Create a Mythology

Myths are stories that are based on tradition. Some may have factual origins, while others are completely fictional. But more than mere stories, they serve a profound purpose in ancient and modern cultures. Myths are sacred tales that explain the world and man’s experience.  They can create a positive future for humanity, our children, and what we love. 

In The Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell said that “the first function of mythology is to evoke a sense of grateful, affirmative awe before the monstrous mystery that is existence.

The second function of mythology is to present an image of the cosmos, an image of the universe round about, that will maintain and elicit this experience of mystical mystical awe and explain everything that you come into contact within the universe around you.

The third function of a mythological order is to validate and maintain a certain sociological system: a shared set of rights and wrongs, proprieties or improprieties, on which your particular social unit depends for its existence.

The fourth function is psychological. That myth must carry the individual through the stages of his life, from birth through maturity, through senility to death. The mythology must do so in accord with the social order of his group, the cosmos as understood by his group.



  1. Where have I successfully synthesized Intention and Flow, Art and Science, in the past 12 months?
  2. With others, what were my biggest disappointments or regrets in the past year?
  3. What did I discover in working with others in the past year?
  4. How do I limit myself, and how can I stop?
  5. What are my ideals and principles, really?
  6. What gets most attention in my life?
  7. In the next 12 months?
  8. What’s missing in my life and work which if it were present would make a big difference?
  9. What’s not there, absent, missing, when synthesis of intention and flow, art and science is there?
  • Force?
  • Judgment?
  • Timelessness?
  • Identity?
  • Deadlines?
  • Explanation?
  • Identity?
  • Noise?
  • Transaction?
  • Not stepping away from the canvas, seeing that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, stepping back from the world and the mind?
  1. What are my 5-10 goals for the next year…, and how can I make sure that I achieve them?


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About the Author

George Michael SmithG. Michael Smith is a creator. A practitioner of uncommon sense, much of his work is guided by the rich and diverse experiences gained through travels around our world. Michael has learned the importance of learning new knowledge, reflecting on knowledge of old, and understanding that one’s world truly expands when standing in a new experience. With a focus on consciousness and being mindful, G. Michael Smith plays on the structures and beauty found in the surrounding world; organic and otherwise. His organization, “Creativity Unleashed”, advocates transformational results in art, technology and relationships, by learning from what nature has already figured out. Michael began working with glass at Jacksonville University in 2008 and now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a working glass artist and instructor. He uses multiple techniques to manipulate the material including blowing glass, hot/sand casting, kiln forming, and cold working. Glass elements are also incorporated into mixed media projects. Michael hopes his work will inspire others to journeys of their own.

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