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Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives
Paperback Book
July, 2013
$27.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Jungian analyst and teacher James Hollis, also author of What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life and a number of other books, here returns to writing, yet from another, more mysterious place.

What is really going on here? Who is in charge of my life, really?... We are inevitably impelled to witness that the present moment is informed by the past, driven by its imperatives, its prescriptions and proscriptions. Either we are repeating it by serving its message, or trying to escape it, or we have evolved our unconscious “treatment plan” for it. Either way, the past calls the shots, at least until it is flushed out into the full light of consciousness. But who really want to deal with the possibility that they might be repeating or running from their parent’s lives rather than living their own? Who wants to look at the possibility that we are dumping bad karma onto the generations that follow us?

In Hauntings, James Hollis considers how we are all governed by the presence of invisible forms—spirits, ghosts, ancestral and parental influences, inner voices, dreams, impulses, untold stories, complexes, synchronicities, and mysteries—which move through us, and through history. He offers a way to understand them psychologically, examining the persistence of the past in influencing our present, conscious lives and noting that engagement with mystery is what life asks of each of us. From such engagements, a deeper, more thoughtful, more considered life may come.

What does life ask of us, and how are we to answer that summons?

Are we here just to propagate the species anew?

Do any of us really believe that we are here to make money and then die?

Does life matter, in the end, and if so, how, and in what fashion?

What guiding intelligence weaves the threads of our individual biographies?

What hauntings of the invisible world invigorate, animate, and direct the multiple narratives of daily life?

James Hollis, PhD, is a co-founder of the C. G. Jung Institute of Philadelphia and Saybrook University's Jungian Studies program.

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