Saturday, July 30, 2011

Gathering the Light in the 21st Century

Gathering the Light: A Jungian View of Meditation
by V. Walter Odajnyk

Publication Date Dec 2011 - Advance Orders Welcomed.

Originally published by Shambhala in 1993, Gathering the Light is a significant contribution to Jungian psychology and to research concerning the relationship between psychological and spiritual development.

Gathering the Light remains a groundbreaking work that integrates Jungian psychology, alchemy, and the practice of meditation. It is one of very few, if not the only Jungian book that demonstrates that the alchemical opus is not only an analogy of the individuation process, but also a depiction of various experiential stages encountered in the course of meditation.

Gathering the Light compares Western and Eastern images of the goal of alchemy and of meditation practice; it offers a psychological interpretation of the Zen Ox Herding pictures; it argues that in essence both psychological and spiritual development consists of the withdrawal of projections; and the appendix offers a critique of Wilber’s mistaken view of Jung’s conception of archetypes and provides a critical review of Thomas Cleary’s translation of The Secret of the Golden Flower.

About the Author
V. Walter Odajnyk, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst, and serves as a Core Faculty member and is the Research Coordinator for Pacifica Graduate Institute's Mythological Studies Program.

Product Details
* Paperback: 264 pages
* Publisher: Fisher King Press; Reprint (Dec 2011)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1926715551
* ISBN-13: 978-1926715551

Friday, July 8, 2011

Trampled to Death by Geese

Trampled to Death by Geese: More Eros, and a Lot More Nonsense (A Jungian analyst's whimsical perspective on the inner life) Book Two of the Eros TrilogyTrampled to Death by Geese: More Eros, and a Lot More Nonsense
A Jungian analyst's whimsical perspective on the inner life by Daryl Sharp. Book Two of The Eros Trilogy.

This is almost a sequel to Live Your Nonsense, last year's triumphal Jungian-style odyssey by the author. Do not be misled by the recounting of sexual encounters or the profuse lacing of song lyrics throughout the text. This one is a serious application of Jungian depth psychology to the real world. In addition to his own practice, and the stacks of books heís written, Sharp is the publisher of books on modern Jungian psychology, working steadily with the likes of Marion Woodman, Marie-Louise von Franz, and Edward Edinger. Immersed in the world of Jungian psychology, Sharp's knowledge of the man and his legacy is unique. Teachings, born of the master and honed by practical application through the decades, flow out of him almost like throwaway asides. Sometimes self-effacing, often humorous, Sharp confidently uses his inner dialogue to put Jung on paper, in context, and accessible to the non-clinical mind. He dresses it all up with talking iMacs, trips to Starbucks, and Sinatra -  lots and lots of Sinatra. This one won't be for everyone, but it might entice more readers than you think.