Joseph Campbell Companion, A

A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

By Joseph Campbell | Edited by Diane K. Osbon

In an intimate seminar gathered at the Esalen Institute for one month in 1983, Joseph Campbell discussed the ways in which myth informs and pervades each of our lives. This popular book gathers together many of Campbell’s mind-opening thoughts and observations from this seminar, from his lectures, and from his published work. This is both an inspiring and a very accessible volume to enjoy.

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The hero’s death and resurrection is a model for the casting off of the old life and moving into the new. [share]
If you want resurrection, you must have crucifixion. Too many interpretations of the Crucifixion have failed to emphasize that relationship and emphasize instead the calamity of the event. . . . But crucifixion is not a calamity if it leads to new life. Through Christ’s crucifixion we were unshelled, which enabled us to be born to resurrection. That is not a calamity. So, we must take a fresh look at this event if its symbolism is to be sensed. [share]
Underneath the verbal ambiguities and philological traps of the Wake, deep speaks to deep about such everyday matters as marital discord, sibling strife, military slaughter, racial violence, theological differences, and financial thimblerigging — fascinating material that academicians (at their peril) fail to discuss or continue to ignore [share]
What the mythic image shows is the way in which the cosmic energy manifests itself in time, and as the times change, the modes of manifestation change. [share]
Whenever men have looked for something solid on which to found their lives, they have chosen not the facts in which the world abounds, but the myths of an immemorial imagination. [share]
When  writing, don't criticize the words coming out. Just let them come. Let go the critical factor: Will I make money? Am I wasting my time? [share]
The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed. [share]
"What will they think of me?" must be put aside for bliss. [share]
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. [share]
Work begins when you don't like what you're doing. Tension, a lack of honesty, and a sense of unreality come from following the wrong force in your life. As an adult, you must rediscover the moving power of your life! [share]



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