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  • “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.”
  • “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
  • “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
  • “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and dont be afraid, and doors will open where you didnt know they were going to be.”
  • “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”
  • “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
  • “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
    A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
  • “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”
    The Power of Myth
  • “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know its not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. Thats why its your path.”
  • “If the path before you is clear, youre probably on someone elses.”
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