- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Energy Psychology Press; 3 edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160415036X
- ISBN-13: 978-1604150360
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Personal Mythology: Using Ritual, Dreams, and Imagination to Discover Your Inner Story Paperback – January 1, 2009
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Feinstein and Krippner highlight a modern dilemma that too few people have fully grappled with: we live at a time of numerous competing mythologies, or psychologically constructed realities, and we are each charged with the awesome responsibility of becoming aware of and/or creating our own "personal mythology." They also point out that the continuing existence of our planet may depend upon our ability to rise to this task. They use creative exercises and methods of writing down what you perceive as the guiding myths of your parents and grandparents, journeying with guided visualization, work with our "Inner Shaman", rituals, storytelling/writing, dreamwork, creation of a "Personal Shield" of symbols, finding and locating a "Power Object" to help people begin what is truly a journey of the Soul.
This is a good book for the beginner on this path of discovering what his/her unconscious mythology is, and then beginning to intentionally pursue a CONSCIOUS and chosen mythology instead. HOwever the more experienced journeyer along the path of personal mythology will find this book too elementary, and would probably do better to explore more deeply within Jungian-archetypal psychology, and within the realm of his/her preferred archetypes, symbols, art, music, myth, fairy tale, mystical, Pagan, esoteric mystery tradition, or directly from the divine or the earth herself. ON the other hand, if the experienced journeyer, or any practicing psychotherapist wants a model of a "study plan" to help guide others toward uncovering their own preferred personal mythology, this book could be a good text for that.
From what I can discern, the book evolved from workshops, where the guided reveries were probably quite effective, and in fact, there are companion CD's available for that purpose. However, working strictly from the book, I found the long wordy guided journeys distracting rather than helpful, and it took some careful analysis on my part to discover the essential elements of each one and create a simpler form that allowed me to move forward. Are you prepared to go to this length to use this book effectively? There is certainly gold to be mined from this book, but it requires an additional investment of time or money.