chapter  1
FROM CLAY TO FIRE: A Mythological Tale
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Myths are central to the core of human experience in all cultures and contexts. They are, in the words of Joseph Campbell (1991), “public dreams” in the same sense that dreams are merely private myths. They provide a window into a culture, whether that viewpoint looks at matters of cosmology, sociology, or a profession such as psychotherapy. Without myths, Rollo May (1992) argued, a society will rupture just as clients’ own search for meaning will collapse unless their search for “truth” involves replacing limited stories with other myths that provide a new foundation on which to stand.