myth : mythology
"Myth renders the
Eternal Soul visible so that
it may be visualized, represented, heard, and made audible."
Myths express 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
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
were three centers of creativity in the Middle Ages.
The first is
the cottage, where the common
Second is the cathedral, associated
A last is the castle, where the Father Protector
center of empire - the
temple, the palace and
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
monetary reward for myth building!
grandeur of the social engineer
"Myth appears as the condition governing the
adherence of the masses of men to a certain civilization and its
processes of development through
The definition of myth as the "motivating global image" is certainly
the most exact." - Jaque Ellul
Children are afraid
of the unexplained so many years ago ancestors began telling
mythical narratives to both
entertain and enlighten the listeners.
As these mythweavers spun their yarns
they attempted to share with the younger generation all the knowledge they had
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
mythologies of all Great Religions are well wrought poems that point
through the Veil of
Cognitive Blindness to the Noumenon.
Gnostic 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 Perception.
The second function is to Awaken the Heart.
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
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
The 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, therefore, leave responsibility for thinking
and social action to others.
Specialization breeds biases that
ultimately aggregate as ideological discord." - R.
Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship
The main themes of myths are the
and they have always been the same.
There are historical as
well as psychological
aspects of the similarity of myths.
If you want
to find your own mythology,
KEY is with what society do you associate?
Every existent mythology
has grown up in a society in a bounded field.
folk tale is designed as entertainment.
storytellers will include instruction and end with a moral to the
legend is designed to elicit social cohesion.
The slayer of dragons saves the
culture from imminent catastrophe.
"There's a fine saying in India
in regard to these two orders of myths, the folk idea and the elementary idea.
The folk aspect is called desi, which means "provincial," having
to do with your culture.
That is for young people.
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 Way.'
The Way is the trail back to the
reality of the Self or
The myth comes from the
imagination, and it
leads back to it.
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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