Dark Light: The Appearance of Death in Everyday Life / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- State University of New York Press
Reveals the effects of the cultural unconscious or "world soul" in human experience.
Dark Light is about seeing the world through imagination and stimulating our imagination about the world. It provides an imaginative account of how our daily lives are lived through us by larger forms and forces. The book reveals how these forms and forces play out in such ordinary experiences as ball games, television, relationships, violence, and race relations. In presenting the psychological and spiritual significance of death, Schenk details how our imaginations can help to reveal the soul, and allow us to live deeper lives. He puts forth three main ideas: (1) our everyday lives are shaped by patterns and images that link ordinary existence with the world of myth and spirit; (2) we can become aware of these patterns in our day-to-day experience by utilizing our imagination; (3) because the mysterious mythic elements usually work against our conscious ambitions and intentions, they may be felt as a sort of “death” while actually deepening our experience. In other words, while our will moves us toward one goal, larger, more mysterious influences take us in different directions. Accepting our life experiences imaginatively as psychological events affords us the opportunity to live our lives from a deeper place.
About the Author
Ronald Schenk is a Jungian Analyst and the author of The Soul of Beauty: Toward a Psychology of Appearance.
Table of Contents
|List of Figures||ix|
|Nosing the Face: An Introduction||1|
|Part 1||Death as Beauty|
|1.||Beauty as Healer||7|
|2.||Beauty as Appearance||21|
|Part 2||Death as Invisible|
|3.||Ball/Play: The Soul of Game||35|
|4.||Spirit in the Tube: The Life of Television||51|
|Part 3||Death as Experience|
|5.||Fathers and Sons: The Perpetual Circling Storm||71|
|6.||The Torture of Relationship/The Rites of Marriage||93|
|Part 4||Death as Visible|
|7.||The Necessity of Violence||117|
|8.||The Soul of Race/The Heart of Color||139|
|Epilogue: The Four Myths of OJ/The Day of Di||151|