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Finding Joe (2011)

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In the early 20th century, while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told and he called it “the hero’s journey.” The documentary takes us on a magical journey through the human psyche and on to Joseph Campbell’s most important teaching of all: follow your bliss.

A truly inspirational film, Finding Joe takes us on the ultimate hero’s journey: the journey of self-discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think.

Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Rashida Jones, Tony Hawk, Catherine Hardwicke, Laird Hamilton, Robert Walter, Akiva Goldsman, Sir Ken Robinson, Robin Sharma, Lynne Kaufman, Alan Cohen, Brian Johnson, Joseph Marshall III, Rebecca Armstrong, Chungliang Al Huang, David L. Miller, Gay Hendricks, David Loy and Norman Ollestad
Patrick Takaya Solomon

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xiomara_nino, posted on September 2, 2016

I was familiar with Joseph's Campbell's Hero's Journey and this film captures the essence of it with simplicity and joy. I liked the way it was organized, the references to films, the re-enactment by the children, the quotes, and the pace. It inspires me to see my current job-less state as a possibility and to identify the heroes I want to follow and embody at this stage of my life. I think it is a good movie to show to young people due to its accessibility. Does anyone have Spanish captions? I'd love to share it with my father. Thank you!

terilyoung, posted on August 24, 2016

This was a wonderful and very well done film. Enjoyed immensely.

dominic.mcgarry, posted on August 8, 2016


stevetsousis, posted on August 6, 2016

I' ve studied Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung for decades and what they teach is how I am learning to live an authentic life. I'm glad that Gaia exists I will drink in the lessons it teaches and trust the universe to further equip me to serve the other who is also me.

susannahacworth, posted on August 3, 2016

Never too late? Brilliant film. I found myself feeling deeply sad, knowing that I've never followed my Bliss. Not even sure what it is. But now is the time. Thank you for Gaia. I've only just joined, and this is the first doc. I've watched. Nearly didn't. What is that saying to me. I'll watch it again. Thank you so much.

shawn.m.vibert, posted on July 24, 2016

Love it! Touched my heart!

ladymorosan, posted on July 24, 2016

Thank you for this wonderful illustrative compendium of Joseph Campbell's work. I recall that the Joseph Campbell Foundation was originally called the Joseph Campbell & Maria Gimbutas Foundation. It would be fantastic if Gaia had some of her work or films inspired by her work represented here as well. Gimbutas's legacy helped spearhead an entire spirituality movement, the feminine face of the Divine which should not be forgotten. Her contributions to archaeology, folklore & mythology are immense & Campbell especially was grateful for her impressive work in regards to his own.

lucia_fontalvo, posted on July 23, 2016

There is no coicidences in the universe, if you got to this movie is beacuse the phone is ringing, you spirit is calling and your are ready to discover the heroe that lives in you, is because is the time for your quest.

robinmuller_insightyoga, posted on July 17, 2016

What a great message to encourage others to find their bliss, what the contributors of the movie provided was bang on to starting your journey and continuing.
Thank you

emkell207, posted on June 5, 2016

I adored this movie! I thought it was sweet and inspiring. I absolutely love GaiaTV. The one thing that stuck out to me as a negative force in the accessibility of this story to all peoples, is the predominance of white males in this film. I felt like that was lending to a long standing trend of portraying white males (in our modern western society), as the heroes. There were a couple people of color in there, and one or two female speakers (who had much shorter parts than their white male counterparts). I think that a film like this had the opportunity to bridge those gaps and to portray people of color and women in the hero's role, and/or at least as main speakers, and in that way, this film fell short. Other than that, good job! Let's all please take part in de-marginalizing non white males in this role though. Please reflect on how you can up lift people who have been marginalized. Not trying to start any sort of argument! It is simply a point I thought needed to be made.

bereshbp, posted on May 24, 2016

Much inspiration. Gaia, you are infecting my brain ...

I guess Deepak, Alan Cohen, Akiva Goldsman's, Rashida Jones'; human smiley-face Brian Johnson's cameos helped, tee-hee ... That cartographic art! Well, especially that! There had been one guy in the subway station hawking (his own - certainly not these derivates) cartographic art. I'd been, as a one-off, entering that station along with my then-boss. My boss had sniffed his (snobby?) disapproval of these offerings. He wasn't interested in buying. But, what??! Be a snob about it, too?

Seriously ... you inspire and re-inspire quite good poetry here (cf. Danielle below) ...

Wish I could be a poet. For the longest time. Can more than hold my own with prose ...

ldmessall, posted on May 16, 2016

perfect timing...truth spoken..thank you for having this available

kungfuyogini, posted on May 13, 2016

Joseph Campbell wisdom is truly inspiring thru his studies and journey to share !!The Hero's Journey is everyone's story loved That!!! Full Circle

Begabati, posted on April 20, 2016

Vague general spiritual philosophy, not enough about Joseph Campbell's unique contribution. I wanted to see the original mythologies he studied, not Hollywood movies. Joseph Campbell described the hero's journey with many more specific phases and themes than described here. Too much time wasted on cliches.

sescorial2, posted on April 16, 2016

Thank you Gaia, inspirational!

crafty, posted on April 15, 2016

Very thought provoking and inspirational. A good wake up call for me. Thanks

churchstreats, posted on April 15, 2016

Jrinnh, posted on April 14, 2016

Holy moly. I can't even believe that the first movie I choose to watch outlines my life at the very crossroads of me getting "the call". This is an omen. I need to answer that phone!

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on April 15, 2016

Thank you for sharing your inspiration! We hope you enjoy all we have to offer on Gaia.

