Power of Myth: Joseph Campbell: Masks of Eternity

Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers

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Masks of Eternity:

-the reference to God is to something that transcends all

-*the secular world, as we see from Campbell, see God as neither being nor existing, and that none can understand God. That apostate doctrine that has been around ever since the people killed Jesus and his Apostles.

-we emphasize how each individual must be their own reincarnation

-you are god in your deepest identity, one with the transcendant

-he calls the different ways people view masks as different masks they wear

-he calls divinity the realization of wonder and tremendous power, like as we see with nature, something much bigger than humans.

-in the west we consider God as the source of energy, in the east and perhaps antiquity they see God as the vehicle of energy, the manifestation of energy. The source of the energy he says is a total mystery.

-in the east the Gods are less human and more like the powers of nature, representing an energy system, being the vehicle of the energy, not it’s source as in the west.

-the word religion is from the word religio,  the linking back to a familiar source

-the center is an image is all religion, it’s the center from which you come, and the center to which you will return.

-Natalie Curtis about the Indian Circle, her conversation with an indian chief, speaks of eagle’s nest as a circle.

-Plato speaks of the soul being a circle

-the temporal aspect of the circle is that you start in a place and go back to that place, it’s like God being the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

-the circle is seen often, like going out for a hunt then returning to camp; or the watch or calendar, we celebrate holidays time and again.

-a Mondela is a Chinese picture with a god in the middle, the power source, and manifestations of that around it. (*Same seen in The Pearl of Great Price LDS Scripture, and Egyptian text etc.)

-*Campbell doesn’t believe in a personal god, lest that god reveal himself to you; this isn’t LDS theology, but it expresses the idea that this life is a test, and it takes effort to reach God.

-there are motif’s you find in all of religion and mythology all around the world, such as a spiritual power source, a Savior, a virgin birth, a creation narrative, etc.

-god is the archetype of man, we are created in his image.

-clowns in religion show that the form is just a trick, that the image does not matter. It’s to say, I’m not the ultimate image, I’m transparent to something. Thorough my funny form I’m mocking that, and (*trying to be an idea rather than a face)

-humor is one way of expressing how we people don’t have everything correct, *and how humanity is silly at how much we mess it up sometimes

-a whole new stage of human life opens up when one opens the heart. It’s like becoming a human rather than an animal, not merely living for the occasional pleasure.

-you can experience this ultimate mystery either with or without form

-wanting to own object is pornography

-the god who wants your mind open, if your mind is shut can appear terrid, but if your mind is open you can see this god as benevolent.

-poetry doesn’t shut you off, it opens you. Then you get an epiphany which is a showing through of the essence of god or eternity.

-Shotenhower says when you look back on your life it seems to have had an order, to have had been orchestrated, that the things that you thought were random occurrences, those turn out to be the main elements of a plot. He considers god orchestrating such, about all influencing the structure of everything else, like a big symphony; it’s like life is a dream of a man dreaming, and all characters in his dream are dreaming. In India it’s shown as a net of gems which all reflect each other. They get into the excuse of saying you can’t blame anyone for anything (*I don’t believe the part about no one having responsibility).

-Campbell says there is no purpose to life (*I don’t believe that)

-Campbell says follow your dream, that if you just focus on earning money, you’ve lost your life.

-when you’re journeying and you see you’re journey is getting longer and longer, you learn that your journey is the destination; this is one way to look at it.

-why cut the grass over and over? It’s for the coming into being.

-The word was made flesh is about how the eternity has a mortal experience (*the text refers to Jesus Christ).

-A-U-M chant of the monks is a cycle of your mouth representing birth being and completion at the closing of the mouth with the M.

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