"We Must Be Willing To Get Rid Of The Life We've Planned
So As To Have The Life That Is Waiting For Us."
~ Joseph Campbell
Finding Joe: Finding Yourself
"Finding Joe is an exploration of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell’s studies and of myth's continuing value to individuals, societies and cultures. Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields, the film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed The Hero’s Journey. Rooted deeply in personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell’s work is relevant and essential in today’s world and provides a narrative of how to live a fully realized life—or as Campbell would state: how to follow your bliss." ~ Finding Joe, The Movie. Com
“Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.”
― Joseph Campbell
Writings of Joseph Campbell
Beneath our shells of stone lives a hidden gold that is our truest self. This is the brilliance in the message of Finding Joe, a film by Patrick Takaya Solomon. As an introduction to Joseph Campbell, this film challenges us to consider the necessity of our return to Myth as means to start living through our spirit-through our bliss-as our authentic self.
Campbell, a passionate mythologist, was a professor at Sarah Lawrence College for 38 years. His profound work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, published in 1949, greatly influenced generations of artists and writers including Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Jerry Garcia, and others.
I was first introduced to Joseph Campbell in 1994. I was working then to unravel my own calling in life as depression started taking root. Interested in film and screenwriting at the time, Campbell’s words of the hero’s journey taught me of the universal messages that appear in story-telling across cultures.
I learned through Campbell why so many stories in books and film touch the souls of so many. Films like The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, The Lion King, and Avatar, all contain a similar message and a key to living with passion and with trust in something bigger than ourselves - trust in the universe, trust in God, trust in your spirit - your authentic self.
“People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life...I think that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
Finding Joe might be one of the most important documentary films of our time. In a world with so many of us living with broken souls, with our lives filled with broken promises and abandoned dreams, the work of Joseph Campbell can bring back lost clarity and vision.
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