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Once there was a young warrior

Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear.

She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly.

But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle.

The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other.

The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons.

The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, "May I have permission to go into battle with you?"

Fear said, "Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission."

Then the young warrior said, "How can I defeat you?"

Fear replied, "My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power."

In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear. 

by Pema Chödrön

Link: GoodReads

Category: Stories

Tradition: Buddhism

· stories · folktales · fairytales · legends · myth · myths · mythology · Buddhist · warrior · teacher · mentor

The Sacred Grove: mysteries of the forest

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: The Sacred Grove: mysteries of the forest

Category: Recommended books

Tradition: Eclectic Pagan

· trees · forest · mythology · book · Yvonne Aburrow · symbolism · reference · gardening

Auguries and Omens: the magical lore of birds

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: Auguries and Omens: the magical lore of birds

Category: Recommended books

Tradition: Eclectic Pagan

· bird · mythology · book · Yvonne Aburrow · symbolism · reference · divination

The Magical Lore of Animals

by Yvonne Aburrow

Link: The Magical Lore of Animals

Category: Recommended books

Tradition: Eclectic Pagan

· animals · mythology · book · Yvonne Aburrow · symbolism · reference · Nature

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

This seminal work has influenced millions of readers since it was originally published in 1949, bringing the insights of modern psychology together with Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell formulated the dual schemas of the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through all of humanity's mythic traditions, and of the Cosmogonic Cycle, the stories of world-creation and -dissolution that have marked cultures around the world and across the centuries.

Translated into over twenty languages, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has sold well over a million copies and continues to find new audiences among professors and students in fields ranging from the history of religion and anthropology to literature and film studies; among creative artists including authors, filmmakers, game designers and song writers; and among all of those interested in the basic human impulse to tell stories. 

by Joseph Campbell

Link: Joseph Campbell Foundation

Category: Recommended books

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· Joseph Campbell · myth · mythology · book · hero journey · journey

The Inner Reaches of Outer Space

This collection of three essays explores the relevance of new discoveries about the immensity of the universe to mythology, demonstrates that metaphor is the language of art, and summarizes Campbell's work in mythology and comparative religion.

by Joseph Campbell

Link: Joseph Campbell Foundation

Category: Recommended books

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· Joseph Campbell · myth · mythology · metaphor · inner life

Joseph Campbell Foundation

 A collection of videos of Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

by Joseph Campbell Foundation

Link: YouTube

Category: Recommended websites

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· Joseph Campbell · myth · mythology · talk

Joseph Campbell - Sun, Moon, Serpent and Bull

by Joseph Campbell

Link: YouTube

Category: Videos

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· Joseph Campbell · myth · mythology · talk

Joseph Campbell - On Becoming an Adult

by Joseph Campbell

Link: YouTube

Category: Videos

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· Joseph Campbell · myth · mythology · adult · talk · individuation

Joseph Campbell - Mythology of the Trickster

by Joseph Campbell

Link: YouTube

Category: Videos

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· Joseph Campbell · myth · mythology · trickster · talk

Joseph Campbell - Myth as the Mirror for the Ego

by Joseph Campbell

Link: YouTube

Category: Videos

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· Joseph Campbell · myth · mythology · inner self · talk

Joseph Campbell - The Mythic Symbology of Release

by Joseph Campbell

Link: YouTube

Category: Videos

Tradition: Eclectic spirituality

· Joseph Campbell · myth · mythology · release · talk

Where is God

"Where is God?" asked the disciple.
"Everywhere, in everyone and everything," said his Guru.
Later, as the disciple was going home, he saw an elephant charging towards him.
"Get out of the way, get out of the way," shouted the elephant-driver. "He has gone mad!"
But the disciple thought: "God is everywhere. He is in the elephant and he is in me. Would God attack God? No, therefore the elephant will not attack me."
He stood where he was. The elephant picked him up in his trunk and flung him aside. Fortunately, he landed in a haystack and was not too badly hurt. But he was terribly shaken and confused.
When the Guru and the other disciples came to help him and take him home, he said, "You said God is in everything, but see what the elephant did to me!"
"It is true that God is in everything," said his Guru. "He is in the elephant, but he is also in the mahout who kept telling you to get out of the way. Why didn't you listen to him?"

by Anon - Bengali folktale

Link: Saromama

Category: Stories

Tradition: Hinduism

· stories · folktales · fairytales · legends · myth · myths · mythology · Bengali · awareness · teacher · mentor · immanence

Tel Shemesh

 a web resource for those who are attempting to integrate Jewish faith and practice with earth-based beliefs and ways of living. Tel Shemesh provides writings, rituals, songs, prayers, and myths that integrate Jewish texts with earth-based images like the Divine feminine and the sacred earth, in order to promote an inclusive vision of a Judaism entwined with nature and with all life.

by Jill Hammer

Link: Tel Shemesh

Category: Recommended websites

Tradition: Judaism

· Jewish · spirituality · spiritual practices · rituals · songs · prayers · myths · mythology

Jewish Stories

Stories from the Midrash, Hasidic stories, stories of sages and mystics, contemporary stories, fables and parables, and more.

Link: Chabad.org

Category: Recommended websites

Tradition: Judaism

· stories · folktales · fairytales · legends · myth · myths · mythology · Jewish · Judaism

Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed. The myths and laws of religion are not true because they they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice.

~ Karen Armstrong

Link: GoodReads

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Multiple traditions

· religion · spirituality · change · attitude · truth · tradition · mythology

If it is written and read with serious attention, a novel, like a myth or any great work of art, can become an initiation that helps us to make a painful rite of passage from one phase of life, one state of mind, to another. A novel, like a myth, teaches us to see the world differently; it shows us how to look into our own hearts and to see our world from a perspective that goes beyond our own self-interest.

~ Karen Armstrong

Link: GoodReads

Category: Quotations

Tradition: Multiple traditions

· books · reading · lectio divina · initiation · change · mythology

Aaron's World of Stories

Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, Tall Tales, Trickster Tales, Animal Tales, Myths, Legends ~ East Asian, Southeast Asian, Asian Indian, African, Middle Eastern, Scandinavian, North American, South American  

Link: Aaron's World of Stories

Category: Recommended websites

Tradition: Multiple traditions

· stories · folktales · fairytales · legends · myth · myths · mythology

American folklore

Everything from Brer Rabbit to Native American stories 

Link: American folklore

Category: Recommended websites

Tradition: Multiple traditions

· stories · folktales · fairytales · legends · myth · myths · mythology

Pitara

Folktales for children 

Link: Pitara

Category: Recommended websites

Tradition: Multiple traditions

· stories · folktales · fairytales · legends · myth · myths · mythology · children

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