"Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls." Joseph Campbell
Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) April 19, 2012
“Follow your bliss” is one of Joseph Campbell’s most famous quotes, and to mark the 20th Anniversary of the foundation dedicated to this world renowned scholar of comparative mythology in his adopted home of Honolulu, the Voyage of Aloha Community is hosting a conference designed to facilitate, in Campbell’s words, “the creation of new mythologies.” The conference will integrate traditional Hawaiian spirituality, philosophy and practice, key teachings from Joseph Campbell’s work, and the practical insights of the World Business Academy. The conference will be held May 25-28, 2012, at the Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii, followed by a post-conference retreat May 29-30, 2012, on Oahu’s north shore.
“We are living through the biggest transition in the world since the time of Copernicus,” said Roger Epstein, conference co-producer. “The underlying themes of universal connectedness that run through the world’s ancient spiritual stories and mythologies are now being supported through conclusions in quantum science that we are each connected to a universal energy, that leads us to fulfill our lives by being in service with others. We are at the forefront of learning how to tap into that energy. The first task is to truly know that it is real, and then learn to live from the paradigm of that reality.”
The Ho’omaika’ika’i Conference is an outgrowth of a 2008 Resolution of the Hawaii Legislature encouraging and supporting organizations to develop and promote Hawaii’s role as the “Spiritual Harmony Capital of the World,” continued Epstein. “It is also about the residents of Hawaii learning to live the principles that we espouse. We have an indigenous spiritual philosophy and cultural with Aloha (sharing the breath of life) as the foundation for living from connectedness in an island environment. Maka’ainana Kauila Clark, who is the Hawaiian spiritual leader of the Conference, says there is a vortex of energy on Oahu that is connected through lava tubes to the center of the earth. Situated perfectly among Pacific islands and between the Asian and North American continents, we represent the recognition and peaceful coexistence of western, eastern and indigenous cultures. Our beauty, location, and history expresses our potential for facilitating peace, as evidenced by the Dalai Lama’s visit to Hawaii where he spoke of advancing peace through Aloha.”
Co-producer Elizabeth Reveley says the Ho’omaika’ika’i Conference is for peace advocates, educators, social entrepreneurs, community builders, students, scientists, spiritual and interfaith leaders and anyone interested in expanding their consciousness to living from a paradigm of connectedness, rather than separation. “Together we will experience the deeper meanings of Aloha, sacred Hawaiian traditions, and benefit from Campbell’s work and that of the WBA to find our own path to living from a place of connectedness. While this is fundamentally a solely personal journey, we benefit from the stories of others who have taken journeys similar to this one -- which is simple to state yet incredibly demanding to implement -- such as the voyage of the Hokulea and other Hero’s Journeys.” The complete conference program can be accessed at http://www.voyageofaloha.com/sessions; or for more info call 808-492-7080.
While the Conference is intended to give attendees the tools to plan their own path to living from the reality of our connectedness, those who stay on for the post-conference retreat May 29-30, 2012, will move to the North Shore of Oahu and meet in small groups to discuss and develop an individual plan for themselves. Retreat participants will have time for reflection and seclusion to get in touch with their inner guidance for this work.
“Joseph Campbell’s study of myth was an exploration of the possibilities of consciousness,” said Bob Walter, president of the Joseph Campbell Foundation. “On the occasion of Joe’s Foundation’s 20th Anniversary, I am pleased to participate and utilize the fruits of his years of work in this innovative conference program. It is clearly aligned with Joe’s call shortly before his death for us to move beyond the boundaries of faith and convention and to create new mythologies.”
Founding President of the World Business Academy Rinaldo Brutoco said, “Inspiring business leaders to assume responsibility for critical moral, environmental and social dilemmas is our mission. We have a fundamental belief that Hawaii has an important role in developing the underlying spiritual consciousness necessary for this movement and are very happy to be participating in the Ho’omaika’ika’i Conference as a meaningful step in facilitating this consciousness throughout the world.”
About Voyage of Aloha Community
The Voyage of Aloha Community is an ever growing group of Hawaii residents and Hawaiianophiles dedicated to a long-term program of utilizing Hawaii’s unique situation to be of help in changing world consciousness to the reality of our connectedness for the benefit of all humanity. For more information, please visit http://www.voyageofaloha.com, or call 808-492-7080.