A Dream in the World: Poetics of Soul in Two Women, Modern and Medieval / Edition 1

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"A Dream in the World explores the possibility of genuine religious experience during the process of depth psychotherapy. At the heart of this book is a series of archetypal dreams presented by the author's patient during an analytic process. These dreams heralded and unanticipated break-through encounter with the divine - an "experience of soul" - that reoriented and energized life and became what the author calls a "dream-in-the-world."" "To explore the phenomenology of this religious experience, the author compares her patient's religious encounter with mystical experience in general and with the visions and poetry of Hadewijch of Brabant, a thirteenth-century woman mystic, whose ecstatic experience of the divine closely parallels the patient's material." A Dream in the World details a classical Jungian psychotherapeutic process through analysis of a modern woman's dreams. It scarches out relationships between religious encounter and psychotherapy, and psyche and soul, and it demonstrates the gradual unfolding and maturation of what C. G. Jung called a "religious instinct" in the human psyche.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583919187
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/13/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin E. van Loben Sels serves on the faculty of the Center for Depth Pscychology and Jungian Studies in Katonah, New York. She is currently in private practice in Manhatten and Katonah (New York) and Ridgefield (Connecticut).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Theoretical approaches to mystical experience 21
2 The dreamer and her dreams 54
3 "Falling through": Experience of soul 126
4 Hadewijch's paradox 174
5 Summary and conclusions 204
Select bibliography 227
Index 247
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