”Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.” -Joseph Campbell
During these past few years I’ve been drawn more and more towards mythology, religion without the religion. Within it, you can find certain keys and lessons to your subconscious; you learn how to act and re-act in this experience, you face lessons that we have been stripped and disconnected from as time passes. You learn!
At the fast pace in which everything shifts and changes, it’s all the more difficult to create new myths, nothing is really fixed and bolted down anymore. But we must create them, give birth to newer versions written by our actions! We must do this by comparing, feeling out and analyzing as many of the old archetypes as there are out there, and the ancient writings are full of them! They inspire you to focus and learn, as they hold true knowledge. Knowledge that we’ve chosen to factualise instead of studying. Who is right and who is wrong? Fuck it, it doesn’t matter, you decide that from what’s found within!
So in this article, I’ll share a few myths that have recently begun to make more sense to me, they’re starting to internalise!
One very important detail to mention, or someone to mention, is Joseph Campbell. I’ve talked about him so often to those that know me, and even to those that I barely know for ten minutes. Joseph Campbell used to be the leading authority in mythology, when he passed away in the late 80’s. He had influenced countless of writers, artists and anyone generally interested in knowledge of the old and forgotten. Star Wars was even massively based from what he taught, George Lucas was a pupil and friend of his, so yeah, he’s out there, kind of like James Brown with funk. Everywhere.
One of the many important themes found in myths, is the pursuit of each of our unique paths. Here is one of the first quotes that got me interested in Campbell’s work, it blew me away, one of those slap-in-the-face moments.
“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”
It’s beautiful. Packed with understanding and motivation. Too goddamn often we’re scared to do something we would like to, something that we feel deep down inside would fill us with love for the world and ourselves! Simply because we cannot see where it leads, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be! If you knew where it lead, that would only mean that the path is there, and made by another’s authentic actions. So don’t follow it, go into the dark, slowly tread forwards, look all around you, And instead of having to focus on an already walked path, you now have to concentrate on all that is around you in this instant. And that’s where you find the magic.
Campbell, in one of his many lectures, told a story from King Arthur’s round table days. He goes on to say that the King and his men were seated at the round table, discussing, eating, drinking, or whatever it is they did at that time, when the Holy Grail suddenly appeared before them all. It’s beauty held all the men in rapture and admiration. Only then to disappear.
Gawain stands up and proposes that they all team up and go looking for the Grail. It draws them all back towards it. The reaction of the other knights was priceless. They immediately found the idea to be shameful, for to go together would be to miss the whole point of the journey. They believed that if they were all to enter into a forest in search of the holy object, they had to do so each from their own entry. The darkest and toughest directions had to be chosen by each one, for then, they knew, they were to truly live and learn.