Over the past two years, I would attribute my own level of consciousness raising to, more than anything or anyone else, finding Joseph Campbell.
Joseph Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work covers many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss.”
If you have not yet seen the movie yet ” Finding Joe” – I would highly recommend that you do so. I now own it and rewatch and share it.
In the early 20th century, while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told and he called it “the heroes journey”. A truly inspirational film, FINDING JOE takes us on the ultimate heroes journey: the journey of self discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think.
Joseph Campbell – Audio Books. If you are like most Boomers, you often find that you wake-up a lot now in the night. For me, these waking-up times has become something I look forward to experiencing. I listen among other things to one of these 2 books.
With audible.com you can set a sleep timer for 15, 30 or 45 minutes or until the end of a chapter.
The Power of Myth
“Those familiar with the six-part PBS series on Joseph Campbell will especially enjoy this audio production.
Moyers follows the same format as the TV series: The journalist plies the tuning fork to the teacher’s mind, and we listen as Campbell waxes rhapsodic on the hero, the nature of myth, storytelling, the goddess, and finally what we understand of eternity. The dialogue, like the video, is filled with Campbell’s wonderful stories and punctuated with illustrative sound clips, ranging from Star Wars to the Om prayer of Tibetan monks. This production goes into greater depth than the video text, focusing more on Campbell’s exciting ideas than his personality and work. Dialogue, of course, is the best format for ideas, and Campbell’s insights into myth and religion are a most refreshing response to our age, so deeply troubled with the clashing voices of religious fundamentalism.
The Wisdom of Joseph Campbell
Over a span of 12 years (1975 to 1987), Michael Toms recorded conversations between the late Joseph Campbell (author of The Power of Myth) and himself, during which time they developed a close friendship. In these stimulating conversations, central questions in the search for understanding and knowledge of the spiritual universe in which we live are explored.