The position of the palms together- this we use when we pray, do we not? That is a greeting that says that the god that is in you recognises the god in the other. These people are aware of the divine presence in all things.

The problem in middle life, when the body has reached its climax of power and begins to decline, is to identify yourself not with the body, which is falling away, but with the consciousness of which it is a vehicle. This is something I learned from myths.

Tragedy is the shattering of the forms and of our attachment to the forms; comedy, the wild and careless, inexhaustible joy of life invincible.

In bounded communities, aggression is projected outward. For example, the ten commandments say, Thou shalt not kill. Then the next chapter says, Go into Canaan and kill everybody in it. That is a bounded field. The myths of participation and love pertain only to the in-group, and the out-group is totally other.

Now I found it in writing sentences. You can write that sentence in a way that you would have written it last year. Or you can write it in the way of the exquisite nuance that is sriting in your mind now. But that takes a lot of ... waiting for the right word to come.

The images of Myth are reflections of Spiritual and Depth potentialities of every one of us. Through contemplating those we evoke those powers in our own lives to operate through ourselves.

Pluralism makes a unifying myth impossible. But if we cannot reinstate such a mythology we can, at least, return to the source from which mythology springs - the creative imagination.

Awe is what moves us forward.

It is only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.

There seem to be only two kinds of people: Those who think that metaphors are facts, and those who know that they are not facts. Those who know they are not facts are what we call "atheists," and those who think they are facts are "religious." Which group really gets the message?

Perhaps some of us have to go through dark and devious ways before we can find the river of peace or the highroad to the soul's destination.

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.

He must put aside his pride, his virtue, beauty and life and bow or submit to the absolutely intolerable.

People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive.

Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.

Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.

To evolve out of this position of psychological immaturity to the courage of self-responsibility and assurance requires a death and a resurrection. That's the basic motif of the universal hero's journey—leaving one condition and finding the source of life to bring you forth into a richer or mature condition.

I don't have to have faith, I have experience.

The community of today is the planet, not the bounded nation…patterns of coordinated agression can only break it into factions. We are in a time of rationalized avarice and sanctified misunderstanding.

A mythological image that has to be explained to the brain is not working.

Don't think of what's being said, but of what's talking. Malice? Ignorance? Pride? Love? The goal of the hero's journey is yourself, finding yourself.

Deep down inside, we don't seek the meaning of life, but the experience of being alive.

Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. Thevery cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. The damned thing in thecave, that was so dreaded, has become the center.

Wars and temper tantrums are the makeshifts of ignorance; regrets are illuminations come too late.

The problem of the theologian is to keep his symbol translucent, so that it may not block out the very light it is supposed to convey.

Every moment is utterly unique and will not be continued in eternity. This fact gives life its poignancy and should concentrate your attention on what you are experiencing now.

All religions are true but none are literal.

Love is a friendship set to music.

You have to learn to recognize your own depths.

Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.

The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.

The contemplation of the life thus should be undertaken as a meditation on one's own immanent divinity, not as a prelude to precise imitation, the lesson being, not Do thus and be good, but Know this and be God.

A constant image [in myths] is that of the conflict of the eagle and the serpent. The serpent bound to the earth, the eagle in spiritual flight – isn't that conflict something we all experience? And then, when the two amalgamate, we get a wonderful dragon, a serpent with wings.

When you have lived your individual life in your own adventurous way and then look back upon its course, you will find that you have lived a model human life, after all.

I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.

How to get rid of ego as dictator and turn it into messenger and servant and scout, to be in your service, is the trick.

Writer's block results from too much head. Cut off your head. Pegasus, poetry, was born of Medusa when her head was cut off. You have to be reckless when writing. Be as crazy as your conscience allows.

In our society of fixed texts and printed words, it is the function of the poet to see the life value of the facts round about, and to deify them, as it were, to provide images that relate the everyday to the eternal.

The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves.

Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That's why it's good to be able to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower.

Follow your bliss.

It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

Thinking in mythological terms helps to put you in accord with the inevitables of this vale of tears. You learn to recognize the positive values in what appear to be the negative moments and aspects of your life. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.

Poets are simply those who have made a profession ans a lifestyle of being in touch with their bliss.

Marriage is not a simple love affair, it's an ordeal, and the ordeal is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one.

In a wasteland the surface does not represent the actuality of what it is supposed to be representing, and people are living inauthentic lives. I've never done a thing I wanted to in all my life. I've done as I was told. You know?

But the makers of legend have seldom rested content to regard the world's great heroes as mere human beings who broke past the horizons that limited their fellows and returned such boons as any man with equal faith and courage might have found.

And what it [a future myth] will have to deal with will be exactly what all myths have dealt with – the maturation of the individual, from dependency through adulthood, through maturity, and then to he exit; and then how to relate to this society and how to relate this society to the world of nature and the cosmos.