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Happy myth-making and keep the mystery in your life alive.
All of us are looking for something at some point in our lives. You might be searching for love, truth, wholeness, or self-realization. Myths and fairytales can teach us a lot about the quest and they follow a similar pattern. Even the story of how Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha.
In this program, I tell the story of how Siddhartha became enlightened and draw a few parallels between his journey and fairytales like “Valemon the White Bear King.”
In this program I tell a couple of stories about the Trickster Raven drawn from the Haida tradition in British Columbia. Like Coyote, Raven is present at the very beginning, a reminder that paradox is essential to a dynamic world.
We generally look for solutions to our problems in what we consider to be our strengths and the light aspects of our character. This is also where we expect to find our gifts. But the story of “The Old Thief and the Plum Seed” shows us the value in bringing forth what is buried and finding the gold in the darkness.
What’s the mythological link between these three things? Santa Claus. In this program I talk about some possible predecessors to the jolly guy we know and tell a couple of stories from Norse mythology. That’s where the eight-legged horse comes in.
“It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
of what is found there.”
by William Carlos Williams
Poetry is food for the heart and soul, a catalyst for the imagination, and a powerful tool for transformation. A poem can sooth or unsettle, confirm or challenge. Pushed to the periphery of mainstream Western culture, poetry and the poetic view are subversive and essential.
The episodes on this album were recorded in collaboration with Joshua tree-based poets and others to celebrate National Poetry month (April in the USA).
“By teaching men to speak well, men learn to speak up and out.” —James Hillman
Every now and again I have the privilege of talking with a fellow mythologist about his or her work in the field. Mythology weaves through all human endeavors and the study of myth touches on a wide range of fields and disciplines. The perspectives offered by these colleagues enrich my understanding of the mythic dimension. I hope they will be a resource to you too.
“We live in a world “which in some respects is mysterious; things can be experienced which remain inexplicable; not everything which happens can be anticipated. The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole. For me the world has from the beginning been infinite and ungraspable.” – C. G. Jung
C.G. Jung gave us the concept of synchronicity, that is, “meaningful coincidence.” It was a subject that fascinated him for years. Synchronicity opens the door to exciting theories about the interrelationship of psyche and matter, and the understanding that seemingly random events may be meaningful. When physicists discovered that there are events that occur without cause and beyond the realm of statistical probability, Jung worked with Wolfgang Pauli to further develop this concept.
Many of us have experienced synchronicity in our own lives, but our collective understanding of this phenomenon is limited to say the least. How does synchronicity, a.k.a meaningful coincidence, show up in your life? You experience it, but how do you understand this phenomenon? What have we learned from science and psychology thus far? And what are the larger implications for our world and the future?
These are just a few of the questions that were explored at the Synchronicity: Matter and Psyche Symposium that took place September 12-14th at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center.
Some of the scientists, depth psychologists, thinkers and practitioners who shared their work at the symposium were interviewed on Myth in the Mojave in the months leading up to the event and I’m pleased to give you a window into their work and this unique gathering.
“Blisters on the way to Bliss” is an exploration of Joseph Campbell’s notions of bliss and the Hero’s Journey, utilizing three stories that Campbell often told.
The download of this album includes a pdf of related materials from Campbell’s work and is a guide for anyone who wants to use these stories to consider some of Campbell’s ideas. This project is offered as a resource to teachers, storytellers, JCF mythological roundtable groups, and others interested in Campbell’s work.