Living Happily Ever After
The reward of the Monomythic Journey
About the Book
Joseph Campbell’s Monomythic Journey is an adventure into the realm of the mind to mitigate the discomfort of an adaptive challenge. Psychological barriers must be overcome before creativity can flourish. We’ll explore the cage of Mythlock that blinds us to new possibilities. We’ll see how Scapegoatism hijacks the emotional harbingers of the creative process and vents them through anger upon any handy external entity. We’ll confront the Threshold Guardians of fear that bar the threshold crossing and, if confidence is lacking, a Magic Amulet can ease the passage.
Our first trial across the Garden's threshold is the Looking Glass. Here we confront the unleashed emotions of guilt, regret and anger. Our emotions must be groomed because within the Garden of the Goddess, the realm of the human mind, negative emotions can breed monsters of the mind. A negative response can transform the Goddess into a Hag. A negative attitude towards our own sensuality can transform the Goddess of promise into a Seductice tempting us into sin and depravity. The climax of the Adventure is an encounter with the Goddess in all her splendour. Everything becomes clear and an answer is manifest in all its beauty and simplicity. But the Goddess always promises more. Beyond the Goddess lies the Stairway to the Stars. This is 'Nirvana'.
But the greatest challenge of all is yet to come. The exciting, and innovative ideas hatched within the realm of the mind are as nothing until they have passed through the Crucible of Reality. The real test of our Monomythic Adventure comes with the Return, when we take the Boon, those powerful insights we discovered within the Garden, and put them to actual use in the world of every day.
About the Author
While in university, the author experienced a crisis and was overcome by depression. Hard as he tried and as angry as he got, no solution to his problem was found. Finally, he surrendered to his fate and that was when the magic moment occurred. He experienced a revelation. Gone were the dark images of depression and everywhere he looked he saw new things with new implication. He had received a gift from the Goddess, new perspective, and it open to him a new world. The ecstasy of the experience rendered his original crisis immaterial, and he became enthralled with the experience he was living.
Research led him to Joseph Campbell, a literature professor who worked in comparative mythology. Campbell had discovered a common pattern underlying myths from all around the world and throughout the ages, which he called the ‘Monomyth’. Many of the myths the author studied duplicated the emotional pattern of the author’s experience and he realized that this pattern was the same as the ‘creative act’ or ‘adaptive response’ of human beings.
We now live in an era of massive change on a global scale and the human animal is not built for change. Globally, close to 800,000 people die from suicide every year (ourworldindata.org). That’s one person every 40 seconds who die because they are unaware of their creative capabilities. We are also living in a world racked by the violence of Scapegoatism. One reflection of this disastrous response is the number of mass shootings that are occurring in the U.S. In 2022, there were 735 mass shootings, resulting in 762 deaths and with 2,902 wounded. (Wikipedia). That is over 2 mass shootings per day. The author’s hope is that his new book: Living Happily Ever After: The rewards of the Monomythic Journey, might help.