Digesting the World Around You
Interesting essay. The concept of a 'narrative microbiome' is a very useful framing for some of the problems we moderns face, and the mythic/spiritual implications have given me a lot to chew on.
I noticed your book is currently unavailable on Amazon - do you know whether this will be back in stock soon?
A vivid example that makes what you're saying terrifyingly *real*: https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2003/jun/14/weekend7.weekend2
It's a true 'holy shit' moment. One of the few semi-controlled experiments on how important this is and what it does, too!
Also, as an aside: Goldman's English translation of the Ramayana is finally complete, and available in a non-academic reader friendly format. (Here: https://www.amazon.com/R%C4%81m%C4%81ya%E1%B9%87a-V%C4%81lm%C4%ABki-Translation-Princeton-Translations-ebook/dp/B0973N29RL/ ) Sharing here since it's in the reference class of things it appears you actually expose yourself to and enjoy.