Pathways to Bliss


Pathways to Bliss
Mythology and Personal Transformation

by Joseph Campbell (2004)


Well known for admonishing his students to “follow your bliss,” Joseph Campbell spent a lifetime following his. A few quotes from David Kudler’s posthumous collection of Campbell’s later lectures and essays will suffice to show what this means:

You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there’s a way or path, it is someone else’s path; each human being is a unique phenomenon. The idea is to find your own pathway to bliss. (xxvi)

What I think is that a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. […] There’s always the possibility of a fiasco. But there’s also the possibility of bliss. (133)

For myself, well, Alan Watts once asked me what spiritual practice I followed. I told him, “I underline books.” It’s all in how you approach it. (138)

As for me, well, I underline Joseph Campbell’s books. 194 pages.



About the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell

Editor’s Foreword by David Kudler


  1. The Necessity of Rites
    • The Functions of Mythology
    • Myth and the Development of the Individual
    • Myths for the Future
  2. Myth through Time
    • The Surface and Substance of Myth
    • The Birth of Myth: Primitive and Early Societies
    • The Birth of East and West: The High Cultures
  3. Society and Symbol
    • The Mechanism of Myths: How Symbols Work
    • Society, Myth, and Personal Development
    • The Ego: East and West
  4. Myth and the Self
    • Jung and the Polarities of Personality
    • The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious
  5. Personal Myth
    • Jung: What Myth Do I Live By?
    • The Functions of Mythology in Tradition and Today
  6. The Self as Hero
  7. Dialogues


A Joseph Campbell Bibliography


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