Joseph Campbell, Story & Other Maps
of the Human Adventure
Jelly Helm
Curiosity Club
May 13, 2014
me
amateur
you
our story
“Our Story”
Remind me again – together we
trace our strange journey, find
each other, come on laughing.
Some time we’ll cr...
Story is a map
A map is a guide or tool
that helps us navigate & understand
an unknown or partially known landscape or ter...
The human adventure
“From the very beginning we invented stories
that enabled us to put our lives in a larger
setting, that revealed an underl...
Story
mundane
egocentric
revealing
deeper pattern
Sanskrit
VEDA
knowledge
Greek/Latin
HISTORIA
finding out
narrative
history
Middle English
HISTORY STORY
Greek
HISTOR
learn...
Joseph Campbell summarized themes common to hero stories across time  culture
young hero
stuck
called to a great adventure
“no.”
refusal of the call
thrown into a strange world
friends
facing worst fears
pow
there’s no place like home
Each of us is called to an adventure
Stay alert for the call – watch for clues
Follow your bliss
Don’t be afraid
First,
you have to
say yes
Bring your
blessing...
another map by Ken Wilber and others
A labyrinth is another map/tool - a walking meditation for
connecting with our path, coming to our center and returning
“Accidentally on Purpose”
The Universe is but the Thing of things,
The things but balls all going round in rings.
Some mig...
Never believe it. At the very worst
It must have had the purpose from the first
To produce purpose as the fitter bred:
We ...
Thanks Tobias  Will  the Curiosity Club, Hand
Eye Supply, Alex, Mark, Brian, Thom  Mookie.
Chris  MuMu for photos.
jelly.h...
“What I think is a good life is one hero journey
after another. Over and over again, you are
called to the realm of advent...
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Jelly Helm: Joseph Campbell, Story & Other Maps of the Human Adventure

  1. 1. Joseph Campbell, Story & Other Maps of the Human Adventure Jelly Helm Curiosity Club May 13, 2014
  2. 2. me amateur you our story
  3. 3. “Our Story” Remind me again – together we trace our strange journey, find each other, come on laughing. Some time we’ll cross where life ends. We’ll both look back as far as forever, that first day. I’ll touch you – a new world then. Stars will move in a different way. We’ll both end. We’ll both begin. Remind me again. - Wm. Stafford
  4. 4. Story is a map A map is a guide or tool that helps us navigate & understand an unknown or partially known landscape or territory From Latin Mappa Mundi “sheet of the world” What landscape/territory does story map?
  5. 5. The human adventure
  6. 6. “From the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to put our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value.” Karen Armstrong, A Short History of Myth
  7. 7. Story mundane egocentric revealing deeper pattern
  8. 8. Sanskrit VEDA knowledge Greek/Latin HISTORIA finding out narrative history Middle English HISTORY STORY Greek HISTOR learned, wise man shares root WIT Latin VIDERE see
  9. 9. Joseph Campbell summarized themes common to hero stories across time culture
  10. 10. young hero
  11. 11. stuck
  12. 12. called to a great adventure
  13. 13. “no.” refusal of the call
  14. 14. thrown into a strange world
  15. 15. friends
  16. 16. facing worst fears
  17. 17. pow
  18. 18. there’s no place like home
  19. 19. Each of us is called to an adventure
  20. 20. Stay alert for the call – watch for clues Follow your bliss Don’t be afraid First, you have to say yes Bring your blessing back to the world A quest bigger than you You have what it takes You’re not alone - You’ll have help ***
  21. 21. another map by Ken Wilber and others
  22. 22. A labyrinth is another map/tool - a walking meditation for connecting with our path, coming to our center and returning
  23. 23. “Accidentally on Purpose” The Universe is but the Thing of things, The things but balls all going round in rings. Some mighty huge, some mighty tiny, All of them radiant and mighty shiny. They mean to tell us all was rolling blind Till accidentally it hit on mind In an albino monkey in the jungle, And even then it had to grope and bungle, Till Darwin came to earth upon a year To show the evolution how to steer. They mean to tell us, though, the Omnibus Had no real purpose until it got to us.
  24. 24. Never believe it. At the very worst It must have had the purpose from the first To produce purpose as the fitter bred: We were just purpose coming to a head. Whose purpose was it, His or Hers or Its? Let’s leave that to the scientific wits. Grant me intention, purpose and design - That’s near enough for me to the devine. And yet with all this help of head and brain, How happily instinctive we remain. Our best guide upward farther to the light: Passionate preference such as love at sight. – Robert Frost
  25. 25. Thanks Tobias Will the Curiosity Club, Hand Eye Supply, Alex, Mark, Brian, Thom Mookie. Chris MuMu for photos. jelly.helm at gmail.com More: iTunes: Joseph Campbell Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell Inner Reaches of Outer Space by Joseph Campbell He by Robert A. Johnson A Theory of Everything by Ken Wilber Search for a labyrinth in your town Walking a Sacred Path by Lauren Artress
  26. 26. “What I think is a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time there is the same problem: “Do I dare?” And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There is always the possibility of a fiasco. But there is also the possibility of bliss.” Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss

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