Centuries before the advent of radio, television, computers, and other means of modern entertainment, recited stories sufficed for an escape from daily life in order to delve into another world. Mythology served this purpose well and continues on in its role in modern times as entertainment. While there are other forms of telling a story in the current day, mythology can at times appear to be the forgotten language of the soul.
Like some of today’s art and film, mythology can be just as abstract if not more so in that respect. In fact, mythology can be thought of like dreams, as strange or crazy dreams really make no sense to the untrained mind. Dreams are a culmination of thoughts in both the conscious and unconscious minds melding to form the nocturnal imagery that induces feelings of euphoria or releases one’s worst thoughts and fears. To some, this may be thought of as the soul speaking to and heralding one’s awareness of inner thoughts and moral beliefs.
The Willing Suspension of Reality to Tell an Important Story:
Mythology can be regarded much in the same way as dreams. As far as the collective is consciously aware, there is no such thing as a giant cyclops roaming the Earth and sirens should be the least of any sailor’s concern. These inhibitions in the consciousness become more acceptable when the perceived absurdities of the unconscious are released and free to communicate with others the possibilities of encounters and experiences that seem so far fetched.
Children story books are filled with an equal amount of absurdities, though in a tamer manner that usually does not involve the death of an evil creature. Personified animals and inanimate objects are known to even the youngest mind to be improbable, but it is the possibility of such that lures the interest of the reader and listener alike.
A hen that bakes bread and refuses it to those who wouldn’t help make it, a fox that schemes a naive young girl during her traverse through the woods to visit her grandmother, and a red caboose with feelings of rejection and unimportance that saves a train from sliding down a mountain and becoming a mangled heap of scrap are all rejected by reality.
All are accepted by many as good lessons to teach, and they are written and recited to the younger generations in a manner that is interesting and chock full of what many would agree are good values so that they become aware of them and indoctrinated in to these values. Quite arguably, these stories could be regarded as toned-down versions of mythology that tell valuable stories that are often relegated to dreams.
A Restoration and Reinforcement of Morality:
Dreams bring one in touch with one’s true beliefs and morality. While many accept that deceit, theft, and murder are inherently wrong, sometimes a dream that connects with one’s inner soul and steadfast beliefs is necessary to reinforce that belief. Unfortunately, this world is not immune from the ills of those who commit evil deeds and who choose to live dark lives that are filled with disdain for the good of humanity.
Tuning in to the news each day, the overwhelming majority of the top stories are filled with negativity, providing further updates of tragedies and atrocities. The cheating politicians and pathological criminals who are given the most importance These seemingly undermine and erode the set of values that have been in place for a long time and have led a pivotal role for the survival of the human race.
Somewhere, there must be a great story to read, tell, or hear. One that allows for an escape from the everyday world and underscores morality as accepted by decent people and can even emphasize through deepness just how important it is for these values to survive, often through the incorporation of characters in a fantasy world.
Mythology tells of these values and reminds the reciter and listener alike of just how crucial these values are. One becomes both consciously and unconsciously aware of just how much these stories reach the one’s inner soul, no matter what that individual may believe.
Role models removed from reality, but are existent in collective values of many faiths. Mythology embodies and embraces the values that transcend the various religious faiths. The mainstream religious faiths of this world are often based upon the belief that living one’s life in a certain manner will elevate that believer to a higher status after death.
However, there are numerous faiths and no one can be certain until death which faith is the correct one to believe, no matter what religious figure says is the irrefutable truth. Mythology reaches the souls of believers across all faiths and is the language of souls communicating with other souls to reiterate right and wrong through characters that are not tied to any single religious faith.
Perhaps best of all, these characters and the the stories they tell need not contradict or compromise anyone’s religious faith. That is, of course, assuming that the person receiving the story keeps an open mind.
The characters created through these stories exist in the mind, yet communicate to the souls of many. They express many of the values that are often forgotten during everyday living and refocus those who care to listen to the moral of the story which remind of the generally acceptable ways to conduct one’s life.
These seemingly demoralizing events of the world that occur daily may be dissolved through the rather intriguing absurdities of the stories of mythological characters who communicate through their own world that relates to the one known by all.
Communicating with the Soul Through Mythology
Reaching the soul can seem difficult, though in truth it is not far from being in touch with one’s self. Mythology can be thought of as a means of easing the process of reaching one’s soul or even other souls. After all, many faiths teach that these souls will ultimately receive what is justly theirs upon death. Given that as an accepted tenet of any mainstream faith, keeping in touch with the soul is vital.
Reaching this soul through a manner also entertaining to the conscious being is with less difficulty through the use of mythology. Reading these stories exercises the mind and the conscious and unconscious mind communicate with the soul. This soul is both constantly aware and made aware of the values held dearly. A good story reinforces, reminds, and resonates these ideals that have bound the human race through both strife and fortune.
So, instead of neglecting to read a mythological story the next time the opportunity arises, give it a fair chance. This story could very well be communicating with the soul through its own language. A much-needed restoration to what is true and good could be afforded with the time to truly pay attention to this story, which is also the practice of paying attention to and communicating with the soul.
It will look like this: Mythology – The Forgotten Language of the Soul