I was introduced to The Power of the Myth a few years ago and it was/is compelling (Joseph Campbell, died in 1987, a year before his interviews, The Power of the Myth, with Bill Moyers were released). He is credited with many quotes, perhaps the best known is, “Follow your bliss”.
I remind myself to pick up this book again…it has a permanent home on the window sill of my little studio. His words never fail to renew my spirit. I especially love the way he explains religion in terms of metaphors and how we erroneously read life in prose instead of poetry. Anyway, thank you again to my cousin, Glenda, for turning me on to this awareness and I, in turn, will share a bit with you:
“This is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be, this is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen”. jc
p.s. I hesitate to include what follows in this entry…it doesn’t really fit but it is , I think, very thought provoking…perhaps something that makes us a little uncomfortable but perhaps something to think about…either way, agree or disagree, here it is:
“Marriage is not a love affair. A love affair is a totally different thing. A marriage is a commitment to that which you are. That person is literally your other half. And you and the other are one. A love affair isn’t that. That is a relationship for pleasure, and when it gets to be unpleasurable, it’s off. But a marriage is a life commitment, and a life commitment means the prime concern of your life. If marriage is not the prime concern, you’re not married….The Puritans called marriage “the little church within the Church.” In marriage, every day you love, and every day you forgive. It is an ongoing sacrament – love and forgiveness…. Like the yin/yang symbol….Here I am, and here she is, and here we are. Now when I have to make a sacrifice, I’m not sacrificing to her, I’m sacrificing to the relationship. Resentment against the other one is wrongly placed. Life is in the relationship, that’s where your life now is. That’s what a marriage is – whereas, in a love affair, you have two lives in a more or less successful relationship to each other for a certain length of time, as long as it seems agreeable.”
something positive and non provocative to end with… a bouquet from Elizabeth from a summer a long time ago