Week 19 Follow Our Bliss

Finding Joe, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to think of this movie.  But happily it was pretty good!  It was very interesting listening to the other speakers talk about Joseph Campbell.  And I definately would like to learn more.

I had never heard of Joseph Campbell until his work was introduced to us when Mark J first spoke to us about him when speaking of The Hero’s Journey.

I especially liked the story of the Golden Buddha and the story of the Hero’s Journey.

I took notes, while watching, but must admit, my writing can sometimes be hard to decipher.  I must say, I sooo admire people that can write fast and nice and neat! 🙂

I would like to share some of the quotes that stuck with me.

” I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”  Joseph Campbell

” Your life is the fruit of your own doing.  You’ve no one to blame but yourself.”  Joseph Campbell

“The call to adventure signifies that destiny has summoned the hero..”  Joseph Campbell

It was interesting about Crisis also meaning Danger and Opportunity at the same time.

Another great saying is “Follow your Bliss” by  Joseph Campbell.  Now hearing this saying, brought to mind a magazine article I had read years ago and that saying was in there.  I can’t remember the name, some wilderness man, but it was a great article and another reason it stood out was because weeks before reading this magazine,  I had seen a tattoo with that saying on someones arm, and I remembered reading it and thinking, this saying seems familiar, but I don’t know from where.    A few days later I saw it written on the window of a car, and then later reading that magazine and lo and behold there the quote was mentioned as an inspiration for this man’s way of living his life. And Joseph Campbell was mentioned briefly.  I had always meant to look into it more, but it went on the back burner and what do you know..,  this MKMMA class brought the person to whom the quote belonged, Joseph Campbell front and center!

One of the statements made, can’t remember by whom, was ” Be the hero of your own life, be responsible for your adventure.”

The part of the movie that really made me pause and rewind was when the monster stabbed the main character, but it was stated that it was necessary  for one to die.  Something like one had to die to oneself to become new.

Someone said, ” no death no life,  no death no transformation, no death no change.”

It really was thought provoking, it allowed to realize that it was ok to just let go of our past self,.. even necessary,.. even though it seemed to be so much a part of us.  We must let go of our ways of old, that old blueprint could be let loose to fly in the wind. Let it go gently, may it shutter and flutter and catch the breeze of days gone by.  That it is a good thing to let that part of us die, and wither away it would seem, like a plant in the winter, it goes dry and brittle to be later replaced with new growth, new cellular regeneration.

Someone said, ” Death of one old form that has no meaning anymore. … New birth, new revelation, new insight….learn to keep dying”.

Joseph Campbell said, “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Brian Johnson said, ” It’s not what happens to us.  It’s what we do with it.  You have to find your own entry, find your own path in the forest.  Explore for yourself what your truth is and how you can go out and rock it.”

Robin Sharma spoke about bliss, and said we should ask ourselves, ” what am I passionate about?  What is something I like to do so much that hours feel like minutes?”

He said we should find what we most love to do  and do more of that thing.

Recall what was it that made me different?  What set me apart?

Tony Hawke and Laird Hamilton put across the point that we grow the most through the things that stretch us the most.

Joseph Campbell said, “When you follow your bliss the universe will open doors where there were only walls. ”   and ” What they think of me must be put aside for bliss.”

Rumi said, ” I want to sing like birds sing.  Not worrying who listens or what they think.”

Joseph Campbell said, ” Find a place where there is joy and the joy will burn out the pain.”

He also said, ” Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”

Some of the statements on the movie were….  Love is what we’re born with, fear is what we learn.  …… Courage moves forward in spite of fear.

Well my friends, I must wrap up this blog post and get it submitted before the day ends.

I was going to try to watch the movie again after I got off work tonight, but when I came home my husband was watching the Olympics and right there before me were all these Hero’s Journeys!!

When I came home, I tried to find that article I referred to earlier at the beginning of this blog.  I didn’t find it, but I did find a neat article about Hugh Jackman.  Did you know that when he was 14 years old he had a huge growth spurt, 12 inches in one year!  His bones grew faster than his muscles and when playing cricket he reached up and twisted and his muscles completely tore from the base of his spine! He had  two years of rehab and had to work very hard to get better.  Here are some quotes that so relate to following our bliss, the Hero’s journey, and our Olympians that are competing right now.

“Testing yourself is the only way you find out what you can really do.”  Hugh Jackman

“In this country, people are all about setting goals.  And I concede, to a point, how it can help you get going,”…..”But we limit ourselves with goals.  We have far more ability than we give ourselves credit for.  How can you maximize the use of your mind? You see that in people under pressure.  How does someone run a 100-meter race at the Olympics?  When it’s once every four years, with everything they’ve done leading to that?  It can’t just be adrenaline.  Maybe it’s just the mind getting out of the way.”  Hugh Jackman  from article, Push Past Your Limits, Success Magazine, March 2011

Of course we have learned more how our thoughts are so very important on our journey from the Master Keys.  But I’ve got to hurry and post this.  So glad for our class!

May we all continue our Hero’s Journey and follow our bliss!





7 thoughts on “Week 19 Follow Our Bliss

  1. Peggy – you’ve pulled so many amazing quotes and tied them in so well. I’m in awe. Not sure which one is my favourite but this one stood out “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 we could all do this – the world may look different don’t you think? Blessings!

  2. Peggy, great post! Can you believe that about Hugh Jackman? Boy, everyone has a story to tell, yes? Sometimes maybe the call to adventure comes through just such trials & seeming adversity, what do you think?

  3. Hi Nancy! I think you’re right! It really is something to read other people’s stories and what they have been through. It gives one the sense that they too can accomplish something, that until they had read the other person’s story, they would have thought something like that may have been impossible. The article had also said that to this day he still is very much dedicated to core muscle exercises. From having such a serious injury one would think that would always hinder him, yet he made himself stronger and that strength carries over into all areas of his life. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

  4. Thanks for this post Peggy. I did not watch Finding Joe, I saw “I Am” but after reading your post and the the things you pulled out of the movie, it has stirred me and I am going to watch it. Thanks. 🙂

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