Those who know, not only that the Everlasting lives in them. but that what they, and all things, really is the Everlasting, dwell, drink the brew of immortality, and listen everywhere to the unheard music of eternal concurred. These are the immortals. The Taoist landscape paintings of China and Japan depict supernally the heavenliness of his terrestrial state. The our benevolent animals. the phoenix, the unicorn, the tortoise, and the dragon, dwell amongst the willow gardens, the bamboo, and the plums, and amid the mists of the sacred mountains, close to the honoured spheres. Sages with craggy bodies but spirits eternally young, meditate among these peaks, or ride curious, symbolic animal s across immortal ties, or converse delightfully over teacups to the flute of Lao Ts’ao-ho.
The mistress of the earthly paradise of the earthly paradise of the Chinese immortals is the K’un- -Lun mountain, which is surrounded by fragrant flowers, battlements of jewels, and a garden wall of gold. She is formed of the pure quintessence of the western air. her guests at her periodical “Feast of the Peaches” (celebrated when the peaches ripen, once every six thousand years) are served by the Golden Mother’s gracious daughters, in bowers and pavilions by the Lake of Gems.
Apotheosis, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell
This amazing book describes the hero mono-myth, the most universal myth. The Call to Adventure, Initiation and Return are the classic stages. Reading the beautiful mythic material from around the world that describes them brings your own journey alive and into clarity and connects you to the cosmic order.