Living the Radiant Life

9 Month Study Program
3rd Sat. 10-12noon: $250

With Prem (Terry) Lancaster & Friends...

Mothers Trust Mothers Place -"Programs"
Lakeshore Interfaith Institute
6676 122nd Ave Ganges, MI 49408

Applying the work and wisdom of Joseph Campbell to the living of a modern life.

Suggested Reading: Masks of God, Mythic Image, Primitive Mythology, Oriental Mythology, Open Life, Creative Mythology, Historical Atlas of The World's Mythology, Hero with Thousand Faces, Thou Art That, Way of Animal Power, Way of Seed World, Pathways Bliss, Inner Reaches, An Open Life, Myths, Dreams, Religion, Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe, Mythic Imagination, Fire in Mind.

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General Class Information April thru December 2008...

A 9 month study course applying the work and wisdom of Joseph Campbell and his primary influences to the living of modern life. According to the author James Joyce, “Radiance” occurs when the object points beyond itself to illuminate the universe. Let your own life be a mirror of illumination. Come step into the Radiance of your own being!!! Joseph Campbel l was one of the 20th centurys formost authorities on world mythology and religion. (1904-1987).

APRIL 19, 10:00am - 12:00noon

PRESENTATION...  Who was Joseph Campbell and why is his work so important? After a brief biography we will discuss why twenty years after his death his work is more relevant than ever. If you enjoyed the Power of Myth series he did with Bill Moyers (which remains extremely popular and is still shown around fund-drive time on PBS) and would like to dig a bit deeper into the man and the origins of his thought please attend!

May 17, 10:00am - 12:00noon

PRESENTATION...  Dare to live Mythically -myth as metaphor, metaphor as life. Joseph Campbell encouraged us to find our inner heroes, and not just to study them, but also to dare to live mythically. We will examine his classic works “The Hero with Ten Thousand Faces” and “The Inner Reaches of Outer Space,” in order to discover the empowering potentialities of learning to develop the Mythic Imagination.”

June 21, 10:00am - 12:00noon

PRESENTATION...  From Goddess to God. First, we will take a look at the historical/cultural movement from Goddess to God in the Near East at the beginning of the second millennium B.C. We will consider the ramifications of the event by examining the symbolic image of the Goddess in the ancient occident and how it influenced the psychic and social functioning of the individual and culture. We will then turn to the orient and especially India (the only known culture where worship of the Divine Mother has never ceased) and spend a while basking in the living presence of the Dasamahavidyas. Jai Ma!

July 19, 10:00am - 12:00noon

PRESENTATION...  The Enlightened Ones (Buddha and Jesus). We will explore the highly symbolic biographies of Gautama Siddhartha, who became the Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth, who became the Christ. Most understand these two giant historical figures to be giving very different spiritual messages as espoused in the religious traditions of Christianity and Buddhism. However, upon closer examination of the symbolic acts and sayings of both, a common ground can be quickly discovered and the similarities between the two become astounding. In order to help us envision Jesus and Buddha, “as brothers,” we will also be taking a look at the early Christian and Gnostic writings unearthed in the Nag Hammadi find of 1945 (especially the Gospel of Thomas). This will help us better understand why Joseph Campbell called Gnosticism the “western counterpart” of Buddhism.

August 16, 10:00am - 12:00noon

PRESENTATION...  The Way to Illumination and the Experience of God (an overview of the Chakra system). “In the normal course of a well-favored human lifetime the unfolding of the body’s vital energy transpires through marked stages of transformation as controlled from separate spinal centers called cakras (pronounced “chakras” meaning “circles” “wheels”) also as padmas (“lotuses”). These are pictured and experienced as ranged in ascending order along an invisible spinal nerve or channel called sushumna (“supremely blessed, rich in happiness”)” Here, we will take a look at myth as the energy of our own being with the rise of the kundalini along its seven primary centers. From understanding biological urges, to the real meaning of the “virgin birth” in the heart, to the two modes of God-realization at chakras 6 (saguna-God, with qualities) and 7 (nirguna-God, without qualities) respectively. With Joe, we will follow the rise of the twin serpents in Indian thought and, of course, apply it cross culturally.

September 20, 10:00am - 12:00noon

PRESENTATION... Follow your Bliss!!! Living your authentic life. Bringing back the Boon-Drawing upon the thinking of Campbell, Carl Jung, Karlfried Gras von Durkheim, Rudolf Steiner, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nietzsche and others, we will learn to harness the power of Active Thinking and Imaginative Participation/Observation in order to live the life that satisfies our full potential.

