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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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The myth is the public domain and the dream is the private myth. If your private myth, your dream, happens to coincide with that of the society, you are in good accord with your group. If it isn't, you've got a long adventure in the dark forest ahead of you. Joseph Campbell
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Wisdom and foolishness are practically the same. Both are indifferent to the opinions of the world 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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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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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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Mythologies, in other words, mythologies and religions are great poems and, when recognized as such, point infallibly through things and events to the ubiquity of a 'presence' or 'eternity' that is whole and entire in each. In this function all mythologies, all great poetries, and all mystic traditions are in accord; and where any such inspiriting vision remains effective in a civilization, everything and every creature within its range is alive. Joseph Campbell
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Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or highroad to the soul's destination. 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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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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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 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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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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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
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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
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The quest for fire occurred not because anyone knew what the practical uses for fire would be, but because it was fascinating. Joseph Campbell
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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The call to adventure is the point in a person's life when they are first given notice that everything is going to change, whether they know it or not. Joseph Campbell
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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
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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Anything you do has a still point. When you are in that still point, you can perform maximally. 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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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