Andrew Challies

From years of self-directed study on the soul and mythology I’ve become aware of the ways in which our everyday lives contain elements of mythology. I was first inspired by the writings of Joseph Campbell and his ideas around the Hero’s Journey. Following that the works of Carol Pearson and Jean Houston were more food for thought. Food itself has been a large part of my life as I trained and still work as a chef.

The Hero’s Journey contains three stages Preparation, the Journey, and the return. It was aspects of these stages that I came to see in the process of creating a dinner in the large commercial kitchens that I work in. If they’re at work in a kitchen then they must also be at work in most other occupations.

My idea for the blog is that readers can look at these stages and how they may be present in their own lives.

I’ve read excerpts that claim that a hero’s or heroine’s journey is the last thing we need when we look at the state of the planet today. I will grant that some may imagine a warrior as a man of violence. In the tradition of the warrior, violence was the last resort. Dan Millman’s book, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior provides a different perception.

The Hero’s Journey is a Sacred Path, a Path of Heart, a Path to Wisdom, a way to connect to the inherent beauty in all life’s different manifestations.

Along the way I will update and provide you with opportunities to deepen your wisdom through the gifts of other teachers.


All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.
Joseph Campbell