October 18, 10:00am - 12:00noon

PRESENTATION... The Mythic Image; Archetypal art as a spiritual journey. Carl Jung-“There is a thinking in primordial images, in symbols, which are older than the historical man, which are inborn in him from the earliest times, and eternally living; outlasting all generations that still make up the groundwork of the human psyche. It is only possible to live the fullest life when we are in harmony with these symbols and wisdom consists in a return to them.” A picture says a thousand words and Joseph repeatedly said that the mythic image is of the utmost importance in re-connecting to and re-integrating with the energies of our own life. I have asked my good friend and national award-winning artist Nancy Wanha P.S.A. to give a presentation on her work as an archetypal artist. She will share the dynamics of her art and we will surely gain a better understanding of the words of W.B.Yeats when he declared; ““The arts, I believe, are about to take upon their shoulders the burdens which have fallen on the shoulders of priests.”

November 15, 10:00am - 12:00noon

PRESENTATION... Alchemical wisdom from a wordless book: An introduction to Alchemy through the mythic image. The 17th century “Mutus Libre” is an enigmatic offering of 15 highly symbolic plates that describe the process of the “great work,” the recipe for the philosopher’s stone. Alchemy, long understood to be the process of turning base metal into gold has been long misunderstood. Throughout history and cross culturally gold has symbolized purity, incorruptibility and immortality. According to many of the highest Western adepts of Alchemy the process of turning base metal into gold was only one aspect of the work. The truly “great work” was the ability to take what was learned in the distillation process and apply it directly to your own life, turning the “lead” of your instinctual nature into the refined “gold” of spiritual life. The prize to be won, the secret to be discovered, was not after death in some far off heaven, but right here and now based on the merits of your own hard work and self-discovery. Please come and help us crack the Cosmic Egg in our pursuit of transmutation through the western alchemical and mystical traditions!

December 20, 10:00am - 12:00noon

PRESENTATION... Presentation: Building a Personal Mythology, Tools of Integration and Transformation. In mid-life, Carl Jung arrived at a point where he felt that he could no longer move forward until he discovered exactly what myth he was living. He came to the realization that his life would remain fragmented until he empowered himself to envision and integrate the energies that were at work in his own psyche (in other words, to develop the ability to raise unconscious programming to conscious awareness). Two of the tools that he used to set about this task were the mandala and the major arcana (greater mysteries) of the Tarot. Joe was very inspired by Jung’s work in this area and he spent a great deal of time studying the cross-cultural manifestations of the mandala and the psychological functioning of the Tarot deck. Finally, to wrap up the course, we will take a look at these two powerfully expansive tools in the hope that we will not only learn to identify, but also empower ourselves to integrate the myths that we are currently living to arrive at a new level of conscious awareness.

"Quotes" by Joseph Campbell...

Follow your bliss.

The heroic life is living the individual adventure.

There is no security in following the call to adventure.

Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome is going to be.

To refuse the call means stagnation.

What you don’t experience positively you will experience negatively.

You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else’s way, you are not going to realize your own potential.

The goal of the hero trip down to the jewel point is to find those levels in the psyche that open, open, open, and finally open to the mystery of your Self being Buddha consciousness or the Christ. That’s the journey.

It is all about finding that still point in your mind where commitment drops away.

The goal is to live with godlike composure on the full rush of energy, like Dionysus riding the leopard, without being torn to pieces. A bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation: “As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump! It is not as wide as you think.”

Suggested Readings

Joseph Campbell:
The Masks of God (four volumes)
Primitive Mythology
Oriental Mythology
Occidental Mythology
Creative Mythology
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
The Mythic Image
Historical Atlas of World Mythology (two volumes)
The Way of the Animal Powers
The Way of the Seeded Earth
Thou Art That- Transforming Religious Metaphors
Pathways to Bliss-Mythology and Personal Transformation
The Inner Reaches of Outer Space- Metaphor as Myth and as Religion
An Open Life-Joseph Campbell in conversation with Michael Toms (only
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Edited by Joseph Campbell:
Myths, Dreams, Religion
The Portable Jung
Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (greatly assisted Swami Nikalananda)

Other books by students, colleagues of Joseph Campbell:
The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe-myths and cult images by Marija Gimbutas
Walking a Sacred Path- Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool by Dr. Lauren Artress
The Mythic Imagination-Your Quest for Meaning through Personal Mythology by Stephen Larson

Biography: A Fire in the Mind-The Life of Joseph Campbell by Stephen and Robin Larsen