In Radical Hope and the Healing Power of Illness, Jungian analyst Bud Harris, Ph.D., helps readers examine the emotional impact of illness and the life lessons, self-knowledge, and freedom that coping with difficult circumstances can provide.
Jungian psychology teaches that illnesses and problems can help people grow—to move beyond “normal” existence and the myth of “the good life.” Harris guides readers toward a transformation in thinking—to a more wholistic, authentic way to process the emotional effects and the deeper meanings of illness. This guide’s goal is not to “fix” sufferers or ignore and bury their emotional challenges. Rather, it leads them through a step-by-step process aimed at letting hardship open their minds and hearts to the possibilities of life, uncover inner strength, and become their own authentic selves.
Along the journey, Harris provides guideposts—checkpoints that help readers examine their reactions to what they’ve been learning and apply the concepts to their own lives.
Because physical illness has a heartfelt effect on the patient’s entire support network, loved ones, caregivers, and medical practitioners can also use this guide to connect with, better understand, and impactfully process illness and loss—toward a renewed, reenergized outlook on life.
This whole journey that I am presenting in Radical Hope is directed toward us finding meaning and individuation through our illnesses. It is choosing the path of being a seeker. It is a radical perspective that brings radical hope, as we learn to understand that individuation itself is a radical series of transformations.
As we realize that initiation is the rite of dying to an old life and being born into a new one, we see that illness, as an initiation, initiates us continually into knowing what it means to become more fully human. And becoming more fully human initiates us into becoming truly spiritual.
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About the Author
Bud Harris, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst and author. After stepping back from a successful corporate career, Bud chose to earn his Ph.D. in psychology, and practice as a psychotherapist and psychologist. Later he experienced the call to further his growth and become a Jungian analyst. So he moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where he trained for over five years and graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute. Bud writes and teaches with his wife, Massimilla Harris, Ph.D., and both practice as Jungian analysts in Asheville, North Carolina. Bud is the author of thirteen reader-friendly, informative, and inspiring books. www.budharris.com
Table of Contents
The Meaning of Radical Hope
The Body, Mind, Spirit Connection to Healing
Beyond Normal: Transformation After Acceptance
The Power of Choosing Life
A Wholistic, Integrated Approach
The Journey Into Sacred Space
Response to Pain: The Measure of the Human Spirit
Reclaiming and Revitalizing Our Unlived Lives
Searching for Meaning
Trusting the Process in the Quest for Life
Answering the Call for A Fulfilling Destiny
The Journey to a Place Beyond Normal
Commitment to the Journey Manifests Support
Full Engagement: Freeing the Master
The Road of Trials
The Approach to the Innermost Temple
The Turning Point:
Listening to the Burning Bush
The Return: New Life and Perspective
Our Own Love Story: Choosing Life
A Sacred Journey: The Art of Self-Creation
Proper Questions to Ask
The Healing Wisdom of Dreams
Journaling to Understanding
Rituals As Stepping Stones
Conclusion: The Light In the Dark