The Reluctant Suitor--the Heroine's Journey

Who was Joseph Campbell? What is a myth? What does "Follow Your Bliss" mean? If you are new to the work of Joseph Campbell, this forum is a good place to start.

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Post by Merrikate » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Thanks for the welcome, Clemsy, Vissi and Scarlett--and for the wise & wondery bits to ponder. Really, I'm finding the riches in this site overwhelming. Maybe best to lurk a bit, as I explore the different threads.

Clemsy, you are soooooo right...I may be a retired teacher, but myth and story still make good use of me! Just back from an early challenge on my new road of trials: public storytelling as a novice member of my city's guild. Story prep (it's really story-steeping), including delicious research and practice, is something I've always loved. Inn-class storytelling was my favourite fun delivery mode--low in stress, rich in outcomes. My students were young adults with 'attitude', yet story reached them best when told aloud. My bosses thought the boppers were learning "Literature," while it was really life-lessons their souls rose to meet, if y'know what I mean.

Years ago, when working my troubled way through one of the early self-help books, titled "Born to Win", I discovered the significance of my dearest childhood stories and came to see how I had begun to live them out. "The Snow Queen" by Andersen always haunted me especially, 'way before it opened itself as a window into my own choices & struggles. Tonight, I told a newly-learned folktale, and just now perceive that its draw for me is related to one of those same old convoluted 'pair' dynamic life-patterns. That's why it chose me to tell it, in a way!
Progress is a spiral?

It was my own mother who introduced me to "Hero With a Thousand Faces" soon after its publication. And it was the myth of Gilgamesh and Enkiddu that led me to 'get' Joseph Campbell. Fell hard, too. Still dazzled!

Sheesh, I am tired tonight--yet wanted to thank you for inspiring me to buy online a book of Eavan Boland's poems, "Against Love Poems" 2003.

Now I'll hush till I get the heck of how to stay in the stream of thought rather better!

(Is there a thread running that explores the archetype of the encounter with a mysterious stranger? D'you know?)

Goodgoodgood to be here.




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Post by Vissi » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Merrikate wrote:
Progress is a spiral?
Progress is a spiral, at least in my opinion. For me, the spiral is also the form intention and communication take. Please don't lurk too long, Merrikate. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts.

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Post by Lizpete » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Yikes!! I hope the spiral moves forward.


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Post by Vissi » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Lizpete wrote:
Yikes!! I hope the spiral moves forward.
Lizpete,

Maybe the determination of forward depends on what part of the spiral you're looking at? Or maybe the determination depends on recognizing the spiral and then direction is determinable? Shoot, I don't know. Maybe I'm heavily deluded and laboring under the heavy yoke of ignorance and should study more and write less!

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Post by Sophie-David » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Hi Merrikate

You asked the question,
Is there a thread running that explores the archetype of the encounter with a mysterious stranger? D'you know?
The encounter with the mysterious stranger sounds very much like Joseph Campbell's first chapter of the Hero's Adventure, "The Call to Adventure". In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, page 55, Campbell writes
Whether in dream or myth, in these adventures there is an irresistible fascination about the figure that appears suddenly as guide, marking a new period, a new stage, in the biography. That which has to be faced, and is somehow profoundly familiar to the unconscious - though unknown, surprising and even frightening to the conscious personality - makes itself known; and what formerly was meaningful may become strangely emptied of value
This encounter would form part of the "Heroine's Journey" described in this thread - Scarlett has some interesting things to say about "the call" in this thread. Lizpete also has a short thread in the "Call to Adventure" section titled "RG: Part I, Chpts. 1-2" which refers to the call itself.

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Post by Scarlett » Fri Feb 23, 2007 3:22 am

Ohhhhh.... it feels good to be back. I've been away too long! The dust and webs have clouded by mind. Reading some of these old posts in this thread is like talking to an old friend.

In fact, I find it very interesting to read conversations that I participated in a year ago.

I forgot my thoughts...I forgot my questions...

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I've heard people say that they believe when a person, who is spiritually close to you, dies, that they become part of your spirit. Thus your spirit becomes stronger.


In my last post, practically a year ago, I expressed an interest in the relationships that exisit in a heroine's journey. Many associates have shared personal stories about the people who have played important roles in their lives.

Does anyone know of any stories that speak of a heroine or hero receiving spiritual strength from a loved one who has passed away?

I just thought of the movie, THE JOY LUCK CLUB (by Amy Tan) I've never read the book, but I do like her work.

The women in that story receive strength from their mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers.

In this season of fall, these thoughts seem to blow into my mind as we wait for the light.

Peace

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