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Jung the Mystic

The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life and Teachings
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Tarcher/Penguin
 | 
January, 2013
ISBN:
9780399161995
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$18.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Carl Jung, the legendary Swiss psychiatrist best known for his groundbreaking concepts like the collective unconscious, archetype theory, and synchronicity, often took pains to avoid any explicit association with mysticism or the occult. Yet Jung lived a life rich in paranormal experiences—arguing for the existence of poltergeists in a debate with Sigmund Freud, participating in séances, incorporating astrology into his therapeutic work, reporting a near-death experience, and collaborating with the pioneering ESP researcher J.B. Rhine. It is these critical experiences—often fleetingly touched on in other biographies or critical studies, and just as frequently used to make a case against Jung and his philosophies—that form the core of this exciting new biography, Jung the Mystic.

While Jung’s ghostwritten memoirs, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, touch on the role his mystical and occult experiences played in his life, Gary Lachman’s Jung the Mystic completes the circle: Lachman assesses Jung’s life and work from the viewpoint of Western esoteric tradition and helpfully places Jung in the context of other major esoteric thinkers, such as Rudolf Steiner, G.I. Gurdjieff, and Emanuel Swedenborg.

In engaging and vivid prose, Lachman shows how Jung, journeying from Freudian disciple to creator of a psychology focused on the significance of dreams and mythology, embodied the Western mystical path. Through his ideas, Jung inspired other intellects, scientists, and philosophers to embrace mythical and spiritual inquiry, thus laying the groundwork for the revival of mysticism in the modern West.

Tracking the arc of Jung’s life, struggles, and human relationships (and taking a critical sounding of Jung’s newly released The Red Book), this book clearly and concisely examines the central role that mystical ideas, practices, and experiences played in the career of one of the greatest thinkers of the modern era.

Gary Lachman is one of today’s most respected writers on esoteric and occult themes. His books include Rudolf Steiner and A Secret History of Consciousness.

Publisher’s Description: 

 

Now in paperback, this bold new biography fills a gap in our understanding of the pioneering psychologist by focusing on the occult and mystical aspects of Jungs thought and career.


Outstanding . . . lifts the curtain on one of the most important aspects of his remarkable life . . . fair and objective. Alice O. Howell, Quest magazine

How the Swiss psychologist lived a life rich in the paranormal. Los Angeles Times

A serious but comprehensible new biography of Jung and his interest in the esoteric. New Age Retailer

Fascinating . . . Fully engaging from beginning to end. Dell Horoscope

Although he is often called the founding father of the New Age, Carl Jung, the legendary Swiss psychiatrist best known for his groundbreaking concepts such as the collective unconscious, archetype theory, and synchronicity, often took pains to avoid any explicit association with mysticism or the occult. Yet Jung lived a life rich in paranormal experiencesarguing for the existence of poltergeists in a debate with Sigmund Freud, participating in sances, incorporating astrology into his therapeutic work, reporting a near-death experience, and analyzing the work of pioneering ESP researcher J. B. Rhine. It is these critical experiencesoften fleetingly touched on in other biographies or critical studies, and frequently used to make a case against Jung and his philosophiesthat form the core of this significant new biography.

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