Follow Your Bliss Movie

Joseph Campbell formulated what became his most quoted dictum, "Follow your bliss" in the decade before his death. Join this conversation to explore this idea and share stories.

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Re: Follow Your Bliss Movie

Post by CarmelaBear » Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:31 am

GreenPlow wrote:Okay,
I think people don't say the second part enough of follow your bliss

the part

and doors will open that were not there before
Welcome to the conversation, Green Plow!

Your comment about the doors opening is important. We do tend to forget about the second part of Joe Campbell's statement about bliss.

I can think of many times in my life when the doors stayed closed until I made a choice that was consistent with what I most wanted.

Though there were times that yielded the exact opposite result, I don't think that negates his statement. After all, there are no guarantees, and life is a bit of a crap shoot.

Thank you for your post, for your movie suggestion (I'm going to look for it), and I hope you will enjoy further participation here.


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Once in a while a door opens, and let's in the future. --- Graham Greene
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Post by GreenPlow » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:41 pm

through negation, that is a beautiful door to go through
neti neti




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Post by CarmelaBear » Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:28 am

I saw "The Year of the Dog". It is about finding one's own path. In this case, I'd say the lead character's choices tended to slam doors shut and open windows.

I'm glad I watched it.

Oh, by the way, what's "neti, neti"?

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Post by GreenPlow » Mon Dec 24, 2007 6:42 am

Not this, Not this

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Post by CarmelaBear » Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:19 pm

Does the Lone Ranger ring any bells? I'm so old that I recall watching it on TV after school. The Indian sidekick was called "Tonto", which roughly translates to "Idiot" in Spanish, and Tonto called the Lone Ranger something that sounded like "Kimo Sabe", which is a lot like the Navajo phrase for "soggy shrub".

Tweeche Zone. :)
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Post by GreenPlow » Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:53 pm

(in that movie)

hey CarmelaBear you said

"I'd say the lead character's choices tended to slam doors shut and open windows. "

I like that. What you said. good description. I remember Campbell talking about following your bliss. Talking about doing something no matter how silly or idiosyncratic like listening to polka music and dancing around by oneself. (no offence to polka music listeners)

Yes I think it does happen. the doors and windows.

A person slams doors and opens windows. A person can goes through
a window (like a door), but it is good if it is on the first floor.

unless of course you can fly, then I suppose other another floor is quite alright

I saw the loneranger when I was a little. I watched Steve Austin in the 6 million dollar man too. I remember these manly voices of men on TV growing up. Like when the Steve Austin talked to Oscar.

Off the beaten track a bit from this thread, I found a good charity called Doctors Without Borders.

15 dollars a month lets 40 people in a refugee camp drink clean water
15 bucks

time to go make pasta on the stove, do you have any movies you could suggest CarmelaBear?

cheers
(pushing a green plow) :D
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Post by clifbrew » Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:32 am

My favorite example of a "Follow Your Bliss" movie is Interstate 60, made by Bob Gayle of Back To The Future fame. It was never distributed to theaters (the "money men" in Hollywood said it was too weird), but is available on DVD from amazon.com.

It stars James Marsden, Gary Oldman, and Amy Smart, with cameos by Christopher Lloyd, Kurt Russell, Chris Cooper, Ann Margret and Michael J. Fox.
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Post by CarmelaBear » Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:46 am

I find the "Amazing Grace" movie particularly inspiring.

It's about an 18th century British member of Parliament who worked for years to end the slave trade and create sweeping social reform. His name was William Wilberforce.

His preacher-mentor, John Newton, retired from running slave ships to do contemplative work. His friend was the author of the hymn, "Amazing Grace".

Here are the lyrics:

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

T'was Grace that taught...
my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear...
the hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares...
we have already come.
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far...
and Grace will lead us home.

The Lord has promised good to me...
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be...
as long as life endures.

When we've been here ten thousand years...
bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
then when we've first begun.

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me....
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

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Post by wags » Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:15 am

hello all,
rather busy latley,
amazing grace is my favorite as well,

till next time...
may peace preceed your every step, wags
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Re: Follow Your Bliss Movie

Post by deus_ex_machina » Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:31 pm

CarmelaBear wrote:
GreenPlow wrote:Okay,
I think people don't say the second part enough of follow your bliss

the part

and doors will open that were not there before
Welcome to the conversation, Green Plow!

Your comment about the doors opening is important. We do tend to forget about the second part of Joe Campbell's statement about bliss.

I can think of many times in my life when the doors stayed closed until I made a choice that was consistent with what I most wanted.

Though there were times that yielded the exact opposite result, I don't think that negates his statement. After all, there are no guarantees, and life is a bit of a crap shoot.

Thank you for your post, for your movie suggestion (I'm going to look for it), and I hope you will enjoy further participation here.


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I'd go with "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" or perhaps "The Bucket List." These are just recent ones that stand out in my mind, there are plenty of others.
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Post by bodhibliss » Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:08 pm

Dead Poets Society comes to mind.

A powerful movie that illustrates following one's bliss is far from a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure leads inevitably to happily ever aftering, but involves passion, courage, commitment, and suffering.
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