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Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion Paperback – May 12, 1995
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I have read all of Campbell's books. The amount and breadth of the information and thier implications is staggering. The most amazing thing about this book is that I would have chosen almost exactly the same summative material for this type of book as did Osborn. My background is steeped in science--Osborn's in poetry. Yet we found the same "song of the universe" within Campbell's works.
Why? Because the song is transparent to the transendent and there for the everyone.
He reads outloud, "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are..."
Immediately my consciousness elevated. I said, "What did you just say?"
He repeated, "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are..."
"Oh, my...that's an amazing thought...oh, I really like that..."
And even though he continued to read on, my mind and my heart stayed with that one nugget of pure gold. I let this idea permeate my whole being. It was just what I needed to hear. My surgery was not about punishment, it was about using it in a way that would/could serve me in greater ways than I was able to forsee at the time.
My friend left and I immediately hobbled over to the computer and ordered this book. In about three days (interesting symbology itself) it arrived and I began to not just read this book but devour it with all of my heart, mind, and soul. I really feel that the essence behind the words contributed greatly to my healing...not just with my knee, but in other areas that I might have previously let go unaddressed.
I give copies of this book to people for their birthdays and I always inscribe this message, "....because the privilege of a lifetime is being exactly who and what you are!"
Let this and the other wondrous truths that can be discovered in this beautiful book sink into your mind, your heart, and soul.Remind yourself that it is a privilege of a lifetime to be who you are and then attempt to realize with real eyes that this is the truth of everyone and everything despite what the appearances may look like! Facts change but the Truth lives on forever...
Thanks for this book. It's a keeper.
I also want to say that while everyone here seems to mention how good the book is in distilling his work with myths and religion and whatnot, no one seems to mention that it's a darn good book to read when you needed something life affirming.
The world is perfect. It's a mess. It's always been a mess and that's perfect.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A superb read; and oh so fact filled.
I truly enjoyed the book.
I am very familiar with Joseph Campbell's work.
I own every DVD that he made. Read more
Very deep book. If you are interested in living the hero's journey start with this book.Published 22 days ago by P. Smith
I keep re-buying this to gift to friends and loved ones. I will be reading passages from this book for the rest of my life. Highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by jen
Joseph Campbell has been a culture hero since I first read his works in the sixties.
Continues to be a viable contemporary eye opener.
interesting viewpoints, but off on some of his Christian comments.Published 1 month ago by D. J. Edwards
If this is the kind of thing you can imagine in your Library, you won't be disappointed.Published 3 months ago by Michael J. Hinton
I repeatedly purchase this book for gifts. It is a fabulous compilation of Joseph Campbell's writing. A constant for many, many years on my nightstand.Published 5 months ago by Barbara