Joseph Campbell's Ten Commandments for Reading Myth
Read myths with the eyes of wonder:
the myths transparent
to their universal meaning
their meaning transparent to its mysterious source.
Read myths in the present tense: Eternity is now.
Read myths in the first person plural:
the Gods and Goddesses
of ancient mythology still live within you.
Any myth worth its salt exerts a powerful magnetism.
the images and stories that you are drawn to and repelled by.
Investigate the field of associated images and stories.
; don't get lost in the details.
What is needed is not
more specialized scholarship
but more interdisciplinary vision.
break old patterns of parochial thought.
Re-sacredize” the secular:
even a dollar bill reveals the imprint of Eternity.
God is everywhere
, then myths
can be generated anywhere
anytime, by anything. Don't let
your Romantic aversion to
science blind you to the Buddha in the computer chip.
Know your tribe!
Myths never arise in a vacuum
they are the connective
tissue of the social body
synergistic relations with
dreams (private myths) and rituals (the enactment of myth).
Expand your horizons! Any
mythology worth remembering
will be global in scope.
The earth is our home
and humankind is our family.
Read between the lines!
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