In the 1980s journalist Bill Moyers interviewed world mythology expert Joseph Campbell about his life’s work. From that PBS TV series came the now famous phrase, “Follow your bliss”.
Here’s an excerpt from one of the interviews (clip unavailable):
How would you advise someone to tap into that life – that eternal joy (of following your bliss)?
When you get those little intuitions of where your joy is – grab it! No-one can tell you what it’s going to be. You’ve got to learn to recognize your own depths.
Do you ever have this sense when you’re following your bliss – of being helped by “hidden hands”?
All the time! It’s miraculous! … Invisible hands coming all of the time…
If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track – that’s been there all the while waiting for you. (and it feels like) the life you’re living, is the life you ought to be living somehow. And when you see it, you begin to deal with people who are in the field of your bliss. I say – “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid – and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
“Do you ever have sympathy for the man who has no invisible means of support?”
Invisible? (smiling) Yes, he’s the one who evokes compassion.