Joseph Campbell Quotes – The Life we Live.
Joseph Campbell said: “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), a friend of Carl Jung, was the most influential XX century mythologist. He was a prolific writer; he wrote several commanding books, masterpieces like The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God and several others.
His philosophy is often summarized by his motto: “Follow your bliss.” The passage we are discussing has this same flavor.
When we are young, we dream about lives that do not occur. Life may lead us in a different direction.
An oak seed cannot be any other tree, but an oak. Jung says that we all have, inside our psyche, an archetype – The Self – that steers our life in the direction planned for us. The Self, the central archetype of our psyche, does not force us to follow its suggested course, but, if we do not pay attention to its suggestions, we may live an unhappy life, full of regrets.
Life (Self) gives us signs; life gives us warnings; life may cause unpleasant situations and accidents to lead us in the right way.
Life sends us signs through dreams, hunches and inspirations. Initially, these signs are light, but, if you do not pay attention to them, they may grow in intensity. Be attentive to the signs of the Self, avoid being caught in an accident or being condemned to an sad and disappointing life.
Beware! Do not wait until you get older to realize that the ladder you chose to climb is placed against the wrong wall.