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Joseph Campbell Round Table at Cook Library
Thursday, January 17, 2019,6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Suffering and Bliss
“Follow your bliss” is Joseph Campbell’s most well-known and most misunderstood maxim. Join special guest Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D., noted Jungian psychologist, teacher and author, to examine the premise that bliss is “the rapture to be found at the core of your suffering.”
The original meaning of the term “to suffer” is to allow, as in Shakespeare’s quote: “I suffer you to speak before the king.” Modern ego consciousness attempts all sorts of diversions, repressions and denials—anything to distract us from suffering. Within this realm, there are three levels of suffering: 1) Natural, 2) Neurotic, and 3) Creative. The first is the human condition, the second can be removed through consciousness, and the third is our life work, the place where bliss resides.
Bliss is not fulfilling the desires of the ego, nor is it some sort of yuppie hedonism/narcissism. The last place we want to go is deep into those places where we feel inadequate, wounded, ashamed and flawed—yet that is where we often find our unique and most powerful experiences and insights that help us find our true source of bliss.
Bliss is not the same as happiness; it is our identity with a circumference that is greater and beyond the lonely and isolating ego. The ego is an imaginary reference point, a meta-pattern, a habit that nature has gotten herself into. Ego consciousness is necessary but not sufficient for a well-lived life. Yet we live in an ego age. What is one to do? Mythic truths connect us to the deep and enduring patterns, symbols and narratives by which we participate in something greater—a divine drama.
Hosted by: Jane Bancroft Cook Library
Additional Information can be found at: https://novoconnect.ncf.edu/event/3086576