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By Robin van Lõben Sels

How can technological know-how and faith co-exist within the glossy self-discipline of psychotherapy? A Dream on the planet explores the interfaces among non secular event and dream research. on the center of this booklet is a range of desires offered 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 upon with the divine, her "experience of soul". The event reoriented and energized her existence, 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 approach attainable via psychotherapy can come from past the psyche and will now not be defined through our traditional 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 upon, psyche and soul.

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Rivers of imagination and memory, thought and vision, fantasy and dream flow through each of us all the time, bathing the roots of our being, nourishing our vitality, and urging us forward through time and circumstance into our unfolding individual and collective lives. Dreaming captures a broad aspect of what it is to be human; thus we can speak of dream imagery as a kind of universal language, a grammar of the psyche that is, in turn, a grammar of the Word. Decades ago we thought that we dreamed only during the two or three hours of sleep that correlate with REM (rapid-eye-movements).

Jung discovered purposiveness in the psyche itself. He understood this purposiveness to be a principle, by which he meant an inherent tendency implicit in the psyche that strives to undo dissociation and promote THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE 31 further integration. ” Because dreams seem to offer a unique glimpse of this autonomous tendency, they have become a central focus of the work I do. Theologian and novelist Frederick Buechner (1988: 37–8) helps us understand why: Freudians and Jungians, prophets and poets, philosophers, fortune-tellers, and phonies all have their own claims about what dreams mean.

Her conviction did not 28 A DREAM IN THE WORLD happen all at once, and clearly her psychotherapy prepared the ground for it, but there was a moment of breakthrough when the numinous reality of a Feminine Presence penetrated her ordinary awareness and incontrovertibly reshaped her sense of herself. If before Mairi felt soulless and without interiority, now she had a soul, for soul took up residence in her deepest parts. If we are to reclaim territory for the soul in psychotherapy—something which Mairi’s experience taught me is important—we may need to reenvision the realm of human interiority in terms of certain dimensions of consciousness that are not accountable through our usual senses or ways of knowing.

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