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Joseph Campbell

“Now comes the big point: the deities of vision are … of the same luminous stuff as dream. Accordingly the vision and the visionary, though apparently separate, are one; and all the heavens, all the hells, all the gods and demons, all the figures of the mythic worlds, are within us as portions of ourselves––portions, that is to say, that are of our deepest, primary nature, and thus of our share in nature. They are out there as well as in here, yet, in this field of consciousness, without separation. Our personal dreams are our personal guides, therefore, to the ranges of myth and of the gods. Dreams are our personal myths; myths the general dream.”

Joseph Campbell, “The Mythic Dimension: The Interpretation of Symbolic Forms” (Copyright © 1997, 2007 Joseph Campbell Foundation), p. 212