Archive for the ‘Personal Mythos’ category


January 31, 2012

Who am I? I am. The only answer I have.–me

Here are some things I believe/know:

  1. I am not what I have.
  2. I am not what I do.
  3. I am not what others say about me.
  4. I am not the voice inside my head.
  5. I am not my body.
  6. There is no real separation between me and the rest of creation.

That said, there is little remaining to say except: I am.


January 30, 2012

From Oprah’s Lifeclass: Forgiveness means letting go of past hopes that didn’t happen. I believe the alternative is the bitterness of longing for a past that never was.–me

Forgiveness does not involve saying that what happened (or didn’t happen) was okay when it wasn’t okay. Saying “I forgive them” in the useal way usually carries with an implied “even though they don’t deserve it.” It creates a personal myth of moral superiority. Putting ourselves above others in that way has nothing to do with forgiveness, It’s actually a way of getting even, a way of holding on to the offense. There is no healing in that.

Forgiveness actually means letting go of the hurt. It involves recognizing that ongoing resentment hurts us more than the original offense. Most of all it means taking responsibility for our own thoughts and feelings.


January 22, 2012

It takes a rare person to want to hear what they don’t want to hear.–Dick Cavett

Okay it’s an oxymoron but let’s go with it anyway. The things we have the hardest time hearing are those things that conflict with our deeply held beliefs about who we are and how the world works. Together these beliefs constitute our personal mythos. Of course we believe that our personal mythos is true, that it is real. Therefore anything that contradicts our personal mythos is nonsense. But as I’ve said elsewhere, the basis for judging a myth is whether it is effective not whether it is realistic.

The best myths help us to become the person we were meant to be, to grow to our full potential as human beings. And if our myths don’t help us do that they need to go whether they are true or not. And one of the best ways to identify myths that aren’t working for us is by listening closely to nonsense ideas. The ones that are inconsistent with our fundamental beliefs.


January 21, 2012

There are two types of people in the world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more.–Woody Allen

This is one of the more pervasive myths of our society. That is, it’s a story we’ve made up about the way the world works and how we fit in. Is it true? Who knows, personally I don’t care. I don’t care because that’s the wrong question to be asking about a myth. Better questions would be: Does it work? Does it tell us something useful about who we are? To that I’d say yes. Today’s myth talks about what it’s like being human. Human beings are not good, all we can do is pretend. And pretending that we are something we are not is a mistake. It’s a sin in the original sense of the word, missing the mark.


January 18, 2012

Lord when I strip away all the mental constructs, I see neither you nor me. I see only one thing and for That I have no words.–me (from

The above is written in the language of Mythos. That is, it’s part of a story intended to express a spiritual truth that is difficult to express in terms of objective data and logic. It is a story that happened only through the process of “Active Imagination”. It happened in subjective reality rather than objective reality.

Basically it characterizes objective reality as a set of mental constructs. It says that if you sweep away those constructs, only one thing remains. I recognize that the word thing is wholly inadequate as it is used here, but it’s the best I can do.

So, is this real? I don’t know, I don’t even know what real might mean in this context. I do think it expresses a useful way to be in this life which is a we should expect from mythos.


January 15, 2012

This self I have is my own creation. I made it up to avoid experiencing the chaotic nature of my own mind.–me

Ego is a creation of the mind. It is a story teller, it tells us who we are (Persona) and who we are not (Shadow). We believe our stories, for us they are reality. We live entirely within our stories, they are our fondest illusions. One of the most pervasive and persistent of these illusions is the illusion of order. We experience our thoughts as a continuous stream when in fact this continuity, this stream, is one of the stories created by the ego.

Looking closely, in meditation, the mind is totally chaotic. Dozens, perhaps hundreds of thought snippets arise each instant then disappear to be replaced by other snippets. The ego ignores most of these grabbing just a few and stitching them together to create the illusion of a continuous stream. I’m not sure if or how we could function without this illusion, but it is nevertheless pure illusion.


December 28, 2011

If you ask me whether God exists, I muat say “No,” if you ask if God does not exist I must say “No.”–me

The term “exists” and indeed any other terms simply do not apply to God.