In association with Conscious Frontiers, the Follow Your Blissters podcast, hosted by Will Gethin, explores the personal journeys of trailblazing thought leaders and changemakers through the lens of The Hero’s Journey.
Running monthly episodes on Wednesdays, Series 2 of Follow Your Blissters launched in June 2022 with a conversation with Dan Millman, author of the cult classic The Way of the Spiritual Warrior – the episode is available below, along with the second (July) episode with writer and adventurer, Tahir Shah. The third episode with Maureen Murdock, author of The Heroine’s Journey, will be released on Wednesday 17th August, and will be followed by three further episodes, September to November – stay tuned for further details!
Created by mythologist Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey is a template or map that describes an ancient, archetypal pattern for myths, fairy tales and stories, which has been applied to modern films, and which we can all use to guide and make sense of our own lives.
Thomas Moore, psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller Care of the Soul, whose story was featured in Series 1 of the podcast, says: “I do many interviews about my books, and I must say that Will Gethin’s podcast interview was among the best. I like his concept: to go deep into the lives and thoughts of culture leaders to see how their own lives take the form of The Hero’s Journey. I was surprised what I discovered under Will’s patient and intelligent guidance. It takes a special talent to conduct a truly probing and revealing interview. Obviously, Will has that talent and intelligence.”
Joseph Campbell was also famous for his mantra for living “Follow your Bliss”. He later updated it to “Follow Your Blisters” acknowledging that when you truly follow your authentic calling you’ll inevitably meet considerable challenges and it’s through life’s challenges that we get to overcome our fears and grow. Real bliss tends to be hard-won, all the greater for any endurances borne along the way.
Sharing the inspirational human journeys of maverick modern pilgrims, the Follow Your Blissters podcast offers a stimulating resource to inspire and guide you to find your true calling and follow it, navigate any challenges arising, and share the best of your evolving skills, wisdom and experience for the benefit of your community or the wider world.
Follow Your Blissters is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube and all major podcast channels.
For Season 2, special thanks go to:
Isaac Nichols – audio editing
Michael Tyak – music
And to our Partners:
Series 2 Episodes
Wednesday 17th August, 2022
Episode 3: Maureen Murdock – The Heroine’s Journey
The guest for this episode is Maureen Murdock, a Jungian psychotherapist, photographer and author of the ground-breaking bestseller The Heroine’s Journey and other books, whose work explores the mysteries of the psyche, a fascination with mythology and a love of storytelling and memoir writing.
In this episode, Maureen introduces her heroine’s journey model, which she created to better represent the psycho-spiritual development of women she felt was overlooked by Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey framework. She also explores her own lived experience of travelling through the 10 stages of The Heroine’s Journey, including her mythic journey of descent to the underworld.
Wednesday 13th July, 2022
Episode 2: Tahir Shah – The Intrepid Writer’s Journey
The guest for this episode is Tahir Shah, the writer, filmmaker and insatiable adventurer, whose 50 plus books include The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Trail of Feathers, In Search of King Solomon’s Mines and In Arabian Nights.
The lively conversation explore some of Tahir’s outlandish travel quests in search of the hidden underbellies of lands through which he journeys, including India, Africa and Peru, as well as his pursuit of freedom as a writer, blazing a trail for other writers to follow. Also discussed is his vision for The Scheherazade Foundation, which he recently co-founded with his daughter Ariane to empower women, bridge cultures and harness the teaching the power of stories.
Wednesday 15th June, 2022
Episode 1: Dan Millman – Peaceful Heart, Warrior Spirit
The guest for this launch episode of Series 2, is Dan Millman, legendary teacher of the Peaceful Warrior’s Way and author of the cult spiritual classic The Way of the Peaceful Warrior – later screened as the film Peaceful Warrior – and 17 other books which have inspired millions of readers worldwide.
In this episode we explore the extraordinary experiences, wake up calls and life lessons that shaped Dan’s evolution from childhood dreamer to world-class athlete to international spiritual teacher and bestselling author, as recounted in his new memoir Peaceful Heart, Warrior Spirit, which unveils the real-life journey of the man behind the Peaceful Warrior legend.
Wednesday 14th September, 2022
Episode 4: Cali White – I Am Witch
The guest for this episode is Cali White, a psychotherapist and ancestral healer working with people to clear their intergenerational trauma. Cali is the lead curator for a groundbreaking new exhibition which highlights how inherited trauma from the European Witch Hunts still affects us today.
In this conversation, we explore Cali’s journey from ‘corporate burn out’, to becoming a therapist and reconnecting with Nature, through marriage break up and menopause, and her ensuing year-long pilgrimage across Britain, gathering women together to work through their ancestral trauma – this the catalyst for her I am Witch exhibition which took the News headlines by storm with its first run earlier this year. I hope you enjoy the journey!