Joseph Campbell - Follow Your Bliss

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    Joseph Campbell on "Follow Your Bliss"



From Wikipedia: "Follow your bliss"

One of Campbell's most identifiable, most quoted and arguably most misunderstood sayings was his admonition to "follow your bliss". He derived this idea from the Upanishads:

"Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: Sat-Chit-Ananda. The word "Sat" means being. "Chit" means consciousness. "Ananda" means bliss or rapture. I thought, 'I don't know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don't know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.' I think it worked."

“Following your bliss is not self-indulgent, but vital; your whole physical system knows that this is the way to be alive in this world, and the way to give to the world the very best that you have to offer."

He saw this not merely as a mantra,but as a helpful guide to the individual along the hero journey that each of us walks through life.



"Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time."


“We save the world by being alive ourselves.”





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