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Solar Light, Lunar Light: Perspectives in Human Consciousness Paperback – April 13, 2012
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Howard Teich has discovered a brilliantly simple and invaluable way of helping men and women move towards wholeness and healing. With vivid examples from his therapeutic practice and from his own life, Solar Light, Lunar Light presents Teich's pioneering development of the solar/lunar polarity, and his sharp distinction of this from the masculine/feminine polarity with which it has long been uncritically and often destructively conflated. Recognizing this distinction, and moving towards a deep integration and rebalancing of the solar and lunar principles, represents a crucial task not only for every individual but for our civilization. --Richard Tarnas, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, Author of The Passion of the Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche
This is a significant, life changing book. Howard Teich's work is crucial to understanding and healing the damage our rigid ideas of gender have done to us all, women and men alike. This is a book that can change how you see every problem you encounter and point you toward deeper more creative responses. Here is a psychology that has the potential of restoring us all and our world to wholeness. ---Susan Griffin, author of A Chorus of Stones and Woman and Nature
The perception that masculine and feminine traits represent oppositional forces has contributed to a long history of personal and cultural dysfunctions. Through a skillful interweaving of modern psychology, mythology and ancient history, Howard Teich, PhD offers a thought provoking thesis that these polarizing traits are actually cooperative partners in evolution s dynamic dance. Solar Light, Lunar Light is a healing journey that encourages readers to transcend misperceived limitations so that we may write a new empowering chapter in human evolution. --Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., Cell biologist and bestselling author of The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles
About the Author
Howard Teich, Ph.D. is a psychologist and consultant who lives and works in San Francisco, California. In addition to his private psychology practice for over 40 years, he has taught at the University of California, the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sonoma State University, and the Esalen Institute. His writings have appeared in publications such as "Chrysalis," "Parabola," "San Francisco Jung Institute Journal," and "Noetic Science Review," and have been included in several anthologies, including "Use of Comparative Mythology: Essays on the Work of Joseph Campbell." His seminal work defining solar and lunar psychology is described at length in John Beebe’s book "Integrity in Depth."
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Just heard the author speak at the Jungian center last week and bought his book. Am loving it. The first thing it does is gives permission for Men to NOT live on Mars and Women to NOT live on Venus! These stereotypes that have dominated couples and relationship "experts" over the past 10 years have been a major step backward to helping men and women see each other clearly.
As the author states, both and men and women embody the lunar and solar. It's not either/or----- Rather it's BOTH!!!
And the extent to which both sexes can incorporate both the lunar and solar archetypes into their lives, they will be happier and more fulfilled in their relationships.
The problem is that our culture wants "MEN TO BE MEN AND WOMEN TO BE WOMEN," WHEN OBVIOUSLY THIS IS NOT WORKING. No one is happy with these polarities!
We can only understand the "opposite" sex when we realize they are NOT OPPOSITE!. Rather, they are a reflection of ourselves -- becoming balanced and actuating both the Lunar and the Solar will be the key to not only resolving relationship conflicts, but to end world strife.
This work is ground-breaking!!!
Read it - do it - teach it - and give the book to your friends!
(I have no affiliation with the book nor it's author.)
Dr Randy Martin, OMD