Can a movie be the myth that guides you back to yourself?

Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated
7 min readJun 23, 2024

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Vic Shayne
author
13 Pillars of Enlightenment: How to realize your true nature and end suffering

Fair use image from the motion picture Casablanca, 1942*

A well-constructed myth, including in the form of a movie, has the capacity to grab the attention and turn it inward to examine our own psyches. It gives us the opportunity to uncover what we are beyond the superficial sense of self robotically going about its business of eking out a life.

Narratives of a culture
The best myths put us in harmony with the universe, moving us to explore deeper truths about existence, a sense of purpose, and the nature of the self. Carl Jung said, “Man cannot stand a meaningless life. Myths are narratives of a culture that speak about the universal concerns of human beings. They provide a context and a map for the journey of life.”

For nearly a century, modern civilization has seen the rise of motion pictures as a modern medium for age-old myths. The best screenwriters are very much in touch with weaving mythic themes into their storylines. Some are better than others.

Although film schools teach that the basic movie themes include man against nature, man against man, man against society, man against machine, and so on, on a deeper level all stories are actually some…

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Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated

NY Times bestselling author writing about reality beyond thought, consciousness, and the self to uncover what is fundamental. https://shorturl.at/mrAS6