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Ecstasy: Understanding the Psychology of Joyby Robert A Johnson
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The loss of ecstasy is one of the greatest tragedies of Western culture. We no longer know how to experience true ecstasy and the transformation it brings. By desperately seeking the mere physical expressions of joy, we remain unfulfilled and imbalanced. Here noted author and Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson explains the nature of ecstasy and shows us how to reconnect with the ecstatic element that lies dormant within us.
Tracing the rise and fall of the ancient Dionysian cults, Johnson dramatizes the loss of ecstasy in our culture. Dionysus, half-mortal, half-god, symbolizes the irrational world of the senses. "Dionysus embodies the continual, unpredictable changes and transmutations of nature," writes Johnson. "To worship Dionysus is to worship the life force."
Johnson penetrates the surface of modern life to the ancient dynamics of our humanity, pointing out practical means for achieving a healthy expression of our true inner selves. He reveals how the Dionysian can be brought back into our lives by exercising Jung's technique of "active imagination." Through dreams, rituals, and celebrations, he shows us how to return to these original life-giving principles and restore harmony to ourselves and our culture.
Robert Johnson, lecturer, Jungian analyst and the bestselling author of He, She, and We, shows how to introduce ecstasy into one's life.
The bestselling author of He and She reveals how understanding the Dionysian myth can restore balance, peace, and harmony to our world.
THE RENOWNED JUNGIAN PSYCHOLOGIST AND AUTHOR OF 'TRANSFORMATION' AND 'OWNING YOUR OWN SHADOW' BRINGS THE HIDDEN GIFT OF ECSTASY BACK INTO OUR LIVES.
Robert A. Johnson has taken tens of thousands of readers on spiritual and psychological journeys
Includes bibliographical references (p. -100).
About the Author
Robert A. Johnson, a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst, is also the author of He, She, We, Inner Work, Ecstasy, Transformation, and Owning Your Own Shadow.
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