Joseph Campbell - Follow Your Bliss

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How do you find your Happiness
so that you can Follow Your Bliss?

** Read it again **

Although he doesn't say it directly, the last two paragraphs describe the Hero's Journey.  He speaks it in a very loving and intriguing manner.

What he is offering the world is an extraordinary Possibility. 

The Possibility of a way of living life fully during this time that we are alive, as a full experience of the Human Experience itself.  Live it as a joyous, exciting, stimulating, satisfying, harmonious, fun, centered, heart felt, inclusive, soulful Community Dance.  Tango sweetly with Life.  Set out on Your Hero's Journey.

This quotation only became clear as I was creating this poster, from a quote I'd found that I thought was informative, but in the typing, in being with the words, the sentences, I began to absorb it, heart and soul and mind.  Then it took me over and has been creating this page for the last hour and a half. 

It's all here, in these few short lines.  Here's what opened for me as I got what he is saying.  It changed my world. 

My thoughts on his quotation:

- Mr. Campbell's words from the above poster are in this color and font.

- My take, my interpretation, my "I hear him saying . . ." is in this color and font.

“The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you really ARE happy.

A response to the common question asked: "What do you mean 'Follow Your Bliss'?  How do I recognize it?"  Looking into where in life we are truly happy can be a problem, or it can be a piece of cake.  We don't get to choose.  We get to inquire and discover.

This is the true starting point for Your Hero's Journey.  The act of beginning to inquire is the first step back toward or onto Your Path.

"This requires a little bit of self-analysis.  What is it that makes you happy? 

You have to go inside and explore, go back in your life, get back in touch with thoughts and feelings, and more. 

"Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call, ‘Following Your Bliss’.

You have to keep looking, it's an inside job.  Others will have their own thoughts and feelings about "Following Your Bliss", and you have to find what your own thoughts, your conscious thoughts, are.  From there you will make a conscious decision, your own choice.

"If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you ARE living.

You came into this life as a Golden Child with a Heart of Gold and that is there waiting for you, to begin to uncover the gold and get back "on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you."  Yes -- You.

"And the life that you ought to be living is the one you ARE living."  Desiring and Having, once again, the Possibility of your Golden Child Experience as the vessel in which you live the rest of your life.

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

This puts a fresh face on the saying, "No matter where you go, there you are." 

By consciously choosing to follow your bliss you will be "enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all of the time." 

Live the Hero's Journey and Follow Your Bliss you can savor the rewards "all of the time", not some day.

"When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open doors for you.

When you are on Your Hero's Journey, when you are Following Your Bliss, all manner of people, experiences, and opportunities will be on your path.

This is the Human Experience that has been chronicled in all cultures over all ages in the mythologies, the stories that speak that which we cannot put into words, but must be spoken.  It's part of the Human Experience to get back to one's Golden Child path.

It's fully mapped in the stories of countless cultural myths, in the books and movies of our own times.  Once you find your Self on the Map, your world view will shift wondrously.  It's like being found.  Being found by yourself.  It's never the same after that.

"I say, ‘Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid.  Doors will open where you  didn’t know they were going to be.’”

Enter Your Journey.  Trust the maps, use the Community, discover the tools and use them, trust.

Walk Your Path as the Hero that you came here to be.

Welcome to your Path. 

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