The Newsletter of the Mythic Imagination Institute, a Non-profit Arts and Education Corporation
      In preparation for Mythic Journeys 2004 in Atlanta, GA
May, 2004
The Mythic Imagination Institute

Who we are and what we're about

Myth is the symbolic language of the human experience, of story and ritual, of dreams and tradition, of poetry and art. Myth links us together, providing crucial context and illumination for understanding the mysteries of existence. Myths are the eternal truths hidden within the heart of the stories we hear, read, and see. Their wisdom guides us to meaning, mental health, and even conflict resolution. But today, people seem to be cut off from their traditional sources of meaning.

We believe that there is such a thing as a deeper meaning in life, and that it can be reached through delving into myths, archetypes, stories, and our cultural history. Scholars, teachers, artists, and psychologists are showing the relevance of myth in the modern world. Through this work, audiences find new contexts for appreciating the deepest truths of their own mythic traditions. They gain "permission to believe" again. At the risk of sounding maudlin, we believe that the world would be a better place if more people were aware of this work and could integrate it into their lives.

To that end, this is our Vision: 

The Mythic Imagination Institute seeks to help to create a better world by increasing the mythic literacy of people everywhere.

You'll find more about our Vision and Mission on our new web site. If you'd like to read our Vision and Mission Statement, which includes our tactical plan for the next five years, send a note to or call (404) 832-4127.

We're depending on support from people like you. If you'd like to learn more about the Mythic Imagination Institute, or to contribute time, expertise, money, or materials, please write to: or call (404) 832-4127. 

"Legends and myth are largely made of truth, and indeed present aspects of it that can only be perceived in this mode; and long ago certain truths and modes of this kind were discovered and must always reappear."

-J.R.R. Tolkien

“I believe so strongly, so viscerally, in a wisdom and vast joy under the tangled weave of the world, under the tattered blanket of our evil and tragedy and illness and brokenness and sadness and loss, that I cannot speak it, cannot articulate it, but can only hold onto ritual and religion like a drowning man to a sturdy ship.”

— Brian Doyle

"We live in an increasingly complex and dangerous world. To survive in it, we need think that somehow, it all means something. Where does that meaning come from? That's the myth."

-Marion Woodman


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Mythic Passages Staff:

Editors: Mary Davis & Ginny Mauldin-Kinney
Additional Material: Cathie Calabro, Jackie Cassada, Phil Cousineau, Mary Davis, Phillip DePoy, Honora Foah, Sheri Kling, Wilson McCreary, Nicky Rea, Karen Shaffer, Dennis Patrick Slattery, Brenda Sutton, Charles Vess, Van Waddy, Dee Wagner,
Logo Design: John Bridges
Poetry Section: Michael Karlin

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