A Dream in the World: Poetics of Soul in Two Women, Modern by Robin van Lõben Sels

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By Robin van Lõben Sels

How can technology and faith co-exist within the glossy self-discipline of psychotherapy? A Dream on this planet explores the interfaces among spiritual event and dream research. on the middle of this ebook is a range of desires provided by way of the author's sufferer in the course of research, that are in comparison with the goals of Hadewijch, a 13th century lady mystic. The patient's goals led the fashionable lady to an unanticipated leap forward come across with the divine, her "experience of soul". The event reoriented and energized her lifestyles, and have become her "dream-in-the-world". Following Jung's concept that the psyche has a non secular intuition, Robin van Loben Sels demonstrates that the therapeutic technique attainable via psychotherapy can come from past the psyche and will no longer be defined via our ordinary theories of clinical psychology.Written in flowing, easily-read language A Dream on the planet information a classical Jungian research of a woman's desires, and searches the connection among non secular come across, psyche and soul.

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CW5:253) Our contemporary narcissism is further challenged if we are asked to embrace our own inferiority and limitation by loving a greater or higher reality. Obedience to the First Commandment, “To love the Lord thy God with all thy soul and all thy heart and all thy might” is no longer easy to conceive of, let alone follow, in today’s enlightened culture where we are fathoming the mysteries of the human genome and are on the threshold of cloning human beings. Everything miraculous seems man-made.

In time this dual unity gives way to hate (as the mother separates) and eventually to integration, in which the child develops a capacity for feeling both love and hate (ambivalence) towards the object who survives this destruction out of its own resources. The infant reaches the “depressive” position, which is a hallmark of personalisation. During the period of maternal preoccupation leading to personalisation, Winnicott says that the mother is continually “introducing and reintroducing the baby’s mind and body to each other” (Winnicott 1970:271).

All three “developmental” milestones have to do with an evolving tolerance for the reality of Otherness and with the mastery of those fears and anxieties that prevent us from loving and relating to a world of reality outside of our own (inner) assumptions about it. Psychologically speaking, this Otherness comes to us (1) inwardly, as revelation, and (2) outwardly, as discovery. But Otherness is numinous, and the capacity to maintain the tension between inward revelation (dream and experience) and outward discovery (world and experience) requires mediation.

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