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Joseph Campbell
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Great Brahma from his mystic heaven groans, And all his priesthood moans. Joseph Campbell
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God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, 'Ah! Joseph Campbell
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When you translate the Bible with excessive literalism, you demythologize it. The possibility of a convincing reference to the individual's own spiritual experience is lost. (111) Joseph Campbell
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Typically, the hero of the fairy tale achieves a domestic, microcosmic triumph, and the hero of myth a world-historica l, macrocosmic triumph. Whereas the former-the youngest or despised child who becomes the master of extraordinary powers-prevails over his personal oppressors, the latter brings back from his adventure the means for the regeneration of his society as a whole. Joseph Campbell
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Their task [creative artists], therefore, is to communicate directly from one inward world to another, in such a way that an actual shock of experience will have been rendered: not a mere statement for the information or persuasion of a brain, but an effective communication across the void of space and time from one center of consciousness to another. Joseph Campbell
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One cannot predict the next mythology any more than one can predict tonight's dream; for a mythology is not an ideology. It is not something projected from the brain, but something experienced from the heart, from recognition of identities behind or within the appearances of nature, perceiving with love a 'thou' where there would otherwise have been only an 'it.' Joseph Campbell
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To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is - not the quick little excitement , but the real deep, life-filling bliss. Joseph Campbell
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We can safely say, therefore, that whereas some moralists may find it possible to make a distinction between two spheres and reigns-one of flesh, the other of the spirit, one of time, the other of eternity-where ever love arises such definitions vanish, and a sense of life awakens in which all such oppositions are at one. Joseph Campbell
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..enlarge the pupil of the eye, so that the body with its attendant personality will no longer obstruct the view. Immortality is then experienced as a present fact... Joseph Campbell
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Myths are so intimately bound to culture, time, and place that unless the symbols, the metaphors, are kept alive by constant recreation through the arts, the life just slips away from them. Joseph Campbell
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Money is congealed energy, and releasing it releases life's possibilities. Joseph Campbell
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It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward. Joseph Campbell
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Your own path you make with every step you take. That's why it's your path. Joseph Campbell
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Both the artist and the lover know that perfection is not loveable. It is the clumsiness of a fault that makes a person lovable. Joseph Campbell
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Every hero must have the courage to be alone, to take the journey for himself. Joseph Campbell
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All we really want to do is dance. Joseph Campbell
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Man actually needs the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. Joseph Campbell
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If you want to know what a given society believes in, look at what its largest buildings are devoted to. Joseph Campbell
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In marriage you are not sacrificing yourself to the other person. You are sacrificing yourself to the relationship. Joseph Campbell
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Awe is what moves us forward. Joseph Campbell
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Following your bliss is not self-indulgent, but vital; your whole physical system knows that this is the way to be alive in this world and the way to give to the world the very best that you have to offer. There IS a track just waiting for each of us and once on it, doors will open that were not open before and would not open for anyone else. Joseph Campbell
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As Freud has shown, blunders are not the merest chance. They are the result of suppressed desires and conflicts. They are ripples on the surface of life, produced by unsuspected springs. And these may be very deep - as deep as the soul itself. The blunder may amount to the opening of a destiny. Joseph Campbell
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The hero's journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, 'Look, you're in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that's not been touched. So you're at home here? Well, there's not enough of you there.' And so it starts. Joseph Campbell
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The adventure evoked a quality of his character that he didn't know he possessed. Joseph Campbell
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The conquest of fear yields the courage of life. That is the cardinal initiation of every heroic adventure- fearlessness and achievement. Joseph Campbell
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The hero journey is inside of you; tear off the veils and open the mystery of your self. Joseph Campbell
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When your mind is simply trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image. Joseph Campbell
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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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Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. Joseph Campbell
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You don't ask what a dance means. You enjoy it. You don't ask what the world means. You enjoy it. You don't ask what you mean. You enjoy it. Joseph Campbell
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A hero is not a champion of things become, but of things becoming; the dragon to be slain by him is precisely the monster of the status quo. Joseph Campbell
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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
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The role of the artist I now understood as that of revealing through the world-surfaces the implicit forms of the soul, and the great agent to assist the artist was the myth. 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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Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation.... Joseph Campbell
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A temple is a landscape of the soul. Joseph Campbell
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The perfect human being is uninteresting-the Buddha who leaves the world, you know. It is the imperfections of life that are lovable. 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 doesn't 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 myth does not point to a fact; the myth points beyond facts to something that informs the fact Joseph Campbell
