Gathering the Light: A Jungian View of Meditation

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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. 

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V. Walter Odajnyk, PhD, is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich, a member of the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California and a core faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of Marxism and Existentialism (Doubleday Anchor Books), Jung and Politics: The Political and Social Ideas of C. G. Jung (Harper & Row) and of a forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan book, Archetype and Character: Power, Eros, Spirit and Matter Personality Types

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Fisher King Press
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Dec 31, 2011
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262
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9781926715551
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Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation
Religion / Meditations
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Originally published as January 2007 issue of the Prabuddha Bharata, this book aims to give its readers an overview of contemplative practices in different religions and traditions.

Contents:

Introduction
Swami Satyaswarupananda

The Contemplative Life
Swami Atmasthananda

Contemplation in an Active World
Swami Smaranananda

The Contemplative Tradition in the Ramakrishna Order
Swami Prabhananda

All-inclusive View of the Vedic Seers
Swami Tattwavidananda

Contemplation on Om, the Gāyatrī, and the Mahāvākyas
Swami Mukhyananda

Contemplation in the Upanishads
Swami Atmajnananda

Meditation and the Way of Yoga
Swami Adiswarananda

Preparations for the Contemplative Life
Swami Gokulananda

Japa: Instrument of Love for God’s Name
Swami Tathagatananda

Prayer in Contemplative Life
Swami Amarananda

Worship and Contemplation
Swami Sarvadevananda

Meditation and Reflection on the Divine Play: Lilā Chintana and Lilā Dhyāna
Swami Atmajnanananda

Obstacles in Contemplative life
Swami Brahmeshananda

Fruits of Contemplation: Some Reflections
Swami Bhaskarananda

The Vaishnava Contemplative Tradition
Swami Purnananda

The Śākta Contemplative Tradition
Swami Vimalatmananda

Contemplative Practices in Śaivism
Swami Tadananda

The Jain Contemplative Tradition
Acharya Mahaprajna

Contemplating the Theravāda Tradition
Ajahn Amaro

The Heart of Mahāyāna Buddhist Practice in the West
Rev. Heng Sure

Knowledge, Love, and Union: A Glimpse into the Christian Contemplative Tradition
Father Paul of Jesus

Contemplative Spirituality in Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Some Thoughts on the Contemplative Life
Vimala Thakar

The Contemplative Mind
Prof. Somnath Bhattacharyya

The Neurophysiological and Psychoneural Aspects of Meditative Practices
Dr S Sulekha, Dr P N Ravindra, Dr T R Raju, and Dr Bindu Kutty

The Contemplative Life and Psychopathology
Dr Alan Roland
 IMPORTANCE OF MEDITATION  BENEFITS OF MEDITATION  
Individual benefits of meditation  
Relief from stress  
Improves brain functioning and intelligence  
Improves creativity  
Better focus and concentration  
Improves interpersonal skills and helps build good relationships 
Reduces anger 
Spiritual growth, happiness and peace of mind  
Improved self-actualisation  
Increased strength of self-concept 
Societal benefits of meditation 
Improved quality of living 
Increased positivity and decreased crime rates 
Decreased violent fatalities 
Increase in acts of kindness  
Reducing conflicts and war 
MEDITATION AND HEALTH  
Meditation helps handle anxiety and depression  
Meditation improves overall health 
Meditation lowers blood pressure and diabetes 
Meditation cures addiction to alcohol, drugs and cigarette 
Meditation supports women?s health 
Meditation helps keep yourself young and energetic  
MEDITATION HELPS CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS 
HOW TO MEDITATE?  
Important measures before meditation  
Choose the right time to meditate  
Choose the right duration  
Choose the right place  
Other preparations to be made before the session  
Important aspect of meditation 
Right posture  
Focus on an object  
Watch your thoughts and do not follow them 
Post meditation measures  
Remain silent 
Enjoyment  
Activity post meditation  
COMMON ERRORS COMMITED DURING MEDITATION  
Lack of motivation  
Remedies to lack of motivation  
Lacking in consistency 
Remedial measure to lack of consistency  
Distractions  
Remedy to distractions  
Physical pain  
Remedies to physical pain  
Wrong duration  
Remedies to wrong duration  
Meditation Posture:  
Remedies to wrong posture 
Meditation Teachers  
Remedies to choosing a wrong teacher  
Practicing in groups  
Remedy to practicing in groups  
Getting frustrated 
Remedy to getting frustrated 
lack of Mindfulness 
Remedy to lack of mindfulness 
Choosing wrong techniques of meditation  
Remedies to choosing wrong techniques  
MEDITATE ? COME-WHAT-MAY ? BARRIERS TO MEDITATION  
Health as a barrier 
Time as barrier  
Feeling of embarrassment 
Lack of energy or skills:  
Lacks of self motivation 
Lack of resources or cost involved 
Laziness as a barrier 
PINNACLE OF MEDITATION ? AN INSTANCE FROM A GREAT EPIC  
DIFFERENT METHODS / FORMS OF MEDITATION 
mindfulness meditation 
Transcendental Meditation 
Guided visualization 
How to practice guided visualisation? 
S NATARAJAN?S AUM BINAURAL AANANDHAM ? AN OVERVIEW 
KNOW YOUR BRAINWAVES 
WHAT IS BRAIN WAVE ENTRAINMENT?  
DIFFERENT FORMS OF BRAIN WAVE ENTRAINMENT 
Aural entrainment 
Binaural beats  
Monaural beats  
Isochronic tones  
Audio?visual entrainment  
HOW DOES S NATARAJAN?S BINAURAL BEATS WORK?  
THE PRANAVA OR AUM ? USES IN S NATARAJAN?S BINAURAL MEDITATION 
VARIOUS PRODUCTS OFFERED BY S NATARAJAN?S BINAURAL CENTRE  
Guided Aum Chanting to attain powers like yogis  
Light meditation for health and wealth  
Meditation by sound waves for natural cure and relaxation  
S Natarajan?s Aum Binaural Sweep for quick deep sleep  
S Natarajan?s Aum Binaural Kubera and laxmi money mantra  
ADVANTAGES OF S NATARAJAN?S BINAURAL MEDITATION  
Easiest form of meditation 
Low cost  
Removes place barrier  
Inspires consistency in practice 
Quick results  
CONCLUSION
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