myth : mythology
"Myth renders the
Eternal Soul visible so that it
may be visualized, represented, heard, and made audible."
"Dissident psychiatrist John Weir Perry had a theory.
He believed visionaries,
prophets, and psychotics were
able to descend into the
deepest level of the subconscious and access
new myths to guide societies in
making transitions in times of crisis." - Seth Farber
the profound permanent tendencies
in the nature of man.
Myths are designed for
guideposts on the journey through life.
Myths, like fables, contain moral visions that
can be understood consciously.
Unlike fables, which are basically
limited to a one event thread, myths include
a narrative of multiple events that build
threads on multiple levels of
understanding, typically both subconsciously and
a social culture evolves the myths people hold
evolve as well.
The essence of the
timeless mythical narrative is its
evolutive capacity, its
dynamism, its vitality.
Defining myths literally is a huge mistake as
the mythical narrative
elements designed to stimulate the subconscious become misunderstood as
they were not meant to be taken
Doing so robs the myth of the very thing that makes it a
interpretation of the relation between man and temporal
civilization is grounded in
The civilization of the
Middle Ages was grounded
on the myth of the fall, the
redemption on the cross, and
the carrying of the grace of
redemption to man through the sacraments.
the center of the
sacrament, is protected by the castle.
There you have the two forms
of government - the government
of the spirit and the
government of the physical life, both in accord with the
There were three centers of creativity in the Middle Ages.
There is the village, where the common people dwell in
Second is the
Cathedral, associated with
hermitages, places of learning and understanding - now colleges and
And finally, The Castle,
where the Powerful Father
center of empire - the
temple, the palace and
Middle Age Europe cathedral,
cottage assume these roles.
They are different generating centers of psychic understanding, but in
so far as this is one civilization, they are all operating in the same symbolic
Myth building is social
step 1: decide on the
outcome you desire;
get all the "facts" lined
step 3: round up people
that agree with you;
step 4: interview them - 1% -
appear to represent the whole
collect your monetary
reward for myth building!
grandeur of the social engineer
afraid of the unexplained so many years ago ancestors began telling
mythical narratives to both
entertain and enlighten the
mythweavers spun their yarns they attempted to share with the
younger generation all the
knowledge they had accumulated.
This body of knowledge was incorporated
into the myths of the tribe warning of
possible pitfalls and suggesting
fundamental courses of
Myths are clues to the spiritual potentialities of a
fulfilled human life.
When a mythology collides with another
mythology an alchemic reaction
occurs and they amalgamate.
Once they do you get a much more complex
Mythology of other cultures
appear fragmented as each culture internalizes so much
cultural tradition it
is subconsciously known and
overlooked when creating and retelling mythical narratives.
whole mythologies of all Great
Religions are well wrought poems that point through the
Veil of Cognitive
Blindness to the
Mystery traditions carry a carefully crafted poetry within which the
Acolyte finds Inspiriting
Visions that bring Reality Alive.
The first function of mythology is
cleansing the Doors of
The second function is to
Awaken the Heart.
Using the natural philosophical approach
congruent with a natural
way of thinking in conjunction with an accurate understanding of morality
psychically correct myths may be
As MICE culture does
not recognize spirituality as a
valid form of expression we cannot take on
the mask of an active god
as active gods must be
"Myths are stories
about the wisdom of life.
What we are
taught academically is not the
Although we receive technological information there is
reluctance to admit the life
changing aspects of the technologies we persue.
In science today -
the study of religion, and so
forth - there is a tendency to
A specialist has
to know his subject
extensively to be a competent specialist.
This is a tremendous task.
Specialization limits the field of problems the specialist is concerned
The individual who isn't a specialist, but a generalist like
myself, sees something over here that
he has learned from the
specialist, something over there that he has learned from another
specialist - and neither of them has considered the problem of why this occurs
here and also there.
generalist gets into a
range of other problems that are more genuinely human than specifically
cultural. " - adapted from Joseph Campbell
"Our brains deal exclusively
with special-case experiences.
Only our minds are able to discover the
generalized principles operating without exception in each and every
special-experience case which if detected and mastered will give knowledgeable
advantage in all instances.
We are in an age that assumes the narrowing
trends of specialization to be logical, natural, and desirable.
expect all earnestly responsible communication to be crisply brief we deprive
of ourselves of comprehensive understanding.
Specialization has bred
feelings of isolation, futility, and
confusion in individuals.
Individuals, therefore, leave responsibility
for thinking and social action to others.
biases that ultimately aggregate as
ideological discord." - R.
Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship
main themes of myths are the same,
and they have always been the
There are historical as well as psychological
aspects of the
similarity of myths.
If you want to find your own mythology,
GOLDEN KEY is with what
society do you associate?
Every existent mythology has grown up in
a society in a bounded
The folk tale is designed as
Enlightened ethical storytellers will include instruction and end with a moral
to the folk tale.
legend is designed to elicit
of dragons saves the culture from imminent catastrophe.
fine saying in India in regard
to these two orders of myths, the
folk idea and the elementary
The folk aspect is called desi, which means
"provincial," having to do with your
for young people.
Through desi a young person is brought
into the culture and is taught to go out
and slay monsters.
a soldier suit, we've got the job
But there's also the elementary idea.
Sanskrit name for that is
marga, which means 'The
The Way is
the trail back to the reality of the
The myth comes from the
imagination, and it leads back to
The society teaches you what the myths are, and then it disengages
you so that in your meditations you can
follow 'the Way'." - Joseph
The first is the mystical function which teaches
The second has a cosmological dimension, showing you the
shape of the noumenon.
The third function is
the sociological one - supporting and validating a certain social
function is transcend your animalistic material nature.
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