Myth Lab #6 – In the Garden
July 20, 2013
Sponsored by: Willi Paul, Principal, NewMythologist.com
“Just before his death Joseph Campbell was interviewed by Bill Moyers and that interview was later turned into the documentary, “The Power Of Myth.” In this interview he postulated the idea that humanity was in need of new mythologies. Ones that were not rooted in the ancient world as all our current ones are. But myth’s that would help us navigate this new and strange world we are creating.”
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A process model follows that illustrates mythic imprinting (or re-contextualization) in more depth. The goal is to integrate permaculture, transition, Nature and sustainability with the emerging values and struggles in the Chaos Age. The Myth Lab is designed as an interactive, open source and iterative experience. One goal is clear: we need to build our own messages and new myths to support our new food and governance systems.
Process Model for Myth Lab #6
Artifact – The New Myth Artifact is a Nature-Human combination; examples include graffiti, a bill board, historic sculpture, and a permaculture garden, with special powers and messages to the neighborhood.
Mythos – The pattern of basic values and attitudes of a people characteristically transmitted through myths and the arts.
New Mythology – Is a call for new Nature-based, globally integrated stories without allegiance to any classic mythologies. New Mythology incorporates new symbols, new alchemy and climate change era rituals and is built for the future.
The Transition Movement includes new business exchange schemes where waste is used by another business; Transition is garden sharing that allows gardeners to re-use barren lands; the movement encourages people to choose local food and offer support for smart bicycle and mass transit systems.
Mythic Imprinting – Imprinting is defined as a two-way interaction with a selected Artifact that has generates synergistic meaning for both participants and the Artifact. This iterative and transmutative process is grounded in the initiation, journey and hero work from Joseph Campbell and is one way that neighborhood artifacts can help participants generate new songs, poems and myths.
Use your reactions, ideas, plots and visions to create a new myth that supports nature and the culture celebrated in the painting. All submissions for New Myth #46 will be considered and published at Planetshifter.com Magazine & Network.
Please enjoy all 45 New Myths.
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Five Stage Process
Stage One. Discover the Artifact
Each Myth Lab gathering starts with an actual neighborhood place or artifact. On Saturday we will explore Please Touch Garden, using a five step process to explore and write a New Myth together. Planetshifter.com Magazine Publisher and New Mythologist Willi Paul will facilitate the discussion. Please contact us to let us know you are coming, but no RSVP is required.
Possible questions for our collaboration include:
What are some of the past, present and future scientific and sacred interpretations of the Garden?
What classic and new myths and rituals use the garden as the focus for community celebrations?
How does science and spirit work together at the Garden?
What symbols are found here and in your backyard garden?
How does the permaculture garden at 18th & Rhode Island in SF compare to Please Touch Garden?
Examples and details on the five stage process can be found at the Myth Lab site
Stage Two. Describe the Artifact
Stage Three. Mythic Imprinting
Stage Four. Plane the New Myth Vision
Stage Five. Share the New Myth
Questions and Answers & New Myth Design from Myth Lab in the Garden
Rob Joyce & Willi Paul
1. What is a Garden?
2. What is a Food Forest?
3. List a few Human & Nature symbols in the Garden?
Pathways compost pile
Manure (unnatural color)
4. Tell us a few garden myths & rituals?
Adam & Eve – Apple
Harvest Times (Community Work / Benefit)
Turtle – land surrounded by water AND garden surrounded by Urban
5. How do science, spirit & the sacred work in the Garden?
Permaculture brings together all three
Nature love is Garden Care
Sacred is working toward the future together
Strategy, patience, emergence
Peace within chaos
Mediation – Yoga
5. Elements of the Please Touch Garden?
Sun, Wind & Rain
Purple Recycle Bin
Smells & Touch
6. New Myth Outline
Local – Universal meaning(s)
Alt-reality or mystery piece
Use of Artifact
Setting – urban > constructed > chaotic > human dominated > hard / sterile > unhealthy > spiritually sick
Characters – Natural Spirit > Stewards > Visionaries
Themes – mutation, invitation, access
Challenges – resources > patience > perception(s)
Channels / Tasks – soil > community building > alchemy
Values – access > freedom > health > gifts (gifting) > modesty > emergence > horizontal work structure > sustainability
7. Mythic Elements
Campbell’s Imitation, Hero & Journey’
“Mythic Strategy” as new Design Principles
8. Outline for New Myth #47
Rob – In a City > an artist imagines > a designer begins to build soil > a hummingbird arrives > …
Willi – At a residential neighborhood roundabout now for walkers and bikes after the petroleum ran out > kids organize to tear-out the concrete street with a vision to plant a food forest > the center circle stands an old Apple tree > the groups want to put up hummingbird houses to pollinate their crops > is that a small opening in the roots there? >
New Myth #47