Joseph Campbell was a writer, mythologist, and intellectual-spirit-guide who uncovered the inherent, human quests that lie beneath the surface of ourselves, and summon us through this life as our own internal maps–so often even without our knowing. He was a raconteur of these mythological roadmaps, signs, symbols, characters, and structures; the narrator of the overarching themes that comprise the stories of our lives.
If life is a choose-your-own-adventure novel, then what, pray tell, is your myth? What’s your story? What kind of hero’s journey are you on?
“I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I’ve never met an ordinary man, woman or child.”
“Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth–penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.”
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“Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.
“The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That’s where you are. You’ve got to keep both going. As Novalis said, ‘The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet.”
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
“Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.”
( Have you made your own myth yet? )
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