Source and Truth of Myth

More than a hundred years ago—before the elucidations of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell—some early psychologists began looking to the field of classical mythology to help explain and understand mysteries of the mind. This was sensible because the motifs of myths, legends, fables, and fairytales run parallels with the life experiences of famous historical figures, as well as the rest of us. The idea is: to the extent that a myth reveals universal patterns and principles, understanding them is useful for gaining insights into any given person’s analogically comparable everyday challenges. 

The core principles—sought by numerous pragmatic psychologists, mystical occultists, and masters of storytelling—are embedded in what PluribusOne™ discovered and calls the Master Myth of the Emergence and Quest of the Liberator, the unabridged dramatic allegory that is typically perceived through a “dim window” as: The Hero’s Journey, or The Fool’s Journey in tarot (see our post: “New View ‘Through a Glass Darkly’”). The master myth, like all stories, has three basic parts: beginning, middle, and end—three essential Acts. But while the stages of The Hero’s Journey are said to be twelve, the master myth has nine. Other stages are subsets. 

Three Latin words: veni, vidi, vici—“I came. I saw. I conquered’—told Caesar’s self-evidencing story of the conquest of Britain with extreme brevity. The rest was commentary. Such is the essence of all stories. A man is born; he lives; he dies. The stages through which the man is born, lives, and dies are many but not without universal, repetitive patterns appearing in evidence throughout. Yet even the luminaries among depth psychologists and students of mythology remain at a loss to explain why or how it is true that extensive analogies are present in the fundamental outlines and even the details of mythic tales from around the world—let alone resonant in human lives. 

The dominant theory for the universality of myths is called the “theory of migration.” This theory looks to an original home-culture from which all bedrock myths emanated and spread via intercultural contact and cross-connections. India is often regarded as being that place of ancient origin, but even if that were true, where would they have acquired the viral prototype? The competing “theory of elemental ideas”—rejected by a consensus-of-the-unimaginative a hundred years ago—is closer to truth as to the mode of distribution and also as to the origin of the Hero myth. The source and mechanism for distribution is Quantum Consciousness (see our post: “Quantum Enigma Solved”). 

The same deep, shared quantum of Omniversal consciousness that Carl Jung called the “collective unconscious” is source of the inspirations and ideas that every human being has access to in creating and perceiving his or her personal world. Consciousness is the primal reality of Omniverse. So, of course, the patterns, principles, and processes contained in the oldest myths are also played out in the minds and lives of present-day people. Myths and archetypal life stories—somewhat like snowflakes or freckles—express a high degree of essential similarity, and yet no two are exactly the same. 

Myths operate at all levels of multidimensional reality. Even astrology skeptics generally admit that there is “something to it.” Renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell recognized that myths operate: Cosmologically, Metaphysically, Sociologically, and Psychologically. However, as he speculated beyond his expertise as a collator-harmonizer of myths his assertions became less authoritative. Campbell believed that the answers to our biggest questions would always elude us, whereas, in truth, the principles of Nature are ready to supply answers to any and all questions (see our posts: “NoetiTaoism™ Answers ‘Impossible’ Questions” and “Total Eclipse of Monistic Idealism”).

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