Joseph Campbell interlude

Just ran out of time!

My apologies but events yesterday conspired to get in the way of me offering a more thoughtful article for today.  So I hope you will be happy with another video of Joseph Campbell.

For those wanting to explore more, this is the link to the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

7 thoughts on “Joseph Campbell interlude

  1. Hi Paul! This is one of my favorite ones, but I sure wish we could get the version that doesn’t cut out some of his words. (lol) Maybe it is the secret to my happiness or rather, getting away from my sadness.

    I understand what he says about at a certain point in life, there is no future. I’ve been thinking about this statement since I posted this video and wondering how exactly we are supposed to BE what we are, which I think is what he is saying. Like at my age, and you too, even though you are older than me (hehe) 🙂 –How are we supposed to take all we’ve learned in life and be that? Isn’t that what he is saying about the middle aged person?

    If you understood that and have any thoughts about it, I would love to hear them.

    I hope you and your family are well! And your new grand baby too!


    1. Let me speak with a great advocate of Campbell who lives here in Payson. Your comments deserve a thoughtful reply and I’m sure one will be forthcoming once I have spoken with John H. Thanks for your kind thoughts re the baby; I spoke with my daughter yesterday and things are settling down well for her and the young lad.


    2. This, dear person, is the response from John H.

      “Joseph Campbell, the gentle teacher, said the following in his book “Pathways to Bliss”.

      “Your bliss can guide you to that transcendent mystery, because bliss is the welling up of the energy of the transcendent wisdom within you. So when the bliss cuts off, you know that you’ve cut off the welling up: try to find it again. And that will be your Hermes guide, the dog that can follow the invisible trail for you. And that’s the way it is. One works out one’s own myth that way.”

      Hope this helps,



  2. Dear Paul,

    Thank you for this reply and the time you took to talk to your friend.

    Thank you, John, for your response.

    I read it yesterday and again today. The quote you offered is beautiful!

    I think I would laugh more and cry less if I was experiencing bliss. In that way, it does feel like bliss has been cut off.

    As I write, my blog comes to mind as being an important part of an attempt, albeit a subconscious one, to reconnect with bliss. Once I began writing in it, I started to feel alive again. Like me again. Even my name sounded a bit unfamiliar after spending years focusing solely on helping someone whom I love dearly. I don’t regret the time I’ve spent helping my loved one, but I sure lost a sense of me along the way.

    I think I’m not a complete lost cause when I read Campbell’s description of bliss with, “the welling up of the energy of the transcendent wisdom within you.”

    I know this experience! I know what he speaks of and hopefully, I can become more familiar with it again.

    Again, thank you both for taking the time to think about and respond to my comment. That means a lot to me.

    In Gratitude, Michelle.


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