We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.— Joseph Campbell
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Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.
I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
If the path before you is clear, you're probably on someone else's.
You must be willing to leave the life that you planned in order to find the one waiting for you.
All the gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you.
Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
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Follow your bliss.
The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
The hero’s journey always begins with the call.
One way or another, a guide must come to say, 'Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.' And so it starts.
When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.
Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived.
Follow the path that is no path, follow your bliss.
Find a Place Inside Where Theres Joy, and the Joy Will Burn Out the Pain
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy-not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call "following your bliss."
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
If the path before you is clear, you're probable on someone else's.
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.
One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.
Suddenly you’re ripped into being alive.
And life is pain, and life is suffering, and life is horror, but my god you’re alive and its spectacular.
At the darkest moment comes the light.
You've got to say yes to this miracle of life as it is, not on condition that it follow your rules.
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
Fear of the unknown is our greatest fear. Many of us would enter a tiger's lair before we would enter a dark cave. While caution is a useful instinct, we lose many opportunities and much of the adventure of life if we fail to support the curious explorer within us.
I think of compassion as the fundamental religious experience and, unless that is there, you have nothing.
No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities.
God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought.
It's as simple as that.
I don’t think there is any such thing as an ordinary mortal.
Everybody has his own possibility of rapture in the experience of life. All he has to do is recognize it and then cultivate it and get going with it. I always feel uncomfortable when people speak about ordinary mortals because I’ve never met an ordinary man, woman, or child.
Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?
The night of December 25, to which date the Nativity of Christ was ultimately assigned, was exactly that of the birth of the Persian savior Mithra, who, as an incarnation of eternal light, was born the night of the winter solstice (then dated December 25) at midnight, the instant of the turn of the year from increasing darkness to light.
I think the person who takes a job in order to live - that is to say, for the money - has turned himself into a slave.
Revolution doesn't have to do with smashing something, it has to do with bringing something forth. If you spend all your time thinking about that which you are attacking, then you are negatively bound to it. You have to find the zeal in yourself and bring that out.
The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
Our demons are our own limitations, which shut us off from the realization of the ubiquity of the spirit . . . each of these demons is conquered in a vision quest.
There is no make-believe about heaven, future bliss, and compensation, to alleviate the bitter majesty, but only utter darkness, the void of unfulfillment, to receive and eat back the lives that have been tossed forth from the womb only to fail.
As Freud has shown, blunders are not the merest chance.
They are the result of suppressed desires and conflicts. They are ripples on the surface of life, produced by unsuspected springs. And these may be very deep - as deep as the soul itself. The blunder may amount to the opening of a destiny.
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. -
Eternity is not future or past. Eternity is a dimension of now.
Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
Marriage is not a simple love affair, it's an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one.
Perfection isn't human. Human beings are not perfect. What evokes our love--and I mean love, not lust--is the imperfection of the human being. So, when the imperfection of the real person peaks through, say, 'This is a challenge to my compassion.' Then make a try, and something might begin to get going.
Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.
If you have the guts to follow the risk.
..if one follows what I call one's "bliss" - the thing that really gets you deep in the gut and that you feel is your life - doors will open up...if you follow your bliss, you'll have your bliss, whether you have money or not.
Art is the set of wings to carry you out of your own entanglement.
Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.
You may have success in life, but then just think of it - what kind of life was it? What good was it - you've never done the thing you wanted to do in all your life. I always tell my students, go where your body and soul want to go. When you have the feeling, then stay with it, and don't let anyone throw you off.
The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation.
Eternity is not future or past. Eternity is a dimension of now. It is a dimension of the human spirit -- which is eternal. Find that eternal dimension in yourself, and you will ride through time, and throughout the whole length of your days.
Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
Myth is much more important and true than history.
History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is.