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Amr asked me a question that I did not answer properly in the comments, so here is a video on the subject because I thought it contained some useful information for all of us.

Be your own Hero! Be your own Guru!
Change your Self. Change your world.

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Before we dive into Kung Fu Panda 3, we have to examine the Return stage of the Hero's Journey and what could happen if you don't complete the journey.

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And I have realized that it's far past the time that I start telling you all how to become your own guru.

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The Deeper Meaning of Kung Fu Panda 2 (Part 2 of 3)

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There are many times in our life where we have choices to make and every one of those choices will lead us to different conclusions about how our life has turned out and why it turned out that way.

In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po faces a few of these decisions and it is up to him as to whether he will remain the Hero or take the path of the Villain (or, shall we say, the Victim?).

We all have the capability of being Hero or Villain. We all of the compulsions of both archetypes. It's completely up to us which path to take.

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The Deeper Meaning of Kung Fu Panda (Part 1 of 3)

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Perhaps it's silly that I'm 45 years old and I love animated movies. Perhaps not.

I find that much of the story-telling in animated films tends to be better than many "adult" movies (no, not THAT kind of "adult movie"). I think the writers simply aren't trying as hard to tell something different and are just focused on telling the best story they can muster that also houses some fundamental truth or other.

And, honestly, I think Dreamworks outdid themselves with the Kung Fu Panda series.

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The Deeper Meaning of Sucker Punch (2011)
I think it's one of my favourite experiences to have a movie surprise me with its depth and meaning when I really don't expect it. I expected an anime adaptation or poor comicbook movie from Sucker Punch and what I ended up getting was, very possibly, the most profound movie I've ever seen.

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In this episode of Think Spiritual Podcasts (presented by Movies & Mythology), we look at achieving goals and the prize attained at the end of your endeavors.

Quite often those prizes (boons) are not what you expected them to be.

Movies used as examples in this episode:
Kodachrome (2017)
Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

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Please keep in mind that this is only one possible interpretation of this story.

This video is not intended to be contentious towards any specific denomination of Christianity.

Bible verses being read begins here: 3:52
And ends here: 5:26

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Season 3 of Think Spiritual Podcasts begins this month! Here is a short overview of what kind of content you can expect to see here on the Movies & Mythology YouTube channel.

This is also kind of a new channel introduction video as my previous one was a little over-written/over-produced.

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It's "Spiritual Lessons from Swordporn Movies" time again! Bernardo and Gonzo are back in the Think Spiritual Podcasts Studio. We have beer and we will watch a great movie!

Okay, Ladyhawke is not the best film we have watched to date, but it was very good and it ultimately led us to finally discussing the Thief archetype. Why do thieves often end up becoming kings?

I think we come to a pretty good conclusion.

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I ended up in a movie theatre on Sunday evening to watch the 3-hour finale to the Avengers saga and I have to say that I was surprised at the depth that I found within it. There were some fantastic moments and important lessons. At 2am, I was putting typing the last paragraph of this script.

This is not a super in-depth examination of Endgame, only an overview of some deeper concepts that I will explore on future episodes of Think Spiritual Podcasts. This hastily cobbled together episode is mostly just to get my ideas out there. Some spoilers contained within, but I am somewhat cryptic with a few of them.

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I attempted a little acting and comedy for the first 40 seconds of this video, so if you could indulge me for at least that long it would be greatly appreciated! :-D

Today on Think Spiritual Podcasts I am out to prove that Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) is a more complete Hero than Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).

Honestly, I expected that The Shallows was going to be a terrible movie and, thankfully, I turned out to be wrong.

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Welcome my Dear Heroes!

Today is half-way day! This is the half-way point of the Hero's Journey! This is the half-way point of the series! This is the abyss! This is the time when you face what holds the most power over you.

I am excited today, Dear Listeners! While Step 10 is my favourite favourite part of the Hero's Journey, Step 9 - Atonement with the Father - is my favourite stage because this step is the entire point of the journey. This is the part where you face the very thing that sent you on your journey and when you make it past this part...oh ho ho! The best parts are still to come!

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The subject of archetypes has been something that I've been wanting to delve into for a while. I did an interview with Beth Martens that was an introduction to the subject, but I think it's about time that I began to discuss them in more detail.

The "Hero" is the most common archetype I talk about on Think Spiritual Podcasts, but all Heroes must eventually mature and the most common path is towards Ruler/King/Queen.

So, let's start at the end as I introduce you to the archetype that is the goal line of almost every Hero's Journey.

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I'm making some moderate changes to how I title new episodes of Think Spiritual, so Examining the Spiritual Elements of will now become The Deeper Meaning of. I think this makes much more sense, is easier to say and perhaps it will draw more interest to my content. Always have to try new things!

In this most recent episode, I want to tackle a very, very new movie - the Netflix film Io: Last on Earth (which I just call Io). I think this was a fantastic story with a great Hero's Journey, a lot of mythological symbolism and an overall thought-provoking message.

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This episode of Think Spiritual was such a struggle to produce, that it became a Hero's Journey of it's very own! It just never seemed to turn out right. Something was always off and I even had to ask myself if it was "supposed to be" produced at all. There was genuine Temptation to quit!

However, the struggle and the Temptation just made the end result that much sweeter. Always persist!

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Happy 2019!

I enjoy watching YouTube movie reviews from such content creators as Nostalgia Critic, Brad Jones, Say Goodnight Kevin and Cinemassacre. There was a time, quite a while ago now, when I thought I might try my hand at reviewing movies: I wanted to talk about movies that I love and everyone else hates.

