My name is Jonah. I create cyanotype photographs and write about the quest for a meaningful life through art and mythology. On this journey, I hope to inspire you.

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Arrow. cyanotype on paper, 2021. Two print sizes. © Jonah Calinawan

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To complement my cyanotype photography, I blog to help and inspire. The latest blog excerpt:

The Cure for the Jonah Complex

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Jonah (Dove). Toned Cyanotype Print, 2011. Two print sizes. © Jonah Calinawan

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And from a pinnacle of that dome perilously he dared
To essay, like Icarus, the unstable air,
Leaping, with waxen wings, into the welkin;
Down to the bottom he fell, and battered out his brains:
A warning to the wise to beware of hubris.
John Heath-Stubbs, Artorius

Ever heard of the Jonah Complex? Me neither, and my name is Jonah! I stumbled upon this term while researching a term paper, and I thought, “Hmm, what is that?”

The Jonah complex is the “evasion of one’s destiny” or the “running away from one’s own best talents.” In other words, the Jonah Complex is the fear of success.

In this article, I define the Jonah Complex and suggest ways to identify and cure it. Maybe you suffer from this complex and don’t know about it!

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Follow Your Bliss

Just as people influenced you and played an important role in your life, so you are influencing others and playing an important role in their lives. There is a reciprocal influence, a network of interlocked novels. Who wrote all of these? Schopenhauer says, ‘It’s as though the world were a dream dreamed by a single dreamer in which all the dream characters dreamed you.’

Joseph Campbell, Mythic Worlds, Modern Words p. 286
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