The search for meaning involves a particular relation that each person seeks and establishes with themselves…It is rather a sense that one’s being is imbued with witnessed purpose, as if we are watched over by a muse who guides us through our life.
– Christopher Bollas
Inspiration Points Towards Our ‘True North’
Myth opens doors where we didn’t know there were doors. The arts reflect to us the ineffable and the infinite, taking us where even language turns back.
Check out our writings, poetry and meditations, those mythic vehicles that can make us become, as Joseph Campbell once said, ‘transparent to the transcendent’.
From ‘Pathways To Bliss‘
by Joseph Campbell
What mythic images show us is the way in which the cosmic energy of the universe manifests itself in time, and as the times change, the modes of manifestation change.
Myth is not the same as history; myths are not inspiring stories of people who lived notable lives. Myth is the transcendent in relationship to the present.
In our society of fixed texts and printed words, it is the function of the poet to see the life value of the facts round about, and to deify them, as it were, to provide images that relate the everyday to the eternal.
What a myth does is provide a field in which you can locate yourself.
There lives in us, says Durkheim, as life wisdom. We are all manifestations of a mystic power; the power of life, which has shaped all life. That energy is bound in each of us – in the body – to a certain commitment.
The goal of the journey is to make ourselves transparent to the transcendent.
What myth does for you is to point beyond the phenomenal field toward the transcendent. A mythic figure is like a compass that you used to draw circles and arcs in school, with one leg in the field of time and the other in the eternal.