Healing the Wounded God: Finding Your Personal Guide to Individuation and Beyond

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Nicolas-Hays, 2002 - Psychology - 238 pages
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Through their work with their clients, their own experiences, and studies in myth, mysticism, and alchemy, the authors have traced the emergence of a new spiritual paradigm in which the divine seeks wholeness through and with us. Many of us are having experiences that bring us in contact with a being who seems to exist independently in the realm beyond the psyche, or what the authors term "the psychoid." This being, the ally, challenges and helps us along our way to individuation. The ally represents our divine counterpart and works with us, if we are willing, to help heal the schism between and within the divine and us. The authors show us how to contact and consciously enter into a relationship with the ally through our dreams and by employing what C. G. Jung termed "active imagination." When we work with the ally to transform ourselves, the divine transforms as well, all three elements co-creating a whole being. The authors explore the ally's parallels in mystical traditions such as Sufism and alchemy, and how the ally differs from angelic beings. They also present an exciting new view of various creation myths, revealing that salvation exists beyond the "vault of heaven" for God and human alike.

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Jeffrey Raff received his B.A. from Bates College, a Master's in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Union Graduate School. He graduated as a diplomate from the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He has had a private practice in Littleton, Colorado, since 1976, and teaches classes, seminars, and workshops on Jungian psychology and alchemy all over the country.

Linda Bonnington Vocatura received her BS with honors in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Denver. She studied with the Inter-Regional Society of Jung in Denver, Colorado from 1981 to 1985. Her private practice of 21 years focused on spiritual evolution beyond individuation. The practice was dissolved because of her progressive health problems from an unexpected, rare heart disease. Vocatura co-authored Healing the Wounded God and has presented workshops for both national and local groups on dreams, active imagination, and the ally.

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