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Joseph Campbell
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We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph Campbell
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Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls. Joseph Campbell
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Sin always finds it's root in our own selfish desires and self-gratification. Joseph Campbell
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The courage to face the trials and to bring a whole new body of possibilities into the field of interpreted experience for other people to experience - that is the hero's deed. Joseph Campbell
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Perfection isn't human. Human beings are not perfect. What evokes our love-and I mean love, not lust-is the imperfection of the human being. So, when the imperfection of the real person peaks through, say, 'This is a challenge to my compassion.' Then make a try, and something might begin to get going. Joseph Campbell
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The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. Joseph Campbell
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Dream is the personalized myth, myth the depersonalized dream; both myth and dream are symbolic in the same general way of the dynamic of the psyche. But in the dream the forms are quirked by the peculiar troubles of the dreamer, whereas in myth the problems and solutions sown are directly valid for all mankind Joseph Campbell
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The creative act is not hanging on, but yielding to a new creative movement. Awe is what moves us forward. Joseph Campbell
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If you can see your path clearly in front of you, it's probably someone else's. Joseph Campbell
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Is the god the source, or is the god a human manner of conceiving of the force and energy that supports the world? In our tradition God is a male. This male and female differentiation is made, however, within the field of time and space, the field of duality. If God is beyond duality, you cannot say that God is a "He." You cannot say God is a "She." You cannot say God is an "It." (18) Joseph Campbell
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We keep thinking of deity as a kind of fact, somewhere; God as a fact. God is simply our own notion of something that is symbolic of transcendence and mystery. The mystery is what's important. Joseph Campbell
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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. Joseph Campbell
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One of our problems today is that we are not well acquainted with the literature of the spirit. We re interested in the news of the day and the problems of the hour. Joseph Campbell
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Have you ever looked inside one of those things [computers]? It's a whole hierarchy of angels- all on slats. And those little tubes-those are miracles. Joseph Campbell
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Life lives on life. This is the sense of the symbol of the Ouroboros, the serpent biting its tail. Everything that lives lives on the death of something else. Your own body will be food for something else. Anyone who denies this, anyone who holds back, is out of order. Death is an act of giving. Joseph Campbell
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You are the Hero of your own Story. Joseph Campbell
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What am I? Am I the bulb that carries the light, or am I the light of which the bulb is a vehicle? Joseph Campbell
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When you follow your bliss...doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors, and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else. Joseph Campbell
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What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else. Joseph Campbell
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Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us, the labyrinth is fully known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world. Joseph Campbell
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There is no make-believe about heaven, future bliss, and compensation, to alleviate the bitter majesty, but only utter darkness, the void of unfulfillment, to receive and eat back the lives that have been tossed forth from the womb only to fail. Joseph Campbell
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The rise and fall of civilizations in the long, broad course of history can be seen to have been largely a function of the integrity and cogency of their supporting canons of myth; for not authority but aspiration is the motivator, builder, and transformer of civilization. Joseph Campbell
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Without passion, men are not willing to pay any price or bear any burden to set the captives free. Joseph Campbell
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The entire heavenly realm is within us, but to find it we have to relate to what's outside. Joseph Campbell
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When I was in India I met and conversed briefly with Shri Atmananda Guru of Trivandrum, and the question he gave me to ponder was this: 'Where are you between two thoughts? Joseph Campbell
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Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. Negativism to the pain and ferocity of life is negativism to life. We are not there until we can say 'yea' to it all. Joseph Campbell
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We are all born as animals and live the life that animals live: we sleep, eat, reproduce, and fight. There is, however, another order of living, which the animals do not know, that of awe before the mystery of being ... that can be the root and branch of the spiritual sense of one's days. That is the birth - the Virgin Birth - in the heart of a properly human, spiritual life. Joseph Campbell
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I think it's important to live life with a knowledge of its mystery, and of your own mystery. Joseph Campbell
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She was ... the arch personification of the power of Space, Time, and Matter, within whose bound all beings arise and die: the substance of their bodies, configurator of their lives and thoughts, and receiver of their dead. And everything having form or name-including God personified as good or evil, merciful or wrathful-was her child, within her womb. Joseph Campbell
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We are having experiences all the time which may on occasion render some sense of this, a little intuition of where your bliss is. Grab it. No one can tell you what it is going to be. You have to learn to recognize your own depth. Joseph Campbell
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The concept of time shuts off eternity. Joseph Campbell
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The function of (heroic) symbols is to give you a sense of Aha! Yes, I know what it is, it's myself. Joseph Campbell
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You know, when real trouble comes your humanity is awakened. The fundamental human experience is that of compassion. Joseph Campbell
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The best things cannot be told, the second best are misunderstood. After that comes civilized conversation; after that, mass indoctrination; after that, intercultural exchange. Joseph Campbell
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People say that what we"re all seeking is a meaning for life. I do' 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. Joseph Campbell
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There are now no more horizons. And with the dissolution of horizons we have experienced and are experiencing collisions, terrific collisions, not only of peoples but also of their mythologies. It is as when dividing panels are withdrawn from between chambers of very hot and very cold airs: there is a rush of these forces together. And so we are right now in an extremely perilous age of thunder, lightning, and hurricanes all around. Joseph Campbell
