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My favorite authors in the realm of depth psychology

This is just the beginning of my list, but these are some authors I personally find very valuable...

David Abram
Anne Baring
Morris Berman
Jerome Bernstein
Thomas Berry
Joseph Campbell
Craig Chalquist
Wade Davis
Chellis Glendinning
Susan Griffin
Stan Grof
Judith Harris
James Hillman
Derrick Jensen
C.G. Jung
JoAnna Macy Michael Meade
Ralph Metzner
Arnold Mindell
Thomas Moore
Bill Plotkin
Annie Rogers
Robert Romanyshyn
Robert E. Ryan
Meredith Sabini
Robert Sardello
Paul Shepard
C. Michael Smith
Mary Watkins
Terry Tempest Williams
Marion Woodman

Discussion Forum

Books You Recommend to Others Outside the Field of Depth Psychology

Started by Mark Sipowicz. Last reply by Jesse Masterson Mar 8, 2013. 5 Replies

I would love to hear what books have worked well for introducing others to a depth psychological perspective. My own book initiation into the opus of depth would have to be either Hillman and…Continue

CG Jung and St. Teresa of Avila

Started by Alan A. MacKENZIE. Last reply by Alan A. MacKENZIE May 1, 2011. 7 Replies

I was wondering if anyone has come across anyone's writings which looks at Teresa of Avila's spirituality and ties it to any of Jung's theories?  I'm familiar with Clift's book "Jung &…Continue

Living in the Borderlands - by Jerome Bernstein

Started by Bonnie Bright. Last reply by Ruth Martin Apr 16, 2011. 8 Replies

I am currently re-reading this book cover-to-cover. It had a huge impact on me when I first read it a couple of years ago. Bernstein's theory is that Nature is attempting to reconnect with humanity…Continue

Books on Female Shamansim

Started by Bonnie Bright Feb 11, 2011. 0 Replies

I just mentioned a couple of books in the Shamanism group during a discussion on  the history and culture of women shamans and thought I would post them here as well. They are both excellent:"The…Continue

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Comment by steve wood on May 3, 2010 at 11:45am
Gary Snyder : Practice of the Wild
Thomas Berry: The Great Work

and just now I am reading merleau -ponty: The visible and the Invisible and once you get the hang of his language it is pretty interesting.
Comment by John Bowie on May 5, 2010 at 5:52pm
John Searle - Mind: A Brief Introduction (Fundamentals of Philosophy)

it has a particularly different analytical philosophy flavor (it's not poetry) but his Chinese Room thought experiment is perfect for depth psychology, albeit accidentally.
Comment by Bonnie Bright on November 5, 2010 at 1:09pm
Reading a great book right now called "The Way Beyond the Shaman: Birthing a New Earth Consciousness" by Barry Cottrell. Among other things, the author theorizes that the Ice Age was a critical factor in the crystallization of a new form of consciousness among humans, turning our early ancestors inward and away from their former sense of "participation mystique," of being imminently present and connected to nature and the world around them. This is a really great book that goes beyond talking about the basics of shamanism and really applies the deeper reality to our daily lives.
Comment by William den Hertog on December 13, 2010 at 11:54am

The Origin and History of Consciousness - by Erich Neumann

I bought this (years ago) because I was simply attracted by the title. The best buy of my life! It introduced me to a entrely new (for me)  insight in human thinking and feeling based on archetypes, symbols, mythology. It takes you on a journey to discover how the individual psyche finds itself back in the ancient mythologies and how the mythologies are projections of the unconsciousness. Of course all this is very familiar to the members of this Alliance. However I must say I am astonished that Erich Neumann is not mentioned anywhere in these web pages. This book and also his The Place of Creation made me recently go back to the internet for more and voila I landed in this Alliance.

You you'll find lots about Neumann on the internet (of course!) and to see all his books (with utterly tempting titles) go to www.alibris. com. for used books.

Sorry if this is all 'old hat' for you. I'm only a chemist! (by the way here is a little humour - a true story:  I have a degree in Theoretical Chemistry. My colleagues at my university college were only too willing to explain the meaning: that I was a chemist in theory (only). (Just nasty jealousy I bet.)

Comment by Bonnie Bright on December 13, 2010 at 12:15pm

Hi Bill: Synchronistically, I just ordered "The Origin and History of Consciousness" a few days ago! Haven't received it yet, and won't likely have 2 minutes to start reading it for a few more weeks--but am very excited about it now thanks to your comments. I do have Neumann's "Fear of the Feminine"--also good. It's funny that Neumann doesn't seem to have arrived at the same level of acclaim as other thinkers/writers of his era--especially when he was connected to Jung in so many ways. Perhaps it depends on who you're talking to...

At any rate, he takes a special place in my heart for bringing you to the Alliance. Now THAT's great synchronicity!

As for your degree in chemistry, what funny ways Life has with us! -- though one might say the archetypal Alchemy that lies beneath is very apropos....

Comment by Ed Koffenberger on December 14, 2010 at 5:22pm

For dog lovers:

The Symbol of the Dog in the Human Psyche: A Study of the Human-Dog Bond by Eleanora Woloy.

Comment by Lois Carey on January 16, 2011 at 6:07am
I forgot to report that I present topics related to mythology and sandplay to many groups.  In April, together with Ilka List, we are presenting the snake as a healing symbol.  I am focusing on Medusa as the negative side of the image and her role as the negative mother archetype.
Comment by Bonnie Bright on January 17, 2011 at 4:08pm
Hi Lois. Sandplay is such a fascinating topic: Do you have any specific books you would recommend on the subject?
Comment by Ian Pitt on January 21, 2011 at 11:20am

Reading Peter Kingsley's books because of Thomas Moore's recommendation: 

Ancient Philosophy - opened my eyes to the connections between religion and philosophy for the ancient Greeks

In the Dark Places of Wisdom - Parmenides was a follower of Apollo who practiced incubation

Reality - Kingsley provides a mystical/psychological analysis of Parmenides writings

Comment by Bonnie Bright on January 21, 2011 at 4:10pm
Ian, Thanks for posting about Peter Kingsley. Someone had highly recommended him to me a few months ago and I had never heard of him before. I still haven't had as much time as I'd like to dig into his work, but his work is quite remarkable. I've just posted a (20-minute) interview with him in the Videos section for anyone who is interested...


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