Before we look to future exercises in mythic awareness, let’s look back at what was done last year in the Duvall Community Mythology Project (see Duvallcmp.net). The purpose of a CMP is to take organize the myth making process into a six month effort. I don’t know of anyone who’s tried this before. As I mentioned in a previous post, we ran into issues, which I won’t recount here. We did actually accomplish a few things, from which we can learn:

–          The concept resonated – there are segments of society that agree we need to change our myths and who are eager to participate, or at least explore. The Duvall CMP has about a dozen active participants at one point. The Facebook page has about a hundred ‘likes’. While not a lot, it does validate the concept.

–          Mythic awareness exercises helped people become aware of how myths are working in our lives. We dissected the story arch from a couple of movies (The Wizard of Oz and Avatar), identified themes and values and rated them.

–          The shared framework exercise led to the creation of themes to guide the next stages of custom myth making.

–          We selected a theme, called Primal Satisfactions, as the basis for the first shared story, and drilled into more detail on the conflicts, morals and values that we wanted to foster.

–          People got creative and wrote stories.

–          The endeavor also helped me flush out more concepts, such as the notion of ‘sacred content’ which I will elaborate more in a future post.

–          The project brought people together in person for creative fellowship around a shared purpose.

So even if we didn’t actually get to the point of creating a new myth and embellishing it with art, we did make a great start. I felt that people understood, at least intuitively, what we were after.

— Roy Zuniga
Kirkland, WA