Mythologems: Incarnations of the Invisible World

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Tales told by shadowy elders around ancient campfires offered both explanation and comfort. Life hasn't changed that much; our dependence on explanation and comfort still lies just under our busy ambition and constant yearning. Most of the time, the basic assumptions of our early years were so viscerally absorbed that we have never made them articulate, and therefore never had any way to evaluate their relevance for us now. What if they are outdated? Immature? Beside the point? In this new volume, James Hollis ...
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Tales told by shadowy elders around ancient campfires offered both explanation and comfort. Life hasn't changed that much; our dependence on explanation and comfort still lies just under our busy ambition and constant yearning. Most of the time, the basic assumptions of our early years were so viscerally absorbed that we have never made them articulate, and therefore never had any way to evaluate their relevance for us now. What if they are outdated? Immature? Beside the point? In this new volume, James Hollis shows us a way to bring those stories to consciousness -- what questions to ask, and when. And also what to expect of ourselves in the process. This is not a quick fix book; in fact, waking up to our truth is sometimes very painful. But it's real. And it may be the only way to discover that sense of meaning and personal authenticity that no amount of outer success can provide.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Through a Glass Darkly 7
Myth as psychodynamic image 9
Myth as personal scenario 10
Myth as tribal value system 11
1 The Nature of Mythic Sensibility 13
2 Beginnings 27
3 The Archetype of the Child 36
The child as original form 37
The lost child 38
The child god 39
4 The Parents 43
The father imago 44
The mother imago 48
The son's enmeshment with the mother 51
The daughter's enmeshment with the mother 54
5 The Hero Task 58
6 Descent/Ascent--Death/Rebirth 70
Catabasis 70
Anabasis 75
7 The Gods 81
8 Psychopathology: What God is Offended Here? 101
9 Our Stories as Our Personal Myth 112
It begins in wonder 113
How did the story get lost? 118
Stories of stories 117
10 The Recovery of Mystery in a Sterile Time 128
Reorganized innocence 136
Active imagination 142
Bibliography 149
Index 153
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