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The experience of Eternity right here and now, is the function of life. Joseph Campbell
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If you go to a master to study and learn the techniques, you diligently follow all the instructions the master puts upon you. But then comes the time for using the rules in your own way and not being bound by them....You can actually forget the rules because they have been assimilated. You are an artist. Your own innocence now is of one who has become an artist, who has been, as it were, transmuted.... You can't have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules. Joseph Campbell
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When you follow your bliss a kind of track opens up, that's always been there, waiting for you. And the life that you should be living, is the one that you will be living. Joseph Campbell
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There's nothing you can do that's more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way, you will find, live, and become a realization of your own personal myth. Joseph Campbell
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Each of us has capacities. The real trick is knowing the machinery of the boat in which you are crossing the channel. Joseph Campbell
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The insecure way is the secure way. Joseph Campbell
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Every myth is psychologically symbolic. Its narratives and images are to be read, therefore, not literally, but as metaphors. Joseph Campbell
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The Navajo have that wonderful image of what they call the pollen path. The Navajo say, 'Oh, beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I'm on the pollen path.' Joseph Campbell
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Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people's religion. And religion may, in a sense, be understood as popular misunderstanding of mythology. (8) Joseph Campbell
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Mythology tells us that where you stumble, there your treasure is ... The world is a match for us, and we're a match for the world. And where it seems most challenging lies the greatest invitation to find deeper and greater power in ourselves. Joseph Campbell
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Questing... is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself. Joseph Campbell
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In meditating, meditate on your own divinity. The goal of life is to be a vehicle for something higher. Keep your eyes up there between the world of opposites watching your 'play' in the world.Let the world be as it is and learn to rock with the waves. Joseph Campbell
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All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you. Joseph Campbell
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Anyone who has had an experience of mystery knows that there is a dimension of the universe that is not that which is available to his senses. There is a pertinent saying in one of the Upanishads: When before the beauty of a sunset or of a mountain you pause and exclaim, 'Ah,' you are participating in divinity. Such a moment of participation involves a realization of the wonder and sheer beauty of existence. People living in the world of nature experience such moments every day. They live in the recognition of something there that is much greater than the human dimension. Joseph Campbell
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Successful marriage is leading innovative lives together, being open, non-programmed. It's a free fall: how you handle each new thing as it comes along. As a drop of oil on the sea, you must float, using intellect and compassion to ride the waves. Joseph Campbell
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The one radiance shines through all things. Joseph Campbell
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A woman is a vehicle of life. Life has overtaken her. Woman is what it is all about-the giving of birth and the giving of nourishment. Joseph Campbell
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Chief Seattle, of the Indians that inhabited the Seattle area, wrote a wonderful paper that has to do with putting oneself in tune with the universe. He said Joseph Campbell
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We are kept out of the Garden by our own fear and desire in relation to what we think to be the goods of our life. Joseph Campbell
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Society has provided [children] no rituals by which they become members of the tribe, of the community. All children need to be twice born, to learn to function rationally in the present world, leaving childhood behind. Joseph Campbell
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We need myths that will identify the individual not with his local group but with the planet. Joseph Campbell
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The way to find out about happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you are really happy - not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self-analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what is called following your bliss. Joseph Campbell
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When you are falling - Dive! Joseph Campbell
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There is an Indian fable of three beings who drank from a river: one was a god, and he drank ambrosia; one was a man, and he drank water; and one was a demon, and he drank filth. What you get is a function of your own consciousness. Joseph Campbell
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The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light. Joseph Campbell
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What is a god? A god is a personification of a motivating power of a value system that functions in human life and in the universe. Joseph Campbell
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The two greatest works of war mythology in the west ... are the Iliad and the Old Testament... When we turn from the Iliad and Athens to Jerusalem and the Old Testament we find a single-minded single deity with his sympathies forever on one side. And the enemy, accordingly, no matter who it may be, is handled... pretty much as though he were subhuman: not a "Thou" but an "It." Joseph Campbell
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Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is. Joseph Campbell
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The latest incarnation of Oedipus, the continued romance of Beauty and the Beast, stand this afternoon on the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, waiting for the traffic light to change. Joseph Campbell
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We are standing on a whale fishing for minnows. Joseph Campbell
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All religions are true but none are literal. Joseph Campbell
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And then he says, "The writer must be true to truth." And that's a killer, because the only way you can describe a human being truly is by describing his imperfections. The perfect human being is uninteresting - the Buddha who leaves the world, you know. It is the imperfections of life that are lovable. And when the writer sends a dart of the true word, it hurts. But it goes with love. This is what Mann called "erotic irony," the love for that which you are killing with your cruel, analytical word. Joseph Campbell
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Your ego is your embodiment and your self is your potentiality and that's what you listen to when you listen for the voice of inspiration and the voice of 'What am I here for? What can I possibly make of myself?' Joseph Campbell
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