White Sands© Russell K. Davis, 2012
(Originally published October 15, 2015 at Mythosophy.org)
Today’s quote: “You are an artist; your past is your portfolio.”
At the heart of Traditionalism, also called the Primordial Tradition, is a viewpoint called the Perennial Philosophy. Briefly, the Latin philosophia perennis was first used by Agostino Steuco in 1540 and later mentioned by Gottfried Liebniz in the early 1700s.
Perhaps the most succinct expression of this viewpoint is given by Aldous Huxley in the introduction to his book The Perennial Philosophy:
“…the metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical with, divine Reality; the ethic that places man’s final end in the knowledge of the immanent and transcendent ground of all being—the thing is immemorial and universal.” (Huxley A., p. iii, from the Introduction, Harper, New York: 1945)
In other word, (1) there is a divine reality, (2) we share a connection with it and (3) life’s purpose is learning how we participate in this divine reality.
Mythosophy, the Wisdom of Myth is one way of discovering our individual connection with this divine reality through our “true words” and “true stories” (the original meaning of myth—muthos in Greek). Mythosophy is myth made personal.
Mythosophy is idealistic in that it is the examination, identification and practice of the Ideal we hold most dear; from which our creativity flows into expression. Our Ideal generates our motivating Ideas which give birth to our creative Images. Our Images are the substances from which we draw, color and paint the pictures from our hearts upon the blank canvas of our lives.
Creativity is key.
You are an artist; your past is your portfolio. Moving forward, what will your artistic talent render? How may we best fill in the blank canvas?
A work of art is a thing of beauty. What can we do to make our lives works of art? Mythosophy, the Wisdom of Myth, can assist in improving our art.
Improving our art brings clarity and knowledge of our participation in Divine Reality.