A Joseph Campbell Companion:
Reflections on the Art of Living

These quotes come out of the book, A Joseph Campbell Companion, selected
and edited by Diane K. Osbon

Following your bliss is not self-indulgent, but vital.  
There is a track just waiting there for each of us, and once on it,
doors will open that were not open before and would not open
for anyone else.  Everything does start clicking along.  

All we need to do is take the first step for God has already taken 10 steps
towards us.  That first step must be taken before we know that we will be
supported.  The journey starts by being warm and snug in a safe place; then
comes a signal, a growing insistence that it is time to leave.  To stay behind is
to die.  Without tearing and pain, there is no new life.

Carl Jung saw the approach of old age, not as the mere diminution of life, but
as a time of blooming.  If we have lived life to the fullest and allowed
ourselves to catch fire everything that needs to be consumed, then the quiet of
old age is welcome.  If too much of life is  unlived, we approach old age with
unsatisfied demands.  An old man who cannot bid farewell to life appears as
feeble and sickly as a young man who is unable to embrace it.

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

What you have to do, you do with play.

The warrior's approach is to say "yes" to life:
"yea" to it all.

Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.
We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
but we can choose to live in joy.

Our job is to straighten out our own lives.

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life
that is waiting for us.

The old skin has to be shed
before the new one can come.

Hell is drying up.

The Hoarder, the one in us that wants to keep,
to hold on, must be killed.

You can't make an omelet
without breaking eggs.

Destruction before creation.

Out of perfection
nothing can be made.

Every process involves
breaking something up.

The earth must be broken
to bring forth life.

If the seed does not die,
there is no plant.

Bread results
from the death of wheat.

Life lives on lives.

Our own life lives
on the acts of other people.

What we are really living for
is the experience of life,
both the pain and the pleasure.

Opportunities to find deeper powers
within ourselves come when life
seems most challenging.

When we are negative to pain,
we are negative to life.

We are not there
until we can say "yea" to it all.

To take a righteous attitude
toward anything is to denigrate it.

Awe is what moves us forward.

As you proceed through life,
following your own path,
birds will shit on you.
Don't bother to brush it off.

Having a sense of humor
saves you.

Live from your own center.

Your real duty is to go away
from the community to find your bliss.

The society is the enemy when it imposes
its structures on the individual.
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