13 of us met for our second Joseph Campbell MRT at the Tauranga Club on Thursday 1st December 2011.The expansive harbour glowed magnificently below us, the blues inking into noir with stars of bridge lights dancing beyond.
Again, women and men with a rainbow of accents talked and listened to (this time) Tao Te Ching, Joseph Campbell’s reading list and wikipedia’s news on Carl Jung and Heinrich Zimmer. To complement the Mandala project from November, Ros led a positive psychology 30 minute project of inquiry into what we may want from life right now. Apart from finding it personally insightful to share something (a ‘state of being’ in my case) that I wanted, I found it illuminating scribing for my project partner, in that I realised how connected we are when I could hear my own creative needs echoed in hers. FYI: Jude has chosen to lead the February project.
So, come join us for our next meeting, on Thursday the 2nd of February 2012, venue TBC, when we’ll be exploring the hero’s journey. It was mooted that over the next two months (before we meet again) either a) read a/part-of-a text from Joseph Campbell’s reading list OR b) read a comtemporary short story/poem/novel that we believe Joseph Campbell may include in a reading list if he was with us today. When Fran suggested this – b- I immediately imagined Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Wind-up Bird Chronicle’ or Selma Lagerlof’s ‘Gosta Berling’s Saga’. The idea is to read some’thing’ and come prepared to ‘enthuse us’ so we may decide to collectively read it and later discuss i.e. do the book club thing.
I leave you with some Tao Te Ching which both features at the bottom of Joseph Campbell’s reading list and which (I hope I have remembered correctly) was read by Bruce at our MRT at the Tauranga Club.
“Everyone in the world calls my Tao great
As if it is beyond compare
It is only because of its greatness
That it seems beyond compare
If it can be compared
It would already be insignificant long ago
I have three treasures
I hold on to them and protect them
The first is called compassion
The second is called conservation
The third is called not daring to be ahead in the world
Compassion, thus able to have courage
Conserving, thus able to reach widely
Not daring to be ahead in the world
Thus able to assume leadership
Now if one has courage but discards compassion
Reaches widely but discards conservation
Goes ahead but discards being behind
If one fights with compassion, then victory
With defense, then security
Heaven shall save them
And with compassion guard them.”
Thanks henrylem.wordpress.com for recommending Derek Lin’s Translation and Annotations of Tao Te Ching which features above.