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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.
|1||Origins of Alchemy: Extraverted and Introverted Traditions||1|
|2||Divine Power in Matter||26|
|3||The Problem of the Body and the Redemption of the Christian Shadow||52|
|4||Mind and Body in the Castle of Philosophical Love||78|
|5||Medieval Magic and Modern Synchronicity||106|
|6||Vir Unus / Unus Mundus||133|