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July 2011 cpyf dialogue newsletter mythology v3

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  • 1. C P Y E N F O U N D A T I O N July 2011 (Joseph Campbell) ( ) ( )     (Novalis) ── ( ) ( ) 1
  • 2. U U(Sigmund Freud)(Carl Gustav Jung) U ──( : ) Campbell, Joseph. Myths to Live By. New York: Penguin Compass, 1972.
  • 3. C P Y E N F O U N D A T I O N Modern day Myths July 2011Learning models and development frameworks havebeen a staple of my education - particularly here in Archetypes such as the heros journey can serve as aCambridge where organizational development tools template for dealing with life experiences and as aare made - it dawned on me this July however, that guide for self-fulfillment. The journey includes:such models serve as our modern-day mythscontinuing the age-old attempt to give metaphorical 1. The Call to Adventure - The unexpected call toform to the transcendent mysteries of life. action. 2. Supernatural Aid - The helper figure that preparesIn this July Dialogue newsletter I invite you to explore the hero in some way for the trials to come.with me the meaning-making of mythology and theirrelevance to our individual & collective journey. 3. The Threshold - The point in the story where the hero stands poised to enter a mysterious new world.The Function of Myth 4. The Trials - The trials and ordeals the hero must endure.Myths are metaphors for experiencing the spiritual 5. The Return - Having completed the trials the heropotentiality of human life, they are the conceptual brings back a boon to his society.structures that define our reality; and as socialcultures evolve, the myths we hold evolve as well. The hero usually gives his or her life to somethingMyths serve three primary functions: bigger than oneself and is a founder of something: a new age, religion, city or way of life. Because to found1. To resonate our real life experiences with our something new, one needs to leave the old and go in innermost being, the transcendent. Myths quest of the seed idea that will have the potential to open the mind and heart to the utter wonder of bring forth a new idea. When we are on the path of being alive, aware and fulfilled. in the words of following our heart (metaphor) instead of the rules of the poet Novalis “the seat of the soul is where the society, then doors will open up for us (Supernatural inner and outer worlds meet.” Aid) and the universe will give us the help we need. Of course, the trials and ordeals may be difficult, even2. To validate a social order. Myths serve society deadly. As Campbell said, "Heavy winds blow," but we an appealing veneer of rationality, converting that know that we will return with some enrichment, and which is utterly confusing, chaotic, and probably to another adventure awaiting. This quest uncontrollable to what seems orderly, sane, and shows that man knows there is an eternal life in us, purposeful. and the depth & breadth of your life is much deeper3. To teach how to live a human life under any and broader than normally thought, and the actuality of circumstance. Myths integrate the individual into one’s perception of existence is but a fraction of what his culture and the culture into the field of nature. is really within. All mythologies give us the same essential quest: youMyths use things we can visualize to think, talk and leave the world that youre in and go into a depth orreason about what we cannot visualize. into a distance or up to a height. There you come to what was missing in your consciousness in the world you formerly inhabited. Then comes the problem eitherThe Hero’s Journey of staying with that, and letting the world drop off, or returning with that boon and trying to hold on to it asJoseph Campbell (1904-1987), a foremost scholar you move back into your social world again. This ison the history of mythology and the inspiration for analogous to the U journey yet rather than makingthis newsletter, believed that by identifying with the heroes out of our leaders, the U journey gives form formyth (and the archetypal element at its core), our our own hero’s journey. Campbell advised similarly tolives could open up (and inward) to reveal a rich “follow your bliss.”symphony of experiences.
  • 4. The Interactions of Inner & Outer DimensionsFacilitators of all kinds are needed to enable the healthy interaction between inner and outer dimensions.Freud’s observed that myths are like public dreams - whereas dreams are private myths. Carl Jung interpretedthis view differently that our outward-oriented consciousness so busily addressing the demands of the day, caneasily lose touch with inward dynamics - and that through myths and dreams we can learn to know and cometo terms with the greater horizon of our own deeper and wiser inward self. What is required, states Jung, is adialogue, not a fixture at either pole, but a dialogue by way of symbolic forms put forth from the unconsciousmind and recognized by the conscious in continuous interaction.One of Campbell’s core insights from mythology is that we are more than we think we are. There aredimensions of our being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are not included in our standardconcept of self. Our life is much deeper and broader than we conceive it to be and therefore what you areliving is but a fractional inkling of what is really within us. When we experience the depth and breadth of life,we suddenly can see that all models, be they religious or academic, are talking of the same transcendentdimension - what I believe Theory U refers to as “presence” - and as we awaken our inner knowing of our placein the interdependent web of life and realize that all of reality is a manifestation of our own creation we canconsider our own self-awareness as a core capacity of 21st-century leadership.Newsletter reference:Campbell, Joseph. Myths to Live By. New York: Penguin Compass, 1972.

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