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 Durckheim; (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."
William D. Geoghegan is Professor of Religion, Emeritus, Bowdoin College, Maine. Kevin L. Stoehr is Assistant Professor of Humanities, College of General Studies, Boston University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Ultimate Concern Chapter 2 The Essence of Spiritedness and the Emergence of a New Spirituality: On the Spiritual Problem of Our Time: Introduction: Living the Questions; Self-Realization and the Influence of Hegel; The Spiritual Problem of Our Age: Nietzsche and Nihilism; Nie Chapter 3 Exploring the Mystery of Timelessness: Jung and Lao-Tzu: Prologue: "Crazy Time"; Introduction: Holism and Numinosity; The Paradoxical and Holistic Nature of the Tao; The Complementarity of Yin-Yang; The Tao-Shih and Te; Meaning, Me Chapter 4 Epilogue: The Future of Jung's Psychology Chapter 5 Endnotes Chapter 6 Works Cited Chapter 7 About the Contributors