Just like most people, I used to ignore mythology because I perceived myths as unrealistic stories. However, I became interested in myths after reading the African Bushman Creation Myth. This myth made me think deeply about ancient myths. I wondered who created them and why ancient people believed in them despite their fictitious nature. I intuitively knew that there are some valuable things I can learn from these ancient stories.
I then researched on them extensively and I realized three incredible truths we can learn from myths.
- There is a Collective Unconscious And We Can Access It
After reading many myths while listening to Lana Del Rey, I realized that all myths had similar symbols and features. I wondered how these similarities appeared in myths created by societies separated by thousands of kilometers. I then researched on what great thinkers and mythologists thought about these similarities, and I realized that the similarities occurred because all human beings can access the collective unconscious.
According to Carl Yung, the collective unconscious is a part of our sub-conscious mind that possesses the history of thoughts of all mankind. Other scholars define it as the ‘subconscious mind that we all share.’ Therefore, different ancient societies created myths with similar structures despite living far from each other because they accessed this part of their mind that is common to all mankind.
Most of us can’t access the collective unconscious because we are unaware of its presence and value. We don’t know that accessing this mind can make us highly creative and enable us to know everything about humanity.
- Inspiring Lessons from The Hero’s Journey
Most myths narrate about a hero who undergoes various trials before achieving his goals. This hero often avoids following his life purpose because he fears the unknown. The good thing is that a magical helper appears to help the hero achieve his ultimate purpose.
The hero’s journey enabled me to notice four inspiring things the ancients knew about following one’s dreams/purpose.
- It’s normal to be afraid to follow one’s dreams.
- The good life is on the other side of fear.
- The universe will always provide a mentor.
- If you follow your dreams without giving up, the universe will help you achieve them. As Joseph Campbell, the famous mythologist put it, ‘Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls ’.
- God Exists
Many ancient myths narrated about an all-powerful supernatural being that created the world.
The presence of this supernatural being in many myths reveals that ancient men instinctively knew that The Creator existed. For them, the intelligent design visible in all creatures was enough evidence for God’s existence.
With this in mind, we must stop perceiving myths as meaningless fictitious stories. Instead, we must join the likes of Joseph Campbell and study myths because by doing so we’ll realize fundamental truths that can guide us in the journey of life.
By the way, I’m still studying myths because I need to understand all the mysteries surrounding them, and I will share with you any nuggets of wisdom I will uncover from my research.
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