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Joseph Campbell famously defined myth as “other people’s religion.” But he also said that one of the basic functions of myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a sort of travel guide or map to reach fulfillment - or, as he called it, bliss. For Campbell, many of the world’s most powerful myths support the individual’s heroic path toward bliss.

In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell examines this personal, psychological side of myth. Like his classic best-selling books Myths to Live By and The Power of Myth, Pathways to Bliss draws from Campbell’s popular lectures and dialogues, which highlight his remarkable storytelling and ability to apply the larger themes of world mythology to personal growth and the quest for transformation. Here he anchors mythology’s symbolic wisdom to the individual, applying the most poetic mythical metaphors to the challenges of our daily lives.

Campbell dwells on life’s important questions. Combining cross-cultural stories with the teachings of modern psychology, he examines the ways in which our myths shape and enrich our lives and shows how myth can help each of us truly identify and follow our bliss.

©2004 The Joseph Campbell Foundation (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Tavan T.
  • 12-09-19

A very insightful listen!

I found this book very insightful and I’ve already started to apply the lessons to my life. I’d absolutely recommend it

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  • Sandra M. Pozas Garcia
  • 26-04-21

Magnificent

A book that brings the depth in human psyche to life, practical and at the same time deep.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-20

Outstanding

A master working at his peak bringing expansive insights in a very accessible language. Stella narrates beautifully.

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  • James Eagan Alexander Poist
  • 02-05-20

Looking forward

To continuing my exploration of J. Campbell & his timeless wisdom on understanding, bliss, presence, heroes, archetypes & general pondering a on humanity & our history.

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  • aekalak
  • 26-09-18

Pretty good

I enjoyed Campbell’s thoughts on the mythic hero and finding our own bliss. As a very concrete thinker, it was difficult for me to trace the thread of his thoughts. This could have been due to David Kudler’s editing, or it could be to simply to the fact that I have not read as widely as Campbell.

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  • S. Mclean
  • 26-11-20

Beautiful

This is my favourite Campbell book. All of Campbell’s works are absolute magic but the nature of this one seems to really speak to “you” on a very personal level.

It covers some deep themes but there’s so much beauty to it all and also there’s some humour in there which always makes something great even better.




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  • Daniel
  • 24-10-20

Interesting...

Very interesting and insightful knowledge..
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A good listen though.