"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."
Plutarch of Chaeronea,
1st century Greek historian
Today, in our proudly rational culture where the word "myth" has been equated with the word "lie," we seem to be experiencing a rational breakdown. Facts are confronted with "alternative" facts. News is diluted with "fake news." People are scared and suffering in so many ways. And many feel that we are losing the logical and moral compass we have used for so long to make sense of the world.
However... as Micheal Meade suggests in Entering Mythic Territory, "When the world loses all sense and meaning, it is often mythic sense that is missing." Myth, defined as "a lie that holds the truth," has been used throughout time to plumb the emotional depths that exist below the facts. A sizable part of human history suggests that the best way to maintain a lock on literal and moral truth is to maintain a relationship with emotional truth. Stories are storehouses of smoldering symbols that, with proper tending, flame into insight and inspiration. Our metaphorical storehouses are brimming. Our logic, untethered, is thinning. A search for sense and meaning from the perspective of myth and story is perhaps more important today than ever.
Bridging the Gulf presents EmberTalks - a story-rich conversation on meaning, courage, grace, genius, healing, imagination, and the Hero's Journey.
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"The call to adventure signifies that destiny has summoned the hero."
EmberTalks Part 2: Crisis as Portal to the Deep
"In the middle of the road of my life I awoke in a dark wood where the true way was wholly lost."
A. Dante from Dante’s Inferno
"The Trickster is the master of initiation in a rite of passage particularly for mature men."
Allan B. Chinen, M.D.
Beyond the Hero
"That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again."
Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks