Transformations of Myth Through Time-Joseph Campbell
Ever wonder where Joseph Campbell came up with his idea of 'universal ideas'? I've created a page featuring a chapter from his book 'Transformations of Myth Through Time' that explains his reasoning for these ideas. These are also the basis for Jung's Archetypes. If you have not read Campbell's lectures I encourage that you do so. It goes a long way to helping us understand how the psyche formulates these inherent traits. From the page:
Myth comes in the same zone as dream, and this is the zone of what I call the Wisdom Body. When you go to sleep, it's the body that's talking. What the body is moved by are energies that it does not control. These are energies that control the body. They come in from the great biological ground. They are there. They are energies and they are manners of consciousness. But we also have in this body this affair of the head, and it has a system of thinking on its own. There's a whole manner of consciousness that stems from the head-set, and it is different in its knowledge from that of the body. When a baby is born, it knows just what to do with its mother's body. It is ready for the environment into which it is put. It doesn't have to be instructed, these things happen. This is the work of the Wisdom Body.