“When you have experience, you know that you know, that you know. When you don’t have experience, you don’t know, that you don’t know, that you don’t know.”

English: Joseph Campbell, late 1970
English: Joseph Campbell, late 1970 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the book, Power of Myth, Bill Moyers asked Joseph Campbell if he was a man of faith.  Joseph Campbell answered, “I don’t have to have faith.  I have experience.”

Faith can be powerful and has been called the evidence of things not seen.  Experience, however, is seeing for yourself.  Seeing is believing.  On the spiritual path, we are always encouraged to get the experience for ourselves, and do the work that it takes in order to have the experience.  Once we have the experience, there is no longer any question involved.  We’ve gone beyond faith, beyond belief.  Now we know.

From the book Wise Words

By Craig Kimbrough

Comments ( 4 )

  • User
    Crystal Nuding

    5 years ago

    Reply

    I love this, Craig.
    No, I don’t have faith either. I have experience.
    And what a blessing. Life is good.
    Have a fantastic day!

    1. User
      Craig Kimbrough and Meditative Zone

      5 years ago

      Reply

      Thank you Crystal. I too have and prefer experience. Faith is good and only the beginning.

  • User
    Melanie

    5 years ago

    Reply

    I love Joseph Campbell! Thanks for sharing this quote. I know exactly what he’s saying.

    1. User
      Craig Kimbrough and Meditative Zone

      5 years ago

      Reply

      He was great wasn’t he? Thank you for reading. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

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