Jung's Psychology as a Spiritual Practice and Way of Life: A Dialogue
- Publish Date: 2002-12-13
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: William D. Geoghegan;Kevin L. Stoehr
Jung's Psychology as a Spiritual Practice and Way of Life considers the pioneering depth-psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, primarily as a sage of world-class stature. The authors focus on Jung as an archetypal wisdom teacher, in three important respects: (1) in the post-modern West, primarily in interaction with Friedrich Nietzsche and his Thus Spake Zarathustra and also with theologian Paul Tillich and Zen master Karlfried Graf Drckheim; (2) in his deep spiritual kinship with the timeless universality of Lao-tze and his classic The Tao Te Ching; and (3) in consideration of the future prospects of Jung's psychology in mind/body medicine, especially neuroscience, and in dialogue with quantum speculation.This book contends that Jung's psychology is not primarily a form of psychotherapy in the conventional sense but essentially a dynamic religious philosophical system constituting a spiritual practice and way of life. The dialogue format suggests not only Jung's own dialogue or confrontation with the Unconscious but also his generally unacknowledged spiritual affinity with the central Western philosophical tradition, a tradition stemming from Socrates and Plato and their devotion to the task of living the questions.