A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Ištrauka)

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Šiame įraše noriu pasidalinti ištrauka iš knygos “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living“ (1991 m.), esencija trumpai išdėstytų didelių idėjų, kurias mitologas Joseph Campbell surinko bekeliaudamas savo gyvenimo keliu ir per visų laikų pasaulio religijas, mitus, legendas ir pasakas. Per žmogaus kūrybą, plūstančią iš šaltinių, kurių pradžios nežinome. Tai vanduo, šaltas ir skaidrus, blizgantis žmogaus sąmonės šviesoje. Sraunus upelis, ištryškęs iš tūkstantmečiais trunkančių žmogiškųjų paieškų ir atradimų, tėkmė, prie kurios galima prisėsti pailsėti ar jos raibuliuose atpažinti save. Arba leisti šioms mintimis tekėti šalia kaip padrąsintojui, draugui, kaip kompanjonui, su kuriuo įdomu pasikalbėti, padiskutuoti, o gal karštai pasiginčyti. Galbūt priimti iššūkį pažvelgti kitaip arba suvokti kažką visiškai priešingo, bet savo. Kiekvienas einame autentišku keliu, klausydamiesi išorinių ir vidinių balsų, pasiduodami arba kovodami su impulsais, kartais nevaldomomis, statančiomis ir griaunančiomis jėgomis, keistais šauksmais, balansuodami ant svarbių pasirinkimų ašmenų, jausdami savo ilgesį. Gyvename paslaptyse.

In the Field

The privilege of lifetime

is being who you are.


What you have to do

you do with play.


Life is without meaning.

You bring the meaning to it.


The meaning of life is

what you ascribe it to be.


Being alive is the meaning.


The warrior’s approach

is to say “yes“ to life:

“yea“ to it all.


Participate joyfully

in the sorrows of the world.


We cannot cure the world of sorrows.

But we can choose to live in joy.


When we talk about

settling the world’s problems,

we’re barking at the wrong tree.


The world is perfect. It’s a mess.

It has always been a mess.

We are not going to change it.

Our job is to straighten out

our own lives.


We must be willing to get rid of

the life we’ve planned, so as to have

the life that is waiting for us.


The old skin must be shed

before the new one can come.


If we fix on the old, we get stuck.

When we hang on to any form,

we are in danger of putrefaction.


Hell is life drying up.


The Hoarder,

the one in us that wants to keep,

to hold on must be killed.


If we are hanging onto the form now,

we are not going to have the form next.


You can’t make an omelet

without breaking eggs.


Destruction before creation.


Out of perfection

nothing can be made.


Every process involves

breaking something up.


The earth must be broken

to bring forth life.


If the seed does not die,

there is no plant.


Bread results

from the death of wheat.


Life lives on lives.


Our own life

lives on the acts

of other people.


If you are lifeworthy

you can take it.


What we are really living for

is the experience of life,

both the pain and the pleasure.


The world is a match for us.

We are a match to the world.



to find deeper powers

within ourselves

come when life

seems most challenging.



to the pain and ferocity of life

is negativism to life.


We are not there until

we can say

“yea“ to it all.


To take righteous attitude

toward anything is to denigrate it.


Awe is what moves us forward.


As you proceed through life,

following your own path,

birds will shit on you.

Don’t bother to brush it off.


Getting a comedic view

of your situation

gives you spiritual distance.

Having a sense of humour saves you.


Follow your bliss.


The heroic life is living the individual adventure.


There is no security

in following the call to adventure.


Nothing is exciting

if you know

what the outcome is going to be.


The refusal of the call

means stagnation.


What you don’t experience positively

you will experience negatively.


You enter the forest

at the darkest point,

where there is no path.


Where is a way or path,

it is someone else’s path.

You are not on your own path.


If you follow someone else’s way,

you are not going to realize

your potential.



is a demension

of here and now.


The divine lives within you.


Live from your own center.


Your real duty

is to go away from the community

to find your bliss.


The society is the enemy

when it emposes its structures

on the individual.


On the dragon there are many scales.

Everyone of them says “You should“.


Kill the dragon “You should“.


When one has killed that dragon

one has become The Child.


Breaking out is

following your bliss pattern,

quitting the old place,

starting your hero journey,

following your bliss.


You throw off yesterday

as the snake sheds its skin.


The goal of the hero trip

down to the jewel point

is to find those levels in the psyche

that open, open, open,

and finally open to the mystery

of your Self being

Buddha  consciousness

or the Christ.


That’s the journey.


It is all about finding

that still point in your mind

where commitment drops away.


It is by going down to the abyss

that we recover the treasures of life.


Where you stumble,

there lies your treasure.


The very cave you are afraid to enter

turns out to be the source of

what you are looking for.

The damned thing in the cave

that was so dreaded

has become the center.


You find the jewel

and it draws you off.


In loving the spiritual

you cannot despise the earthly.


The purpose of the journey

is compassion.


When you have come past

the pairs of opposites,

you have reached compassion.


The goal is to bring the jewel

back to the world,

to join the two things together.


The separateness

apparent in the world

is secondary.


Beyond that world of opposites

is an unseen (but experienced)

unity and identity in us all.


Today, the planet is

the only proper “in group“.


You must return

with the bliss

and integrate it.


The return is

seeing radiance everywhere.


Sri Ramakrishna said:

“Do not seek illumination

unless you seek it

as a man whose hair is on fire

seeks a pond.“


If you want the whole thing,

the gods will give it to you.

But you must be ready for it.


The goal is to live

with godlike composure

on the full rush of energy,

like Dionysus riding the leopard,

without being torn to pieces.


A bit of advise

given to a young Native American

at the time of his initiation:

“As you go the way of life,

you will see a great chasm.


It is not as wide as you think.“