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From Stephen’s description of links to the JC Foundation YouTube collection:
“The description of this forum includes a link to over 50 snippets of Campbell lecturing or answering questions, with some as brief as a minute, and others stretching over seven minutes, but most in the two to four minute range. I appreciate having this collection all in one place without having to hunt through YouTube to find them.”
I’m glad Stephen mentioned the video clips that are accessible in the JC Foundation YouTube Channel because for me they have become invaluable as a resource for understanding the mythological connection between Campbell’s: “Hero/Night Sea Journey” and the Jungian psychological concepts of the Psyche; especially involving the identification of the metaphor of the “Left-Hand Path”.
The one hour lecture from “Mythos I” in chapter I; titled: “Psyche and Symbol” specifically addresses the ideas of Carl Jung and how they are related to an individual’s understanding of certain themed motifs encountered in modern life. The understanding of how Bliss is related to an individual’s life course and fulfillment is a major theme within the Quest of the Hero and what society expects is often opposed to this internal call to adventure pushing from deep inside the emotional landscape of the individual. Joseph articulates a key understanding that helps to clarify this confusion.
Throughout his work the theme of the Hero is present as a guiding force that directs the individual from inside their own interior to instinctually follow something; and that the path that is forged takes them to into a realm of danger of an unknown landscape where the unrealized unique potentials of the Self are called forth into confrontation with the Shadow. The Ego resists, but these forces must be integrated into the psyche to form a new understanding required for the stages of later life on it’s journey towards realization, healing, and wholeness.
There are many manifestations of this hero/journey motif or template; which are determined and directed by the individual’s own character. And in the clip below Joseph explains how the pieces fit; and what the two choices are the individual is presented with.
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