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Reply To: The Power of the Personal,” with Mythologist Dennis Slattery, Ph.D.”

Dennis Slattery

    Thank you R3. I loved listening to Dylan on Isis, “you mystical child.” You touch on one of the most rich archetypal actions, that of unveiling. Writing and painting do that for me. It has to do with peeling back some of the layers that hide a person, a thing, a situation so it shows itself in its splendor. Writing is a ritual of unveiling. It requires courage and patience and often, revisions to get at what might be veiled beneath the phenomenal appearance of things.

    I wish I knew more of the mystical tradition you mention in your missive. That in itself is an area of study for a lifetime. Campbell has that mystical sense about him and seeks it through moving to a position where one” becomes transparent to transcendence” as he refers to it. That for him was one of the major functions of a myth: to move the individual to that space, that attitude and then to be receptive to what is divine in the ordinary. That is my understanding. Thank you for your comments and for the Dylan song–what a genius he is.