from Myth Lab #3 NewMythologist.com
Introduction to the Myth Lab
It is envisioned for neighborhood activists and media savor collaborators where a group of 4 – 12 participants spend 60 minutes to analyze a pre-selected Artifact and produce a new myth. New Myth # 42 is generated by a song by Steve Tibbetts and 12 paintings by Simon Haiduk and serves as a third example for creating new myths. The artifact is a video from the duo.
A process model is included that illustrates mythic imprinting with more depth. The goal is to integrate permaculture, transition, Nature and sustainability with the values and struggles in the Chaos Age. The Myth Lab is designed as an interactive, open source and iterative experience. One goal is clear: we need to build our own messages and new myths to support our new food and governance systems.
Helpful Key Terms
Artifact – The Imprintable Artifact is a Nature-Human combination; examples include graffiti, a bill board, historic sculpture, and a permaculture garden, with special powers and messages to the neighborhood.
Mythos – The pattern of basic values and attitudes of a people characteristically transmitted through myths and the arts.
New Mythology – Is a call for new Nature-based, globally integrated stories without allegiance to any classic mythologies. New Mythology incorporates new symbols, new alchemy and climate change era rituals and is built for the future.
The Transition Movement includes new business exchange schemes where waste is used by another business; Transition is garden sharing that allows gardeners to re-use barren lands; the movement encourages people to choose local food and offer support for smart bicycle and mass transit systems.
Mythic Imprinting – Imprinting is defined as a two-way interaction with a selected Artifact that has generates synergistic meaning for both participants and the Artifact. Called “mythic imprinting” in the Myth Lab, this iterative and transmutative process is grounded in the initiation, journey and hero work from Joseph Campbell and is one way that neighborhood artifacts can help neighbors generate new songs, poems and myths.
Willi Paul is a green certified business and sustainability consultant who launched PlanetShifter.com Magazine on Earth Day 2009 to build a database of interviews and articles about innovation, sustainability, and the mystic arts. His bliss renewed in 2011 when he designed openmythsource.com to produce new mythic stories with modern alchemies. His work now focuses on what is sacred is to us, the community building power of permaculture and the transformative energy in the new alchemy (ex: soil, sound, digital) and global mythologies. Willi earned his permaculture design certification in August 2011 at the Urban Permaculture Institute, SF.
Willi’s work is featured in an article at the Joseph Campbell Foundation and additional videos are available on YouTubeon. See more at www.NewMythologist.com