Category Archives: Myth

Harry Potter & The Spiritual Dimension of Play (“The Miracle of the Present Moment”)

“These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today.” These ominous and dreary words are the first ones uttered in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. If you have … Continue reading

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Ralph Waldo Emerson & Other Renaissance Men (“Every Thing is Significant”)

Robert D. Richardson, Jr. begins his masterful biography of 19th century essayist, lecturer, poet, and Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson with these lines: “On March 29, 1832, the twenty-eight-year-old Emerson visited the tomb of his young wife, Ellen, who had been … Continue reading

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“Tributes to Soul-Making” (“The Hadean Perspective”)

One of Mythfire’s favorite selections from psychologist James Hillman’s impressive oeuvre is all of five pages in length. Entitled Hades, Persephone, and a Psychology of Death, the passage can be found in “Dehumanizing or Soul-making,” the final chapter in Hillman’s Re-Visioning … Continue reading

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