The Power of Myth Interviews

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Joseph Campbell, the knowledgeable old man who loved to tell great stories, legends and myths from around the world delves deeper into the meaning of it all, in a scholarly manner but probably most importantly in a joyful and playful way. Finding the authority in ideology, religion and mythology is an adventures journey not so much in the earthly world, but within the spiritual self. Watch on, Bill Moyer's six part interview series.

Part 1 The Hero's Adventure

Something bigger than oneself

The ultimate aggregation in most hero journeys is indeed life and death. The soon to be shaman must undergo the death experience to become one. The hero is ready to risk his life for something bigger than himself or other than himself. It does not require dragons, swords and princesses, we do meet these great tests in our "ordinary" life as much. Everybody passes these aggregations in all possible ways.

Part 2 The Message of the Myth

A lot of rules and no mercy

"A lot of rules and no mercy." An IBM machine likened to the Old Testament God, as Joseph Campbell put it in Power of Myth, part two ca 0h42m. The story of Eisenhower is equally likable. Eisenhower is standing in a big computer room asking if there is a God. The machines huzzez and buzzes and replies after some minutes; Now there is! Joe also further the software-religion parallel, very much like Terence McKenna's "Culture is your operating system".

Part 3 The First Storytellers

Axis Mundi

Center of the world, where stillness and movement are together. Like when the pieces come together as a whole.

Part 4 Sacrifice and Bliss

When following your bliss, you're helped by hidden hands along the track which is the track of your bliss. | | On this track it should be room for sacred places. | | A part of following one's bliss is finding and marrying the right one, which the heart tells you to be the right one.

Part 5 Love and the Goddess

Moyers: Let's talk about love...

Campbell: Let's talk about love, fine.

Part 6 Masks of Eternity

Heaven isn't eternal. It's everlasting.

Schopenhauer said according to Campbell (~45.30) that in life "everything is influencing and structuring everything else (...) it is though our lives were the dream of a single dreamer in which all the dream characters were dreaming too. And so everything links to everything ..."


Re-ligio, linking back, back to the source.

"Religion is a defense against a religious experience." Carl Jung. To have a religious experience one has to go past the image of religion, the image of Jesus or Buddha. God has no religion, as Gandhi put it. God is your ultimate barrier, Campbell says.

The re-ligio must be done by oneself, consequently one can reach circumference.

"The circle, the great primordial image of mankind that in considering the symbol of the circle, you are analyzing the self." Carl Jung

Church, possible origin from Gaelic -circle, cirice.

The four element syllable 'a-u-m-silence'. A symbol that zoom the being in the world. Swedish '-om, omkring', what surrounds the eternal you. To center oneself.

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