Joseph Campbell

(1904-1987)

"Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived."   


​Joseph Campbell, was a seeker of truth and devoted his life to uncovering the themes or archetypes that would reveal our common psychological roots, the universality of our human nature and experience, and the depths of the soul itself.  His genius was in weaving together myth, religion, science and art, creating a tapestry of archetypal pulses that have stirred the human spirit throughout history.  Although Campbell uncovered many archetypal themes in his pursuits, he described the Hero's Journey as a monolith, the one universal myth that can be seen throughout the world and throughout history. Stories such as the Odyssey,  Star Wars, The Hobbit, The Arthurian Legends, The Wizard of Oz,  Finding Nemo, Harry Potter, Captain Marvel, Spiderman, The Matrix and the Lion King all exemplify the Hero's Journey narrative. These stories depict the personal transformation the hero undergoes as they leave their familiar, known life to venture into the unknown, journeying through deliberate and expected stages that Campbell laid out. 


"Campbell has become one of the rarest of intellectuals in American life: 

a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture."

Newsweek Magazine 1987


Joseph Campbell saw universal myths and stories as our personal myths and stories and that the Hero's Journey can be seen as our own life journey. The vision of our workshops, training and coaching is aligned with Joseph Campbell's intention of using myths and stories to articulate and bring meaning to the lives of everyday people.

"It's very gratifying to know that this little book of mine is doing what I wanted it to do, 

namely to inspire an artist whose work is actually moving in the world."

Joseph Campbell

Pathways to Bliss


Suggested reading: The Hero's Jouney: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work or  to learn more about the life of Joseph Campbell please visit the Joseph Campbell Foundation: www.jcf.org



      Joseph Campbell

  • Influenced George Lucas’ Star Wars saga
  • Coined “Follow your Bliss
  • Interviewed by Bill Moyers: “The Power of Myth” 1986
  • Author of “Hero with a Thousand Faces,"  (1949) and numerous other articles and books
  • Best known for his extensive knowledge of Comparative Religions and Mythology
  • Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College, NY for 38 years and lectured at many establishments including Esalen Institute, CA, and Cooper Union, NYC
  • Uncovered a universal pattern (monomyth) found in all heroic tales which are the stages of the Hero’s Journey
  • Was married 49 years to Jean Erdman, dancer and choreographer
  • His work was influenced by writers, anthropologists, psychologists, and artists, such as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Sinclair Lewis, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietasche, James Joyce, Thomas Merton, Abraham Maslow, Stanislav Grof, Pablo Picasso, Leo Frobenius and Adolf Ellegard Jensen




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