Step toward your soul by leaning into myth.
Myth is about yearning, it speaks to our desire to be larger than our ordinary lives. Hooking up to the mythic imagination can bring us back to our souls and help us be part of something beyond us.
Join Leigh Melander, PhD in cultural mythology and psychology, for a lively spin through the many ways of looking at and through myth. Leigh starts by presenting the views of many experts in the field of mythology; Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and James Hillman among them. Then she helps us to look through the mythic lens.
Leigh suggests we use myth and story in our lives in a way that quickens imagination by sitting with its images and metaphors. She favors the psyche-centered view of myth that calls for more opening to possibilities, and less settling on fixed interpretations.
Catch Leigh’s enthusiasm for attending to mythic images and soon, from the corner of your eye, you’ll catch the spark of an ancient myth moving in your life. Her interactive resource packet will get you started on where to find the mythic in your life and includes exercises on how to tend it. In it you’ll find suggested reading as well as film recommendations.
Whatever your story, whatever the myth, learning how to look through the mythic lens will help you live with your questions rather than jump to answers.
What you will receive
3 Video & 3 Audio Recordings
Course Guide: Mythic Life Tools and Guideposts
Access to your own Jung Platform account where all the content you've purchased will be stored.
Leigh Melander offers a scholarly, playful and inquisitive look at what myth is and why it’s important in our lives. She shares voices on myth from ancient, mystical, academic and psyche-centered perspectives. She settles in for a longer view of myth as a living, shape-shifting process that can’t be pinned down or paired up with specific pathologies or motivations. What makes a myth useful for us is how it changes our vision in any given moment. What we see in the myth and through the myth will change how we see our life situation.
Leigh explains the views of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, James Hillman and many others on myth, metaphor and image. She describes how myths become road maps, touch points, and reminders that our individual stories are fed by larger stories.
Myths can be metaphors that transfer meaning from the literal and concrete to the imaginal and intuitive. Leigh gives examples from her own life of how exploring a myth created a meaningful context and liberating space for a stifling personal situation.
Leigh encourages you to find an image, a metaphor that speaks to you, to pull it apart and see what it opens up for you. That’s how you learn to see with inner vision. That’s where the individual soul meets the vastness of the cosmos and the richness of the whole of human experience.
This course affirms that the archetypal gods and goddesses are always present in our lives and culture. As Jung said, the question is to find out in what form and to what purpose.
In our epoch myths are closer to the surface than they have been in recent history. Much is at risk as more people are living stories that are highly divergent. Learning to see events with a mythic lens is more important than ever as it helps us hold contradictions and avoid polarized positions.
Sitting with the paradox at the heart of myth is an art. Start your apprenticeship here, or come here to refresh your work with the story that is never ending.
The classes are available now.
This course is ideal if
- Hook up your ordinary life to the expansive world of myth
- Learn how to find company, consolation and counsel for your life situations in myth
- Catch the glimmer of mythic quicksilver in current films, events and literature
- Play with some tools that will help you see thru a mythic lens
- Sit with mythic images to develop your inner vision and see through to the movements of psyche
- Stretch your ability to live with paradox
- Let mythic seeing help you find truth in the stories that people cling to that are very different from your own
Class 1: Definitions of myth
Leigh opens this class by encouraging you to value how myth brings life to your questions rather than answering them. She invites you to open the resource packet that includes Ovid’s myth of Narcissus and play with the images she’s included there.
Leigh explores the definition of myth as a falsehood or story that’s not true. Another definition of myth sees it as a subcategory of folklore. Leigh prefers psyche-centered ways of looking at myth. From this perspective we get a taste of James Hillman, Carl Jung, and Micheal Mead’s views on myth. You’ll learn Joseph Campbell´s model of the 4 functions of myth. All these scholars feel that myth can return the soul to a living sense of connection to the cosmos.
Leigh explains how myth and metaphor are intertwined, how they transfer meaning from the literal and concrete to the intuitive and imaginal.
As the paradoxes of myth break us out of binary ways of thinking, learning how to explore myth also helps us find new ground between the polarized postures that we find all around us in our time.
Class 2: Using myth in your own life
In this class Leigh gives us examples of how to use myths as practical tools in our daily lives. She tells us how an emotional loop she was stuck in opened when the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice popped into her mind. She relates how feeling into the Orpheic energy of slogging uphill and Eurydice’s faith helped her reframe her complaints and see new choices.
Leigh takes a look at looking itself. From the attraction of lingerie that hides and reveals to the many frames of a divided windowpane, she gets us closer to sensing what “seeing through” an image, event or object might entail.
Leigh affirms that image is the basis of understanding. If you can see it you can understand it. Yet inner seeing that intuits what’s behind the literal image is needed to find the mythic juice. Orpheus blew it when he had to literally see Eurydice behind him. He couldn’t trust his insight to see for him, to trust that she would be behind him.
Leigh considers the pitfalls of an agenda driven quest to discover one’s “own” personal mythology. The dangers are of those of either inflating the ego or shrinking the myth.
Finally Leigh asks what it was that you were worrying about this morning. What was that cooking inside you? Where is the metaphor in that? Where is the image in that? If you sit with that question and invite a mythic image to come in, you’ll have put on the mythic lens. You’ll be living the bigger mythic life.
Class 3: Final Class
This class offered the opportunity to share your experiences and ask questions.
By the end of this course you will
- Understand the psyche-oriented view of myth as a living process.
- Value your unanswered questions as ways of reaching into unknown layers of life.
- Feel the potential of myths to connect you to the deepest realms of soul and spirit.
- Have examples of how we can see mythic figures metaphorically in a way that brings meaning to our own personal circumstances.
- Appreciate that what you find in any myth will change depending on your own moment in life.
- Be inspired to cook what worries you to get to the images and metaphors that are moving in the situation.
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