Friday, March 26, 2010

Meandering in bliss . . .

Today is the birthday of Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987), mythologist, writer and lecturer. He is best known for his work in mythology and comparative religion.

"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls." - Joseph Campbell

"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That's what it's all finally about." - Joseph Campbell

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell

"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." - Joseph Campbell

"I think it's important to live life with a knowledge of its mystery, and of your own mystery." - Joseph Campbell

"It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure." - Joseph Campbell

"When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness." - Joseph Campbell

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