I and I, Creator and Creation

When the mystic ‘knows his Lord,’ he knows that he has a God in the same way that an organism has a world: he dwells within it, owns up to the condition of being owned by God. Nevertheless it is his God, his creation, since his Lord is his very singularity turned inside out.

He creates his God as he is created, as the organism and its world mutually define and create one another.

Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves.

The cosmogonic cycle is presented with astonishing consistency in the sacred writings of all the continents, and it gives to the adventure of the hero a new and interesting turn; for now it appears that the perilous journey was a labor not of attainment but of reattainment, not discovery but rediscovery. The godly powers sought and dangerously won are revealed to have been within the heart of the hero all the time. He is ‘the king’s son’ who has come to know who he is and therewith has entered into the exercise of his proper power—‘God’s son,’ who has learned to know how much that title means. From this point of view the hero is symbolical of that divine creative and redemptive image which is hidden within us all, only waiting to be known and rendered into life.

The two—the hero and his ultimate god, the seeker and the found—are thus understood as the outside and inside of a single, self-mirrored mystery, which is identical with the mystery of the manifest world. The great deed of the supreme hero is to come to the knowledge of this unity in multiplicity and then to make it known.

Joseph Campbell (1949, 39-40)