The Archetypal Imagination

The Archetypal Imagination

by James Hollis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1585442682

ISBN-13: 9781585442683

Pub. Date: 02/17/2003

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

Also available in an open-access, full-text edition at http://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/handle/1969.1/85764

What we wish to know, and most desire, remains unknowable and lies beyond our grasp.” With these words, James Hollis leads readers to consider the nature of our human need for meaning in life and for connection to a world less

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Also available in an open-access, full-text edition at http://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/handle/1969.1/85764

What we wish to know, and most desire, remains unknowable and lies beyond our grasp.” With these words, James Hollis leads readers to consider the nature of our human need for meaning in life and for connection to a world less limiting than our own.

In The Archetypal Imagination, Hollis offers a lyrical Jungian appreciation of the archetypal imagination. He argues that without the human mind’s ability to form energy-filled images that link us to worlds beyond our rational and emotional capacities, we would have neither culture nor spirituality. Drawing upon the work of poets and philosophers, Hollis shows the importance of depth experience, meaning, and connection to an “other” world. Just as humans have instincts for biological survival and social interaction, we have instincts for spiritual connection as well. Just as our physical and social needs seek satisfaction, so the spiritual instincts of the human animal are expressed in images we form to evoke an emotional or spiritual response, as in our dreams, myths, and religious traditions.

The author draws upon the work of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies to elucidate the archetypal imagination in literary forms. To underscore the importance of incarnating depth experience, he also examines a series of paintings by Nancy Witt.

With the power of the archetypal imagination available to all of us, we are invited to summon courage to take on the world anew, to relinquish outmoded identities and defenses, and to risk a radical re-imagining of the larger possibilities of the world and of the self.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585442683
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
02/17/2003
Series:
Carolyn and Ernest Fay Series in Analytical Psychology , #8
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
652,578
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsIX
ForewordXI
AcknowledgmentsXV
Introduction: Archetypal Imaginings: The Golden String Which Leads to Heaven's Gate3
Chapter 1Religious Imaginings: Divine Morphologies13
Chapter 2Literary Imaginings: Envisioned Logos35
Chapter 3Incarnational Imaginings: The Painter's Eye on Eternity59
Chapter 4Therapeutic Imaginings: Psychopathology and Soul99
Afterword: Re-Imagining the Soul119
Notes125
Bibliography131
Index135

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