Tagged: hero’s journey

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MythBlast | The Place of Bliss

“…to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act . . . Joyfully participate in the sorrows of the world and everything changes.” —Joseph Campbell, Sukhavati: Place of...

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MythBlast | Into the Soul’s Revolution

Once heroes have endured the longest nights and defeated the mightiest monsters, once they have stared death in the face and survived to tell the tale, their journey is by no means over.  What...

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MythBlast | Underworld Initiation in Our Age

Looking at my life, I cannot escape a basic fact: my individual existence is enmeshed in the life of the collective—not only my immediate family and friends, but in the larger institutions and systems...

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MythBlast | 70 Years of the Hero’s Journey

The deeper my relationship with Joseph Campbell, the more I see him everywhere—and not just what I come across for the Campbell in Culture posts I help curate. The references we hear about, the overt mentions,...

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MythBlast | The Emerging Hero

Searching for the Face of Heroism in the Modern Era Joseph Campbell famously suggested that the hero has a thousand faces. While time and space have molded that hero into a vast number of...

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MythBlast | Why We Rise

The Role of Story in Crafting New Beginnings for Our Lives Most attribute the foundations of Western story structure to Aristotle. His simple idea that stories should have a beginning, a middle, and an...

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MythBlast | Joyce, Campbell, and Jim Morrison

I recently had the pleasure of reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming—a story, eponymously, about Michelle’s “becoming,” grateful for the accessibility of an autobiography that models the unfolding nature of finding one’s purpose. I think how...

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MythBlast | The Rules of Enchantment

As we at the Joseph Campbell Foundation wrap up our celebration of the month of September with the theme of Timeless Tales, I want to return to an exploration of the Grail Romances and...

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MythBlast | The Song of the Quest

Editor’s Note: After a year and a half of editing this MythBlast series for the Joseph Campbell Foundation, the time has come to hand the editorial pen to the next set of writers and...

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MythBlast | Myth, Campbell & Film

  Mythology and the Hero’s Journey became pervasive throughout film culture and history as generation after generation turned to Joseph Campbell and The Hero with a Thousand Faces. With his guidance, countless filmmakers have come...

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NewsBlast | Do you dare to re-imagine yourself?

Are you hungering for a quest?   Join JCF President Bob Walter for Your Hero’s Journey® Redux: A Mythological ToolBox® PlayShop this July. Five days of inspired, inspiring, creative, chaotic, joyful, and challenging play at the...

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MythBlast | The Cruelest Month

American poet T.S. Eliot opens his masterpiece The Wasteland with a section titled “The Burial of the Dead”: APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull...

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MythBlast | Modern Quests

Why do we tell stories about quests? In traditional, warrior cultures, such tales make a certain practical sense: they’re a way to give a sense of purpose to young men who have nothing to...