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Jun 16, 2011

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Ben

Excellent Post!

I find myself on totally dark adventures I would not have chosen. The learnings, discoveries, and foraging about in the dark actually pointed inward here. It ended up being less about what I am doing out there although that is clearly happening. It is how the adventures and the spontaneous resonances arise, are followed, and teach.

My interest is in the "living" experiment of effortlessness. How engaged is effortlessness? How will we survive without effort allowing and following what authentically resonates? What if we followed the bread crumb trail that has no clear and final destination in mind?

Thrown into the wild, what serves beyond trust? What wants to emerge when emerging "something" isn't pursued with the survival instinct's death grip and last breath?

Ben

Excellent Post!

I find myself on totally dark adventures I would not have chosen. The learnings, discoveries, and foraging about in the dark actually pointed inward here. It ended up being less about what I am doing out there although that is clearly happening. It is how the adventures and the spontaneous resonances arise, are followed, and teach.

My interest is in the "living" experiment of effortlessness. How engaged is effortlessness? How will we survive without effort allowing and following what authentically resonates? What if we followed the bread crumb trail that has no clear and final destination in mind?

Thrown into the wild, what serves beyond trust? What wants to emerge when emerging "something" isn't pursued with the survival instinct's death grip and last breath?

Evelyn Rodriguez

Hi Ben, It's hard to decide whom is the Chooser at times, as I'm doubting I signed up for some of this stuff ;)

I read a lot of Campbell about 6-7 years ago. However, I am reading it a deeper depth than I did prior.

For instance, I originally interpreted the Call as a vocational calling. Whoa, how narrow that was.

Now I see that it is so much more, for instance:

"What the Holy Grail symbolizes is the highest spiritual fulfillment of a human life."

Also: "And in this life-creative adventure the criterion of achievement will be... the courage to let go the past, with its truths, its goals its dogmas of "meaning," and its gifts: to die to the world and come to birth from within." Or this: "I think perhaps unconditional love is the Grail. The Grail is between God and the Devil, and it does not judge the way God judges. It goes past God--a pretty big picture. Love, which is unconditional in marriage, is specific; it is focused. It is for THAT person and not for somebody else. Unconditional love goes right through everything, and it's a breakthrough in spiritual life. Do not look for it outside of yourself."

And this beauty which he wrote in poetic form:

"In loving the spiritual,
you cannot despise the earthly.
The purpose of the journey
is compassion.

When you have come past
the pairs of opposites,

you have reached compassion.

. . .
Beyond the world of opposites
is an unseen, but experienced,
unity and identity in us all."

I could spend ages curating Campbell quips... but re-reading it, I see the essence of his work has to do with expressing spontaneously through surrender to the present moment, which is both a Doing without a Doer and a Beingness.

Thank you so much, you're totally spot on:

"How will we survive without effort --allowing and following what authentically resonates?"

Today, I read another book, Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion edited by Diane K. Olson. Much there about his own life path which was basically one of those zigzag kinds committed to following inklings and impulses regardless of external approval.

In my own life, I've found that disaster strikes when I believe I'm in control of my survival and quit following whims.

You mention survival a lot ;) But I bet you're just pulling my chain since I was sheer survival focused (beyond reason!) last couple of years. The ego talks of 'survival' since it's been a trance all along, but everything true knows itself to be infinitude itself. (Ego seems to have no qualms to kill the body, if that means the story yet continues. It seems to seek survival of the story, not the entity/instrument that Life pulses through.)

Another Campbellicious: "Survival is the second law of life. The first is that we are all one."

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