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The Earth Has a Soul: C.G. Jung on Nature, Technology & Modern Life [Paperback]

C. G. Jung , Meredith Sabini , Joseph Henderson M.D.
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May 28, 2002 1556433794 978-1556433795 1
While never losing sight of the rational, cultured mind, Jung speaks for the natural mind, source of the evolutionary experience and accumulated wisdom of our species. Through his own example, Jung shows how healing our own living connection with Nature contributes to the whole.

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"In the excellent choices of Jung's writings presented here, he shows us what we have lost and how we might find it again."—Joseph L. Henderson, M.D.

About the Author

Editor Meredith Sabini, M.A., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, teacher, and author. She is Director of Depth Psychology Programs, a continuing education providership in Berkeley, California, which specializes in dream seminars and self-care retreats for healing arts professionals.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (May 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556433794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556433795
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology (also known as Jungian psychology). Jung's radical approach to psychology has been influential in the field of depth psychology and in counter-cultural movements across the globe. Jung is considered as the first modern psychologist to state that the human psyche is "by nature religious" and to explore it in depth. His many major works include "Analytic Psychology: Its Theory and Practice," "Man and His Symbols," "Memories, Dreams, Reflections," "The Collected Works of Carl G. Jung," and "The Red Book."

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing collection September 18, 2005
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I wished for years to see what Jung wrote about the natural world and our relationship with it in one volume that would spare me the hassle of going through the Index to the entire Collected Works. This is that book. Check out the Table of Contents (click on the book logo above to see it) to get an idea of how clearly organized this book is. I use it in graduate courses for Jung and ecopsych students. Highly recommended.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent application of Jung to Nature May 5, 2003
Ms Sabini affectively organized Carl Gustav Jung's thoughts and reflections on Nature and Man. It is insightfully edited and gives an excellent view of Jung's thoughts on mans separation from Nature and our own roots.
A good read that is not "rough slogging" like some Jung texts. Highly recommend.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The door opens inward March 16, 2010
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You wouldn't think that we'd need to read about the Earth having a soul. You'd think it would be obvious to us when we step outside and encounter sky, water, flora and fauna. Dr. Jung says, "Sometimes a tree tells you more than can be read in books." This is true, but as he also explains, the development of consciousness caused an estrangement between the modern mind and the Earth, and most of us no longer understand the language of Nature. In addition to this communication breakdown, many of us step outside only to encounter soulless suburban enclaves or cityscapes of cement, glass, steel. So we are also physically and psychologically removed from essential connections.

Dr. Jung was one of our "wise old men" and whether you agree with his findings or not, thinking about them will broaden your perspectives immensely. His approach--that the door to knowledge always opens inward--is not for everyone, and his language is not always crystal-clear. In some of his books, I've found myself floundering--not for lack of interest, but because of an often impenetrable density. (I have discovered that Marie Louise Von Franz is very good at decoding and clarifying his work.) However, the quotes in this book are well-chosen for easy access to Dr. Jung's sometimes difficult thoughts, and each selection is clearly referenced so that you know where to look if you want to read further.

Jung's respect and devotion for the Earth are evident on every page, but this isn't ecological finger-wagging about Man's folly in pursuit of wealth, warfare and technology. It's about understanding why we do what we do, and correcting existing imbalances.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time June 22, 2006
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I think this is a good collection of Jung's thoughts on nature. While I don't always agree with what he says, I found many of his words to be prophetic. In fact, some passages predicting the future are downright eerie.

It is much easier to buy this book than to sift through the collective writings of Jung for this information. This text reveals both the optimistic Jung and the shadow side of his relationship to nature.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
This book is in effect a redaction - a drawing together from multiple sources - of Jung's work on nature, the human psyche, and the challenges both face in advanced modernity and the imperative it poses of recovering spirituality. Jung's views remain cutting edge for our times, and here Sabini has drawn not just from his collected works, but also from obscure seminars and letters to present material that will be both well-known and new to many Jungian scholars.

I use the expression "redaction" rather than merely "anthology" because the care with which Sabini has gathered and themed her material makes the chapters flow as if one is reading a new work by Jung. I was overwhelmed by its richness and its relevance to modern times - especially as a scholar working with colleagues who are exploring the ontology of the Celtic psyche, and in the case of some of us, relating that to the Gaelic/Celtic/Scottish communities in which we grew up. Jung's observations of primal societies in my view shed vital light on the self-understanding of what it can mean to be indigenous in the modern world, and Sabini's redaction brings all this together in ways that make a powerful contribution to ecopsychology and cultural studies.

This is clearly a work of love ... whoever Meredith Sabini is, she understands the importance of what was hidden in Jungian archives for our times ... and she has rendered it accessible in this beautifully produced volume.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming our way back home August 20, 2012
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Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) was born in Kesswil, Switzerland, a wee lakeside hamlet that had changed little since the Middle Ages. His rustic upbringing gave him the gift of intimate contact with the natural world, a profound source of meaning for him: "Every stone, every plant, every single thing seemed alive and indescribably marvelous." Like his mother, Jung had the ability to access his archaic mind. He had an old soul that was intimately connected with all living creatures, and to the world of dreams. This gave him the unusual ability to observe people and events with extreme clarity, as they truly were.

From the sweet pinnacle of a tranquil, wholesome childhood, the rest of his life was a stunning downhill plunge, as the civilized world fell into ever-growing chaos and catastrophe -- rapid industrialization, urbanization, population explosion, two world wars, mustard gas, atomic bombs, holocaust, the rise and fall of Hitler and Stalin. It was an excellent time to become a famous psychiatrist, because this new reality was a steaming cauldron of intense insanity.

Jung provided the world with a new model for understanding the mind. For almost the entire human journey, we had obeyed the laws of nature, like all other animals did. But with the emergence of domestication and civilization, we began violating the laws of life, snatching away some of nature's power -- power that did not belong to us. This cosmic offense created a break that shifted us onto a path of suffering. The gods are now punishing us for our immature and disrespectful impulses.

Jung left behind a huge body of writings, most of which are of little interest to general readers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars As You Discover Your Own Soul... begin to appreciate the souls in everything around you -- and they're not simply projections. They're real, independent, conscious entities. Through his writing, C.G. Read more
Published 12 days ago by A. Morgenstern
5.0 out of 5 stars +++ Getting to Know The Real Jung +++
This book reveals the real and very human Jung. In it one can see that his not is at all a coldly scientific mind. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth M. Kehoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those looking for a understanding of how we are...
I have enjoyed the reading so far and will continue reading it in the future. I have added to my collections of other books concerning Jung. Read more
Published 2 months ago by No Chance
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, Of Course
This is a marvelous book about a marvelous man whom I respect and love, it will remain in my library as one of my most favorite books and reference material - I recommend it to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jolene P Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars purchased for husband who loves the book
Purchased for my husband - he loves it I personally did not read the book myself so I have nothing more to say
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars In Jung's own words.
The well edited work of a master. This collection of passages from Jung's body of works, reads like a seamless book by the author.
Published 4 months ago by Ana M. Negron
5.0 out of 5 stars I savored every word
It took me 6 months to read this book. I read it slowly and paused a lot to reflect upon the depth of Jung's messages. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Wise guy...
He just exposes the facts in his life as he sees them. No colorful additions are added, the facts are plain and straight forward. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maria J. Gómez-calvo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Ordered this as a gift for a friend. Particularly love the writings on 'silence.' So true in our present society.
Published 6 months ago by Dana D.
5.0 out of 5 stars a common thread runs through it.
a methodical and beautifully crafted book which left me feeling I might have actually visited with the man. truly amazing work.
Published 7 months ago by bullet
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