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Joseph Campbell
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The experience of Eternity right here and now, is the function of life. Joseph Campbell

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

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

You know the rule: If you are falling, dive. Do the thing that has to be done. Joseph Campbell

Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up. Joseph Campbell

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

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

Questing... is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself. Joseph Campbell

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

All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you. Joseph Campbell

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

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

The one radiance shines through all things. Joseph Campbell

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

One of the great disadvantages of a literary or scriptural tradition like the biblical one is that a deity or context of deities becomes crystallized, petrified at a certain time and place. The deity does' continue to grow, expand, or take into account new cultural forces and new realizations in the sciences, and the result is this make-believe conflict we have in our culture between science and religion. Joseph Campbell

The passage of the mythological hero may be over ground, incidentally; fundamentally it is inward-into depths where obscure resistances are overcome, and long lost, forgotten powers are revivified, to be made available for the transfiguration of the world. Joseph Campbell

The quest for fire occurred not because anyone knew what the practical uses for fire would be, but because it was fascinating. Joseph Campbell

Life is a guy trying to play a violin solo in public, while learning the music and his instrument at the same time. Joseph Campbell

Money is congealed energy and releasing it releases life possibilities ... Money experienced as life energy is indeed a meditation, and letting it flow out instead of hoarding it is a mode of participation in the life of others. Joseph Campbell

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

I try not to guess. Joseph Campbell

What we're learning in our schools is not the wisdom of life. We're learning technologies, we're getting information. Joseph Campbell

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

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

We are standing on a whale fishing for minnows. Joseph Campbell

All religions are true but none are literal. Joseph Campbell

If you are falling....dive. Joseph Campbell

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

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

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

One looks, looks long, and the world comes in. Joseph Campbell

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

If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential. Joseph Campbell

When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed. Joseph Campbell

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

Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names. Joseph Campbell

Whether you call someone a hero or a monster is all relative to where the focus of your consciousness may be. Joseph Campbell

My writing is of a very different kind from anything I've heard about. All this mythological material is out there, a big gathering of stuff, and I have been reading it for some forty- or fifty-odd years. There are various ways of handling that. The most common is to put the material together and publish a scholarly book about it. But when I'm writing, I try to get a sense of an experiential relationship to the material. In fact, I can't write unless that happens ... I don't write unless the stuff is really working on me, and my selection of material depends on what works. Joseph Campbell

There have been systems of religion where the mother is the prime parent, the source, and she's really a more immediate parent than the father, because one is born from the mother...so that the image of the woman is the image of the world. Joseph Campbell

The schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight. Edgar Cayce made the same observation in his readings Joseph Campbell

So that's what destiny is: simply the fulfillment of the potentialites of the energies in your own system. Joseph Campbell

The best we can do is lean towards the light. Joseph Campbell

The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. Joseph Campbell

In the field of consciousness research-and also in physics and astronomy-we are breaking past the cause-and-effect, mechanistic way of interpreting things. In the biological sciences, there is a vitalism coming in that goes much further toward positing a common universal consciousness of which our brain is simply an organ. Consciousness does not come from the brain. The brain is an organ of consciousness. It focuses consciousness and pulls it in and directs it through a time and space field. But the antecedent of that is the universal consciousness of which we are all just a part. Joseph Campbell

Sometimes the serpent is represented as a circle eating its own tail. That's an image of life. Life sheds one generation after another, to be born again. The serpent represents immortal energy and consciousness engaged in the field of time, constantly throwing off death and being born again. There is something tremendously terrifying about life when you look at it that way. And so the serpent carries in itself the sense of both the fascination and the terror of life. Joseph Campbell

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

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

If you are to advance, all fixed ideas must go. Joseph Campbell

It's a shame to waste [the uniqueness that is you], by doing what someone else has done. Joseph Campbell

I think of compassion as the fundamental religious experience and, unless that is there, you have nothing. Joseph Campbell

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

Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and door will open where you didn't know they were going to be. Joseph Campbell

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

The last act in the biography of the hero is that of the death or departure. Joseph Campbell

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

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

I think that Jean Houston has broken through to a new understanding of the sense and uses of inward-turned contemplation-a n understanding that leaves the Freudian schools of technique and theory far behind. The accent is not on the curing of disease but on the enlargement, rather, of our health. Joseph Campbell

If you realize what the real problem is-losing yourself-you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial. Joseph Campbell

Anything you do has a still point. When you are in that still point, you can perform maximally. Joseph Campbell

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

Marriage . . . is not a love affair; it is an ordeal. (92) Joseph Campbell

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

When you are in accord with nature, nature will yield its bounty. This is something that is coming up in our own consciousness now...recognizi ng that by violating the environment in which we are living, we are really cutting off the energy and source of our own living. And it's this sense of accord, so that living properly in relation to what has to be done in this world one fosters the vitality of the environment. Joseph Campbell

Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. The damned thing in the cave that was so dreaded has become the center. Joseph Campbell

If you live with the myths in your mind, you will find yourself always in mythological situations. They cover everything that can happen to you. And that enables you to interpret the myth in relation to life, as well as life in relation to myth. Joseph Campbell

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. Fear of the unknown is our greatest fear. Many of us would enter a tiger's lair before we would enter a dark cave. While caution is a useful instinct, we lose many opportunities and much of the adventure of life if we fail to support the curious explorer within us. Joseph Campbell

There is no security in following the call to adventure. Joseph Campbell

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

Art is the clothing of a revelation Joseph Campbell

Privation and suffering alone open the mind to all that is hidden to others. (Igjugarjuk) Joseph Campbell



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