Monday, October 11, 2010

Follow Your Bliss- Joseph Campbell Perspective on Life

Essentially seek the things you love (children, art, career, lovers, hobbies) like a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond, for this is your bliss or passion- and if your heart is afire with this sacred flame- you will be an individual who is on their own path. If we could all move to that space and time- the world will still be messy but we will have paths that are burnt by heroes and it will clean up that space for the next hero on the horizon.
Kori Fitch After reading JC

The warrior's approach is to say "yes" to life: "yea" to it all.

Participate joyfully

in the sorrows of the world.

We cannot cure the worlds of sorrows,

but we can choose to live in joy.

When we talk abut

settling the world's problems,

we're barking up the wrong tree.

The world is perfect. It's a mess.

It has always been a mess.

We are not going to change it.

OUr job is to straighten out our

own lives.

We must be willling to get rid of the

life we've planned, so as to have

the life that is waiting for us.

The old sckin has to be shed

before the new one can come.

If we fix on the old, we get stuck.

When we hang onto any form,

we are in danger of putrefaction.

Hell is life drying up.

The Hoarder,

the one in us that wants to keep,

to hold on, must be killed.

If we are hanging onto the form now,

we're not going to have the form next.

You can't make an omelet without breaking

the eggs.

Destruction before creation.

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.

Life lives on lives.

Our own life

lives on the acts

of other people.

If you are lifeworthy,

you can take it.

What we are really living for

is the experience of life,

both the pain and the pleasure.

The world is a match for us.

we are a match for the world.


Eternity is a dimension

of here and now.

The divine lives within you.

Live from your own center.

Your real duty is to go

away from the community

to find your bliss.

The society is the enemy

when it imposes its structures

on the individual.

On the dragon there are many scales.

Everyone of them says "Thou Shalt."

When one has killed that dragon,

on has become The Child.

Breaking out

is following your bliss pattern,

quitting the old place,

starting your hero journey,

following your bliss.

....Follow your bliss.

The heroic life is living the individual adventure.

There is no security in

following the call to adventure.

To refuse the call means


You enter the forest at the

darkest point, where there is no path.

....It is by going down into the

abyss that we recover the treasures of life.

Where you stumble,

there lies your treasure.

....In loving the spritual,

you cannot despise the earthly.

The purpose of the journey is compassion.

Sri Ramakrishna said:

"Do not seek illumination

unless you seek it

as a man whose hair is on fire

seeks a pond."

Joseph Campbell

A Joseph Cambbell Companion

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