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A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story
Jean Houston
Houston weaves her autobiography with the meta-mythical biography of all of us, showing us our true nature and potential in Life's One Grand Story.

1 "Photographs taken through electron microscopes and far-ranging telescopes reveal that images from vastly different scales evoke a feeling of similarity and recognition. A spiral nebula that measures hundreds of light-years across looks remarkably similar to something that measures a thousandth of a centimeter, say the eye of a firefly. One can be seen as the fractal resonance of the other, the resonance of the microcosm to the macrocosm."

2 "The events and stories of our individual lives can be seen as small but potent fractals of the great fractal, which is the infinite mirroring of the soul of the world. What are fractals? Fractals are repetitions of the same general patterns, even the same details, at both ascending and descending scales. They tell us that the universe and all that it contains is made up of folded realities within self-similar worlds."

3 "All around us, to the right and left, in front and behind, above and below, we have only to go a little beyond the frontier of sensible appearances in order to see the divine welling up and showing through. See, over there, in that cherry tree, in that rock, in that child. By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers." Pierre Teilhard deChardin to Jean Houston

4 "I have learned that what often appears to be chaos is really cosmos in its most literal sense – world making and remaking."

5 "The local stories of our lives are bound up with the larger story happening the world over,…the story of recent history is the story of convergence; everybody and everything is being woven together into a new world myth…We are participating in the creation of the global mind field. The planet is becoming self-conscious in all its parts through ourselves."

6 "Myth provides a revelation to waking consciousness of the powers of its own sustaining source." Joseph Campbell

7 "I have come to believe that life is allied with myth in order that we may advance along an evolutionary path carrying us nearer to the spiritual source that lures us into greater becoming. For this purpose, myth remains closer than breathing, nearer than our hands and feet. I think it is built into our very being."

8 "Remain always true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourself united with all those who, from every direction, every culture, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge." Pierre Teilhard deChardin to Jean Houston

9 "Archetypes are organs of Essence, the cosmic blueprints of how it all works."

10 "Every human being is a Grail of the most sacred life."

11 "Our brains seem to serve both as gates into God and holographic reducing valves that render God-stuff into structure and form."

12 "The multiple faces of God that are celebrated by many of the world's religions express the sense that in the One, there are the many, while through the many is to be found the One."

13 "The image is the seed that contains both the psychic DNA and the motivating forces that shape the fully bloomed flower that you become."

14 "We are connected through…'morphogenetic fields', organizing templates that weave through time and space and hold the patterns for all structures but that can be changed according to our changing thoughts and actions."

15 "Everything is bound up with everything else in a pattern both absolute and universal. We are links in the great chain of being, in which the hierarchy of the human body parallels the hierarchies of the nature, the state, the cosmos."

16 "Beneath the collective surface crust of consciousness, a new paradigm is growing, a paradigm so subtle, albeit pervasive through many lands and cultures, that we do not yet know its name. Is it the no-name organic lure of evolution, the implicate God becoming incarnate in ourselves? Is it a convergence between what is here and what is there on a grand scale, one that will shake the foundations of reality – the big shift itself? Cosmos emerges from chaos, as scientists tell us, and present breakdown may be the plowing of the old order so that the seeds of new becoming can be planted."

17 "The I Am is the supreme fractal wave from which everything branches, out of which everything comes forth. We bear its signature in the wave forms of our cells, the curvings of our histories."

18 "Everything in the universe, from fox terriers to tree bark to somebody's red hat to the mind of God is related to everything else."

19 "Quintessentially, archetypes are about relationship….As inhabitants of the We Are realm, archetypes bridge spirit with nature, mind with body, and self with universe. They are always within us, essential elements within the structure of our psyches."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite