Joseph Campbell

“Mythology tells us that where you stumble, there your treasure is…and where the world seems most challenging lies the greatest invitation to find deeper and greater power within ourselves” -The Power of Myth

Over the course of my life three works have fundamentally changed the way I’ve approached writing/living. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, the poetry of Rumi & Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth.

“That which is beyond even the concept of reality, that which transcends all thought. The myth puts you there all the time, gives you a line to connect with that mystery which you are. Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you….your internal energies, possibilities and psychological structure meeting the outer world.”  -The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth was so influential because it helped me not only understand myself and my place in the world but it also gave me clarity into why I write and enjoy constructing mythologies.

“Anyone writing a creative work knows that you open, you yield yourself and the book talks to you and builds itself. To an extent, you become the carrier of something that is given to you from what have been called the Muses” -The Power of Myth

For two decades I’ve had this incessant need to write a particular story. I didn’t want to be a bestselling author or write a great novel or series of books, just this one story. And it wasn’t my choice, it was just who I am, an artist.

“Folk tales are for entertainment, the myth is for spiritual instruction…it’s the trail back to yourself” -The Power of Myth

You do not choose to be an artist anymore than you chose to be human. It’s simply who you are. But just as important as understanding who you are, is why you are. And it was this question that caused so much angst in my life. Because I knew I was an artist but didn’t want to be; I knew I had a story to tell but until recently, wanted nothing to do with it. The Power of Myth helped me come to terms with myself.

“Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are artists of one kind or another. The function of the artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world. Artist are the mythmakers of today.” -The Power of Myth

Mythologies, in essence, are a cultural map of a psychological plane. They exist to direct people through the different stages of life, providing a defined path for individuals to walk in order to assists in discovering themselves (who they are, what may they contribute) so they may better benefit society. In ancient times, mythologies were more than just stories of heroic figures told to children for entertainment, they were guideposts for life. The artist’s role was to reveal the path so the people of the community may be familiar with it but it was up to the individual to take on the challenge of the adventure because the true hero of the story was you, provided you had the courage to walk the path and heed the call of life.

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