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by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:48 pm
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: How do you live with yourself?
Replies: 20
Views: 2233

Re: How do you live with yourself?

Hi, Im new here so first up, please forgive me if this has been brought up before. Campbell describes the nature of the living cell as a "malodorous, carnivorous, lecherous fever". He also says that the organs of the body in conflict with each other are the source of our dreams and ultimately our m...
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:58 pm
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Modern mythology
Replies: 3
Views: 1022

Re: Modern mythology

This is the last post, I promist for tonight (I've just got so many questions), but when people think of mythology, they normally think of ancient Greek mythology, Egyptian, Sumerian (for those who've heard of them anyway), Norse, etc, but do you think there are any modern mythologies, or what woul...
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Follow Your Bliss
Topic: With loss comes bliss
Replies: 16
Views: 1886

Re: With loss comes bliss

I have always been a happy go lucky kind of guy. I considered myself open-minded and open-hearted. I never had the chance to meet Joe Campbell (I was 10 when he died), but 20 years later his words have helped me like no other. I'm going to backtrack for a moment and tell you how I came to love Joe....
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:38 pm
Forum: Follow Your Bliss
Topic: bliss and narcissicm
Replies: 18
Views: 1565

My wife finds the whole idea of helping one's self before helping others to be selfish and wrong. What she cannot wrap her mind around is one very simple fact: if she passes out due to a sudden lack of oxygen at higher altitudes, she cannot be of use to anyone else, let alone herself. Finding and f...
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: Follow Your Bliss
Topic: bliss and narcissicm
Replies: 18
Views: 1565

Re: bliss and narcissicm

In reading a lot of the conversations here, I can't help but notice how many people define bliss through some form of individual self-realization. That's not how I understood what I read by Campbell at all. But then, it's of course possible I misunderstand him or am merely projecting my own stuff. ...
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: Follow Your Bliss
Topic: Searching for my bliss
Replies: 29
Views: 2851

Re: Searching for my bliss

I am in search of my bliss and know not where to look. Two and a half years ago I admitted that I had a problem with alcoholism. I moved to Minnesota for treatment, and have been following the recommendations of recovery. I have started upon my spiritual journey. I have followed the recommendations...
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: Exploring Your Personal Mythology
Topic: What is the most prevalent emotion that we are conscious of?
Replies: 32
Views: 2850

Re: What is the most prevalent emotion that we are conscious

If mythic symbols evoke deep emotions, then let's forget the symbols for a while and talk about the emotions that we are consciously experiencing most often in contemporary society. Please designate which part of the world you are speaking about or please give a cultural context. I'm hoping for an ...
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:00 pm
Forum: Exploring Your Personal Mythology
Topic: The Way of the Fool
Replies: 40
Views: 3761

Yup, that's a big part of my personal mythology- the aspect of the Fool as a trickster and a satarist. My whole life thus far has been "The Fool's Journey."

"The difference between a wise man and a fool is that the wise man knows he's a fool."

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by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: Exploring Your Personal Mythology
Topic: I Have Lots of Inputs
Replies: 3
Views: 847

Hey Cliff, Sounds like you've put yourself right where you need to be. I was raised Methodist, but as I visited some of the great spaces of the ancient world, I found I could not distinguish why any one religious belief was better than another. I drifted through atheism, but found it to be incomplet...
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:27 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: Oswald Spengler - Decline of the West
Replies: 0
Views: 220

Oswald Spengler - Decline of the West

When I read the story of how Joseph Campbell just happened to pull Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler off the shelf in a library, I knew I had to find it and read it for myself. While I found that it greatly deepened my understanding and affinity for Campbell's works, I also considered the work ...
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: Mythological Tools for Rites of Initiations and Passage
Topic: The Sweat Lodge
Replies: 10
Views: 1821

Clemsy, I experienced a sweat lodge in 2004. It was a very cleansing and spiritual experience for me. I was 34 that year and it was a rite of passage to a place in my life where my own personal mythology began to converge and become known to me. It is not without a sense of irony that I read just to...
by deus_ex_machina
Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:57 pm
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Teaching with Joseph Campbell?
Replies: 3
Views: 519

Greetings. I remember being taught the hero-cycle in high school. Joseph Campbell was not mentioned by name, but the work was definitely his. This notion was reinforced in nearly every literature course I took in college as well.