colonial light

“The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going
to come.  At the darkest moment comes the light.”

  ~Joseph Campbell

This lantern was atop a hilly park in Helen, Georgia. Those are the village’s apartments in the background. The inns and restaurants are nearby as is the center of town.

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  1. Campbell was brilliant both as a musician and an adventurer into the world of myth. What myths do you live by?

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    • hakesplace says:

      What myths do I live by? Wow! What a wonderful question! An important one. Let me try to answer this in the best possible way that still reserves the personal level to its privacy. Let’s say my goal is to live by those myths told by persons such as Campbell, Castaneda and others–eclectic but with commonalities. The most difficult part of living my myths is that most of the times you find yourselve alone as the importance of living by myths and its psychological benefits towards not only the individual but to the whole is not well known nor accepted. “The Power of Myth” by Campbell.

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    • hakesplace says:

      Living by myth does not mean to live by a set of rules. Living by myth needs to be lived dynamically, synchronized with certain frequencies that optimizes energy levels within the human frame. It must be combined with that which further helps the body—that aids in fortifying vibrations. It requires the practical use of different scientific theories. One that I particularly follow is Chaos Theory and how it pertains to psychological development and well-being. I’d like to hear from others as to what myths they live by or if not, why not? Warm wishes….

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      • I think of myths, not as rules, but as cultural archetypes, patterns within the unconscious. This is also what Campbell and Jung meant.Myths are a beautiful way of expressing Psyche…rather as metaphors to live by.

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        • hakesplace says:

          That is very similar to what I think. Jung, I believe, included archetypes as being part of the sea of myth. Myths are absolutely metaphors to live by. Campbell illustrated some modern examples of these metaphors that modern society lives by: one is the courtroom judge attire. Why don’t they just wear a suit? Thanks for your thoughts! 😀

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  2. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    Joseph Campbell is a treasure trove of deep and insightful quotes. My mom would always tell us words to this effect when we were growing up. I have stayed up all night several times hoping to confirm that the darkest moment is really before the dawn.

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    • hakesplace says:

      Hi Ivon. Campbell was absolutely an insightful person. My relationship with the inspiring American mythologist began when I read his book: The Power of Myth. I highly recommend it. About staying up until the darkest moment just before the dawn, I’ve stayed up also. What I learned: This darkest hour appears several times during a human’s lifecycle. At first, this terrified me. Then, I an insight: How else will we learn and become what it is we must become? But, then again, I still have no clue what it is that we must become, so that darkest hour before the dawn visits me still–about every five years. Does this make any sense? Anyway, thank you so much for the visit and comment! 😀

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