Jung and Steiner: The Birth of a New Psychology
A series of extraordinary questions begin to hover when we consider C.G. Jung and Rudolf Steiner together.
What is the relationship between their views of psychology?
How can we compare their views on evil, East and West, life after death, technology, clairvoyance, the Christ, alchemy, spiritual practice?
Is Jung’s individuation process the same as Steiner’s development of individuality?
How does the Jung’s Self relate to Steiner’s “I”?
To answer these questions, Gerhard Wehr—an anthroposophist and Jung biographer, as well as author of books on the Western spiritual tradition—visualizes Jung and Steiner and the essential elements of their thinking together. This opens us to new insights and forms a basis for a spiritual psychology that integrates both approaches.
Wehr’s skilled and articulate understanding of Jung and Steiner takes us into many themes. He clarifies the difference between soul consciousness and spiritual consciousness. He shows how meditation relates to the image work of the soul; and he compares the soul and spiritual views of sexuality.
The author also considers the Grail stream as a way of uniting Jung and Steiner. He discusses the significance of a therapeutic perspective large enough to address the cultural problems of our time. By approaching two such important worldviews with depth, they are enlarged, strengthened, and revitalized. If taken to heart, this work can free both spiritual science of Steiner and the analytic psychology of Jung from the dangers of dogmatism.
This work marks a significant step toward genuine spiritual psychology.
C O N T E N T S:
Foreword by Robert Sardello
1. Introducing the Problem
2. A Biographical Comparison
3. Jung’s Psychology of the Unconscious and Steiner’s Lectures on Psychology
4. Spiritual Backgrounds
5. Two Images of the Human Being
6. Steiner’s “Second Self” and the Unconscious
7. Natural Science as a Starting Point
8. Forms of Consciousness
9. Soul and Spirit
10. Initiation and Individuation
11. Contrasts and Similarities in East and West
12. Allegations of Gnosticism
1. Mental Health through Spiritual Discipline
2. Evil as Shadow and Double
4. Soul and Spirit Research as Praeambulum Fidei
5. Unus Mundus and the Cosmic Christ
Appendix: The Riddles of the Soul: Depth Psychology and Anthroposophy
by Hans Erhard Lauer
1. The Riddles of the Human Soul in the Light of Depth Psychology
2. The Riddles of the Human Soul in the Light of Anthroposophy
3. Depth Psychology and Anthroposophy
About the Author
Gerhard Wehr was born in Schweinfurt, Germany, in 1931. He is a free-lance author and teaches at the Diakonenschule Rummelsberg in Nuremberg. He is the author of numerous publications in fields such as Christian spirituality, depth psychology, and Anthroposophy. He is also the author of a biography of C.G. Jung.
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