Full circle, from the tomb of the womb to the womb of the tomb, we come: an ambiguous, enigmatical incursion into a world of solid matter that is soon to melt from us, like the substance of a dream. And, looking back at what had promised to be our own unique, unpredictable, and dangerous adventure, all we find in the end is such a series of standard metamorphoses as men and women have undergone in every quarter of the world, in all recorded centuries, and under every odd disguise of civilization.
—Joseph Campbell



I. The Call

II. Departure/Entry

III. The One Guide

IV. Trial

V. Passage

VI. Return

VII. Home



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I. Recognizing it as the voice of what I really feel in my body as a man, how does my awakening spirituality connect me with the earth and with the ground of my being, however I understand that?
In what ways am I learning to fully walk my own soul's story?


There is nothing but water in the holy pools.
I know, I have been swimming in them.
All the gods sculpted of wood or ivory can't say a word.
I know, I have been crying out to them.
The Sacred Books...are nothing but words...
What Kabir talks of is only what he has lived through.
If you have not lived through something, it is not true.
version R. Bly
Soul sticks to the realm of experience and reflection within experience.
—James Hillman
...there is only one inevitable duty--the duty of prayer-- the daily recognition of the unseen and eternal...no need for...one day in seven as a holy day,...all days are God's.
—Ohiyesa, Santee Dakota
If the only prayer you say
in your whole life is "thank you",
that would be enough.
—Meister Eckhart

II. Do I accept my certain death as the limit against which I may measure the real size of what I feel, say, and do each day?


Some future day in the heat of noon,
I shall be carried shoulder high
Through the village of the dead.
—Kuba, Zaire
tr. U. Beier
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
—William Shakespeare
Not to be attached to something is to be aware of its infinite value.
—Shunryu Suziki
Granted that I must die,
how shall I live?
—Michael Novack

III. Knowing life can always come up with at least one more way of showing itself that I don't yet know about or understand, in what ways can I respect the uncertainty of every day, without having all the answers?
--Do I know any good jokes?


Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
And try to love the questions themselves.
—Rainer Maria Rilke
I am still learning.
—Michelangelo's Motto
The man who never alters his opinion
is like standing water,
and breeds reptiles of the mind.
—William Blake
God respects me when I work,
but he loves me when I sing.
—Rabindranath Tagore
Who's on first...?
—Abbott & Costello

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