Edge of the Sacred: Jung, Psyche, Earth

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Daimon, 2009 - Nature - 220 pages
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Does the earth have a spirit or soul? Science and rationality have not taught us how to love or care for the earth. The mythic bonds to nature, such as those found in Aboriginal Australian cultures, appear to have real survival value because they bind us to the earth in a meaningful way. When these bonds are destroyed by excessive rationality or a collapse of cultural mythology, we are left alone, outside the community of nature and in an alienated state. Jung was one of the first thinkers of our time to consider the psychic influence of the earth and the conditioning of the mind by place. Inspired by his writings and those of James Hillman, the field of eco-psychology has arisen as a powerful new area of inquiry. Edge of the Sacred: Jung, Psyche, Earth contributes to global eco-psychology from an Australian perspective.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
The Sacred From Below The Earthly Spirit of Our Time
9
Mind and Earth Psychic Influence Beneath the Surface
19
The Primitive Within Colonization in Reverse
33
Going Native in Islamic North Africa Danger and Opportunity
48
Towards the Dreaming Place A Memoir
58
Descent into the Unconscious
77
The Need for Sacrifice
98
On Not Crossing the Gap
113
Relaxing Barriers Admitting the Other
124
Entering the Dream of Nature
145
Holy Ground and Creation Spirituality
166
Conclusion Tracking the Sacred
186
Bibliography
208
Index
217
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Dr. David Tacey is the author of eight books, including Jung and the New Age, The Spirituality Revolution, and How to Read Jung. He was born in Melbourne and raised in Alice Springs, central Australia. It was here that he was influenced by Aboriginal cultures and their religion and cosmology. After completing a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide, Tacey was a Harkness Fellow in the United States, where James Hillman supervised his studies.

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