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Joseph Campbell
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If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's. Joseph Campbell

Eternity is not a long time; rather, it is another dimension. It is that dimension to which time-thinking shuts us. And so there never was a creation. Rather, there is a continuous creating going on. This energy is pouring into every cell of our being right now, every board and brick of the buildings we sit in, every grain of sand and wisp of wind. Joseph Campbell

You can't have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules Joseph Campbell

Myths are the world's dreams. They are archetypal dreams and deal with great human problems. Myths and dreams come from the same place. They come from realizations of some kind that then have to find expression in symbolic form. Joseph Campbell

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths. Joseph Campbell

Now all the myths that you have heard and that resonate with you, those are the elements from round about that you are building into a form in your life. The thing worth considering is how they relate to each other in your context, not how they relate to something out there-how they were relevant on the North American prairies or in the Asian jungles hundreds of years agon, but how they are relevant now-unless by contemplating their former meaning you can begin to amplify your own understanding of the role they play in your life. Joseph Campbell

Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures. Joseph Campbell

Our true reality is in our identity and unity with all life. Joseph Campbell

Respect your curses, for they are the instruments of your destiny. Joseph Campbell

The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. Joseph Campbell

Thinking in mythological terms helps to put you in accord with the inevitables of this vale of tears. You learn to recognize the positive values in what appear to be the negative moments and aspects of your life. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. Joseph Campbell

Every story you tell is your own story. Joseph Campbell

What is unknown is the fulfillment of your own unique life, the likes of which has never existed on earth. And you are the only one who can do it. People can give you clues how to fall and when to stand, and when you are falling and when you are standing, this only you can know. And in the way of your own talents is the only way to do it. Joseph Campbell

Out of perfection nothing can be made. Every process involves breaking something up. The earth must be broken to bring forth life. If the seed does not die there is no plant. Bread results from the death of wheat. Life lives on lives. Our own life lives on the acts of other people. If you are lifeworthy, you can take it. Joseph Campbell

When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, 'Ah,' you are participating in divinity. Joseph Campbell

Myths are stories for our search through the ages for truth, for meaning, for significance. We all need to tell our story and to understand our story. We all need to understand death and to cope with death, and we all need help in our passages from birth to live and then to death. We need for life to signify, to touch the eternal, to understand the mysterious, to find out who we are. Joseph Campbell

Man should not be in the service of society, society should be in the service of man. When man is in the service of society, you have a monster state, and that's what is threatening the world at this minute. ... Joseph Campbell

We're in a freefall into future. We don't know where we're going. Things are changing so fast, and always when you're going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. And all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It's a very interesting shift of perspective and that's all it is... joyful participation in the sorrows and everything changes. Joseph Campbell

Midlife is when you reach the top of the ladder and find that it was against the wrong wall. Joseph Campbell

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody, you don't know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen. Joseph Campbell

The goal is to live with God like composure on the full rush of energy, like Dionysus riding the leopard, without being torn to pieces. Joseph Campbell

Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth-penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told. Joseph Campbell

If you are on the right path you will find that invisible hands are helping. Joseph Campbell

Suddenly you're ripped into being alive. And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror, but my god you're alive and its spectacular. 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

Dragons, you know, we have a good deal of biology and zoology about the dragon; we know their habits. The dragon tends to guard things, and he usually has these guarded in a cave... Now dragons don't know what to do either with beautiful girls or gold, but they just hang on. There are people like this. We call them creeps. Joseph Campbell

Love is the burning point of life, and since all life is sorrowful, so is love. The stronger the love, the more the pain. Love itself is pain, you might say -the pain of being truly alive. Joseph Campbell

Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or the highroad to the soul's destination. Joseph Campbell

A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. A goal is what specifically you intend to make happen. Dreams and goals should be just out of your present reach but not out of sight. Dreams and goals are coming attractions in your life. Joseph Campbell

An old Apache storyteller reminds us: "The plants, rocks, fire, water, all are alive. They watch us and see our needs. They seek when we have nothing to protect us, and it is then that they reveal themselves and speak to us." Joseph Campbell

I do' think people are really seeking the meaning of Life. I think we"re seeking an experience of being alive...we want to feel the rapture of being alive Joseph Campbell

Not all who hesitate are lost. The psyche has many secrets in reserve. And these are not disclosed unless required. Joseph Campbell

For if anything is capable of making a poet of a literary man, it is my hometown love of the human, the living and ordinary. Joseph Campbell

Any god who can invent hell is no candidate for the Salvation Army Joseph Campbell

