A quote to ponder from Joseph Campbell on an “apparent intention in our individual fates”…


Art: The Dreamer original oil painting by Mark Henson

Schopenhauer, in his splendid essay called “On an Apparent Intention in the Fate of the Individual,” points out that when you reach an advanced age and look back over your lifetime, it can seem to have had a consistent order and plan, as though composed by some novelist. Events that when they occurred had seemed accidental and of little moment turn out to have been indispensable factors in the composition of a consistent plot.

So who composed that plot? Schopenhauer suggests that just as your dreams are composed by an aspect of yourself of which your consciousness is unaware, so, too, your whole life is composed by the will within you. And just as people whom you will have met apparently by mere chance became leading agents in the structuring of your life, so, too, will you have served unknowingly as an agent, giving meaning to the lives of others.

The whole thing gears together like one big symphony, with everything unconsciously structuring everything else. And Schopenhauer concludes that it is as though our lives were the features of the one great dream of a single dreamer in which all the dream characters dream, too; so that everything links to everything else, moved by the one will to life which is the universal will in nature.

—Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth

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  1. earthskyair says:

    Love this. So much amazing mystery to life! 🌷

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    1. I agree dear friend, that is what makes life interesting right? 🙂 ❤

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  2. What a captivating picture of our dreams, Amira and the words said by Joseph Campbell said nothing but the truth. A movie going on from birth and we dreaming the dream and when the movie comes to an end and the curtains are drawn we pass on to come again in another movie and dream.

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    1. Yes, you said it so well my friend! Life is just a dream…an amazing adventure, and opportunity to learn lessons and grow from experiences, so our souls can unfold and bloom 🙂

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      1. Yes Amira all of us are having our dreams in our different bodies though deep down we are all One where our soul can unfold and bloom into the state of bliss.

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        1. You said it beautifully dear Kamal, that is probably one of the most profound lessons we ultimately learn, that we are all ONE! ❤


          1. Yes lessons that continues in Oneness. All these so called religions have curtailed our thinking and we feel only our God is best but He is One without any religion so why not we go to that Father of ours.

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          2. Exactly! So much division in humanity due to religions…(which are MAN MADE) and yet they all have the same GOD, yet GOD does not have a religion!!! As Rumi says “every religion has love, and love has no religion” He also says “I belong to no religion, my religion is LOVE and every HEART is my TEMPLE”


          3. Yes I completely agree with the words of Rumi. Every heart is our temple and we are all Love. Happy day, Amira ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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