Joseph Campbell Foundation - The Collected Lectures

From the Star Wars trilogy to the Grateful Dead, Joseph Campbell has had a profound impact on our culture, our beliefs, and the way we view ourselves and the world.

Provocative and exhilarating, the approx. 90 titles that will ultimately comprise The Collected Lectures of Joseph Campbell offer a glimpse into one of the great minds of our time, drawing together his most wide-ranging and insightful talks.

Always at his best as an impromptu speaker, Campbell shines in these recordings, both as a scholar and as a master storyteller.  

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Lecture I.1.5 -
The Vitality of Myth
by Joseph Campbell
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Lecture Description

"Myths are public dreams; dreams are private myths. By finding your own dream and following it through, it will lead you to the myth-world in which you live. But just as in dream, the subject and object, though they seem to be separate, are really the same." -- Joseph Campbell

In dreams, the consciousness we witness daily meets that of our inner being. Dreams can lead us to awareness of the divinity within us. Joseph Campbell explores the significance of dreams, their relationship to myths, how certain Western beliefs have translated myths into "waking consciousness" symbols, why Eastern teachers have proven so attractive to Westerners, and how yoga can awaken us to the visions and awareness awaiting us in deep sleep.

Track Listing
1. What Myth Do I Live By?
2. Biblical Mythologies: Metaphor Interpreted as Historical Fact
3. Carl Jung and the Mythic Imagery of Dreams
4. The Moonwalk as a Mythological Event
5. One World: You Are the Source and Creator of the Gods
6. Jungian Psychology: Personal Fantasies, Mythic Images
7. Myth's Dimensions: the Inner and Outer Garments
8. Mythologies Shape Civilizations
9. Myth As Make Believe
10. The Word AUM: the Sound of the Universe
11. The Letter 'A': Waking Consciousness
12. The Letter 'U': Dream Consciousness
13. The Letter 'M': Dreamless Sleep
14. The Silence Surrounding the Syllable
15. Stanislav Grof and the Levels of LSD Experience
16. The Four Stages of the Birth Experience
17. The Stages of Birth as Mythic Moods
18. The Final Stages: Rapture and the Ground of Being
Lecture Details
  • Date: 1974
  • Venue: Unknown
  • Location: Unknown
  • Archive Number: L537
Previous Release History
  • Previously Issued as part of: The Joseph Campbell Audio Collection, Vol. 1
  • Publisher: HighBridge Audio
  • Editor: Mark Watts
  • Release Date: 1996 (cassette); 2002 (CD)

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