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Thoughts on the Personal Myth

I have returned home from a public library and I have borrowed a book by Joseph Campbell called “Pathways to Bliss – Mythology and Personal Transformation”. I found some parts of the chapter “Personal Myth” interesting and here’s sharing them here:

“I think one of the great calamities of contemporary life is that the religions that we have inherited have insisted on the concrete historicity of their symbols. The Virgin Birth, for example, or the ascension into heaven – these are symbols that are found in the mythologies of the world. Their primary reference must be to the psyche from which they have come. They speak to us of something in ourselves. They cannot primarily refer to historical events. And one of the great problems that is confronting us now is that the authority of the institutions that have been presenting us with these symbols – the religions in which we have been raised – has come into doubt simply because they have insisted on talking about their underlying myths as historical events somewhere. The image of the Virgin Birth: what does it refer to? A historical, biological problem? Or is it a psychological, spiritual metaphor?

The way to find your own myth is to determine those traditional symbols that speak to you and use them, you might say, as bases for meditation. Let then work on you.”

Yea, to me it makes more sense to see these events as symbols that can speak to us in a personal way. Besides, we learnt that such symbols tend to be universal, since the Virgin Birth is found in other myths and cultures as well, such as the Egyptian culture, besides Christianity.



I am a beloved child of Divine Love/Great Spirit, and so are you. We are spiritual beings on a human journey. My main interests in life include Nature, music, spirituality, inspiration, philosophy, sports, reading and photography.

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