Alchemical Psychology: Old Recipes for Living in a New World

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Penguin, Mar 4, 2002 - Psychology - 384 pages
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Alchemical practices have been reborn in our contemporary world under the rubric of Jungianism, transpersonal psychology, or depth psychology. But in Alchemical Psychology, Thom F. Cavalli, Ph.D., takes us directly to the sourceand on a wonderful adventure into the true nature of our hearts and minds.

In a book that sparkles with verve, life, and practicality, Dr. Cavalli explains how alchemy was one of humankind’s earliest efforts to transform the nature of consciousness. What little-known or underground arts did alchemists practice in pursuit of self-transformationand how can they enrich us today?

Using the same practices that he employs with patients, Dr. Cavalli offers readers a plethora of personal exercises that, among other things, enables them to “type” themselves according to ancient alchemical identifiers of nature and personality. He then provides practices that can help free them from the grip of familiar problems and foster true personal growth.

Beautifully illustrated with medieval prints from the alchemical tradition, Alchemical Psychology gives readers both a richer understanding of their own natures and of the traditions on which many of our modern therapies are based.

 

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This ambitious book seeks to cover the history of the art of alchemy and its current use, both as a study in itself and as a counterpart/forerunner to today's science of psychology. Psychologist ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT IS ALCHEMY?
TOWARD A DEFINITION
THE ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ALCHEMY
INDIVIDUATING CONSCIOUSNESS
HEALING AND IMAGINATION
COMING TO TERMS
IMAGINATIO
AN EXAMPLE OF THE REAL SELF
DREAMING
WORKING
SHADOW
PURITY
SURRENDER
REUNION
CHANGE
INSIGHT

THE FOUR CORNERS OF PERSONALITY
BECOMING WHOLE
THE ROYAL ART
THE MYTH OF ALCHEMYS DECLINE
A NEW WORLD
DIRECTIONS FOR PERSONAL USE
WHATS IN A NAME?
IRON
SECRETS
KEEPING A SECRET
BEING OF SOUND MIND
THE POWER OF WORDS TO HEAL
GOOD VIBRATIONS
PRESCRIPTIONS
ELEMENTS AND ELEMENTALS
THE SECRETS OF METALS
COURSING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE
TRICKSTERS BETWIXTN BETWEEN
THE TRUTH IS IN HERE
STAGES
THE FORCES OF NATURE
THE OPERATIONS
CAUTIONS FOR USE
CIRCULATION THROUGH THE ELEMENTS
AIR
WATER
EARTH
FIRE
LIFE CYCLESTURNING OUT THE INDIVIDUATED SELF
FOR BEST RESULTS
GOLDEN RULES
INITIATION
FEELINGS
OF GOD AND HUMANS
MAKING MIRACLES MAKING MISTAKES
GODS RECIPE
DOUBT AND DESIRE
USE ONLY AS DIRECTED
ALCHEMICAL PRACTICE
WHAT THE HEART KNOWS
CONCLUSION
NOTES ON THE IMAGES
IMAGE FOR CHAPTER 1 PAGE 15
IMAGE FOR CHAPTER 4 PAGE 79
IMAGE FOR CHAPTER 6 PAGE 133
IMAGE FOR CHAPTER 8 PAGE 191
IMAGE FOR THE THIRD RECIPE PAGE 214
IMAGE FOR THE FIFTH RECIPE PAGE 232
IMAGE FOR THE SEVENTH RECIPE PAGE 248
IMAGE FOR THE NINTH RECIPE PAGE 270
IMAGE FOR CHAPTER 9 PAGE 289
CLOSING IMAGE PAGE 323
NOTES ON THE TEN RECIPES
THE FOURTH RECIPE
THE NINTH RECIPE
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
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Thom F. Cavalli, Ph.D., is licensed as a psychologist, a marriage, family, and child therapist, and a Qualified Medical Examiner. In addition to his twenty years of private practice, he has conducted many seminars and workshops for community agencies, industry, and private organizations. He lives in Tustin, California.

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