner journey of Heilkunst Medicine is like for myself and my patients. No matter what symptom a patient wants to address, its true resolution ultimately parallels the Hero’s Journey played out on the set of the interior world. When a film like this is done well (which this wasn’t!), I leave the theatre with a re-invigorated sense of my own purpose, and feeling that I am uniquely qualified to fulfill it.

What are some of your favourite big screen Hero stories?

Vaccinations: Bullied vs Informed

“So my pediatrician just instated a rule that they are now going to charge a $20 fee for ‘delaying’ or opting out of any vaccinations for inconvenience. Neither of my kids have received any of their 4-year old shots and some we have passed up completely, so I would have to pay the $20 for both kids at each check-up. Of course, insurance would never pick that up…”

-Dr. Tenpenny’s Blog, Saying No To Vaccines, Nov. 1, 2007

More and more, we are hearing stories from our clients of how allopathic physicians and the medical community in general are taking a hard line with them regarding vaccinating their children, attempting to guilt parents into vaccinating their children to avoid deadly childhood illnesses. So how does an intelligent parent with about 2 spare minutes per day inform themselves as to whether or not to vaccinate their babe with confidence?

Well, we have the answer. Well, actually, we know where you can go to find the answer: Youtube.com. Yup, thats right, the real truth about vaccinations revealed in a 90 minute video entitled Vaccinations: The Hidden Truth (see below). You will hear stories from real parents like you. You will also see about 12 years, and 30 very thick books, of our research by the actual authors like Isaac Golden speak about vaccinations and the ethical prevention of disease by Homeopathy which causes no harm. By the end, you may have a pretty solid position on one of the most difficult ethical questions you will ever ask yourself, “Is it safe to vaccinate my baby?”

I think one of my patients said it aptly today when she said, ” When I was researching the vaccination question for my own daughters, I bought about 20 books from Singing Pebble. While I only read a couple of them, the bottom line is that as long as I couldn’t find the answer right for me, I held off. How could you risk the potential harm without knowing? It isn’t worth the shot in the dark. What if something went wrong?”

Let us know what you think. If you have 10 or 12 years, we’d love to introduce you to the writings of Harris Coulter, DPT: A Shot in the Dark or Vaccination, Social Violence, and Criminality or Canada’s very own Catherine Diodati, Immunization: History, Ethics, Law and Health … it would be our pleasure. Afterwards, we can do tea!

Vaccines – The Hidden Truth: