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Original Experience: A Lifestyle

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“They have moved out of the society that would have protected them, and into the dark forest, into the world of fire, of original experience. Original experience has not been interpreted for you, and so you have to work out life for yourself. Either you can take it or you can’t. you don’t have to go far off the interpreted path to find yourself in very difficult situations. The courage to face the trials and to bring a whole new body of possibilities into the field of interpreted experience for other people to experience – that is the heroes deed.”
Joseph Campbell – The Power of Myth

Does experience enhance and reflect ones ability to imagine, and vice versa?


Joseph Campbell likens this form of experience to the metaphors of journeying into the dark forest, or into the world of fire. These poetic framings describe entering situations with no formerly constructed insight, order or infrastructure. It is a frontier with no prior contact or exposure. By accessing new vantages from which a greater amount to uncharted dynamics can be seen; choices and opportunities can be identified, analyzed and transformed into beneficial and valuable outcomes.

The symmetric lifestyle we describe as the pre-lived life; furnished with common knowledge, expectations and a degree of predictability it is the commons of interpreted experience. Alternative motivations, desire and uncommon goal setting born from an original experience signify steps toward engaging in an asymmetric lifestyle. Which in turn establishes greater chances to participate in original experiences.

Original Experience is a transformative mechanism in that it requires one to cognize situations, forces and elements without names, history, associated beliefs and definitions. These experiential trials practice the minds ability change its neural structures that reflect a process of arriving at an understanding of a new vantage or variable. This forces one to exercise and sharpen their instinctive discernment, intuitive faculties, open-mindedness, and decision-making abilities. Delivering whole new ”bodies of possibility” to others is what we see to be the value of original experience.

The pursuit of original experience in the knowledge age may give rise to a new succession of human dream and desire revealed by the conditions and requirements that are unique to our current mixed epochal conditions.


Transformation and Awareness
-Supplementing and Intensifying the Imagination
-Knowledge, Tools and Literacies
-Motivation and Desire
-Experience and Neuroplasticity
-Metaphor and Lateral Thinking
-Communication and Extension of Benefit


Written by rthomas

December 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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