Writing Elixir writing events are inspired by the works of Joseph Campbell, Christopher Voegler, Angeles Arrien, Carl Jung, Caroline Myss and many others. While their works are not required reading material for Writing Elixir events, familiarity with them is helpful; therefore, each Writing Elixir event provides a brief introduction and review of some of the ideas that these people have shared about the hero's journey, writing, and mythology.
The hero’s journey is an arrangement of information that speaks deeply to our psyches. Many psychologists, anthropologists, and spiritual teachers around the world believe that we interpret information in the framework of the hero’s journey, that our very minds process input with this organizational structure in the background of all of our interpretations, whether we are aware of it or not. It is on this premise that Writing Elixir functions to inspire, guide, and inform writers about this powerful key within them that can unlock the secrets to their most powerful, potent, authentic writing.
Each Writing Elixir event is structured on the Elements of the Hero's Journey (from Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces)
Christopher Voegler, in his important book, The Writer's Journey, has processed and re-stated the hero's journey for screenwriters, in the following map/chart.
The shapes test reveals messages from your subconscious to your conscious mind. The message reveals that which would most benefit you at this time to pay attention to.
As an ally on our heroic journey as writers, the shapes test can help guide us to the most beneficial area of focus for our writing at that time.
Using what I like to call shamanic sight – dropping your grounding cord into the Earth, feeling your powerful core present and awake, centering in the truth of who you are, with eyes half open - quickly draw the five shapes and then associate numbers with them. As you draw the shapes and associate numbers, and then when you write the message of the shape, strip away monkey mind, the egoic self, and deontological ideations, and let yourself go into a trance state as you write rapidly, fervidly, and without inhibition.
Shapes Test Writing prompt: The message that the shape has for me is…
"I trust my intuition. I am willing to listen to that still, small voice within."
- Louise L. Hay