There are some people who leave an impression on you so deep, that you never forget the lessons they taught. Joseph Campbell was one of those people. The “Power of Myth” helped me understand religion and how our stories give us a sense of place, of belonging. He taught me that we must follow our bliss. Having grown up in a fairly atheist, transient household I had no basis for understanding faith and religion. But, I was curious (and am still to this day). His philosophy that religious teachings are metaphors for living made sense to me. It came during a time in my life in my 20’s of deep spiritual longing. He is a “hero to me’.
“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living. When you begin to see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know where they were going to be. If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else”. – Joseph Campbell
Learn more about him here.
Who and what has helped you through difficult times or has provided deep spiritual guidance?