the Radiant Life
9 Month Study Program
3rd Sat. 10-12noon: $250
Prem (Terry) Lancaster & Friends...
Trust Mothers Place -"Programs"
6676 122nd Ave Ganges, MI 49408
Applying the work and wisdom of Joseph Campbell
to the living of a modern life.
Suggested Reading: Masks of God, Mythic
Image, Primitive Mythology, Oriental Mythology, Open Life, Creative
Mythology, Historical Atlas of The World's Mythology, Hero with
Thousand Faces, Thou Art That, Way of Animal Power, Way of Seed
World, Pathways Bliss, Inner Reaches, An Open Life, Myths, Dreams,
Religion, Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe,
Mythic Imagination, Fire in Mind.
Information April thru December 2008...
A 9 month study course applying the work and
wisdom of Joseph Campbell and his primary influences to the
living of modern life. According to the author James Joyce,
“Radiance” occurs when the object points beyond
itself to illuminate the universe. Let your own life be a
mirror of illumination. Come step into the Radiance of your
own being!!! Joseph Campbel l was one of the 20th centurys
formost authorities on world mythology and religion. (1904-1987).
19, 10:00am - 12:00noon
Who was Joseph Campbell and why is his work so important? After
a brief biography we will discuss why twenty years after his
death his work is more relevant than ever. If you enjoyed the
Power of Myth series he did with Bill Moyers (which remains
extremely popular and is still shown around fund-drive time
on PBS) and would like to dig a bit deeper into the man and
the origins of his thought please attend!
|May 17, 10:00am -
Dare to live Mythically -myth as metaphor, metaphor as life.
Joseph Campbell encouraged us to find our inner heroes, and
not just to study them, but also to dare to live mythically.
We will examine his classic works “The Hero with Ten Thousand
Faces” and “The Inner Reaches of Outer Space,”
in order to discover the empowering potentialities of learning
to develop the Mythic Imagination.”
21, 10:00am - 12:00noon
From Goddess to God. First, we will take a look at the historical/cultural
movement from Goddess to God in the Near East at the beginning
of the second millennium B.C. We will consider the ramifications
of the event by examining the symbolic image of the Goddess
in the ancient occident and how it influenced the psychic and
social functioning of the individual and culture. We will then
turn to the orient and especially India (the only known culture
where worship of the Divine Mother has never ceased) and spend
a while basking in the living presence of the Dasamahavidyas.
19, 10:00am - 12:00noon
The Enlightened Ones (Buddha and Jesus). We will explore the
highly symbolic biographies of Gautama Siddhartha, who became
the Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth, who became the Christ. Most
understand these two giant historical figures to be giving very
different spiritual messages as espoused in the religious traditions
of Christianity and Buddhism. However, upon closer examination
of the symbolic acts and sayings of both, a common ground can
be quickly discovered and the similarities between the two become
astounding. In order to help us envision Jesus and Buddha, “as
brothers,” we will also be taking a look at the early
Christian and Gnostic writings unearthed in the Nag Hammadi
find of 1945 (especially the Gospel of Thomas). This will help
us better understand why Joseph Campbell called Gnosticism the
“western counterpart” of Buddhism.
|August 16, 10:00am
The Way to Illumination and the Experience of God (an overview
of the Chakra system). “In the normal course of a well-favored
human lifetime the unfolding of the body’s vital energy
transpires through marked stages of transformation as controlled
from separate spinal centers called cakras (pronounced “chakras”
meaning “circles” “wheels”) also as
padmas (“lotuses”). These are pictured and experienced
as ranged in ascending order along an invisible spinal nerve
or channel called sushumna (“supremely blessed, rich in
happiness”)” Here, we will take a look at myth as
the energy of our own being with the rise of the kundalini along
its seven primary centers. From understanding biological urges,
to the real meaning of the “virgin birth” in the
heart, to the two modes of God-realization at chakras 6 (saguna-God,
with qualities) and 7 (nirguna-God, without qualities) respectively.
With Joe, we will follow the rise of the twin serpents in Indian
thought and, of course, apply it cross culturally.
20, 10:00am - 12:00noon
Follow your Bliss!!! Living your authentic life. Bringing
back the Boon-Drawing upon the thinking of Campbell, Carl
Jung, Karlfried Gras von Durkheim, Rudolf Steiner, Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche and others, we will
learn to harness the power of Active Thinking and Imaginative
Participation/Observation in order to live the life that satisfies
our full potential.
18, 10:00am - 12:00noon
The Mythic Image; Archetypal art as a spiritual journey. Carl
Jung-“There is a thinking in primordial images, in symbols,
which are older than the historical man, which are inborn
in him from the earliest times, and eternally living; outlasting
all generations that still make up the groundwork of the human
psyche. It is only possible to live the fullest life when
we are in harmony with these symbols and wisdom consists in
a return to them.” A picture says a thousand words and
Joseph repeatedly said that the mythic image is of the utmost
importance in re-connecting to and re-integrating with the
energies of our own life. I have asked my good friend and
national award-winning artist Nancy Wanha P.S.A. to give a
presentation on her work as an archetypal artist. She will
share the dynamics of her art and we will surely gain a better
understanding of the words of W.B.Yeats when he declared;
““The arts, I believe, are about to take upon
their shoulders the burdens which have fallen on the shoulders
15, 10:00am - 12:00noon
Alchemical wisdom from a wordless book: An introduction to
Alchemy through the mythic image. The 17th century “Mutus
Libre” is an enigmatic offering of 15 highly symbolic
plates that describe the process of the “great work,”
the recipe for the philosopher’s stone. Alchemy, long
understood to be the process of turning base metal into gold
has been long misunderstood. Throughout history and cross
culturally gold has symbolized purity, incorruptibility and
immortality. According to many of the highest Western adepts
of Alchemy the process of turning base metal into gold was
only one aspect of the work. The truly “great work”
was the ability to take what was learned in the distillation
process and apply it directly to your own life, turning the
“lead” of your instinctual nature into the refined
“gold” of spiritual life. The prize to be won,
the secret to be discovered, was not after death in some far
off heaven, but right here and now based on the merits of
your own hard work and self-discovery. Please come and help
us crack the Cosmic Egg in our pursuit of transmutation through
the western alchemical and mystical traditions!
December 20, 10:00am - 12:00noon
Presentation: Building a Personal Mythology, Tools of Integration
and Transformation. In mid-life, Carl Jung arrived at a point
where he felt that he could no longer move forward until he
discovered exactly what myth he was living. He came to the
realization that his life would remain fragmented until he
empowered himself to envision and integrate the energies that
were at work in his own psyche (in other words, to develop
the ability to raise unconscious programming to conscious
awareness). Two of the tools that he used to set about this
task were the mandala and the major arcana (greater mysteries)
of the Tarot. Joe was very inspired by Jung’s work in
this area and he spent a great deal of time studying the cross-cultural
manifestations of the mandala and the psychological functioning
of the Tarot deck. Finally, to wrap up the course, we will
take a look at these two powerfully expansive tools in the
hope that we will not only learn to identify, but also empower
ourselves to integrate the myths that we are currently living
to arrive at a new level of conscious awareness.
by Joseph Campbell...
heroic life is living the individual adventure.
is no security in following the call to adventure.
is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.
refuse the call means stagnation.
you don’t experience positively you will experience
enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.
Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path.
You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s
way, you are not going to realize your own potential.
The goal of the hero trip down to the jewel point is to find
those levels in the psyche that open, open, open, and finally
open to the mystery of your Self being Buddha consciousness
or the Christ. That’s the journey.
It is all about finding that still point in your mind where
commitment drops away.
The goal is to live with godlike composure on the full rush
of energy, like Dionysus riding the leopard, without being
torn to pieces. A bit of advice given to a young Native American
at the time of his initiation: “As you go the way of
life, you will see a great chasm. Jump! It is not as wide
as you think.”
The Masks of God (four volumes)
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
The Mythic Image
Historical Atlas of World Mythology (two volumes)
The Way of the Animal Powers
The Way of the Seeded Earth
Thou Art That- Transforming Religious Metaphors
Pathways to Bliss-Mythology and Personal Transformation
The Inner Reaches of Outer Space- Metaphor as Myth and as Religion
An Open Life-Joseph Campbell in conversation with Michael Toms
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Edited by Joseph Campbell:
Myths, Dreams, Religion
The Portable Jung
Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (greatly assisted Swami Nikalananda)
Other books by students, colleagues of Joseph Campbell:
The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe-myths and cult images by
Walking a Sacred Path- Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual
Tool by Dr. Lauren Artress
The Mythic Imagination-Your Quest for Meaning through Personal
Mythology by Stephen Larson
Biography: A Fire in the Mind-The Life of Joseph Campbell by
Stephen and Robin Larsen