Apparently I now have become a movie reviewer of a sort, but my take on films is much more about what I call their spiritual content and I examine this from an emotional perspective...as I’m sure you’ve noticed if you’ve listened to or watched any previous episodes of Think Spiritual.

So, let’s combine these two approaches today and examine the spiritual elements of a movie that I love and almost everybody hates: Lady in the Water.

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Anyway...on with this episode!

Alright, we’ve been in the belly of the whale long enough, dear listeners. It’s time to embrace who we really are and go take on some monsters.

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Well, Dear Listeners, I have to admit that this particular step of the Hero’s Journey had me confused for a while. I had no idea where to start with it and I didn’t understand what it was about. After a lot of thinking and studying and watching and listening, I figured out at least a portion of it. Welcome to step 7 of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey: Meeting With the Goddess. We’re talking about sex on this episode of Think Spiritual Podcasts.

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Dear Think Spiritual Listeners,

The Hero’s Journey series continues!

Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey #4:
Crossing the First Threshold

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Yes, I know, I just re-released the Hero’s Journey #1 episode, so perhaps it is slightly confusing to have the fourth episode released directly afterwards.

Well, that’s just the way it goes. I have lots of “old” content to update already and I still want to stay on schedule (even though it’s a schedule I made up). Consistency is key to building this podcast and subsequent video channels.

This episode of the Hero’s Journey is 13 and a half minutes. Please give it a listen. Please like/subscribe/share...it really helps!

Mark

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I want to be loved (Bon Jovi)
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Welcome to wherever you are (Bon Jovi)
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Have a nice day (Bon Jovi)
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This is my first video test using OBS Studio in my podcast room. The format will likely change over time...this is just a test.

It’s podcast time, Spiritual Seekers!

Hero’s Journey #3 - Supernatural Aid

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It's part 3 of the Hero's Journey series and I have to say that I'm not feeling particularly "spiritual" this week. That's probably fairly normal and maybe it's actually a good thing if I'm not constantly on a high-horse. I guess a soapbox will have to do (ha!).

Anyway, I hope you find this episode interesting and enlightening and I hope you see the fun in Alanis Morissette turning this particular metalhead into a fan. Not sure what that means? Well, you had better tune in to find out!

It's a 16 minute podcast. Have a listen!

Mark

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Yes, I know this is completely out of order and I'm very, very late with adding a video for this portion of the Hero's Journey. I just never got around to making a version for YouTube. It started to bother me that I didn't have a current and up-to-date playlist for this ongoing series.

Hello Spiritual Seekers! And welcome to another episode of Think Spiritual Podcasts.

I’m your host, Mark, and let’s just get straight into today’s topic: the second stage of the hero’s journey. Stage One was acknowledging that there is, indeed, a Call to Adventure that goes out to everyone. Now, what that call looks like within your own particular life…well, only you can know what that actually is. Your call to adventure is not my call to adventure.

That being that case, what if every call to adventure eventually leads to the same place and/or uncovering of wisdom?

Perhaps that’s an idea to explore at a later time. For now it is time to look at the most difficult and negative aspect of the Hero’s Journey: Refusal of the Call.

Foo Fighters: The Pretender
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And that brings me to the T-800. Good ol’ Arnie. When I shifted my perspective of the film and looked at him as the protagonist, the Hero became clear and the entire story took on a new meaning. T2 became a Pinocchio story of the machine who would become a man.

Probably one of the most interesting aspects of the T-800’s Hero’s Journey is that almost the entire path of Departure (that is, the first five steps of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey) takes place before we even see Arnold on-screen.

Look at it this way: at some point in the future, the T-800 is built and is living its Normal Existence as one of Skynet’s Terminator cyborgs. So, you have to imagine that there is a “Call to Adventure” for every cyborg: to break away from its programming. The cyborg naturally refuses this call to adventure (revealed in a T2 cut scene when Arnie...I mean...the T-800 says that Skynet sets all the machine processing chips to Read-Only), but along comes future John Connor (Supernatural Aid) and reprograms the T-800 to be something other than what it was built to be. So, by the time we see the T-800 for the first time it is right in the process of Crossing the First Threshold and entering The Belly of the Whale by simply being fully committed to its mission to protect young John Connor.

I realize that it could easily be argued that the T-800 is just a programmed machine and it has no real choice in what it does, but this is often the case with heroes: adventures are often flung upon them and they are not given a choice as to whether they will accept or not. They have to take up the call or die.

And how are we much different from a T-800? Society programs us to be good workers or spouses or children or religion-followers or ideologists or consumers or any number of things. Until we receive some sort of alternate programming, we often cannot break out of our tin..

I have to admit, Krull was a difficult nut to crack at first, but this is why it's great to have friends like Bernardo and Gonzo to discuss these old 80s Sword & Sorcery movies with. A little bit of brainstorming together and we had a whole bunch of interesting angles to explore with this movie.

Not only did Bernardo basically figure out the entire possible history of the planet Krull, but we also figured out why there isn't really a strong protagonist in this movie. He doesn't exist until he joins his feminine archetype and receives the power to vanquish the enemy!

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Be your own Hero!

Think Spiritual Podcasts looks at modern stories through the lens of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey and explains their mythological meaning.

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I have started the Think Spiritual podcast and website because I am going to begin to challenge you to actively think about your spiritual life.

I am going to challenge you to think emotional, think rational, think body, think mind. I am going to ask you to think Self, think wholistic, because all of these things are spiritual in nature.