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Joseph Campbell (Writer)

It's only when atames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the .
Joseph Campbell self
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Joseph Campbell world
Where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be , we shall be with all the world.
Joseph Campbell war
Wherever themay wander, whatever he may do, he is ever in the presence of his own essence — for he has the perfected eye to see. There is no separateness.
Joseph Campbell hate
In the absence of an effective general , each of us has his private, unrecognized, rudimentary, yet secretly potent pantheon of .
Joseph Campbell men
It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward, in counteraction to those that tend to tie it back. In fact, it may very well be that the very high incidence of neuroticism among ourselves follows the decline among us of such effective spiritual aid. We remain fixated to the unexorcised images of our infancy, and hence disinclined to the necessary passages of our adulthood.
Joseph Campbell war
If we could dredge up something forgotten not only by ourselves but by our whole generation or our entire civilization, we should become indeed the , theof the day—a personage of not only local but world historical moment. In a word: the first work of the hero is to retreat from the world scene of secondary effects to those causal zones of the psyche where the difficulties really reside, and there to clarify the difficulties, eradicate them in his own case (i.e., give battle to the nursery demons of his local culture) and break through to the undistorted, direct experience and assimilation of whatcalled "the ." This is the process known toandphilosophy as viveka, "dicrimination."
Joseph Campbell philosophy
Dream is personalized myth, myth is depersonalized dream; both myth and dream are symbolic in the same general way of the dynamics of the psyche. But in the dream the forms areby the peculiar troubles of the dreamer, whereas in myth the problem and solutions shown are directly valid for all mankind.
Joseph Campbell dream
The multitude of men and women choose the less adventurous way of the comparatively unconscious civic and tribal routines. But these seekers, too, are saved—by the virtue of the inherited symbolic aids of society, the rites of passage, the grace-yielding sacraments, given to mankind of old by the redeemers and handed down through the millenniums. It is only those who know neither an inner call nor an outer doctrine whose plight is truly desperate; that is to say, most of us today, in thiswithout and within the heart. Alas, where is the guide, that fond virgin, , to supply the simple clue that will give us the courage to face the , and the means to find our way to freedom when the monster has been met and slain?
Joseph Campbell women
Most curiously, the verywho, in the service of the, was thebehind the horror of the , quite as readily can serve the purposes of . But the - must be at . ...He is the hero of the way of thought—singlehearted, courageous, and full of faith that the truth, as he finds it, shall make us free.
Joseph Campbell truth
Centuries of husbandry, decades of diligent culling, the work of numerous hearts and hands, have gone into the hackling, sorting, and spinning of this tightly twisted yarn. Furthermore, we have not even tothealone; for the heroes of have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a ; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; and where we had thought to be , we shall be with all the .
Joseph Campbell war
The happy ending is justly scorned as a misrepresentation; for the world, as we know it, as we have seen it, yields but one ending; death, disintegration, dismemberment, and the crucifixion of our heart with the passing of the forms which we have loved.
Joseph Campbell love
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 , "love of fate," love of the fate that is inevitably death, constitutes the experience of the tragic art...
Joseph Campbell love
There is no make-believe about heaven, future bliss, and compensation, to alleviate the bitter majesty, but only utter darkness, the void of unfulfillment, to receive and eat back the lives that have been tossed forth from the womb only to fail.
Joseph Campbell future
No tribal rite has yet been recorded which attempts to keep winter from descending; on the contrary: the rites all prepare theto endure, together with the rest of , the season of the terrible cold.
Joseph Campbell winter
Sober, modern Occidental judgement is founded on a total misunderstanding of the realities depicted in the fairy tale, the myth, and the divineof . These, in the ancient world, were regarded as of a higher rank than , of a deeper truth, of a more difficult realization, of a sounder structure, and of a revelation more complete.
Joseph Campbell truth
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. ...Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachment to the forms... the two are the terms of a single mythological theme... the down-going and the up-coming ( and ), which together constitute the totality of the revelation that is life, and which the individual must know and love if he is to be purged (=) of the contagion of sin (disobedience to the divine will) and death (identification with the mortal form).
Joseph Campbell love
The passage of the mythological hero may be overground, incidentally; fundamentally it is inward—into depths where obscure resistances are overcome, and long lost, forgotten powers are revivified, to be made available for the transfiguration of the world. ...Something of the light that blazes invisible within the abysses of its normally opaque materiality breaks forth, with an increasing uproar. The dreadful mutilations are then seen as shadows, only, of an immanent, imperishable eternity; time yields to glory; and the world sings with the prodigious, angelic, but perhaps finally monotonous, siren music of the spheres. Like happy families, the myths and the worlds redeemed are all alike.
Joseph Campbell war
Everywhere, no matter what the sphere of interest (whether religious, political, or personal), the really creative acts are represented as those deriving from some sort of dying to the world; and what happens in the interval of the hero's nonentity, so that he comes back as one reborn, made great and filled with creative power, mankind is also unanimous in declaring. We shall have only to follow, therefore, a multitude of heroic figures through the classic stages of the universal adventure in order to see again what has always been revealed. ...the singleness of the human spirit in its aspirations, powers, vicissitudes, and wisdom.
Joseph Campbell wisdom
For when scrutinized in terms not of what it is but of how it functions, of how it has servedin the past, of how it may serve today, mythology shows itself to be as amenable as life itself to the obsessions and requirements of the individual, the race, the age. 
Joseph Campbell life
The tribal ceremonies of birth, initiation, marriage, burial, installation, and so forth, serve to translate the individual’s life-crises and life-deeds into classic, impersonal forms. They disclose him to himself, not as this personality or that, but as the warrior, the bride, the widow, the priest, the chieftain; at the same time rehearsing for the rest of the community the old lesson of the archetypal stages.
