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all happened before…

“This has all happened before. It will all happen again.”

So goes the quote from the mythic, marvelous TV series “Battlestar Galactica”. And yet….

Pamela Jaye with BSG actor Jamie Bamber*



The rites and rituals of this past Holiday Season get us thinking about cycles and how to either perpetuate or move past those patterns, be they earth-based, socio-political, or personal. Becoming aware of these repetitions and how they affect us can be the first step to either aligning with what’s going on for a smoother ride or deciding it’s time to shake things up and set some new patterns.


Many spiritual and scientific systems recognize and extrapolate on repeating patterns and the changes within and upon those cycles. In Hindu cosmology the universe itself is repeatedly created and destroyed and the length of some cycles are in the billions of years. That rather puts our daily dramas in perspective. We’re said to be now in the cycle of Kali Yuga, a Dark Age of contention and decay. Yep, kind of seems that way, doesn’t it?

However, around and through every darkness can be light and lest we forget, the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason followed the Dark Ages in Europe. This was aided in great part by the Islamic culture that flourished when Europe was huddling in mud huts. Islamic scholars and artists both preserved Greek and Roman literature and science, and made their own giant strides in many fields, including architecture, astronomy, and medicine. One upside of the Crusades for Europe was a re-introduction to its own history via the exposure to the cultures of the Levant and Egypt.


 
In “BSG” the last remnants of humanity after the attack of the Cylons (rebellious AI machines created by humans) are searching the galaxy for Earth, the 13th colony. Full of references to Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian mythologies, the series examines personal-professional-political relationships, the existence of deities and other realities, loyalties, courage, love, betrayal, humans vs. technology, and lots of fine action. It’s definitely worth a binge.

Stories of the creation and preservation of wisdom and fine art in times of chaos and decline can inspire us to be part of the cure, to be bringers of the new ways, to envision and then embody the next Renaissance. And these days, we certainly do need one.


 
Millions of people are working effectively to bring about positive changes for millions of others, whether on the physical, emotional, mental, or creative levels. A challenge for you for this new yearly cycle – What is the world you want to see and how can you help create it? One way is to find some innovative organization that inspires you and think of how you can contribute to the concept, if not to their actual work.

 
For you media-makers — It’s often said that masculine stories go in one direction while feminine stories are cyclic. Rather than one or the other, advances can be made by combining the two to create a spiral. Then you can take your story characters – or yourself – on a spiraling upward pattern of greater growth and awareness.


MYTHWORKS offers consultations on story as well as for you personally.

MYTHIC CHALLENGES: Create Stories that Change the World

* I was privileged to meet one of my heroes, the actor Jamie Bamber, who played Captain Lee “Apollo” Adama in the fabulous TV series Battlestar Galactica. He was the President of the Jury for the 2017 Marseille WebFest (where I was one of the Mentors at the Writers Residency). Jamie’s gentlemanly demeanor and enthusiastic support for media creators was a positive part of the MWF.


BOXING DAY UNBOXED



“People with convictions are convicts. What you believe imprisons you.”
Robert Anton Wilson

Today is Boxing Day. Let’s think about this a bit differently than tradition offers.

Anything that IS and has it’s own unique identity is in a container. Your body is contained by your skin. Your home is contained by its walls. A marriage is contained by the identity, privileges and constraints of the culture. A religion (from the Latin word religare, meaning ‘to bind’) is contained by its dogma. Political parties have platforms that supposedly contain the ideals and ideal actions of its leaders and constituents.

Anything that defines also confines. What defines you right now?



Age, gender, ethnicity, language, profession, media preferences in books-movies-music-TV, hobbies, school grades, generational labels, religions and creeds, interpretations of history and pre-history, psychological precepts, politics, sports, clubs, food preferences, exercise or the lack thereof…. As many things as there are, are in containers, boxes.

“We are all just prisoners here, of our own device.”
“Hotel California” by the Eagles

Many of our most lasting myths and popular media tell stories about someone breaking out of a box, whether it’s a coming-of-age story, a stealing-fire-from-heaven story, the rebels against the empire story, the independence from the dysfunctional relationship story, or any of those stories we need to keep hearing.



So here’s a challenge for you to step Outside The Box.

Which of your own Boxes would you want to break through to explore other ways of being, other information, other inspiration, other worlds? Or which do you not want to leave…which perhaps makes it the one you’d do well to look outside of, at least for a little while.

“Each man is the hostage of his own deeds.”
The Mountain: The Koran

Learn some conversational phrases in a different language, watch media different from your usual genres, or if you’re constantly consuming news-views-fake news-social media give it a rest for a week or so, read books you’d never otherwise think of reading, explore cuisines new to you, watch newscasts of the opposing political bent or attend religious services foreign to you and seriously try to understand that point of view, search other cultures’ mythologies for similarities, investigate some unfamiliar science, select a character or archetype different from your usual persona and act as if you are that for a day or so.

Travel is an excellent way to gain new eyes on the world. With today’s technology you can do a lot of traveling without leaving your desk or your recliner. Take yourself on a tour of places totally foreign to you.

What other break-out things can you think of for yourself or others to do?

Make your thoughts and deeds be dedicated to freedom, civility, dignity, expansion of mind and spirit, compassion, and joy.

Think, Act, Be – Outside the Boxes

Boxing Day tradition explained.

More thought-provoking and mind-freeing quotes by Robert Anton Wilson.

To discover more about your own boxes and how to both use their benefits and consciously plan your expansions, I offer consultations on the ArchePaths. Are you on the Path of the Warrior, Clergy, Scientist, Magician, Lover? What Path do you want to next explore to become a more balanced and effective individual? Free 15 minute consult.

And don’t be like a guest at the Eagles’ “Hotel California”, where – “You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave!”

WORDS OF WISDOM

WORDS OF WISDOM
from Men in Black, and Bill and Ted

Gratitude. Compassion. Passion.

That’s what screenwriter Ed Solomon suggested we all have in his presentation at the Marseille WebFest in France. Along with many other credits, Solomon wrote two of my favourites: “Men in Black” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”.

Pamela Jaye, Marx Pyle, Kathie Fong Yoneda, Ed Solomon

Here’s a quote from the former:

“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

Truly – Just imagine what you’ll know tomorrow…if you keep an open and curious mind, apply rational thinking, and use the scientific method.

And another timely quote for today’s troubled world from those 20th century American philosophers Bill and Ted, “Be excellent to each other.”

at StoryBoard Development Group meeting for MIB3





Me as a Man in Black – at the fabulous StoryBoard Development Group. Do check them out; they’re my favourite group of thoughtful, talented, fun, outspoken writers and they’ve been doing this since 1981. I’ve been presenting there for over twenty years and always enjoy it. Plus you’ll learn a lot about story development and can contribute to the group’s knowledge bank.


Brilliant thought #1

Danger is the doorway, via death, back to Paradise; hence its draw.

Myths are the stories we tell ourselves to explain the world around us and within us.

When we are mindful of every nuance of our natural world, we finally get the picture:
that we are only given one dazzling moment of life here on Earth, and we must stand before that reality both humbled and elevated, subject to every law of our universe and grateful for our brief but intrinsic participation with it.
— Elizabeth Gilbert   (From her biography of naturalist Eustace Conway.)