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Mythology Cafe: The Hero's Journey

The Adventure of Percival and the Fisher King

We conclude the calendar year and the theme of personal myth with the last chapter of Pathways to Bliss by Joseph Campbell.  This month, Chapter VI: "The Self as Hero" will be discussed (see link below).  This chapter includes one of the most powerful and inspiring ideas that Campbell developed - The Hero's Journey.

At the meeting, we will read aloud the story of Percival as told by Catherine Svehla, PhD. in her story-based exploration of bliss & the Hero’s Journey “Blisters on the Way to Bliss,” Part Two: The Trackless Path, and then break up into small groups to discuss some of the relevant themes:

"At some point in life (probably multiple points), we hear the call to adventure and find ourselves on the hero’s journey. In The Hero With a Thousand Faces,Campbell provides a road map to this mythic pattern: the Call to Adventure, Help Appears, Crossing the Threshold, Meeting the Monster, Going Down into the Abyss, At-one-ment, Apotheosis, Fire or Bride Theft, and Bringing Back the Boon. He offers a huge collection of myths and stories to illustrate this motif and told quite a few of them in his lectures and other books. But one of Campbell’s favorite stories was the Quest for the Grail, and the adventure of Percival in particular.

Percival’s adventure is a good example of the hero’s journey. It’s also a mesmerizing story about a great quest, perhaps the central quest in the heart of  Western individuals: to realize our uniqueness..."

Previous attendance not required.   Newcomers welcome.  If you don't have the book, on-line alternatives to the Hero's Journey are listed below.  This is both an excellent introduction into the mythic realm and a pattern we will all revisit "over and over again."

Suggested Reading: Pathways to Bliss available new and used, in addition to libraries and bookstores everywhere.

Supplemental Links:
click here->Synopsis of Campbell's Monomyth originally presented in The Hero With a Thousand Faces

click here->Podcast: Joseph Campbell and ‘The Hero’s Adventure’ Free audio of full episode from Bill Moyers - Listen in as Bill Moyers and mythologist Joseph Campbell begin their groundbreaking and timeless conversation...- Released in 1988, The Power of Myth.

The cafe is open early for our group - beverages are available during
our meeting and cafe opens following.  Please support the venue!

Please allow 1-1/2 hours for this meeting.

As usual, meetings are free, but we would welcome small voluntary donations to be forwarded for the maintenance of the Joseph Campbell® Foundation's Mythological RoundTable® Program.

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