Imaginal Reality: Journey to the Voids

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Karnac Books, Jul 1, 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 207 pages

This book is for everyone. We all yearn for (and do) magic. We just don't let ourselves see it.

Our world is a far wilder, weirder and more mysterious place than we ever admit, yet the magic we perform every day hides beneath the countless explanations we foist onto life. In the face of these convincing yet empty explanations, we displace our hunger for a sense of the magical onto other goals, addictions, and distractions. Left at odds with the very sublimity that animates our every moment, we have turned magic into an exception, a collection of superstitions, a historical backwater, and a cinematic spectacle, rather than the very fabric of life as lived. This book is about recovering the imagination of magic and the magic of imagination.

This, the first of two volumes, introduces the landscape of the imaginal and the existential voids. Through illustrative stories and self-assessment exercises, this book brings the often-obscure language of existentialism, esotericism, and imaginal psychology to life.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1
Casting the Circle
18
Mereness and Magic An Informing Image
33
A First Go at the Central Idea Moving Back to the Moment
40
Peering into the Voids
80
Mystery and Imagination
117
Descent into Madness
140
Creators of Imaginative
197
Index
203
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Aaron B. Daniels teaches clinical psychology at New England College in New Hampshire. He holds degrees from: Baldwin Wallace College (BA); Duquesne University (MA), where he studied existential phenomenology; and Pacifica Graduate Institute (PhD), where his degree emphasized the depth tradition. After working for a decade in private and public practice, he transitioned into academia. His previous two works, Imaginal Reality, Volume One: Journey to the Voids and Imaginal Reality, Volume Two: Voidcraft were both published in 2011. Written with Laura M. Daniels, they are syntheses of imaginal psychology with existential principles.

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