Quote of the Week: Follow Your Bliss


“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

-Joseph Campbell-

Joseph Campbell was a mythologist and writer famous for the phrase “Follow your bliss,” which he developed from three Sanskrit words: Sat Chit Ananda. Sat means being, Chit means consciousness, and Ananda means bliss or rapture. These concepts/idea/ emotions all feed into each other and are ultimately one. If we are living our lives completely in the eternal present, then we are conscious. If we are basking in full consciousness, then we can’t help but notice our bliss and proceed to follow it. It’s not something that can be adequately explained in words. You must experience this seeming phenomenon. Many people have glimpses of this throughout their lives. Those who learn to embrace it and integrate into their life situations do so because they take a plunge into an abyss; the abyss of the unknown, that terrible darkness. What we realize when we have courage enough to jump is that we are the light. This chasm that looked so dark from above is bathed in the brilliant light of our presence.

By Terence Stone

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  • Ooh, I love this. I wrote about a very similar topic in my post yesterday (www.kellykuhn.com), but in a goofy way. You have definitely taken the more eloquent and spiritual path. It’s lovely.

    • Thank you for the kind words. I enjoyed your article as well. It’s a profound message- so many of us spend our lives worrying about what’s behind and what’s ahead when all that matters is what’s inside, here and now.

  • I love Joseph Campbell’s ideas. I’m so glad that you’re helping keep them alive. He was a great speaker and writer. I hope your post encourages people to find out more about him and his works.