What does Joseph Campbell's advice - "Follow Your Bliss" - mean to you?

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What does Joseph Campbell's advice - "Follow Your Bliss" - mean to you?

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Mrz. 17, 2007, 2:38pm

What does Joseph Campbell's advice, to "Follow Your Bliss", mean to you?

While everyone pretty much knows what it means: Figure out what your passion is, and then responsibly and diligently move forward and pursue it ... for the rest of your life ... above and beyond anything else.

How exactly do you go about following your bliss?

Mrz. 17, 2007, 8:15pm

The problem for me is that I DON'T follow my bliss.

I think we have to be careful on this, because I see some people who are really good at following their bliss on the psyche ward at the hospital. But then I see a lot of depressed people who are not follow ing their bliss.

So, what it means to me? First it means figuring out what my bliss is....what REALLY makes me happy. (And not just for the moment.)

Then, when you figure that out (if you can) you have to work on chosing a path that your bliss is likely to take.

sounds like a hellova lot of work....but worth i guess.

cant i just follow my nose?

Mrz. 18, 2007, 1:04pm

if i knew exactly what my bliss was i assume following it would be easier.

i've always had trouble dealing in absolutes when i am the subject involved.

Mrz. 23, 2007, 2:23am

Taking myself as the case study, I'm wondering if following one's bliss and obsessiveness is not the same thing. Is there a clear distinction? For me it's about singleness of heart and absorption.

Dez. 8, 2011, 9:41am

Campbell's concept of "bliss" was completely self and today oriented, with no hope for eternal life. That ain't bliss my friends! If "bliss" is ultimate joy and significance, it is only available as a blessing as a follower of Jesus Christ resulting from being chosen.

Joseph Campbell's quest for his "bliss" was completely rooted in his desire to show that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was not the creator and is not sovereign and that the Bible is simply a book of myths.

"Answering the call of our Creator is "the ultimate why" for living, the highest source of purpose in human existence. Apart from such a calling, all hope of discovering purpose (as in the current talk of shifting "from success to significance") will end in disappointment. To be sure, calling is not what it is commonly thought to be. It has to be dug out from under the rubble of ignorance and confusion. And, uncomfortably, it often flies directly in the face of our human inclinations. But nothing short of God's call can ground and fulfill the truest human desire for purpose." Os Guinness, "The Call"