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Initiation the road of trials After leaving the departure phase the hero experiences what is known as initiation The first stage of initiation is the road of trials According to Joseph Campbells model as the heros journey continues they depart from the comfort zones of their old lifestyle and step into a dream landscape of curiosity ambiguity and challenge He must survive successive trials and ordeals which must be overcome often with great difficulty in order to continue with the journey For many responders this phase the road of trials is a favourite part of myth adventure Many examples of such difficult tasks are mentioned by Campbell- the most prominant example he uses is Psyches quest for her lost lover Cupid In order to complete her quest Psyche is exposed to numerous difficulties Firstly Psyche has to actually find Cupid who has in fact been hidden away from her 2- Venus Cupids mother enforces violent brutality on the hero and smashes her to the ground and yet another 3- Psyche is ordered to sort a great quantity of mixed grain before the fall of night While subject to these miraculous tests and ordeals which often appear to be insurmountable the hero is helped by the advice amulets and secret agents of the supernatural aid whom they have usually met during the departure phase of the quest The hero learns for the first time that there is some benign power all around them supporting them in their superhuman passage In the case of psyche she is aided by an army of ants also by a green reed who is much more aware of natures tendencies than she is she is also helped by an eagle The eagle ceases a bottle of water from a freezing spring high on a towering rock which just happens to be the home of some sleeping dragons Lastly Psyches difficult tasks are once again made much easier thanks to the
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