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Joseph Campbell
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The sin of inadvertence, not being alert, not quite awake, is the sin of missing the moment of life-live with unremitting alertness. Joseph Campbell
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We're all seeking...the rapture of being alive. Joseph Campbell
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Could God exist if nobody else did? No. That's why gods are very avid for worshipers. If there is nobody to worship them, there are no gods. There are as many gods as there are people thinking about God. In choosing your god, you choose your way of looking at the universe. There are plenty of Gods. Choose yours. The god you worship is the god you deserve. Joseph Campbell
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I should have said, 'Follow your blisters.' Joseph Campbell
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Read myths. They teach you that you can turn inward, and you begin to get the message of the symbols. Read other people's myths, not those of your own religion, because you tend to interpret your own religion in terms of facts - but if you read the other ones, you begin to get the message. Joseph Campbell
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For when scrutinized in terms not of what it is but of how it functions, of how it has served mankind in the past, of how it may serve today, mythology shows itself to be as amenable as life itself to the obsessions and requirements of the individual, the race, the age. Joseph Campbell
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We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
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I try not to guess. Joseph Campbell
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What we're learning in our schools is not the wisdom of life. We're learning technologies, we're getting information. Joseph Campbell
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You can't say life is useless because it ends in the grave. Joseph Campbell
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I prefer the gradual path My feeling is that mythic forms reveal themselves gradually in the course of your life if you know what they are and how to pay attention to their emergence. My own initiation into the mythic depths of the unconscious has been through the mind, through the books that surround me in this library. I have recognized in my quest all the stages of the hero's journey. I had my calls to adventure, my guides, demons, and illuminations. Joseph Campbell
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If we fix on the old, we get stuck. Joseph Campbell
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Hell is life drying up. 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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We have today to learn to get back into accord with the wisdom of nature and realize again our brotherhood with the animals and with the water and the sea. 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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You know the rule: If you are falling, dive. Do the thing that has to be done. Joseph Campbell
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Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up. Joseph Campbell
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Your adventure has to be coming out of your own interior. If you are ready for it then doors will open where there were no doors before, and where there would not be doors for anyone else. And you must have courage. It's the call to adventure, which means there is no security, no rules. 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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The key to the Grail is compassion, 'suffering with,' feeling another's sorrow as if it were your own. The one who finds the dynamo of compassion is the one who's found the Grail. 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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So that's what destiny is: simply the fulfillment of the potentialites of the energies in your own system. Joseph Campbell
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The best we can do is lean towards the light. Joseph Campbell
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The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. Joseph Campbell
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Privation and suffering alone open the mind to all that is hidden to others. (Igjugarjuk) Joseph Campbell
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You have been thinking one way. Now you have to think a different way. Joseph Campbell
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When you find a writer who really is saying something to you, read everything that writer has written and you will get more education and depth of understanding out of that than reading a scrap here and a scrap there and elsewhere. Then go to people who influenced that writer, or those who were related to him, and your world builds together in an organic way that is really marvelous. Joseph Campbell
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Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and door will open where you didn't know they were going to be. Joseph Campbell
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One looks, looks long, and the world comes in. Joseph Campbell
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When you look at that nature world it becomes an icon, it becomes a holy picture that speaks of the origins of the world. Almost every mythology sees the origins of life coming out of water. And, curiously, that's true. It's amusing that the origin of life out of water is in myths and then again, finally, in science, we find the same thing. It's exactly so. Joseph Campbell
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If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential. Joseph Campbell
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When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed. Joseph Campbell
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Revolution doesn't have to do with smashing something, it has to do with bringing something forth. If you spend all your time thinking about that which you are attacking, then you are negatively bound to it. You have to find the zeal in yourself and bring that out. Joseph Campbell
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Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names. Joseph Campbell
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The idea of the Bodhisattva is the one who out of his realization of transcendence participates in the world. The imitation of Christ is joyful participation in the sorrows of the world. Joseph Campbell
