Lapsed and recovering are two terms frequently used to describe former Catholics. I prefer not to personalize it but to simply say that I have entered the post-Catholic stage of my spiritual development. Post could be affixed as a prefix to any dogmatic religion—other Christian sects, Judaism, or Islam—to indicate the spiritual stage in which one realizes that dogma of any sort is antithetical to his/her progression. Dogma is exclusionary and, therefore, separating. True spiritualism is dependent upon one not only to accept that there is far more beyond our earthly ken and human experience but also to be inclusionary and open to others and their practices.
Joseph Campbell—read and learn more at the Joseph Campbell website: www.jcf.org —espoused that philosophy. Campbell taught that it is crucial to move past the literalness of an act to its symbolism where its true power lies.
I neither claim to be any sort of spiritual guru nor do I have intention to be one, but I do honor my messenger archetype, symbolized by the Greek god Hermes, by exploring that realm vis-à-vis my columns and shows, several of which are linked here:
The Great Mythologist, Joseph Campbell
- 25 March 2017 – “The Hero’s Adventure: A Feminine Perspective” – authors Cheryl Carpinello, Catherine Spader, Steven Craig
- 6 November 2004 – Introducing Joseph Campbell: the Four Functions of a Viable Mythology
- 18 December 2004 – Myth and the Nativity
- 29 January 2005 – Business Mythology
- 23 April 2005 – The Goddess: The Role of the Feminine in our Myths
- 12 December 2005 – Mythic Yoga
Campbell in current literature:
- Sisyphus Wins by Jerry Fabyanic
- The Feast of the Raven by Catherine Spader
- Sons of the Sphinx & The King’s Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello
- Waiting for Today by Steven Craig
“Spiritual Alchemy: Moving from Grief to Purpose”: