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Pathways to Bliss

Mythology and Personal Transformation (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
Narrated by: Fred Stella
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
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Joseph Campbell famously defined myth as “other people’s religion.” But he also said that one of the basic functions of myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a sort of travel guide or map to reach fulfillment - or, as he called it, bliss. For Campbell, many of the world’s most powerful myths support the individual’s heroic path toward bliss.

In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell examines this personal, psychological side of myth. Like his classic best-selling books Myths to Live By and The Power of Myth, Pathways to Bliss draws from Campbell’s popular lectures and dialogues, which highlight his remarkable storytelling and ability to apply the larger themes of world mythology to personal growth and the quest for transformation. Here he anchors mythology’s symbolic wisdom to the individual, applying the most poetic mythical metaphors to the challenges of our daily lives.

Campbell dwells on life’s important questions. Combining cross-cultural stories with the teachings of modern psychology, he examines the ways in which our myths shape and enrich our lives and shows how myth can help each of us truly identify and follow our bliss.

©2004 The Joseph Campbell Foundation (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A very insightful listen!

I found this book very insightful and I’ve already started to apply the lessons to my life. I’d absolutely recommend it

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  • aekalak
  • BATH, MI, United States
  • 09-26-18

Pretty good

I enjoyed Campbell’s thoughts on the mythic hero and finding our own bliss. As a very concrete thinker, it was difficult for me to trace the thread of his thoughts. This could have been due to David Kudler’s editing, or it could be to simply to the fact that I have not read as widely as Campbell.

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