The function of the society is to cultivate the individual. It is not the function of the individual to support society. Joseph Campbell

It is within you that the divine lives. Joseph Campbell

If there were already a path, it would have to be someone else's; the whole point is to find your own way. Joseph Campbell

The usual marriage in traditional cultures was arranged for by the families. It wasn't a person-to-person decision at all. . . . In the Middle Ages, that was the kind of marriage that was sanctified by the Church. And so the troubadour idea of real person-to-person Amor was very dangerous. . . . It is in direct contradiction to the way of the Church. The word AMOR spelt backwards is ROMA, the Roman Catholic Church, which was justifying marriages that were simply political and social in their character. And so came this movement validating individual choice, what I call following your bliss. Joseph Campbell

The conquest of the fear of death is the recovery of life's joy. One can experience an unconditional affirmation of life only when one has accepted death, not as contrary to life, but as an aspect of life. Life in its becoming is always shedding death, and on the point of death. The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure - fearlessness and achievement. Joseph Campbell

The best advise is to take it all as if it had been your intention. Joseph Campbell

People who don't have a concept of the whole can do very unfortunate things. Joseph Campbell

Sit in a room and read-and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time. Joseph Campbell

In choosing your god, you choose your way of looking at the universe. There are plenty of Gods. Choose yours. Joseph Campbell

It's only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world. Joseph Campbell

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. Joseph Campbell

The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. Joseph Campbell

There are something like 18 billion cells in the brain alone. There are no two brains alike; there are no two hands alike; there are no two human beings alike. You can take your instructions and your guidance from others, but you must find your own path. Joseph Campbell

There is a God inside my PC. An Old-Testament God with lots of arbitrary rules and utterly no mercy. Joseph Campbell

The perfect human being is uninteresting. Joseph Campbell

The privilege of a lifetime is beingwho you are.The goal of the hero tripdown to the jewel pointis to find those levels in the psychethat open, open, openand finally open to the mystery of your Selfbeing Buddha consciousnessor the Christ.That's the journey. Joseph Campbell

The process of nature cannot be evil. Joseph Campbell

The importance of the End of time is as ... a psychological event ... When you have seen the radiance of eternity through all the forms of time ... and it is the function of art to make that visible to you ... then you have really have ended life in the world as it is lived by those who only think only in the historical, concretizing terms. This is the function of mythology. Joseph Campbell

This death to the logic of emotional commitments of our chance moment in the world of space and time, this recognition of, the shift of our emphasis to, the universal life that throbs and celebrates its victory in the very kiss of our own annihilation, this amor fati, 'love of fate,' love of the fate that is inevitably death, constitutes the experience of the tragic art... Joseph Campbell

It is not society which is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. Joseph Campbell

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

This thing up here, this consciousness, thinks it's running the shop. It's a secondary organ. It's a secondary organ of a total human being, and it must not put itself in control. It must submit and serve the humanity of the body. Joseph Campbell

As a white candle In a holy place, So is the beauty Of an aged face. Joseph Campbell

There is perhaps nothing worse than reaching the top of the ladder and discovering that you're on the wrong wall. Joseph Campbell

Let the world be as it is and learn to rock with the waves. Joseph Campbell

Instead of clearing his own heart the zealot tries to clear the world. Joseph Campbell

For we have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heros of all time have gone before us... Joseph Campbell

Regrets are illuminations come too late. Joseph Campbell

All life stinks and you must embrace that with compassion. Joseph Campbell

You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential. Joseph Campbell

I don't have to have faith, I have experience. Joseph Campbell

The essence of oneself and the essence of the world: these two are one. [ The aim is not to see, but to realize that one is, that essence; then one is free to wander as that essence in the world.] Hence separateness, withdrawal, is no longer necessary. Wherever the hero may wander, whatever he may do, he is ever in the presence of his own essence-for he has the perfected eye to see. Joseph Campbell

You don't have to believe that there was a King Arthur to get the significance of those stories, but Christians say we have to believe there was a Christ, or the miracles don't make sense. Joseph Campbell

Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes? Joseph Campbell

It [music] has an awakening function. Life is a rhythm. Art is an organization of rhythms. Music is a fundamental art that touches our will system. In Schopenhauer's The World as Will and Idea he speaks of music as the sound that awakens the will. The rhythm of the music awakens certain life rhythms, ways of living and experiencing life. So it's an awakener of life. Joseph Campbell

Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called "the love of your fate." Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, "This is what I need." It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment-not discouragement-you will find the strength is there. Any disaster you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. Joseph Campbell



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