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
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?
“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.”
A Short History of Myth
Joseph Campbell summarized themes common to hero stories across time culture
Stay alert for the call – watch for clues
Follow your bliss
Don’t be afraid
you have to
to the world
A quest bigger than you
You have what
You’re not alone -
You’ll have help
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 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.
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
Thanks Tobias Will the Curiosity Club, Hand
Eye Supply, Alex, Mark, Brian, Thom Mookie.
Chris MuMu for photos.
jelly.helm at gmail.com
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
“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
There is always the possibility of a fiasco.
But there is also the possibility of bliss.”
Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss