[Editor's note: The twelve stages of the hero's journey monomyth following the summary by Christopher Vogler (originally compiled in 1985 as a Disney studio memo). Vogler was inspired by the writings of mythologist Joseph Campbell, particularly The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Vogler used Campbell's work to create the now-legendary 7-page company memo for Hollywood screenwriters, A Practical Guide to The Hero with a Thousand Faces . Vogler later developed his memo into the late 1990s book, The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers. I would be willing to bet that all successful action movies are built upon this twelve stage hero's journey as outlined by Joseph Campbell / Vogler.]
In narratology and comparative mythology, the monomyth, or the hero's journey is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero going on an adventure, and in a decisive crisiswins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed.
A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
Campbell and other scholars, such as Erich Neumann, describe narratives of Gautama Buddha, Moses, and Christ in terms of the monomyth. Critics argue that the concept is too broad or general to be of much usefulness in comparative mythology.
Tests of human intelligence show that even as IQ, the measure of our analytical thinking skills, appears to be on the rise, our more expansive, creative thinking skills may be on the wane as our hyper-busy world promotes more narrow, analytical thought. Neuroscientist John Kounios, a professor of psychology at Drexel University and co-author, along with colleague Mark Beeman, of The Eureka Factor, studies how creativity and insightful thinking begin in the brain. He says there are some very simple things we can all do to set the stage for insights, out-of-the box thinking, creativity and the “whispers of intuition” to arise
Inspirational daily quotes for the creative individual. Motivate, inspire yourself, get back onto the creative path; increase your happiness quotient!
This book is for those who are blessed—or cursed—with the gift of creative intelligence. Those whose right brains keep them up at night with brilliant concepts; those who question everything; those who don’t respect authority; those who were never understood by their peers, parents or teachers; those who were the class clowns.
You know who you are. You never fit in, were never voted to be famous, and were not popular among your classmates at school. Your parents despaired that you might end up in the gutter, because you wanted to be an artist.
You were one of the motley misfits who sat at the back of the room reading science fiction, the art geek who drew cartoon characters in math class, the budding scientist who experimented with potentially incendiary ingredients from your mother’s kitchen in the bathroom, the fledging drummer who just couldn’t sit still in grade school.
You were the one couldn’t figure out why everyone else wanted to lead a normal life. I honor you with our special secret salute (I can’t show it here, but you know what that is).
About the Author
A rebel with real cause, I fit the description in the dedication to the artist in this book: I question everything, I don't respect "authority," I was not understood by my peers, parents, or teachers, and although I was not a "class clown" I certainly sniggered to myself throughout grade school and subsequently throughout most functions that most people take seriously such as movie stardom, football, and politics. I live by three principles:
#1 maturity is overrated.
#2 never forget to play
#3 don't ever, ever put away your toys
Raul Lemesoff is an artist in Buenos Aires, Argentina who decided to create a tank which he has named 'Weapon of Mass Instruction.' Instead of blowing up the world, which is what weapons of mass instruction would usually do, Raul is spreading and collecting knowledge. Raul Lemesoff converted a 1979 Ford Falcon into a rather unique tank-like vehicle complete with a swiveling turret, a non-functioning gun, and space to store about 900 books — inside and on the outside of the vehicle.
My missions are very dangerous, I attack people in a very nice and fun way. — Raul Lemesoff
You can watch a short four minute video below which follows his journey from the original conception of the idea, to it's final completion as he drives the tank library through the streets of Buenos Aires, delivering books to various folk.
Source & thanks: Connie & http://www.boredpanda.com
The Voyage of the Creative Spirit
63 motivational and inspirational short essays on living a consciously creative life.
This book is for those intrepid explorers of human expression: artists. It doesn’t matter what field you choose—whether in the arts or sciences—if you do it in the attitude of curiosity and passion, you are an artist, or what I call a “conscious creative.” You are not satisfied with the status quo; you find your own answers. You forge your own path.
The journey of the conscious creative is one of˛adventure and courage. It isn’t always easy, but a creative life is extremely rewarding. For an artist, it is the only life worth living.
*This book contains two years of blog posts that were then published as an ebook called Celestial Navigation.
Laura Ezekiel interviews Aliyah Marr, author of the book: Unplug From the Matrix.
"The Golden Age of Gaia has been foretold by many ancient texts, and we are the ones who will create this "heaven on Earth" once again. But first, we must each consciously unplug from the Matrix. Are you ready to know the truth? Once you know the truth, you can never go back."
What if it were true, that we are asleep at the wheel, programmed into believing that an illusion is our lives? Each day we walk a fine line between awareness and sleep. Deja vu and seeming coincidence jostle our memories slightly, only to be dismissed.
Ever have the feeling that you've done this before? That you were here before, that you know the answer, but you just can't put your finger on it? Join us as we explore the possibility that we live in a dream state, that if we could just remember we would Unplug From the Matrix!
This week marked Vincent van Gogh's 162nd birthday. The always-illuminating Maria Popova celebrated in her Brainpickings newsletter by bringing back studies linking van Gogh's celebrated 1889 painting The Starry Night — where light and clouds flow in turbulent swirls on the night sky — with studies of turbulence in fluid flows.
How this works is one of the hardest questions in modern physics.
The connection has an interesting history, being inspired by "a picture of a distant star from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, where eddies probably caused by dust and gas turbulence are clearly seen," as physicist José Luis Aragón of the Autonomous University of Mexico in Queretaro, and his collaborators from Spain and England, wrote in a paper from June 2006. You can see the picture, from a March 4, 2004, NASA press release here. The scientists wanted to check whether there was some kind of mathematical correlation between van Gogh's creation and turbulence as measured in natural phenomena.
They found that van Gogh's art, in particular in paintings from periods when his mental illness was at a peak, mirrors natural turbulence down to mathematical precision...
Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist — and professor of natural philosophy, physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He is the co-founder of 13.7, a prolific author of papers and essays, and active promoter of science to the general public. His latest book is The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning. You can keep up with Marcelo on Facebook and Twitter: @mgleiser.
Stone Balance and Videography
by Michael Grab
Published on Dec 30, 2014
Stone Balance and Videography
by Michael Grab