The essence of the hero’s journey is that one returns with the boon: one boon, no more no less. The hero’s journey is a vision quest; the boon is the vision. The vision is not an altered-state vision of heaven and its inhabitants, but something much simpler and deeper than that—a clear vision of your own heart.
The paradox is that you were always already carrying the boon. It was always in your heart. But now that you know you have it, the boon must be brought back into your ordinary life. It must be realized. That’s the meaning of bringing it back with you. It becomes your path, your guide, your way forward. At every fork where you must make a choice, the boon shines a light of clarity, and as you choose what it shows, it suffuses your life with meaning.
The hero’s journey is a journey deep into the deepest core of your own heart, at the end of which you come back and live what you found there with all your heart, for the rest of your days.