By Dale Mathers
Alchemical symbols are a part of pop culture, so much lately popularised within the Harry Potter books. Alchemy intrigued Carl Jung, the founding father of analytical psychology. It encouraged him as he wrote ‘the purple Book’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He committed a lot of his existence to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious techniques. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the difficulty of alchemy within the consulting room and its software to social and political matters. This publication argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - clinical materialism - and for the invention of religious meaning.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:
‘Alchemy and meaning’ - seems on the historical past of alchemy, fairly the logo of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing relationship.
'The symbolic attitude’ - explores operating with desires, fairytales, astrology and the physique: every one of that's a symbolic language.
‘The spirit and the typical world’ - discusses the idea that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the magical elements of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of image formation.
‘Clinical Applications’ - exhibits alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender id, in anorexia and in ‘social healing’ - atonement and restorative justice - which follow the belief of the coniunctio.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with medical examples, alchemical photos and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an artistic paintings and a technological know-how. Bringing jointly members from a variety of disciplines, Dale Mathers and participants convey that remedy is either paintings and technology, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their learn is their inventive engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy could be a worthy source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and artistic, art-based cures and for inventive practitioners (in movie, literature and appearing arts) who draw on Jung’s principles.
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Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) was known for his work on comparative mythology. He described this mythological adventure of the hero as following a speciﬁc pattern that is reﬂected in initiation rites: A hero ventures forth from a world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. (Campbell, 1973, p. 30) Examples of this mythologem are found in the traditions and stories of all peoples and cultures throughout human history.
It gave a vast amount of information about early Gnostic thinking and theology. This was largely unknown to Jung; most of his work was done before this discovery. In his forward to the second edition of his commentary on, ‘the Secret of the Golden Flower’, he pointed out he had depended upon Christian opponents of Gnosticism for information (CW 13, p. iii). There is no doubt he considered alchemy more important than Gnosticism as a preﬁguration of his psychology; the entire Collected Works contain only one small essay on Gnosticism where he discussed its parallels with alchemy: the Gnostics were too remote for me to establish any link with them in regard to the questions that were confronting me.
Some commentators have found the verse mystifying and various meanings have been suggested. However, a symbolic interpretation might be, ‘the stone that the builders rejected was the stone chosen as the best of all the stones for the highest possible honour of being the chief cornerstone of the Temple’. This may be compared to the story of Cinderella, the rejected sister but the one chosen at the end of the tale to marry the prince. Many myths and fairytales contain these same elements. Another is referred to by Marie Louise von Franz: In a beautiful and well-known Russian fairy tale the story of a king and his three sons is told.
Alchemy and Psychotherapy: Post-Jungian Perspectives by Dale Mathers