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The Hero with a Thousand Faces: Part Two, Chapter One

Linda Li

on 7 September 2012

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Transcript of Emanations

Linda Li
Hanh Luu
Jessica Tran Section 1 MAIN IDEA Myths provide insight into the unknown, which is derived from our unconscious state of mind. KEY POINTS (supporting the main idea) comparing and contrasting myths and dreams
rebirth (creation/destruction) in the individual and the universe
the cosmogonic cycle: conscious vs. unconscious and waking vs. deep sleep FROM PSYCHOLOGY TO METAPHYSICS Example 1 "...myths are not exactly comparable to dream. [They] originate from the same sources—the unconscious wells of fantasy—and their grammar is the same, but they are not the spontaneous products of sleep. On the contrary, their patterns are consciously controlled. And their understood function is to serve as a powerful picture language for the communication of traditional wisdom." Example 2 Example 3 Section 2 THE UNIVERSAL ROUND Example 1 pg. 223 Example 3 "Myth is the revelation of a plenum of silence within and around every atom of existence....[M]ythology is directing the mind to this unmanifest which is just beyond the eye." pg. 228 Example 2 "The cosmogonic cycle is normally represented as repeating itself, world without end. During each great round, lesser dissolutions are commonly included, as the cycle of sleep and waking revolves throughout a lifetime." pg. 224 "As the consciousness of the individual rests on a sea of night into which it descends in slumber and out of which it mysteriously wakes, so, in the imagery of myth, the universe is precipitated out of, and reposes upon, a timelessness back into which it again dissolves." pg. 220 pg. 222 pg. 222 Section 3 "Life is her sleep, death the awakening." "Redemption consists in the return to superconsciousness and therewith the dissolution of the world. This is the great theme and formula of the cosmogonic cycle, the mythical image of the world's coming to manifestation and subsequent return into the nonmanifest condition." OUT OF THE VOID--SPACE Example 1 "Creation myths are pervaded with a sense of doom that is continually recalling all created shapes to the imperishable out of which they first emerged." pg. 231 Example 2 "Mythology is defeated when the mind rests solemnly with its favorite or traditional images, defending them as though they themselves were the message that they communicate." pg. 231 Example 3 "Like the trivialties of dream, those of myth are big with meaning." pg. 231 Section 4 WITHIN SPACE--LIFE Example 1 "The image of the cosmic egg is known to many mythologies..." pg. 237 Example 2 "Not uncommonly the cosmic egg bursts to disclose, swelling from within, an awesome figure in human form." pg. 238 Example 3 "[T]he evolution of life...is the theme of the early stages of the cosmogonic cycle." pg. 238 Section 5 THE BREAKING OF THE ONE INTO THE MANIFOLD Example 1 "In mythology...there is a miraculous spontaneity about the shaping of the universe." pg. 241 Example 2 "The myths never tire of illustrating the point that conflict in the created world is not what it seems." pg. 246 Example 3 "...the world is a majestic harmony of forms pouring into being, exploding, and dissolving." pg. 247 Section 6 FOLK STORIES OF CREATION Example 1 "The arranging of the world, the creation of man, and the decision about death are typical themes from the tales of the primitive creator." Example 3 pg. 253 Example 2 OUTSIDE EXAMPLES Example 1 Example 2 The concept of heaven and hell was derived from our thoughts of what happens to our souls after death. pg. 249 "...the world and the age between deep sleep and waking consciousness, the zone where the One breaks into the manifold and the many are reconciled in the One." pg. 253 "Folk mythologies...do not differ from the great mythologies on any essential point in their evaluations of human circumstance." The Greeks formulated a theory from their imagination of a sun god to explain why the sun rises and sets every day.
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