The Mythic Imagination: Your Quest for Meaning Through Personal Mythology by Stephen Larsen, foreword by Stanley Krippner, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.
“In The Mythic Imagination, Dr Stephen Larsen, a student and friend of the late mythologist Joseph Campbell for more than twenty years, draws from his own far-ranging studies in the fields of mythology, psychology, and literature, as well as his therapeutic practice, to show how traditional mythology continues to inform our modern consciousness with its age-old wisdom. Understanding the personal myths we encounter in our daily lives reveals not only who we are, but how we behave. Learning to recognize our relationship to our inner gods and goddesses, as well as to demons, monsters, and ‘helping animals,’ may enable us to circumvent destructive patterns and reintegrate power and wonder into our lives.
Through the use of dreams, stories, and creative exercises, Larsen leads us on a tour of the ‘living landscape’ of our own psyches, the station and passages of our mutual—yet individually unique—heroic journey from dependency to maturity. Developed over years of experiential workshops and seminars, this exciting approach to personal mythology is designed to lead you to greater self-awareness, creativity, and power as you discover your own mythic imagination.
Filled with wonder, enthusiasm, and magic, The Mythic Imagination is a book that charts the unique quest for meaning each of us undertakes on our way to becoming more fully ourselves.” — back cover