The Hero's Journey

What I learned from each of my Hero's Journeys opened up my thinking and prompted me to go further. This is the magic of the Hero's Journey...

I've created this graphic to illustrate how my work over the past eighteen years has led me to the development of the Resilient Hero Program.

Mapping My Own Journeys

I’ve been forging a path for the last eighteen years that has helped me see it was time to create a follow-on course for “Awakening Your Hero’s Journey.” AYHJ teaches you how to internalize the stages of the Hero’s Journey — so you have the map. But then you need the skills. The follow-on course “Becoming a Resilient Hero” is where you assess your skill levels and learn how to improve them. Map + Skills = Resilient Hero! 

I was looking at the Hero's Journey Wheel one day, thinking about how many journeys I've been through, creating the books and courses that had led me to this place.


I decided to list the journeys so I could get a better sense of how one journey led to the next. When I did this I saw that I kept spiraling around the wheel of the Hero's Journey: accepting the call, having the adventure, returning with the Elixir which led me to my next project.

As I drew the rings around the wheel for each journey, I reflected on what qualities and skills I needed to complete it. And then I knew it was time to create a new version of Awakening Your Hero's Journey, one that would lead to the new course I'd had in my head for several years, Becoming a Resilient Hero.



Winning The Change Game  1988

I formulated a number of implementation principles during my many years of helping corporations implement organization-wide changes.

The Change Model I developed from this work was adopted not only by systems people in large corporations, but was also incorporated into Arthur Anderson Consulting's methodology to help their clients implement major changes.

I decided to write a story about Tom Andrews, a systems manager who learns important principles in order to implement a major change program in his company.

And since I wanted to make the book fun to read, I asked a fiction writer friend to bring in a witty Alexander Hamilton as the guru who coaches Tom by constantly transporting him back to 1775 and showing him what they went through to get the Declaration of Independence signed on the fourth of July, 1776.


"An excellent job! We all have a much greater chance of successful implementations if these principles are applied." ~Mark Christian, Information Systems Manager, IBM

"Having sold so much both externally and internally, I believe that resistance to change is the greatest challenge. This book gives you a strategy that is extremely successful in the higher risk internal sale." ~John Mascarich, Field Development Manager, Hewlett Packard

“There’s so much focus on the technical aspect, we lose sight of the human side of implementations. People who resist change can strangle implementations. This books give the systems reader tools for coping with that.” ~ Michael Mushet, Manager, Technology Research, Southern California Edison

“These principles are well packaged gems which serve as a checklist of things to do for cleaner, more successful implementations.” ~ Sheri Berke, Vice President, Finance & Administration, Carter Hawley Hale Information Services

Choosing To Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master   (1993, 2008, 2010)

Choosing To Be chronicles my own hero's journey to overcome my depression by learning to meditate while recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the early 90's.

A book about CFS and Buddhism with a talking cat was way ahead of its time, so no big publisher would publish it in 1993. I went back to work and years later decided to self publish it in 2008. Eckhardt Tolle gave me permission to use his quote on the cover.

The book won an IPPY Award, and was then picked up by Findhorn Press in 2010. It has been published in Chinese and Dutch, and the Feline Zen Master and his little muse continue to travel the world, helping people overcome depression and learn to meditate.

"I have lived with several Zen Masters -- all of them Cats." ~Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

“I found Choosing to Be one of the better books on Zen or sitting practice.”
~Thom Hartmann, #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and New York Times bestselling author.

“Kat Tansey has written an absorbing memoir with the flair of a fiction writer, which draws you effortlessly through her story and makes the learning seem incidental — until you reach the end and realise that the tale of a woman, a cat and a kitten has reminded you there is a better way to live, and how to do it.”
~Lucy McCarraher, The Real Secret

"Choosing to Be is a rare and wonderful combination of compelling narrative, endearing characters, and accessible, solid meditation instruction, all with a light, humorous touch. Kat Tansey makes it easy to willingly suspend disbelief and learn along wih her from the teachings of her resident feline meditation master. A thoroughly enjoyable and 'enlightening' read!"
~Abby Seixas, Finding the Deep River Within

Choosing to Be Fit  2012

The Art of Taking Small Steps to Transform Your Life, an Online Course

After several stressful years, I had a bit of a physical breakdown in 2009. I began learning about Functional Medicine, which was just getting started at that time, so I decided to develop a course with a functional approach. Choosing To Be Fit would be my way of teaching myself what to do.

When I created the Alignment Wheel I felt everything falling into place -- a way to see what I needed to work on, as well as see what I was already doing well.

I got well, finished the course and began teaching it. It turned out the Wheel was a perfect way to help people understand that everything is connected, and that you can see what you need to work on and still feel good about yourself.

That jagged line around the circle? It represents Stress. The concentric circles are numbered from 1 to 5, with 5 being at the outside of the circle, where it can protect you from stress. When you are functioning toward the center of the circles in any area, then Stress has an entry point. This turned out to be a powerful way to teach the impact each of these areas had on our health and well-being.

Awakening Your Hero's Journey
2016, 2017, 2019

Awakening Your Hero's Journey, an Online Guided Course and E-book

I began work on the Hero's Journey in 2015 when I came to the realization that I had been writing and teaching about it for all these years, telling stories and creating courses to help people succeed in a variety of Hero's Journeys.

But I had not actually taught them about the Hero's Journey itself.

I saw that this was a bit like the give a man a fish story. I had been giving them a fish instead of teaching them how to fish.

It was time to teach them about the Hero's Journey.

My first step for this latest version of Awakening Your Hero's Journey has been to make it a guided online course and connect it to a Discussion Center where people can join a group for each stage of the journey and learn from each other's experiences in that stage.

Awakening to Your Hero's Journey is now also part of my new, bigger vision, The Resilient Hero Program. You can learn more about all this under Courses & Resources.


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