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7. Grounding — Whale Rider — Go Within and Reflect

We’re now entering the inner part of the Hero’s Journey. The first half was a mere outer journey where you were the actor of the action steps. You’re still the action taker, yet it’s more subtle, more on the background.

You might notice a shift in ernergy. It may feel like the journey is taking a deep breath in, moving inwards

A little flashback in time. In the fourth phase (Mentor) we saw uncle Rawiri training Paikea in the art of Taiaha. But how did Paikea know that her uncle had hidden talents? It was her grandmother who pointed her in the right direction. Grounding is a mentor phase too, but more on an introspective and spiritual level.  

In today’s movie scene you’ll see an angry Paka and his calm and wise wife as a goddess advice giver.

Paka is so upset, because while he was training the local boys in the sacred art of taiaha, he caught Paikea outside, as she secretly was watching the class and trying to learn taiaha as well.

Universal Story
The journey has been external so far. With this phase, it becomes more internal. After the celebration of her successes, the heroine reflects on her experiences and thoughtfully plans the next step.

Characteristics Grounding
• Preparing the next steps • Inner houskeeping • Centering yourself with practices • Inner wisdom of the goddess

Leadership Skills
• Eye for details • Giving and receiving feedback • Ability to discern • Planning, analyzing, evaluating • Tact • Sensitivity • Aesthetic feel

After having enjoyed your accomplishments, it’s essential to shift the attention to your inner world. It’s time for introspective housekeeping. The focus is now more on the next step that is aligned with your dream or goal.

Now go deeper. It’s day 7 of your journey. Have a look at the reflection questions.
Experience your Hero's Journey again