Personal Myths

What is it we are questing for? It is the fulfillment of that which is potential in each of us. Questing for it is not an ego trip; it is an adventure to bring into fulfillment your gift to the world, which is yourself. There is nothing you can do that’s more important than being fulfilled. You become a sign, you become a signal, transparent to transcendence; in this way you will find, live, become a realization of your own personal myth. – Joseph Campbell

The quote above is longer than usual, because the content of the message struck a chord deep within me. The other day I found this rather sad looking crab stranded on the tideline – it was during the full pink moon so the tidal variation was massive for a few days. When I poked him gently his weary eyes seemed to look up, and one leg moved ever so slightly. I rushed him to the nearest tide pool. He began to dig in and breathe. Although I could not know what he was thinking, I imagined the relief, the happiness of returning to his salty realm. All my life, I have created this sort of personal mythos around me. Since I was a boy, I have wrapped myself in a garb of wonder.

A sense of childlike wonder has remained throughout my life. This wonderment has sustained me in the most difficult times of near death experiences, deaths of cherished loved ones and friends, bitter divorce. Personal myths have carried me above the abyss as well as heightened my bliss. Even though I have three sisters and a brother and many childhood friends, I spent a great deal of time alone. I would happily ponder the world around me, while maintaining a stream-of-consciousness narration of my explorations. I joyfully filled the days with the blessings of curiosity and creativity. I seldom felt lonely. I had the Universe to revel in.

Years ago, as I was rebuilding a shattered world for my kids and I, I was fortunate to work at the dawn of the World Wide Web. Somewhere I have a disk with a copy of the original MOSAIC web browser from NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications). I worked at the university in education and got to work with NCSA on an early web-based education project. Because of my insatiable curiosity, I learned how to program early web-pages using Notepad; taught teachers technology; programmed interactive CD-ROMs; worked on a NASA education project, and so many other examples of kismet. I was in the right place at the right time, but also – I believed in the potential for self-realization. In my mythological inner realm, the potential for success is sheathed in positivity and wonder.

There are infinite possibilities for change throughout our days. Every hour we interact with the potential for transformation. At times we ignore these potentialities because we have other things to do, or simply do not see the value. But at other times, our quest for fulfillment nudges us onto the other path – the one least taken – towards self-realization. These are the days of wonder. Open yourself to your potential. Realize your personal myth. Peace.

Published by cewheeler

Writer/Artist:12 years in China – univ. lecturer: writing,poetry,culture; editor – magazine/newspaper & actor. 40 years students of the Tao. Traveler. Father. Read my books at:

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