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Joseph Campbell
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You have been thinking one way. Now you have to think a different way. Joseph Campbell

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

We are the consciousness of the earth. We are the eyes of the earth. The voice of the earth. Joseph Campbell

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

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

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

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

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

Wherever the poetry of myth is interpreted as biography, history, or science, it is killed. Joseph Campbell

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

I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I've never met an ordinary man, woman or child. Joseph Campbell

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

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

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

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

For people who are really alive to have life awakened is more important than to get a sandwich. Joseph Campbell

No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities. Joseph Campbell

I think a person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave. Work begins when you don't like what you're doing. There's a wise saying: make your hobby your source of income. Then there's no such thing as work, and there's no such thing as getting tired. That's been my own experience. I did just what I wanted to do. It takes a little courage at first, because who the hell wants you to do just what you want to do; they've all got lots of plans for you. But you can make it happen. Joseph Campbell

I always tell my students follow your bliss. When you have that feeling then stay with it and don't let anyone throw you off. Joseph Campbell

The idea of Buddha consciousness is that all beings are Buddha beings, and your whole function in meditation and everything else is to find that Buddha consciousness within and live out of that, instead of the interests of the eyes and ears. Joseph Campbell

If you want to find out what it means to have a society without any rituals, read the New York Times. Joseph Campbell

Everything starts with a story. Joseph Campbell

All the old bindings are broken. Cosmological centers now are anywhere and everywhere. The earth is a heavenly body, most beautiful of all, and all poetry is now archaic that fails to match the wonder of this view. Joseph Campbell

Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes. Joseph Campbell

The function of ritual... is to give form to the human life, not in the way of a mere surface arrangement, but in depth. Joseph Campbell

Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late. Joseph Campbell

It is the function of art to carry us beyond speech to experience. Joseph Campbell

Mythology is composed by poets out of their insights and realizations. Mythologies are not invented; they are found. You can no more tell us what your dream is going to be tonight than we can invent a myth. Myths come from the mystical region of essential experience. Joseph Campbell

The happy ending of the fairy tale, the myth, and the divine comedy of the soul, is to be read, not as a contradiction, but as a transcendence of the universal tragedy of man. The objective world remains what it was, but, because of a shift of emphasis within the subject, is beheld as though transformed. Where formerly life and death contended, now enduring being is made manifest-as indifferent to the accidents of time as water boiling in a pot is to the destiny of a bubble, or as the cosmos to the appearance and disappearance of a galaxy of stars. Joseph Campbell

I think of mythology as a function of biology; the energies of the body are the energies that move the imagination. These energies are the source, then, of mythological imagery; in a mythological organization of symbols, the conflicts between the different organic impulses within the body are resolved and harmonized. You might say mythology is a formula for the harmonization of the energies of life. Joseph Campbell

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. Joseph Campbell

You've got to find the force inside you. Joseph Campbell

The seizure of passionate love can be, in such a context, only illicit, breaking in upon the order of one's dutiful life in virtue as a devastating storm. Joseph Campbell

What you have to do, you do with play. The universe is God's play. Joseph Campbell

I do' think there is any such thing as an ordinary mortal. Everybody has his own possibility of rapture in the experience of life. All he has to do is recognize it and then cultivate it and get going with it. I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I"ve never met an ordinary man, woman, or child. 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

Eternity has nothing to do with the hereafter... This is it... If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here's the place to have the experience. Joseph Campbell

If you follow your bliss...the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Joseph Campbell

All men are capable of reason. That is the fundamental principle of democracy Because everybody's mind is capable of true knowledge, you don't have to have a special authority, or a special revelation telling you that this is the way things should be. Joseph Campbell

Every religion, every mythology is true in this sense: It is true as metaphorical of the human and cosmic mystery. Joseph Campbell

Our demons are our own limitations, which shut us off from the realization of the ubiquity of the spirit . . . each of these demons is conquered in a vision quest. Joseph Campbell

How do you find the divine power in yourself? The word enthusiasm means 'filled with a god,' so what makes you enthusiastic? Follow it. So I have a little word: follow your bliss. The bliss is the message of God to yourself. That's where your life is. Joseph Campbell

Poetry comes out of an elite experience, the experience of people whose ears are opened to the song of the universe. Joseph Campbell

The Deadheads are doing the dance of life and this I would say is the answer to the atom bomb. Joseph Campbell

[T]he experience of mystery comes not from expecting it but through yielding all your programs, because your programs are based on fear and desire. Drop them and the radiance comes. (16) Joseph Campbell

I don't think there is any such thing as an ordinary mortal. Everybody has his own possibility of rapture in the experience of life. All he has to do is recognize it and then cultivate it and get going with it. I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I've never met an ordinary man, woman, or child. Joseph Campbell

The psychological dangers through which earlier generations were guided by the symbols and spiritual exercises of their mythological and religious inheritance, we today (in so far as we are unbelievers, or, if believers, in so far as our inherited beliefs fail to represent the real problems of contemporary life) must face alone, or, at best with only tentative, impromptu, and not often very effective guidance. This is our problem as modern, "enlightened" individuals, for whom all gods and devils have been rationalized out of existence. Joseph Campbell

Whatever the hell happens, say, 'This is what I need.' Joseph Campbell

Behind all these manifestations is the one radiance, which shines through all things. The function of art is to reveal this radiance through the created object. Joseph Campbell

The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves Joseph Campbell

The place to find is within yourself. Joseph Campbell

He who thinks he knows, doesn't know. He who knows that he doesn't know, knows. Joseph Campbell

If you really want to help this world, what you will have to teach is how to live in it. Joseph Campbell

If you have the guts to follow the risk...if one follows what I call one's "bliss" - the thing that really gets you deep in the gut and that you feel is your life - doors will open up...if you follow your bliss, you'll have your bliss, whether you have money or not. Joseph Campbell

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. 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

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

Life is but a mask worn on the face of death. And is death, then, but another mask? 'How many can say,' asks the Aztec poet, 'that there is, or is not, a truth beyond?' Joseph Campbell

Do what gives you bliss. Joseph Campbell

What's made up in the head is the fiction. What comes out of the heart is a myth. Joseph Campbell

You know, I didn't write my books for critics and scholars. I wrote them for students and artists. When I hear how much my work has meant to them-well, I can't tell you how happy that makes me. That means that this great stuff of myth, which I have been so privileged to work with, will be kept alive for a whole new generation. That's the function of the artists, you know, to reinterpret the old stories and make them come alive again, in poetry, painting, and now in movies. Joseph Campbell

The Greeks, it will be recalled, regarded Eros, the god of love, as the eldest of the gods; but also as the youngest, born fresh and dewy-eyed in every living heart. Joseph Campbell

People forget facts, but they remember stories. Joseph Campbell

The Fates guide those who will and drag those who won't! Joseph Campbell

Dream is the personalized myth, myth the depersonalized dream. Joseph Campbell

The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure-fearlessness and achievement. Joseph Campbell

When you see the Earth from space, you don't see any divisions of nation-states there. This may be the symbol of the new mythology to come; this is the country we will celebrate, and these are the people we are one with. Joseph Campbell

A bit of advice Given to a young Native American At the time of his initiation: As you go the way of life, You will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think. Joseph Campbell

We're not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes. Joseph Campbell

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. Joseph Campbell



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