Crucified with Christ: Meditation on the Passion, Mystical Death, and the Medieval Invention of Psychotherapy

Crucified with Christ: Meditation on the Passion, Mystical Death, and the Medieval Invention of Psychotherapy

by Dan Merkur
     
 

Crucified with Christ offers a fascinating study of the psychoanalytic character of medieval meditation. Most meditation practitioners imagined themselves in the place of an eyewitness to the passion; however, some, including Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Assisi, and Bonaventure, introduced meditation from the perspective of Jesus. They felt the imagined… See more details below

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Crucified with Christ offers a fascinating study of the psychoanalytic character of medieval meditation. Most meditation practitioners imagined themselves in the place of an eyewitness to the passion; however, some, including Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Assisi, and Bonaventure, introduced meditation from the perspective of Jesus. They felt the imagined crucifixion, passion, and death as experiences of their own and understood them in Pauline terms as “crucifixions with Christ.” As knowledge of mystical death experiences accumulated over the centuries, it was noted that repeated mystical unions with Christ in his death could create personality change, imparting the sweetness of Jesus’ personality to the meditators.

Author Dan Merkur illustrates that in both its details and its goal, the meditative process meets contemporary psychoanalytic criteria for psychotherapeutic change. The medieval practice of meditation, Merkur writes, is comprehensible as guided imagery therapy that takes the meditator from fear of death to forgiveness of persecutors—in psychoanalytic terms, dissolving resistance through a capacity for concern and relationality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791471067
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Dan Merkur is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a research reader in the study of religion at the University of Toronto. He is the author of many books, including Unconscious Wisdom: A Superego Function in Dreams, Conscience, and Inspiration, also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Turned Without and Within

2. Reforming in Faith and Feeling

3. Meditation on the Passion

4. Mystical Death

5. The Therapeutic Action of Crucifixion with Christ

6. The Death of Adam

Afterword
References
Index

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