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Introducing Olympus: an experience in self-discovery

August 21, 2010

 

For centuries, scholars of all nations have delighted in the use of classical Greek allegory, without, perhaps, fully understanding why a collection of fables and myths should apply so aptly to the psychology of the people of their own time. What is it that makes the tales told by the sages and scholars of ancient Greece so relevant to all eras of history?

The answer to this question lies in the profound and accurate assessments of human psychology disguised within the tales of those gods, monsters, heroes, and elements of nature consciousness that dominate Greek mythology. Close scrutiny reveals a definite pattern, which shows that the originators of the myths – if not those who actually recorded them centuries later – were fully aware of the deeper functions of the human mind. What is more, they also provided humans with guidelines for controlling the ever-expanding mental powers that are their natural heritage. (Who these people were, or where they came from, is part of another enquiry, but this should not prevent any reader from arriving at his or her own conclusions, the field being open for investigation at all levels.)

After many years of extensive research, I have concluded that not only do the Greek myths relate the story of mankind’s adoption into the mainstream of life on this planet, but they also carry the human evolutionary blueprint which, if read and understood, can tell us more about ourselves – both individually and collectively – than we might care to know! No doubt this has been the subject of many a scholarly debate over the years. But as far as the person in the street is concerned it has lain dormant too long, and the time has come for the old Greek key to be turned in the lock of modern psychology so that the advantages to be gained from its deeply penetrating insight, are made readily available to all.

This is precisely what I have attempted to do with Olympus. By breaking down the psychological meanings of the various myths and characters portrayed in Greek mythology and translating these into moder terms, I have produced a do-it-yourself psychoanalysis system anyone can use, which not only provides clues to the root causes of problems, but also suggests ways to correct them.

The ancient Greek writers and recorders depicted principles, ethics, ideas, enigmas, adversities and imbalances in the form of gods, humans, monsters, bizarre entities, heroes, elemental forces, and so on. They clothed them in archetypally symbolic garments designed to convery the appropriate meanints to persons less literate than themselves. It must be remembered that all principles are constant throughout the universe, and across time: love is always love; honesty always honesty. Loyalthy, self-determination, the ability to face the foes of earthly existence: these things do not change in essence from generation to generation. The form in which the test is presented may vary, but not the test itself. We may not face a gorgon or a wild boar, but we mith well have to meet with its modern equivalent in the guise of a weapon of destruction which our eyes may not behold, or the boorish qualities within our own natures. Likewise an analogy could be drawn between the accumulated filth of the Augeian Stables and the slums of many moder inner cities, while at the personal level we may find ourselves faced the Herculean task of ridding our own minds and bodies of the effects of years of pent up emotions or frustrations.

The ancient heroes sought the help of the gods in their trials. Those divinities translate into archetypal principles deeply implanted in the human psyche, which may be positively or negatively applied, according to individual strength or weakness: we may seek the love principle (Aphrodite) within ourselves; our own innate wisdom (Athene); our application of nature and earth’s ecology (Artemis); or our sense of beauty and creativity (Apollo).

The Greeks, or their early ancestors, also afforded many clues as to the solution of these enigmas, including the key to the hidden chambers of the mind. Unlock these and the pathway out of the maze becomes immediately recognizable.

In presenting Olympus I have tried to put old and obscured truths into more easily understandable terms, which render the benefits of ancient Greek wisdom available to all who would truly like to know themselves and the nature of the world in which they live.

~ Words by Murry Hope, creator of  Olympus: An experience in Self-Discovery

 Before the bread there is the harvest.
Before the harvest there is the wheat.
Before the wheat there is the plant.
Before the plant there is the seed.
Within the seed there is the idea.
Within the idea there is the harvest.

Coming Attraction: Hera, Wife of Zeus, Queen of Olympus.

 

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2 comments

  1. The ancient Greeks’ understanding of human psychology is indeed mind-boggling. They just put that learning into mythopoetic form instead of writing scientific treatises and texts like Jung did. We would do well to listen to what they had to say. Looking forward to hearing more about Murray Hope’s writings in this regard.


  2. Oh, okay. *This* is why the Greeks are dominating my life right now. “When the student is ready” and all that. Thank you for sharing these pieces!



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