‘It is only by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.’ ~J Campbell–is this the same jc who said, ‘follow your bliss’? i remember that bliss doesn’t mean happiness. it’s closer to passion, and passion comes from suffering. to me, ‘follow your bliss’ means ‘what are you prepared to suffer?’. also, i believe fear too is a sign, guiding us to doors to pass thru. may you leave no doorknob unturned!
He saw this not merely as a mantra, but as a helpful guide to the individual along the hero journey that each of us walks through life:
‘If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are—if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.’
… During his later years, when some students took him to be encouraging hedonism, Campbell is reported to have grumbled, “I should have said, ‘Follow your blisters.'”