Myth Lab #7 @ 2013 NW Permaculture Convergence. Willi Paul,

Myth Lab #7

@  2013 NW Permaculture Convergence

August 2 – 4, 2013

Presenter: Willi Paul, Principal,

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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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

Process Model for Myth Lab #7

Key Terms:

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 Magazine & Network.

 Please enjoy all 48 New Myths.

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> Hand-out Myth Lab #7 – Willi Paul<

Five Stage Process

Stage One. Discover the Artifact

Stage Two. Describe the Artifact

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watch tower

Watch Tower – Detroit

This is the watchman’s tower at the East Warren Avenue crossing of the Detroit Terminal Railroad in 1976.  This tower, which had been abandoned at the time of the photo, was occupied by the crossing watchman, who spotted approaching trains and then went downstairs to block the crossing.  Though some crossings were protected by train activated crossing equipment, E. Warren Avenue was adjacent to a DT yard where back and forth switching was common.  Rather than activate the gates each time, a crossing watchman could more precisely control the traffic, as well as pedestrians.  Many watchman locations were required by city ordinance or by the Michigan Railroad Commissioner (in response to city petitions).  Watchmen were a costly part of doing business in urban areas.  [Charles Geletzke Jr. photo].

wave form

Wave Form for mp3

Stage Three. Mythic Imprinting

Stage Four. Plane the New Myth Vision

Stage Five. Share the New Myth

NW Permaculture Convergence Myth Lab Data from Boards

Introduction: What is Myth? Personal Experience with Myth?

Story with a moral


Wonder & Adventure

“Mythmakers” – BC group

Fairy Worlds

Ancient Mythos – rites of passage

Kids and Right Brain Interpretation

Archetypes (2) – Hero, Journey, Community

“The Last Air Bender” avatar cartoon

Community Accepted

Handed Down

Animals that Represent Humans

Gathering of Tribes

Convergence – Gathering of Crows

Vital Information

Origin Stories – Underground

Explore the Shadow

Is Permaculture the New Pantheon?

Interacting with Myth

Translating classic myths with new names and struggles: transmutation (connection) of the Eras

Key Elements in the “New Mythology”

1. Localization – back to sustainability and community; self-sufficiency

2. Nature- Centric

3. Spiritual

4. Future-based

5. Universal themes(s) and message

6. Para-Normal in conflict or characters

7. Initiation, Journey and Hero

8. Permaculture & Transition: values and principles

Mythic Imprintation

Two-way interaction with a selected Artifact

Alchemy / translation / transmutation

Tools, Ideas, Symbols, Goals

“Normal” to Magic, Myth, Spirit

Music, Imagination, Collaboration

Discover then Describe the Artifact – Video

Part One – Watch Tower




See Dr. Seuss “Borax”



Bare Tree

Community Power Box

Telephone Pole

Signal poles

Railroad Tracks


Part Two  – “Moonglow & Brokenglass” mp3

Powering Up

Magic moment


60 Mhz hum – persuasive, bad

Cart going by


Twicking – happy over-lay

Happy ending




Fake Happiness


Elements of Mythic Structure








Building the New Myth # 48 with the Intro Data, Artifact and Descriptions

Watch Tower as a look-out / guard tower, tool shed, alchemy lab meditation and Sun Dial

Surrounded by Food Forest

Rails are maintained as a material crop transport system

A Tribe lives here

Using pigeons for communication

Tower holds a new power source

Horse power

Compost production

Retreat center for region

What does Tower, RR, Food Forest symbolize?

Mindful of the shadow energy

“Gaia Rising” – Bringing gardens to Earth

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New Myth #48

plan new myth #48

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Inquiries in Support of the Myth Lab #7 Process include:

+ Does the New Myth # 48 soundtrack enhance or ignore the image?

+ How do sounds make symbols? How do we process this information?

+ How does sound support our mythic senses to vision a new world?

+ How do we translate or transmutate sound into visual cues, messages and global action?

+ How do we define and map sound alchemy components as it supports other elements?

+ What is initiation in the Myth Lab process as Joseph Campbell describes it?

About [ open myth source ]

The [open myth source] project gathers conversations, symbols, songs, visual art and stories. Building a house for Myth in the Sustainability Age.
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