Heroic Consciousness


This article describes heroic consciousness – how heroes perceive, experience, and think about the world. I describe the transformation of consciousness from its pre-heroic state to its heroic state. Pre-heroic consciousness is characterized by nescient and maladaptive thinking, dualism, separation, mono-rationality, and a naïve sense of empowerment. Heroic consciousness is exemplified by nondualism, unity, transrationality, and the wisdom of tempered empowerment. Heroic consciousness is achieved via three routes: (1) traversing the hero’s journey, (2) effective use of specific spiritual practices, and/or (3) participation in hero training programs. I discuss the implications of heroic consciousness for individual and global well-being.

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Copyright © 2019 Heroism Science. This article first appeared in Heroism Science: An Interdisciplinary Journal 4:2 (2019), 1-43.

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Allison, Scott T. "Heroic Consciousness." Heroism Science: An Interdisciplinary Journal 4, no. 2 (2019): 1-43.