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Creating A Life

Finding Your Individual Path
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Inner City
 | 
November, 2000
ISBN:
9780919123939
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$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

James Hollis is a Jungian analyst who writes books that lots of kinds of people actually read. His The Middle Passage: from Misery to Meaning and Swamplands of the Soul have offered useful insights to many. Now, in Creating a Life, he provides a powerful commentary on the importance of the examined life, illustrating how we may arrive at an understanding of our life choices and relationships by exploring our core complexes and personal history.

With insight and compassion grounded in the humanist side of analytical psychology, Hollis elucidates the circuitous way of individuation. The text is deeply enriched by the inclusion of poems and excerpts from the works of many modern writers (including John Fowles, Rilke, D.H. Lawrence, Thoreau, Pascal, and Kierkegaard).

As individuals, we are not meant to be well-balanced, sober servants of collective values. We are not meant to be sane, safe, or similar. We are, each of us, meant to be different... What Jung says on this subject bears repeating: “Vocation is the irrational factor that destines a man to emancipate himself from the herd and from its well-worn paths. True personality is always a vocation and puts its trust in it as in God.”

Something in us, no matter how much we flee it, summons us. We may avoid it all our lives, but deep down, something knows. It knows us whether we wish to know it or not...

All things considered, I believe that we will be most nearly real when we serve our vocation. We will not be spared suffering, but we will be granted a deeply felt sense that our life is right, even when suffering isolation and rejection. That deeply felt inner sense of what is right for us, which Marie-Louise von Franz calls “the instinct of truth,” is how we can find what it is we are to do with this precious and fragile gift of life and the transcendent reality we are summoned to serve.

Publisher’s Description: 

"Creating a Life" is a powerful series of commentaries on the importance of the examined life, illustrating how we may arrive at an understanding of our life choices and relationships by exploring our core complexes and personal history. With insight and compassion grounded in the humanist side of analytical psychology, Hollis elucidates the circuitous way of individuation. The text is deeply enriched by the inclusion of poems and excerpts from the works of modern writers (including John Fowles, Rilke, D.H. Lawrence, Pascal and Kierkegaard).

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