Mourning what was never to be, and seizing life as it actually is, in the same moment is, a form of archetypal activism of mythopoetic dimension. It is nothing less than loving one’s fate in the face of its very mourning. Journeying into the inner mythic landscape of one’s soul through images and stories of personal myths unearths the presence of an archetypal story that lies beneath or beyond conscious thinking about oneself and the world. Myths are epic lamentings, we can draw on as teachings, to bridge the soul-split of the interruption of the birth-death-rebirth archetype. They are attempts at healing the soul-rupture caused by not honouring personal and collective trauma.
As a form, ‘myth-mapping’ mythopoetic inquiry is a witnessing and embodying of archetypal suffering, mapping our way through the images Psyche offers within each of our own myths, as footprints for us to follow her home.
This lecture is based on research findings in the doctoral dissertation “Mourning the Dream/Amor Fati: A Mythopoetic Inquiry Looking through a Spiral Lens” and includes simple mark-making and storytelling activities for participants to directly experience their own mythopoetic inquiry.
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