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Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), The Hero as a Man of Letters
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Carl Gustav Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections (reissue 1989),
Vintage Books, ISBN: 0679723951
An autobiography put together from conversations, writings and lectures with Jung's
cooperation, at the end of his life by Aniela Jaffé (1961). This classic introduces
the reader to Jung's work and his rich inner life, dreams, fantasies, premonitions, and
insights into the mythic dimensions of human experience. Jung writes in the Prologue:
I speak chiefly of inner experiences, amongst which I include my dreams and visions.
These form the prima materia of my scientific work. They were the fiery magma out
of which the stone that had to be worked was crystallized. I enjoyed reading about
Jung's alchemical studies, his fascination with the I Ching, and especially his
transatlantic voyage with Sigmund Freud in 1909 from Bremen to Clark University in Worcester
to attend the first Psychology Conference in America. Jung's description of the exact moment
when he ended his friendship with his mentor on this trip gives us insights on these two
giants of psychology.
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Edward F. Edinger, The Mysterium Lectures: A Journey Through C.G. Jung's Mysterium
Coniunctionis (1995), Inner City Books; ISBN: 091912366X
The subject matter of Mysterium Coniunctionis, Jung's last major work and perhaps his most difficult,
is the parallel between arcane alchemical procedures and the psychological process of individuation.
In The Mysterium Lectures,originally presented over six months to members of the Los Angeles
Jung Society, Dr. Edinger works his way through Jung's magnum opus paragraph by paragraph, illuminating
its depth and scope as well as its continuing relevance to everyday life. Profusely illustrated with alchemical
drawings and art work of all ages, and copiously indexed, with 297 footnotes to original sources, these lectures
provide a wealth of material for understanding modern dreams and other unconscious contents. Anyone
involved with his or her own psychological development is in effect an alchemist. The Mysterium Lecturesis
first and foremost a practical guide to what is going on in the laboratory of the unconscious.
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James Hillman, A Blue Fire: Selected Writings (1991),
HarperPerennial Library; ISBN: 0060921013
The poet Robert Bly said: In some ways James Hillman is the most lively and original
psychologist we have had in America since William James. I honor him, and read something
in his work almost every day. In A Blue Fire, Thomas Moore (author of Care
of the Soul) has gathered selected passages from many of Hillman's seminal essays on
archetypal psychology. The book has 12 chapters divided in three sections: Soul, World, Eros,
with insightful essays by Moore on each chapter. Hillman's contrast between soul and spirit is
truly illuminating Psyche in Greek, besides being soul, is also a butterfly and a beautiful
girl in the legend of Eros & Psyche. Soul is feminine, night, moon, imagination while Spirit is masculine,
day, sun, intellect. You'll feel spiritually enriched reading the many gems in this book.
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