Absence of myth may seem obvious: evidenced by our lack of cult and ritual, and by our de-animated natural world, as well as in the emergence of conceptual thought and psychological awareness, which could only arise with the dissolution of a prereflective (mythic) mode of being-in-the-world. But what appears to be straightforward becomes complicated when myth is intentionally conflated with thought and reflection, usually in the attempt to cultivate a “mythic consciousness” that aims to restore meaning to life and assuage the spiritual malaise of contemporary culture.
Myth cannot rest in peace. It must be continually unearthed, redefined, and recontextualized such that modern and postmodern notions of myth are made to substitute for something that has never been experienced, only imagined.
"A fascinating journey into the Hero and the Shadow . . . a treasure for our times. Vital and applicable to both lay people and experts, the book flows seamlessly and spirally from scholarship, to textual interpretation, to case studies, and the analysis of dreams. Shalit draws on an impressive breadth of scholarship and myths/fairy tales, looking at both history and story.”—Joseph Madia, New Mystics
'Enemy, Cripple & Beggar' provides new thoughts and views on the concepts of Hero and Shadow, elaborating on mythological and psychological images. Myths and fairy tales explored include Perseus and Andersen's 'The Cripple.' You'll also enjoy the psychological deciphering of Biblical stories such as Amalek - The Wicked Warrior, Samson - The Impoverished Sun, and Jacob & the Divine Adversary. With the recent discovery of The Gospel of Judas, Dr. Shalit also delves into the symbolic relationship between Jesus and Judas Iscariot to illustrate the hero-function's inevitable need of a shadow. This Fisher King Press publication can be comfortably read by those interested in Analytical Psychology and by those interested in the interface between psychology and mythology, and psychology and religion.
Traditional doctrinal and historical interpretation both rely heavily on rational analysis. But from the disciples at Emmaus to the beginnings of the present century, it has been the impact of scripture upon the human heart that has changed human lives. In recent decades, this impact has been strengthened by advances in linguistic and literary theory, by such disparate influences as feminism, structuralism, Jungianism, deconstructionism, the analysis of archaic imagery and myth, the recovery of Gnostic texts, and finally an openness to pluralism, whether ethnic, geographic, religious, or interpretive. All of these factors are treated here with a brevity and comprehensiveness which convincingly show that the reader of scripture has a creative and not merely passive role.
"If you would understand the deepest roots of terrorism, greed, and religious fanaticism, read Facing the Dragon. But be forewarned: you may find some offshoots in your own garden."-June Singer, Jungian analyst, author of Boundaries of the Soul
Bringing together two disparate theories under a trans-disciplinary framework, G. C. Tympas presents a comparison of Carl Jung’s theory of psychic development and Maximus the Confessor’s model of spiritual progress. An ‘evolutional’ relationship between the ‘psychological’ and the ‘spiritual’ is proposed for a dynamic interpretation of spiritual experience.
Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Developmentoffers a creative synthesis of elements and directions from both theories and further explores:
-??????????Jung’s views on religion in a dialogue with Maximus’ concepts
-??????????The different directions and goals of Jung’s and Maximus’ models
-??????????Jung’s ‘Answer to Job’ in relation to Maximus’ theory of ‘final restoration’.
Tympas argues that a synthesis of Jung’s and Maximus’ models comprises a broader trans-disciplinary paradigm of development, which can serve as a pluralistic framework for considering the composite psycho-spiritual development.
Constructively combining strands of differing disciplines, this book will appeal to those looking to explore the dialogue between analytical psychology, early Christian theology and Greek philosophy.
includes philosophical writings along with a selection of his poems, artworks,
and unpublished pieces from his personal papers.
(1907–1998), the leading figure in the perennialist school of comparative
religious thought, remains one of the most provocative voices on religion.
Bridging the divide between seeker and scholar, Schuon challenges the prevailing
notion that religion should be studied with agnostic neutrality. He speaks to
those who are looking for greater interfaith understanding and a deeper
penetration to the esoteric heart of specific traditions, while turning the
tables on an increasingly noisy chorus of skeptics.
In Splendor of
the True, James S. Cutsinger selects essential writings that reflect the
full range of Schuon’s thought on religion and tradition, metaphysics and
epistemology, human nature and destiny, sacred art and symbolism, and
spirituality and contemplative method. In addition to Schuon’s essays, the book
includes a number of poems, artworks, and previously unpublished materials drawn
from his letters, personal memoirs, and private texts for disciples. An
introductory chapter provides a careful examination of Schuon as perennial
philosopher, Sufi shaykh, and teacher of gnosis.