Joseph Campbell Companion, A

A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living

By Joseph Campbell | Edited by Robert Walter; Conceived 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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It is important to know how old you are in spiritual development, where you are on this path. The function of initiations is to commit one’s whole psychological pitch to the requirements of a particular stage in life. The big initiation is when one has to leave the psychology of childhood behind: the death of the infantile ego, which is dependant and obedient, and the birth of the self-reliant adult participating in the society. [share]
A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: “As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think." [share]
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]
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.

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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]
The Kingdom of God is within us. Easter and Passover remind us that we have to let go in order to enter it. [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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