“If you find that place within you from which you brought this thing about, you will be able to live with it and affirm it, perhaps even enjoy it, as your life.” This is where my disagreement with the dominant paradigm is manifested. I cannot believe that the only Ggod that exists is the Ggod through the vision of one religion. It’s absolutely illogical to even state that as a fact. It is presumptuous and speculative for any person to state as a matter of empirical truth that the way they believe the universe to be created is the way that the universe was created. For me to say that the only way that Ggod is shown is through some sort of formalistic, dogmatic, propaganda is nearsighted, based in fear, and not conducive towards trying to get understanding between people.
“Every myth is psychologically symbolic. Its narratives and images are to be read, therefore, not literally, but as metaphors.”This to me it is almost a reiteration of the prior statement except to talk about what Campbell says when he says it’s psychologically symbolic. What I think we look for is connection, and we look for connection to something that is beyond us that we can hold onto in some psychological fashion to understand why it is that we are here.
“The image of God is your final obstruction to a religious experience.” This to me is the ultimate statement of not negating any religion but stating that any sort of filter that is created from a place of others experiences are to be questioned and thought about considerably before accepting.
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” This for me is the true religious experience. I agree with James Hillman when he says that we all come here as our own acorn. We come here to grow individually and become the tree with roots deep in the soil and the soul and the rest of the tree growing upwards from that place. The problem I have with the vision of the world today, including many religions, Is that they believe that their vision of what I am has some sort of absolute truth to it. I think that all religion as manifested in the way that it’s expressed in our culture today comes from a place of fear more than from a place of love. I truly believe that we are here to celebrate our similarities while also shining a light on our uniqueness.
All quotes are from Joseph Campbell.
123 R.V. Forgiveness is from our feeling, permission is from our fear