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If marriage isn't a first priority in your life, you're not married. Joseph Campbell
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The call to adventure signifies that destiny has summoned the hero. Joseph Campbell
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Freud tells us to blame our parents for all the shortcomings of our life, Marx tells us to blame the upper class of our society. But the only one to blame is oneself. Joseph Campbell
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God is an intelligible sphere-a sphere known to mind, not to the senses-whose center is everywhere and whose circumference nowhere. Joseph Campbell
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This is all I ever wanted - to help students and artists see myth as a reflection of the one sublime adventure of life, and then to breathe new life into it. Joseph Campbell
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You are more than you think you are. There are dimensions of your being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in your concept of yourself. Your life is much deeper and broader than you conceive it to be here. What you are living is but a fractional inkling of what is really within you, what gives you life, breadth, and depth. Joseph Campbell
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Eternity is not future or past. Eternity is a dimension of now. Joseph Campbell
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This, I believe, is the great Western truth: that each of us is a completely unique creature and that, if we are ever to give any gift to the world, it will have to come out of our own experience and fulfillment of our own potentialities, not someone else's. Joseph Campbell
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In the older view the goddess Universe was alive, herself organically the Earth, the horizon, and the heavens. Now she is dead, and the universe is not an organism, but a building, with gods at rest in it in luxury: not as personifications of the energies in their manners of operation, but as luxury tenants, requiring service. And Man, accordingly, is not as a child born to flower in the knowledge of his own eternal portion but as a robot fashioned to serve. Joseph Campbell
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It's a wonderful, wonderful opera, except that it hurts. Joseph Campbell
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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
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The perfect human being is uninteresting - the Buddha who leaves the world, you know. It is the imperfections of life that are lovable. Joseph Campbell
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What millions died that Caesar might be great? Joseph Campbell
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The ultimate dreamer is Vishnu floating on the cosmic Milky Ocean, couched upon the coils of the abyssal serpent Ananta, the meaning of whose name is Unending. In the foreground stand the five Pandava brothers, heroes of the epic Mahabharata, with Draupadi, their wife: allegorically, she is the mind and they are the five senses. Joseph Campbell
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The purpose of the journey is compassion. When you have come past the pairs of opposites, you have reached compassion. Joseph Campbell
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Mythology is often defined as 'other peoples' religions', religion can be thought of as misinterpreted mythology. Joseph Campbell
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If you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen. Joseph Campbell
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The mighty hero of extraordinary powers, able to lift Mount Govardhan on a finger, and to fill himself with the terrible glory of the universe, is each of us: not the physical self visible in the mirror, but the King within. Joseph Campbell
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The hero, whether god or goddess, man or woman, the figure in a myth or the dreamer of a dream discovers and assimilates his opposite (his own unsuspected self) either by swallowing it or by being swallowed. Joseph Campbell
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In the Orient the ultimate divine mystery is sought beyond all human categories of thought and feeling, beyond names and forms, and absolutely beyond any such concept as of a merciful or wrathful personality, chooser of one people over another, comforter of folk who pray, and destroyer of those who do not. Such anthropomorphic attributions of human sentiments and thoughts to a mystery beyond thought is-from the point of view of Indian thought-a style of religion for children. Joseph Campbell
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When an idea is important to a person or culture it will find its way into imagery. Joseph Campbell
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Christianity is' moving people's lives today. What's moving people's lives is the stock market and the baseball scores. What are people excited about? It's a totally materialistic level that has taken over the world. There is' even an ideal that anybody's fighting for. Joseph Campbell
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People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. Joseph Campbell
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They thought that it would be a disgrace to go forth as a group. Each entered the forest at a point that he himself had chosen, where it was darkest and there was no path. If there is a path it is someone else's path and you are not on the adventure. Joseph Campbell
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Just think, Vishnu sleeps in the cosmic ocean, and the lotus of the universe grows from his navel. On the lotus sits Brahma, the creator. Brahma opens his eyes, and a world comes into being, governed by an Indra. Brahma closes his eyes, and a world goes out of being. The life of a Brahma is 432,000 years. When he dies, the lotus goes back, and another lotus is formed, and another Brahma. Then think of the galaxies beyond galaxies in infinite space, each a lotus, with a Brahma sitting on it, opening his eyes, closing his eyes. Joseph Campbell
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Our life evokes our character and you find out more about yourself as you go on. Joseph Campbell
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We save the world by being alive ourselves. Joseph Campbell
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The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here is the place to have the experience. Joseph Campbell
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The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination. Joseph Campbell
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Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths. We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. I have bought this wonderful machine - a computer ... it seems to me to be an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy. Joseph Campbell
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The demon that you can swallow gives you it's power, and the greater life's pain, the greater life's reply. Joseph Campbell
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