This collection of papers is inspired by the themes evoked by the image of the phoenix and by Jung’s travels to the USA, India and Africa in the 1920s and 1930s. The international selection of contributors explore ideas that range from the cultural complex to the trickster archetype, life and death, and the experiences of indigenous communities in the modern world. They use images, literature, film, clinical and personal accounts in their examinations of the psyche and its relation to contemporary society. The book features a strong editorial framework, locating each chapter within current academic discourse, and as a whole presents a unique exploration of this key area of Jung’s work.
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Jungian Perspectives on Rebirth and Renewal brings together an international selection of contributors on the themes of rebirth and renewal. With their emphasis on evolutionary ancestral memories, creation myths and dreams, the chapters in this collection explore the indigenous and primordial bases of these concepts.
Presented in eight parts, the book elucidates the importance of indirect, associative, mythological thinking within Jungian psychology and the efficacy of working with images as symbols to access unconscious creative processes.
- Part 1 begins with a comparative study of the significance of the phoenix as symbol, including its image as Jung’s family crest.
- Part 2 focuses on Native American indigenous beliefs about the transformative power of nature.
- Part 3 examines synchronistic symbols as liminal place/space, where the relationship between the psyche and place enables a co-evolution of the psyche of the land.
- Part 4 presents Jung’s travels in India and the spiritual influence of Indian indigenous beliefs had on his work.
- Part 5 expands on the rebirth of the feminine as a dynamic, independent force.
- Part 6 analyses ancestral memories evoked by the phoenix image, exploring archetypal narratives of infancy.
- Part 7 focuses on eco-psychological, synchronistic carriers of death, rebirth and renewal through mythic characterisations.
- Finally, part 8 explores mytho-poetic, visionary dimensions of rebirth and renewal that give literary expression to indigenous people/primordial psyche re-navigated through popular literature.
The chapters both mirror and synchronise a rebirth of Jungian and non-Jungian academic interest in indigenous peoples, creation myths, oral traditions and narrative dialogue as the ‘primordial psyche’ worldwide, and the book includes one chapter supplemented by an online video.
This collection will be inspiring reading for academics and students of analytical psychology, Jungian and post-Jungian studies and mythology, as well as analytical psychologists, Jungian analysts and Jungian psychotherapists.
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