Thursday, March 13, 2014
A Mythic Definition as Hope
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“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face;….. . But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13: 12-13
A mirror reflects images. Outer landscapes often act as mirrors in myth and fantasy, allowing the characters and/or reader a deeper insight into themselves, a reflection of their inner (soul) landscape, and recognition of shared humanity. When the inner and outer landscapes connect, this combination often illumines spiritual imagery through mirrors and maps. They translate the character’s internal landscape for him/her.
In a similar way the mythic stories that are handed down from generation to generation act as mirrors of hope. They include an assortment of proverbs, parables, wisdom stories, creation, family heritage, cultural, songs, fairy tales, and folktales. But a common thread they all share are that the stories are considered of value, the reality of what has gone before and the promises that the future will bring. Through a heart of love they continue to pass along hope.
In some ways myth as hope is tied into myth as yearning although this is not a fabricated put on a happy face future, but rather an expectation based on experience and relationships and truth. It is hope in story that brings about new beginnings. It shares dreams fitted with solid hiking boots.
James N. Frey, in his book The Key, points out that a hero’s journey does not necessarily mean the hero will survive, but rather that he succeeds and if he perishes—he dies victorious.
“The hero faces natural fears. They include the terrors of height, fire, wild animals, creepy things, dark places, claustrophobic spaces, physical combat, inhospitable environments, monsters, evil spirits, and perils involving water: storms at sea, rapids and so on.” James N Frey
When we can connect our stories to these characteristics and the patterns they provide as they pass down through generations, then we discover and develop personal essence that resonates today. They bridge the past, the present and the future with possibilities—with hope.
Share: What is the first novel you remember reading that gave you a sense of timeless hope?
Read deep, marcy