The Odyssey. Story for the Second Half of Life
The Odyssey retells the earthy and profound adventures of the Greek hero Odysseus as eaching stories which old insight and guidance for our own present-day journey.
Homer’s Odyssey is the great story of homecoming. Since ancient times, The Odyssey has been known as the journey that each of one of us – having been out and about, struggling one way or another, pretending to be this and that – must take to return Home, to who we really are and what we are supposed to become.
On his winding odyssey, Odysseus meets magical and powerful beings, who are not shy about mddling in his affiars. Some see him for who he really is and help him; they bring him wisdom and attainment and unlock creative possibilities.
Others, aggravating and difficult strangers, try to do him in: Odysseus gets sidetracked, enchanted, waylaid.
Some truths he learns easily and others he resists. In all of this, Odysseus is not so different than the rest of us.
Homer is at the sould of storytelling, but he was far more than a wondrous storyteller. It would be hard to overstate his vast influence. His two epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, are the first grand narratives of the Western imagination; for the nearly 140 generations since he recounted these adventures (from about 750 BCE), philosophers and warriors and tellers of tales have claimed the hero Odysseus as one of their own, at the ancient roots of their diverse traditions.
Homer was said to be a wanderer, which meant that his stories were not provincial, not limited by time and place. He was unlearned, so that he was not tied to the offical story of the times. And he was by tradition blind, which, in the conventions of mythology, suggests that he saw what others did not.
And indeed, for ancient audiences, Homer’s stories of great but flawed heroes who wrangled with fabulous monsters, sensuous witches and evil foreigners (not to mention those etulant gods and goddesses who shamelessly meddled in human affairs), percolated with profound meanings. In fact the true focus of Homer’s stories is like a working perspective on life, a way of being in the world, a most practical way of traveling the journey Home.
A myth like The Odyssey plays out on several levels. The travels of Odysseus take place in the realm of the psyche, as if in a dream. And,, as in a dream, we play all the parts. We are not only Odysseus, the bedraggled traveler who becomes a hero, but also the brutish Cyclops, shrewd Circe and the rest. With each adventure, the characters of our internal drama jockey for position. But perhaps more startling, these stories are the stuff of what we call the outer world as well. So often, psychologically minded people look inward for meaning, when staring us right in the face is the Cyclops himself, barely disguised as the overbearing boss or street tough.
Odysseus is nothing if not a practical man, a traveler in the real world. From him we learn the nitty-gritty facts of life about the long journey Home.
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09.40 Tea & Coffee on arrival
10.00 Morning Session
13.00 Lunch Break
14.00 Afternoon Session
About Peter de Kuster
Peter de Kuster is the founder of The Heroine’s Journey & Hero’s Journey project, a storytelling firm which helps creative professionals to create careers and lives based on whatever story is most integral to their lifes and careers (values, traits, skills and experiences). Peter’s approach combines in-depth storytelling and marketing expertise, and for over 20 years clients have found it effective with a wide range of creative business issues.
Peter is writer of the series The Heroine’s Journey and Hero’s Journey books, he has an MBA in Marketing, MBA in Financial Economics and graduated at university in Sociology and Communication Sciences.
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That’s why I set up The Hero’s Journey in the great cities of the world. A new way to use the power of your story. To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening movies, art, literature that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.
In this journey with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with stories so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to movies, art, literature, myths that can put their finger on what you want to rewrite in your story, the feelings that you may often have had but perhaps never understood so clearly before; movies that open new perspectives and re-enchant the world for you.
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of your session and you’ll be given an instant story advice and movies to see to take away. Your full story advice and movies to see list will follow within a couple of days.