Joseph Campbell

Where you can find yourself

Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.

~ by Joseph Campbell

The first law is that we all are one

Survival is the second law of life.
The first is that we are all one.

~ by Joseph Campbell

These are the eyes of the earth

If we will think of ourselves as coming out of the earth, rather than having been thrown in here from somewhere else, we see that we are the earth, we are the consciousness of the earth. These are the eyes of the earth. And this is the voice of the earth.

~ Joseph Campbell

We're seeking the joy of being alive

People say that what we're all seeking in life is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think we're seeking the rapture, the joy, of being alive.

~ Joseph Campbell

Movement is time, but stillness is eternity

The tree of life, the axis mundi is the central point, the pole around which all revolves. The central point of the world is the point where stillness and movement are together. Movement is time, but stillness is eternity. Realizing how this moment of your life is actually a moment of eternity, and experiencing the eternal aspect of what you are doing in the temporal experience -- this is the mythological experience.

~ from THE POWER OF MYTH by Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth
By Joseph Campbell

The silence beyond sound

All final spiritual reference is to be the silence beyond sound. The word made flesh is the first sound. Beyond that sound is the transcendent unknown, the unknowable. It can be spoken of as the great silence, or as the void, or as the transcendent absolute.

~ from THE POWER OF MYTH by Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth
By Joseph Campbell

You must have a room

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don't know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody, you don't know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.

~ Joseph Campbell
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