The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

Metaphor as Myth and as Religion

The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

Created from a powerful set of lectures delivered by the "father of modern mythology," this exciting book--the second in the series Collected Works of Joseph Campbell--suggests that laws of physics that govern the universe are also at play within the human consciousness.

Myths of Light

Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal

Myths of Light

This previously unpublished title shows Campbell's remarkable mind engaged with a favorite topic, the myths and metaphors of Asian religions. The book collects seven lectures and articles ranging from the ancient Hindu Vedas to Zen koans, Tantric yoga, and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Campbell conveys complex insights through warm, accessible storytelling, revealing the intricacies and secrets of his subjects with his typical enthusiasm.--From publisher description.

PaGaian Cosmology

Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion

PaGaian Cosmology

PaGaian Cosmology brings together a religious practice of seasonal ritual based in a contemporary scientific sense of the cosmos and female imagery for the Sacred. The author situates this original synthesis in her context of being female and white European transplanted to the Southern Hemisphere. Her sense of alienation from her place, which is personal, cultural and cosmic, fires a cosmology that re-stories Goddess metaphor of Virgin-Mother-Crone as a pattern of Creativity, which unfolds the cosmos, manifests in Earth's life, and may be known intimately. PaGaian Cosmology is an ecospirituality grounded in indigenous Western religious celebration of the Earth-Sun annual cycle. By linking to story of the unfolding universe this practice can be deepened, and a sense of the Triple Goddess-central to the cycle and known in ancient cultures-developed as a dynamic innate to all being. The ritual scripts and the process of ritual events presented here, may be a journey into self-knowledge through personal, communal and ecological story: the self to be known is one that is integral with place. PaGaian Cosmology may be used as a resource for individuals or groups seeking new forms of devotional expression and an Earth-based pathway to wisdom within.

Tryptamine Palace

5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad

Tryptamine Palace

A journey from Burning Man to the Akashic Field that suggest how 5-MeO-DMT triggers the human capacity for higher knowledge through direct contact with the zero-point field • Examines Bufo alvarius toad venom, which contains the potent natural psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT, and explores its entheogenic use • Proposes a new connection between the findings of modern physics and the knowledge held by shamans and religious sages for millennia The venom from Bufo alvarius, an unusual toad found in the Sonoran desert, contains 5-MeO-DMT, a potent natural chemical similar in effect to the more common entheogen DMT. The venom can be dried into a powder, which some researchers speculate was used ceremonially by Amerindian shamans. When smoked it prompts an instantaneous break with the physical world that causes out-of-body experiences completely removed from the conventional dimensions of reality. In Tryptamine Palace, James Oroc shares his personal experiences with 5-MeODMT, which led to a complete transformation of his understanding of himself and of the very fabric of reality. Driven to comprehend the transformational properties of this substance, Oroc combined extensive studies of physics and philosophy with the epiphanies he gained from his time at Burning Man. He discovered that ingesting tryptamines unlocked a fundamental human capacity for higher knowledge through direct contact with the zero-point field of modern physics, known to the ancients as the Akashic Field. In the quantum world of nonlocal interactions, the line between the physical and the mental dissolves. 5-MeO-DMT, Oroc argues, can act as a means to awaken the remarkable capacities of the human soul as well as restore experiential mystical spirituality to Western civilization.

Creases in Culture

Essays Toward a Poetics of Depth

Creases in Culture

This collection of essays, written over a period of years, entertains the shared place of psyche and poetics. Dr. Slattery has explored the manner in which the psyche is poetic and how poetry is deeply psycho-mythical. Influenced in part by the archetypal psychologist James Hillman's idea of the "poetic basis of mind" that comprises the soul's foundation, Slattery's writing moves into the interactive field in which myth is the ground for both psyche and poetry. The essays develop a further understanding of what has been called mythopoiesis, the fundamental myth-making and shaping capacity of the soul.

Truth in Religion

Truth in Religion

Only if, with regard to the diversity of religions, there are questions about truth and falsehood do we have a problem about the pluralism of religions and the unity of truth. That problem is not concerned with preserving religious liberty, freedom of worship, and the toleration, in a particular society or in the world, of a diversity of religious institutions, communities, practices, and beliefs. It is concerned only with the question of where, in that diversity, the truth lies if there is any truth in religion at all.

Comparative Mythology

Genesis Creation Narrative, Joseph Campbell, Miraculous Births, Monomyth, Mother Goddess, Proto-Indo-European Religion, Axis Mu

Comparative Mythology

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 133. Chapters: Genesis creation narrative, Joseph Campbell, Miraculous births, Monomyth, Mother goddess, Proto-Indo-European religion, Axis mundi, Jesus Christ in comparative mythology, Creation myth, Kesh temple hymn, Solar deity, Hymn to Enlil, Gudea cylinders, Lament for Ur, James George Frazer, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Debate between Winter and Summer, The Power of Myth, Song of the hoe, Flood myth, Genesis flood narrative, Enlil and Ninlil, King in the mountain, Weaving (mythology), Hamlet's Mill, Sacred bull, Debate between sheep and grain, The White Goddess, Apple (symbolism), Rainbows in mythology, The Golden Bough, Paul Rebillot, Dying god, Milky Way (mythology), Underworld, Sky father, Barton Cylinder, Trifunctional hypothesis, Mother Nature, Sacred king, List of death deities, List of lunar deities, Vegetation deity, Self-praise of Shulgi (Shulgi D), Fertility symbol, Legendary creature, List of tree deities, Lightning in religion, Jonathan Young (psychologist), Historical Atlas of World Mythology, Fyodor Buslaev, List of thunder gods, Alexander Veselovsky, Mythological king, World Mill, Old Babylonian oracle, Joseph Campbell Foundation, Theft of fire, The Flight of the Wild Gander, The Hero's Journey (film), Ichchhadhari Nag, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Thou Art That (book), Creation of man from clay, The Hero's Journey (book). Excerpt: The Genesis creation narrative is the creation myth of both Judaism and Christianity. It is made up of two parts, roughly equivalent to the first two chapters of the Book of Genesis. In the first part, Genesis 1:1 through, Elohim, the generic Hebrew word for God, creates the world in six days, then rests on, blesses and sanctifies the seventh day. God creates by spoken command ("Let there be..."), suggesting a comparison with a king, who has only to speak for things to...