Following Your Bliss

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The time has come. I am diving into private practice, full steam. And (in true Briana fashion) it is not a smooth transition I have been carefully planning and saving for, and approaching from a cautionary angle, no. Its something I said out loud before realizing I meant it. And so, within two weeks, with the help from supportive and encouraging friends, I am firmly established with the determination to go with it!

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File Apr 15, 12 30 32 PMOn my marketing materials, I have included  Joseph Campbell’s philosophy on life: “Follow your bliss.”

This was met with some debate, when I ran it by a friend.”Why follow your bliss? Why not find your bliss?”

To which I responded, “‘Find’ suggests you need to take action and obtain something you don’t have. This is philosophically contradictory to my beliefs and practice. ‘Follow’–aside from being Campbell’s word choice–suggests personal abundance and bliss are inherent in you, already. You just have to shut up, stop searching, ‘doing,’ and listen.”

To expand, In 1985, mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell sat down with interviewer Bill Moyers for a lengthy conversation at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in California. The resulting 24 hours of raw footage were edited down to six one-hour episodes and broadcast on PBS in 1988, shortly after Campbell’s death, in what became one of the most popular series in the history of public television. Shortly after the broadcast, the full transcript was published as The Power of Myth (public library) — a dimensional discussion of Campbell’s views on spirituality, psychological archetypes, cultural myths, and the mythology of self (Popova, 2015).

Discerning one’s bliss requires what Campbell calls “sacred space” — a space for uninterrupted reflection and unrushed creative work. This is something that many artists and writers have put into practice by way of their peculiar workspace rituals. But Campbell sees  into the deeper psychic and spiritual drivers — that profound need for a “bliss station” :

[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you… At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen…If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.

I would add, following your bliss first requires a surrender of all fears standing in your way, opening your arms wide, and free-falling backwards into it. Screaming primally as you do so, might also be therapeutic (always loved a good scream). Here’s a movie clip to illustrate:

I would like to close with a big thanks to all the loving support I have received so far. Brings me one step closer to practicing my passion with a true sense of joy and spirit!

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