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by Ruiz
Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Why is it so difficult to leave religion?
Replies: 182
Views: 18450

Hi all! According to Joseph Campbell religion is the linking back of our phenomenal selves to the mystery source of our existence. In this sense religion will always exist because man has the potential to marvel at existence. It's the marvel of existence itself and ones participation in it that give...
by Ruiz
Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:59 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Why is it so difficult to leave religion?
Replies: 182
Views: 18450

Hi Neoplato! Sorry if I lost you! Thank you for being patient and sincere. I think I see what's causing us to misunderstand each other. Let me review some of your posts here at the JCF website to determine if my assumption is correct. I'll respond after the weekend is over given the JCF website will...
by Ruiz
Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:26 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Why is it so difficult to leave religion?
Replies: 182
Views: 18450

Hi Neoplato, jonsjourney, and drichards! drichards, Joseph Campbell does use the term consciousness alot. It's found in many of his books, audio, and videos. One also finds it in Henrich Zimmers books which Joseph Campbell interpreted. It's the sense in which the term is being used that's in questio...
by Ruiz
Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Why is it so difficult to leave religion?
Replies: 182
Views: 18450

Hi Neoplato! Oh My! It seems I need to clarify my post in order to bring you back into existence! Sorry to leave you in such a state! I understand the point your making regarding being. The universe "just is" and no one knows why. In other words "being" is just there and we can refer to it as God if...
by Ruiz
Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Why is it so difficult to leave religion?
Replies: 182
Views: 18450

Hi Everybody! gentle71, Joseph Campbell was an earthquake for me too! He was monumental in helping me see that I had been in the midst of a powerful mythology. I must say it was a very powerful myth! My early experience taught me a powerful lesson regarding going along with the majority and not ques...
by Ruiz
Tue Jul 28, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: Why is it so difficult to leave religion?
Replies: 182
Views: 18450

Hi All! Why is it so difficult to leave a religion? In my opinion our view of reality determines how we adapt to it. I grew up a devout Catholic surrounded by loving Catholics. Seven years of parochial school at "Our Lady of the Valley" taught me the nature of reality. I lived in a world where the s...
by Ruiz
Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:14 pm
Forum: Awakening the Mythological Mind
Topic: Clemsy Gets his Dream Class
Replies: 442
Views: 30385

Hi Clemsy!

"Once and Future King" along with "Merlin" have been sitting on my bookshelf unread for years. You've inspired me to bring them down and read them.

Keeping a journal is a great idea!!

Look forward to reading about your experiences!

Ruiz
by Ruiz
Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: Awakening the Mythological Mind
Topic: Clemsy Gets his Dream Class
Replies: 442
Views: 30385

Hi Clemsy!

Wow!

I share in your joy! What an opportunity and delight!

I'd love to read of your experiences while teaching this class; anecdotes and insights.

Wishing you great success!

Ruiz
by Ruiz
Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:45 pm
Forum: The Wisdom Pool: The Associates Research Dialogue
Topic: The No-Myth of Zen?
Replies: 29
Views: 3294

Hi Ned Kelly!

The song is beautiful!!!!!!!

Zen moment!

Thanks!

Ruiz
by Ruiz
Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:33 pm
Forum: The Wisdom Pool: The Associates Research Dialogue
Topic: The No-Myth of Zen?
Replies: 29
Views: 3294

Hi Ned Kelly!

I see your point!

hmmm? mindless..... no-mind

You were not kidding! :lol:
by Ruiz
Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: The Wisdom Pool: The Associates Research Dialogue
Topic: The No-Myth of Zen?
Replies: 29
Views: 3294

Hi Everybody! tat tvam asi, like the Buddha lifting a flower you undersood precisely what was meant! :D Bodhi Bliss, I found a great Joseph Campbell passage regarding Zen that I believe answers the question you posed for this thread of discussion! I posted the passage in the thread of discussion cal...
by Ruiz
Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:48 pm
Forum: The Wisdom Pool: The Associates Research Dialogue
Topic: The final stage of mythic realization
Replies: 5
Views: 946

Hi tat tvam asi! I agree with you wholeheartedly! Since this mythic formula you've presented takes a little getting used to I thought it might be fruitful to come at it from another angle. Maybe it would help clarify why it's so important to go beyond all descriptions concerning "God." It's scary or...
by Ruiz
Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: The Wisdom Pool: The Associates Research Dialogue
Topic: The final stage of mythic realization
Replies: 5
Views: 946

Hi tat tvam asi! I've been reading some Joseph Campbell especially the essay that talks about the Mythic Formula you have provided. So far it seems your right on! It seems we can't even say God is one! Our experience regarding how out of one can come many can be used to suggest such a relationship b...
by Ruiz
Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:21 am
Forum: The Wisdom Pool: The Associates Research Dialogue
Topic: The No-Myth of Zen?
Replies: 29
Views: 3294

Hi Martin! Glad to hear from you! So true! I must say that I've enjoyed the many ripples that have graced the Joseph Campbell site lake; especially those who have contributed to making this discussion so interesting: Ripple Martin Ripple Clemsy Ripple Bodhi Bliss Ripple ritske Ripple noman Ripple My...
by Ruiz
Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:24 pm
Forum: The Wisdom Pool: The Associates Research Dialogue
Topic: The No-Myth of Zen?
Replies: 29
Views: 3294

Hi Everybody! I was intrigued by the the notion that with Zen one doesn't need myth so I reread Joe's essay about Zen in "Myths to Live By" and think I may have discovered what Joe meant. . Joseph Campbell mentions that one can experience being with an emphasis on the unity of being or with an empha...