Alchemical Active Imagination: Revised Edition

Alchemical Active Imagination: Revised Edition

by Marie-Louise Von Franz, Marie-Louise Von Franz, Marie-Louise Von Franz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0877735891

ISBN-13: 9780877735892

Pub. Date: 12/28/1997

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Although alchemy is popularly regarded as the science that sought to transmute base physical matter, many of the medieval alchemists were more interested in developing a discipline that would lead to the psychological and spiritual transformation of the individual. C. G. Jung discovered in his study of alchemical texts a symbolic and imaginal language that expressed…  See more details below

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Although alchemy is popularly regarded as the science that sought to transmute base physical matter, many of the medieval alchemists were more interested in developing a discipline that would lead to the psychological and spiritual transformation of the individual. C. G. Jung discovered in his study of alchemical texts a symbolic and imaginal language that expressed many of his own insights into psychological processes. In this book, Marie-Louise von Franz examines a text by the sixteenth-century alchemist and physician Gerhard Dorn in order to show the relationship of alchemy to the concepts and techniques of analytical psychology. In particular, she shows that the alchemists practiced a kind of meditation similar to Jung's technique of active imagination, which enables one to dialogue with the unconscious archetypal elements in the psyche. Originally delivered as a series of lectures at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, the book opens therapeutic insights into the relations among spirit, soul, and body in the practice of active imagination.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780877735892
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Series:
Seminar Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
154
Sales rank:
520,319
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Origins of Alchemy: Extraverted and Introverted Traditions1
2Divine Power in Matter26
3The Problem of the Body and the Redemption of the Christian Shadow52
4Mind and Body in the Castle of Philosophical Love78
5Medieval Magic and Modern Synchronicity106
6Vir Unus / Unus Mundus133
Notes151

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