Carl Jung & Joseph Campbell at Work in the Mythic Imagination
This piece is a celebration of two of my heroes and intellectual ancestors. I offer it with hope that the lives of these extraordinary Western mystics will continue to inspire the great transformations that come from re-connection with mythic life, dreams, and the vast expanse of inner space. Once we have satisfied the basic requirements for our survival, the deepest changes in human experience are the result of shifts in our own consciousness. It is changes on the inside, not the outside, that matter most to what we do, and how we feel about life. The mythic imagination is the infinite shoreline between conscious and unconscious, and it is along this water's edge that we retrieve the treasures of our deepest selves. Campbell reminds us:
"We have not even to risk the adventure alone
for the heroes of all time have gone before us.
The labyrinth is thoroughly known ...
we have only to follow the thread of the hero path.
And where we had thought to find an abomination
we shall find a God.
And where we had thought to slay another
we shall slay ourselves.
Where we had thought to travel outwards
we shall come to the center of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone
we shall be with all the world.” - Joseph Campbell.
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