myth gives life texture, balance, harmony-
myth, symbols of myth, dreams give knowledge of mystery-
Living life in mythological terms eases anxiety,-
puts one in accord with inevitable in one's life, sees positive of negative, vice versa-
Living life in mythological terms shows whether you'll say "yes" to the serpent or "No" to the serpent; "yes" toadventure, or "no"
guards things in cave (gold, virgins) that it has no use for -
no vitality of experience of either - just guards them-
European Dragon represents one's own bindong of one's self to one's ego and you're captured then.
[The job of psychiatrist is to break the dragon, open it up, so you can have larger field of relationships. EX: Jung's patient caught in the rocks.]
is different - represents vitality of swamps-
he beats his belly, laughs, yields bounty, yields waters, greatness, glory-
European Dragon cuts you down-
real dragon is within you, your ego holding you in-
your ego is "what I believe" "What I can do" "What I think I love" "aim of my life"
might be too small, pins you down, especially if it is what the environment tells you to do, it is pinning you downHow to slay the dragon?
Follow your BLISS
work = bliss if it is the work you choose because you enjoy it, then it's your bliss. But if you think, I couldn't dothat, (your bliss), then you're not going on journey following bliss.-
not a journey to save the world but to save self, and in doing that you save the world-
influence of one vital person vitalizes-
People have notion of changing world, system, shifting the rules BUT any world is a living world if it is alive, to bring it alive, be alive yourself.-
Can take journey with a friend, but ultimate trick is done by you.
- Place of rest, peace, repose is inside self - athlete/dancer - the center out of which they act, center has to be knownand held, otherwise they're off-balance, torn apart, tense
a psychological state of mind, not a physical place outside self like "heaven".-
Nirvana is "here" in middle of turmoil.-
a condition when not compelled by desire, social duty-
act out of center -
teachers show "the way" but it must ultimately be your way, too.
there are exercises different teachers will give you, but they may not work for you, teachers can onlygive clue to random directionConsciousness - plant/animal-
coconut tree leaves turn to sun - a form of consciousness -know where the sun is (heliotropism)-
eating - body knows what to digest-
in woods - different consciousness's relating to each other
- Earth as consciousness - Mother Earth-
selves as coming out of the Earth rather than as being thrown in here from somewhere else-
we have the consciousness of the Earth - eyes and breast of the earth.-
Meditation - raises consciousness-
all of life is a meditation - most of it unintentional
EX: where money is coming from, going to
EX: concern for family