Most people spend their days doing meaningless activities. Few people have learned to spend their time on a craft that demands our highest selves. We’ve forgotten our beauty. Which leads us to always begging for the eyes of people to save us. As we discover our lives have no purpose we grow wearier and wearier with the passage of time. We have no inner resource to use for our elevation. And when those prayers go unanswered we are left without a sense of possibility. We are left without stories to save our souls. Myths provide that story. As our perspective rises to the significance of our suffering we align with our highest potential. Not only for us, but for the people in our lives. Joseph Campbell speaks on the necessity of faith in life in order to become the incarnate God saying:
The world of human life is now the problem. Guided by the practical judgment of the kings and the instruction of the priests of the dice of divine revelation, the field of consciousness so contracts that the grand lines of the human comedy are lost in a welter of cross-purposes. Men’s perspectives become flat, comprehending only the light-reflecting, tangible surfaces of existence. The vista into depth closes over. The significant form of the human agony is lost to view. Society lapses into mistake and disaster. The Little Ego has usurped the judgment seat of the Self.
The discovery of our true selves is the redemption of the soul. Throwing away the garments of our cultures we began the long journey towards freedom. Jesus, Buddha, Osiris, and Hercules provide grand examples for our divine mission. We must follow these teachings and walk the path in order to live recognizing everything is connected. We are reborn in relationship with the whole meaning of the universe. Joseph teaches us the necessity of following our bliss. For we must choose to make something out of this life.
If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. 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. Where is your bliss station? You have to try to find it.
We are the only hope for our salvation, and that statement can become tiring, frustrating, and worrisome; some days I dream of someone killing me to save me from dealing with poverty and failure. But other days have visions of becoming a hero, I have these deep revelations that feel almost like memories of actualizing my destiny and becoming the founder of an everlasting style. How we bear these two dreams determines our lives, for we must remember our beauty on the days we want to die in order to solve the most important mystery of our time–Man. Once we commit to knowing a little more about this mystery each day we can develop a perfect human spirit alert to the needs and hopes of the heart. Joseph Campbell points to poets as the most attentive of listeners to the language of bliss:
Poets are simply those who have made a profession and a lifestyle of being in touch with their bliss. Most people are concerned with other things. They get themselves involved in economic and political activities, or get drafted into a war that isn’t the one they’re interested in, and it may be difficult to hold to this umbilical under those circumstances. That is a technique each one has to work out for himself somehow.
Through The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell, analyzes the humankind from a mythological and symbolistic point of view to prove that all humans have similar core concepts written in them, such as the monomyth, which is a way of narrating stories that people from all over the world do alike. The Hero With a Thousand Faces explores the common themes and story elements that define the world’s mythologies—the hero’s journey.
Through the cycle of initiation, separation, and return, the hero undergoes great trials and tribulations, experiences death and rebirth, and gains new powers that enable mankind’s ultimate redemption. Far from being obsolete relics from long-extinguished civilizations, the myths of the ancients have profound lessons for today’s reader. By studying the struggles, transformations, and redemptions of the great heroes, we come closer to discovering the universal truths of the human condition and unlocking the divine potential that lies inside us all.
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