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The Earth Has a Soul: C.G. Jung on Nature, Technology & Modern Life 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
A good read that is not "rough slogging" like some Jung texts. Highly recommend.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is such a wonderful collection by Carl Jung. Loved it, used his deep wisdom to help me with my eco-psychology capstone paper! C. Read morePublished 26 days ago by L.AnneP.
There is alot of negative things written about C.G. Jung. I was ecstatic to get this book and read more about his connection with the natural world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stacey
Deep, detailed and so relevant for what we are facing today....highly recommend this book..Published 5 months ago by JMD
A very good read. I enjoy learning new perspectives to my own and growing from this new knowledge.Published 10 months ago by sarah
A book that reminds me all over again that C. G. Jung is perhaps the most brilliant mind of our time.Published on July 20, 2014 by Barbara Knott
...you 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 morePublished on July 1, 2014 by A. Morgenstern
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 morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Kenneth M. Kehoe