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For people who are really alive to have life awakened is more important than to get a sandwich. Joseph Campbell
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There is no security in following the call to adventure. Joseph Campbell
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The night of December 25, to which date the Nativity of Christ was ultimately assigned, was exactly that of the birth of the Persian savior Mithra, who, as an incarnation of eternal light, was born the night of the winter solstice (then dated December 25) at midnight, the instant of the turn of the year from increasing darkness to light. Joseph Campbell
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Art is the clothing of a revelation Joseph Campbell
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We have today to learn to get back into accord with the wisdom of nature and realize again our brotherhood with the animals and with the water and the sea. To say that divinity informs the world and all things is condemned as pantheism. But pantheism is a misleading word. It suggests that a personal god is supposed to inhabit the world, but that is not the idea at all. The idea is trans-theological. It is of an indefinable, inconceivable mystery, thought of as a power, that is the source and end and supporting ground of all life and being. Joseph Campbell
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The last act in the biography of the hero is that of the death or departure. Joseph Campbell
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Every people is a chosen people in its own mind. And it is rather amusing that their name for themselves usually means mankind. Joseph Campbell
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We know that Jesus could not have ascended to heaven because there is no physical heaven anywhere in the universe. Even ascending at the speed of light, Jesus would still be in the galaxy. Joseph Campbell
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When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity. Joseph Campbell
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Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble. Joseph Campbell
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Now, when Luke Skywalker unmasks his father, he is taking off the machine role that the father has played. The father was the uniform. That is power, the state role. Joseph Campbell
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And if there was no Fall, what then of the need for Redemption? What god was offended and by whom? Some especially touchy cave bear whose skull had been improperly enshrined? Joseph Campbell
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If you are to advance, all fixed ideas must go. Joseph Campbell
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If you realize what the real problem is-losing yourself-you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial. Joseph Campbell
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There seem to be only two kinds of people: Those who think that metaphors are facts, and those who know that they are not facts. Those who know they are not facts are what we call "atheists," and those who think they are facts are "religious." Which group really gets the message? Joseph Campbell
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Marriage . . . is not a love affair; it is an ordeal. (92) Joseph Campbell
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With the moon walk, the religious myth that sustained these notions could no longer be held. With our view of earthrise, we could see that the earth and the heavens were no longer divided but that the earth is in the heavens. (105) Joseph Campbell
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Wherever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed. Joseph Campbell
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It is not only that there is no hiding place for the gods from the searching telescope and microscope; there is no such society any more as the gods once supported. Joseph Campbell
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I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I've never met an ordinary man, woman or child. Joseph Campbell
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There's nothing militant about Jesus. I don't read anything like that in any of the gospels. Peter drew his sword and cut off the servant's ear, and Jesus said, "Put back thy sword, Peter." But Peter has had his sword out and at work ever since. Joseph Campbell
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You yourself are participating in the evil, or you are not alive. Whatever you do is evil for somebody. This is one of the ironies of the whole creation. Joseph Campbell
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We have to permit go with the everyday living we had prepared so as to have the lifetime that's watching for us Joseph Campbell
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So I think the Guru can be a delusion. But everything can be deluding. The thing central about the Guru in the West is that he represents an alien principle of the spirit, namely, that you don't follow your own path; you follow a given path. And that's totaly contrary to the Western Spirit! Our spirituality is of the individual quest, individual realization- authenticity in your life out of your own center. So you must take the message of the East, assimilate it to your own dimension and to your own thrust of life, and not get pulled off track. Joseph Campbell
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We are the consciousness of the earth. We are the eyes of the earth. The voice of the earth. Joseph Campbell
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Well, one of the problems about being psychoanalyzed is, as Nietzsche said, Be careful lest in casting out your devils that you cast out the best thing that's in you. So many people who are really in deep analysis look as though and act as though they have been filleted. There's no bone there, there's no stuff! How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick. Joseph Campbell
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The function of the artist is the mythologization of the culture and the world. In the visual arts there were two men whose work handled mythological themes in a marvelous way: Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso. Joseph Campbell
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Whether you call someone a hero or a monster is all relative to where the focus of your consciousness may be. Joseph Campbell
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