All the bast,

joxyjules, posted on April 11, 2016

Really had many people who were inspirations to 'walking the path'. Well done.

webwriter25, posted on April 9, 2016

Uplifting. Much to think about now.

FollowYourBliss, posted on April 4, 2016

I think the entire human race is on a collective hero’s journey at this time in our history. What a beautiful thing to be a part of.
I hope on our return, we tell the greatest story ever told…about how the human race came together in love to defeat our collective dragons.

jhershierra, posted on April 1, 2016

Great Insights into the Hero's Journey . I can so relate to that path in my own life.

evacarina63, posted on March 28, 2016

I've met myself as an angel and a demon in two dreams. This was many years ago. The night with the demon - an ugly witch with burning flames aorund her face and head - I knew that if I turned my eyes away from her eyes, she would win. I won :-) I've had a number of dreams through life when I've been in deep despair and every time I've got help from mythological creatures or from "God" in the shape of a soft and mild breeze. This documentary touched me very deeply and I know that it's time to stop looking the other way. Thank you Gaia for sharing this wonderful and deep knowledge! Thank you! My heart is singing :-)

jbrand1997, posted on March 21, 2016

Just what I needed to know and to hear at this time in my life. Thank you!!

a_dudhmande, posted on March 21, 2016

Excellent story... Excellent Documentary... touched every chord of my soul.. Thanks for the wonderful mythical journey...

nowvoyager, posted on March 20, 2016

This movie/documentary was beyond excellent. It is true, when the student is ready the teacher will appear. I am about to enter my sixty-third year on this planet and for some time now I have been feeling like... there is no joy in life. I feel like there is nothing that interest me anymore. Tonight my meditation focus will be on the question, "what is your bliss". What does make you happy? What will give you purpose again? Thank you Gaia for presenting this piece. Presenting such knowledge is your purpose. Please continue.

megk4asl, posted on April 9, 2016

I totally get this. I read somewhere recently that when we reach the state of emptiness it can seem like depression but in fact it's something OK and we can breath into it and allow it to be.

FollowYourBliss, posted on April 4, 2016

I hope your meditations are working. You have so much life left in you, so...rock those meditations out so you can get on with being fabulous! :P

rita.sullivan, posted on March 18, 2016

Very inspiring.

DANIELLED6, posted on March 17, 2016

I enjoyed the movie and also agree with it.
The funniest thing is a poem I wrote about 2 weeks ago that is saying pretty much the same. This past few months I have been participating in a knitting group and I read my poem to them. The coordinator of the group wanted me to translate it in French (language we speak, even though we all are from different nationality).
She want me to read to a group of women that have experienced violence. Having been there many times, I said yes.
I think the poem would have his place in here also :-)

For a while I thought I was lost.
Nop! I was just gaining more experiences.
For a while I thought I lost myself.
Nop! I was just expanding my soul, myself.
For a while I thought everything around me was dark.
Then I open my heart and I saw all the rainbow colors and more.
For a while a though I was lost and
Then I saw myself.
I smiled.
I don't mind what I see in front of me because
I know what's inside of me.
It's smiling at me.
I'm not lost, I never was.
I was right there waiting for me
In the lost and found of myself.
Danielle ;-)

esmak725, posted on March 19, 2016

Thanks Danielle.
That was very inspiring. You're quite the poet.

pamelascript, posted on April 4, 2016

That poem is beautiful Thank you for sharing! From one poet to another. From ....FeMiNem...the Poet

DANIELLED6, posted on March 23, 2016

Thank you Sam. It's very nice of you to say that. I never saw myself as a poet because I always use simple words when I write... and it's usually in French :-). But this one showed up in English while I was knitting so I immediately took my pen and my note book before it disappeared. I'm not sure why I posted... maybe because I felt that to translate it, it would loose some meaning.
My first grand-daughter's name is Sam. In August she is going to make me a great grand-mother for the third times. Actually her husband has two children from a previous marriage, so I have 5 great grand-children. :-)

Shelly.Liedtke, posted on March 19, 2016

Thank you, Danielle! ♥

DANIELLED6, posted on March 23, 2016

Thank you Shelly. Most appreciated :-)

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on March 18, 2016

Danielle, thanks for writing and sharing your inspiration! So glad you enjoyed the film Finding Joe.
Here's another documentary on Gaia that you may be interested in. :)

Celtic Myths: Magic and Kings


DANIELLED6, posted on March 23, 2016

Suzanna, I just watch the video you suggested here. You were right I loved it. I also saw the second one. How did you know that I would love that. You have no idea how surprised I was.
My grand father 's mother was Irish. I never met her but heard about her. His father (French) had an affair with a Irish actress. His wife could not have children so, somehow forgive his "indiscretion" and they kept the child. One day, the natural mother came, to have her son back. His adopted mother hide him. Supposedly he heard everything and spent the rest of his life searching for her. He never did found her.
He was good to his adopted mother. She was good to me also. I have good memories of her. I was very close to my grand father. While I was watching Magic and Kings, I realized why my grand father seam to love me so much. As a child, at school the nuns always pick me for the principal play at the end of the year. It started in grade one until I moved to secondary school. My grand- father was always there to see me he would also bring me to practice. It just downed on me that she was an actress. No wonder I was his favorite. He saw her in me. Wow! at that moment, I thought of how much he would have enjoyed watching this with me. We used to do cross words together. We didn't have TV at the time. :-)
So Suzanna, thank you, and again, you do deserve a are the best.
Danielle ;-)

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