Dark Light: The Appearance of Death in Everyday Life

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SUNY Press, 2001 - Psychology - 180 pages
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Dark Light is about seeing the world through imagination and stimulating our imagination about the world. It provides an imaginative account of how our daily lives are lived through us by larger forms and forces. The book reveals how these forms and forces play out in such ordinary experiences as ball games, television, relationships, violence, and race relations. In presenting the psychological and spiritual significance of death, Schenk details how our imaginations can help to reveal the soul, and allow us to live deeper lives. He puts forth three main ideas: (1) our everyday lives are shaped by patterns and images that link ordinary existence with the world of myth and spirit; (2) we can become aware of these patterns in our day-to-day experience by utilizing our imagination; (3) because the mysterious mythic elements usually work against our conscious ambitions and intentions, they may be felt as a sort of “death” while actually deepening our experience. In other words, while our will moves us toward one goal, larger, more mysterious influences take us in different directions. Accepting our life experiences imaginatively as psychological events affords us the opportunity to live our lives from a deeper place.
 

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Contents

Beauty as Healer
7
Beauty as Appearance
21
BallPlay The Soul of Game
35
Spirit in the Tube The Life of Television
51
Fathers and Sons The Perpetual Circling Storm
71
The Torture of RelationshipThe Rites of Marriage
93
The Necessity of Violence
117
The Soul of RaceThe Heart of Color
139
The Four Myths of OJThe Day of Di
151
NOTES
157
BIBLIOGRAPHY
161
SUBJECT INDEX
177
NAME INDEX
179
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Ronald Schenk is a Jungian Analyst and the author of The Soul of Beauty: Toward a Psychology of Appearance.

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