Sunday, July 11, 2010

Joseph Campbell's Labyrinth of Life


There is a pattern in life that goes like this:  if we are confronted with a problem, want to know ourselves, or are looking for particular meaning in life – and we take this into the contemplative space, hold the question in our mind, dwell on it before sleep each night – however we ask and continue to ask in silence - the answers to our questions will eventually come to us.  This pattern is age old, found in ancient texts such as the bible “ask and ye shall receive, knock and the door shall be opened to you,” Luke 11:9
"We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time 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 god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; 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 world." Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
I find these answers can come from anywhere, and often the most unexpected places: a spam email, a Facebook post, a passing remark from a stranger, and intimate disclosure from a loved one.  Whatever the source, the act of recognizing the answers we are given is recognition of enduring fulfillment.  We are recognizing spirit in action, energy in motion, Divine Action.  It can all occur in silence within us, or be expressed in creativity, but it is always the realization of the inner you.  And in this kind of heroic discovery you find that this inner you in fact is what governs your outer you.
What do YOU think?
Artwork by Cindy Hesse.  Many thanks.

7 comments:

greg said...

Yes Molly nicely put and the world would be a better pace if we all recognized that we were all on that path together. Helping others and looking for help.
One of my Teachers started the Cosmic Religion. He said he was here to teach the teachers. He wanted to show that all religions were saying the same thing. His goal was to unite all religions. In this reguard he had the blessing of the Pope. He initiated me into so many Secret Teachings that one day I said to him I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to remember them all. He said not to worry when the time came I would remember. So in his memory I am sharing what I can remember.

hear the sound of the water? it says wake up you human beings ,it's a new day, a new day like no other. Wake up and give thanks for the new day.

wuwei said...

The Hero with a Thousand Faces is one of the books I keep in my personal library. Ever since my undergrad work in Psychology, I have always had a fascination with Jungs archetypes.

The whole Star Wars trilogy (the orginal, not the new crap) is a perfect example of the Hero's Journey. It's archetypal themes is one of the reasons why it struck such a chord with audiences.
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Stanley said...

Sometimes these answers come in the form of mystic visions which might be in the form of a vision or an insight. Sometimes these visions give the answer to a personal problem and sometimes they are an answer to the problems of the World. Looking at the condition of our World let's pray for some such answers soon.

Astrid said...

I had to think of two fascinating ventures human beings entered in history, maybe sensing the vastness of contemplative space both of these offered: mountain climbing and maritime exploration.

hubpages.com/hub/Famous-Mountain-Climbers

www.nmm.ac.uk/explore/sea-and-ships/in-depth/

It seems it has always been a travel to oneself, and potentially always ending in death. To regard the images, and to read the available texts about their experiences transfers a glimpse of the adventure we enter when we are in motion, and find ourselves.

Two famous "mountain climbers" in a deeply spiritual, God-finding sense have been Moses and Jesus.

Gibbs said...

A synchronicity has its origin in a given individual stuck in his/her attempts to find an answer to a seemingly unsolvable problem. If the attitude towards the stuckness is a dedication to struggle with struggle instead of giving up - this attitude will activate the person's idiosyncratic creative process. The creative process is like a psychological scavenger hunt which searches for "clues". Clues are like the pieces of a complex multi - leveled jig saw puzzle. When enough pieces (clues) are fitted together to form a recognizable pattern - this pattern is experienced as a synchronicity. Adding ones synchronicities reveals the pathway through life of a given individual - the pathway of an in individual 'hero.'

Deborah said...

Yes, I have experienced this too.

That insight and answers and expansion of understanding can come from the most amazing and "unintentional" places, if we are open to being receptive. I find this part "the fun" of being willing to have such encounters.

Thanks for posting about the possibilities and that the realization is a function of the inner self.

Ruth said...

I like your answer. I like this contemplative space too, I like coming here and listening to what my intuition tells me. "Verily, there are many mansions in my Father's house." :) To who the journey brings us too...always to ourselves.