Joseph Campbell life
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. There is no separateness. Thus, just as the way of social participation may lead in the end to a realization of the All in the individual, so that of exile brings the hero to the Self in all.
Joseph Campbell art
It is not only that there is no hiding place for thefrom the searching telescope and microscope; there is no such society any more as the gods once supported.
Joseph Campbell god
The modern hero-deed must be that of questing to bring toagain the lost Atlantis of the co-ordinated .
Joseph Campbell lost
Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth withPBS television series, Mystic Fire Video (2001)
Joseph Campbell vision
The achievement of theis one that he is ready for and it's really a manifestation of his character.
Joseph Campbell men
has nothing to do with . Eternity is that dimension ofwhich thinking and time cuts out. This is it. And if you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. And theof eternity right here and now is the function of .
Joseph Campbell time
I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and , so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about.
Joseph Campbell life
I think it's important to livewith aof its , and of your own mystery.
Joseph Campbell mystery
We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for theof have gone before us — theis thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of thepath, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a ; where we had thought to slay another, we shall ; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the .
Joseph Campbell war
The achievement of the hero is one that he is ready for and it's really a manifestation of his character. It's amusing the way in which the landscape and conditions of the environment match the readiness of the hero. The adventure that he is ready for is the one that he gets ... The adventure evoked a quality of his character that he didn't know he possessed.
Joseph Campbell men
This is the threat to our lives. We all face it. We all operate in ourin relation to a . Now is the system going to eat you up and relieve you of youror are you going to be able to use the system to human ? ... If the person doesn't listen to the demands of his own spiritual andlife and insists on a certain program, you're going to have a schizophrenic crack-up. The person has put himself off center. He has aligned himself with a programmatic life and it's not the one the body's interested in at all. And the world's full ofwho have stopped listening to themselves.
Joseph Campbell life
Our life evokes our character and you find out more about yourself as you go on.
Joseph Campbell life
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 humanity
It's a wonderful, wonderful opera, except that it hurts.
Joseph Campbell hurt
People ask me, "Do you haveabout the world, about how terrible it is?" And I say, "Yes, it'sthe way it is" ... I had the wonderful privilege of sitting face to face with [aguru] and the first thing he said to me was "Do you have a question?", cause the teacher always answers questions... I said, "Yes, I have a question." I said, " Since in Hindu thinking all theis divine, a manifestation of divinity itself, how can we say no to anything in the world? How can we say no to brutality toto vulgarity to thoughtlessness?" And he said, "For you and me, you must say yes." Well, I learned from my friends who were students of his that that happened to be the first question he asked his guru, and we had a wonderful conversation for an hour there.
Joseph Campbell world
Follow your .
Joseph Campbell you
People say that what we're all seeking is afor life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about.
Joseph Campbell life
I think it's important to live life with aof its , and of your own mystery.
Joseph Campbell life
We are standing on afishing for minnows.
Joseph Campbell
are like Old Testament ; lots ofand no .
Joseph Campbell men
One thing that comes out inis that at the bottom of the abyss comes theof salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the .
Joseph Campbell men
Moyers: Do you ever have the sense of... being helped by hidden ?Campbell:the . It is . I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time — namely, that if you do follow youryou put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and thethat you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they opento you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be , and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
Joseph Campbell time
The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy-not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call "following your bliss."
Joseph Campbell happiness
Moyers: Unlike heroes such asor , we're not going on our journey to save thebut to save ourselves.Campbell: But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes, there's no doubt about it. The world withoutis a .have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the , and who's on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it's alive. The thing to do is to bringto it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.
Joseph Campbell life
The image of themust change with the development of theand ; otherwise, the mythic statement is lost, and man becomes dissociated from the very basis of his own religious .comes in, and so forth. You must remember: all of the great traditions, and little traditions, in their ownwere scientifically correct. That is to say, they were correct in terms of the scientific image of that age. So there must be a scientifically validated image. Now you know what has happened: our scientific field has separated itself from the religious field, or vice-versa. … This divorce this is a fatal thing, and a very unfortunate thing, and a totally unnecessary thing.
Joseph Campbell change
Heresy is theof a , and orthodoxy is the .
Joseph Campbell
All… have grown out of myths. They are founded on myths. What these myths have given has been inspiration for aspiration. The economic interpretation of history is for the birds. Economics is itself a function of aspiration. It’s what people aspire to that creates the field in which economics works.
Joseph Campbell inspiration
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 art
Marx teaches us to blame society for our frailties, Freud teaches us to blame our parents, and astrology teaches us to blame the universe. The only place to look for blame is within: you didn't have the guts to bring up your full moon and live the life that was your potential.
Joseph Campbell life
Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
Joseph Campbell pain
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Joseph Campbell life
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell life
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
Joseph Campbell life
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
Joseph Campbell universe
I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
Joseph Campbell life
When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.
Joseph Campbell marriage
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
Joseph Campbell life
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 life
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 love
The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
Joseph Campbell art
Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.
Joseph Campbell life
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
Joseph Campbell dreams
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
Joseph Campbell life
I think the person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave.
Joseph Campbell money
What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.
Joseph Campbell life
Love is a friendship set to music.
Joseph Campbell friendship
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
Joseph Campbell life
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
Joseph Campbell art
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
Joseph Campbell self
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 religion
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 humanity
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.
Joseph Campbell self
God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that.
Joseph Campbell thought
We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about.
Joseph Campbell purpose
Find a place inside where theres joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
Joseph Campbell pain
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
Joseph Campbell fear
We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell life

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