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White Bird, Black Serpent, Red Book : Exploring the Gnostic Roots of Jungian Psychology through Dreamwork - Stuart Douglas

White Bird, Black Serpent, Red Book

Exploring the Gnostic Roots of Jungian Psychology through Dreamwork

Paperback Published: 24th October 2016
ISBN: 9781782204282
Number Of Pages: 256

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This book examines the influence of Gnostic philosophy on Jungian psychology as indicated by Jung's essay, "The Transcendent Function" (1916), and his Gnostic-inspired treatise, The Seven Sermons to the Dead (also written in 1916).

Relevant and timely due to the relatively recent publication of Jung's The Red Book, the hypothesis of this work is that the Seven Sermons is the mythopoetic, metaphysical twin of "The Transcendent Function" and that these texts can be considered as two sides of the same coin. The Seven Sermons formed a prelude to everything Jung was to communicate about the unconscious-in other words, an embryonic form of the principal tenets of analytical psychology can be found in a Gnostic-inspired text.

As Gnostic philosophy was the inspiration for both texts, this book also highlights correspondences between both of Jung's works and the Gnostic texts of the Nag Hammadi Library, paying particular attention to the theme of the opposites-arguably the crucial theme at the very heart of Jung's psychology. Accompanying an analysis of these texts is an experiential investigation of the influence the topic had on the occurrence of the transcendent function in the author's dreams, the intention of which is to provide a richer description of the experience of the transcendent function and to facilitate a deeper understanding of the topic.

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'This is a rich, remarkable, startling and courageous book connecting Gnosticism with lesser-known aspects of Jung's work. Because Gnosticism is inherently informed by the direct experience of the spiritual practitioner rather than by scholarship or rational inquiry it can seem a conceptually dense, overly complex and wilfully obscure tradition. Jung, particularly in his later, bolder, more personal work presents similar difficulties to academic analysis. Only a very subtle scholar like Dr Douglas, both deeply rooted in his own rigorous spiritual practice and grounded in this literature, could succeed in the profound, inspiring synthesis presented in this book.'- The Most Reverend Timothy Mansfield, PhD, Ep. Gn., Bishop of New South Wales, Apostolic Johannite Church, Australia

ISBN: 9781782204282
ISBN-10: 1782204288
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th October 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1

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