Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche: Archetypes Evolving

Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche: Archetypes Evolving

Thomas Singer

Language: English

Pages: 222

ISBN: 041571432X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Between ancient Greece and modern psyche lies a divide of not only three thousand years, but two cultures that are worlds apart in art, technology, economics and the accelerating flood of historical events. This unique collection of essays from an international selection of contributors offers compelling evidence for the natural connection and relevance of ancient myth to contemporary psyche, and emerges from the second 'Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche' conference held in Santorini, Greece, in 2012.

This volume is a powerful homecoming for those seeking a living connection between the psyche of the ancients and our modern psyche. This book looks at eternal themes such as love, beauty, death, suicide, dreams, ancient Greek myths, the Homeric heroes and the stories of Demeter, Persephone, Apollo and Hermes as they connect with themes of the modern psyche. The contributors propose that that the link between them lies in the underlying archetypal patterns of human behaviour, emotion, image, thought, and memory.

Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche: Archetypes Evolving makes clear that an essential part of deciphering our dilemmas resides in a familiarity with Western civilization's oldest stories about our origins, our suffering, and the meaning or meaninglessness in life. It will be of great interest to Jungian psychotherapists, academics and students as well as scholars of classics and mythology.


















a dismal, dark, and foggy world – images expressing how depressed he felt at the time. The setting was Liverpool, England, and in the center of the darkened town square, on an island in a circular pool of sunlight, there was a beautiful magnolia tree bursting into bloom. The tree stood in the light but also seemed to be the source of light. Jung found this dream so powerful that he later painted a picture of it and called it Window on Eternity. Reflecting on the dream later, Jung said “[this was]

the two snakes together by polarizing them at that moment of their embrace. Perhaps the most compelling statement of this idea is given by Jesus in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas: When you make the two one, and when you make the inner as the outer and the outer as the inner and the above as the below, and when you make the male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male and the female not be female … then you shall enter the Kingdom.33 II Reimagining Hermes in the Homeric

of thought from the overweening Church, epistemological knowledge has now to reckon with the findings of psychoanalysis that such distinctions are not always reliable, as well as with Heisenberg’s principle that the observer is implicated in the observed. From a gnostic point of view, epistemological knowledge depends on a divorce between thinking and being, and this is of value only after an initial relationship with who or what we want to know. If gnostic knowing comes first and stays first

order, playing the lyre upon his arm”: And Apollo felt a deep and irresistible longing lay hold on his heart and he cried out, uttering winged words: “You scheming cattle-killer, you busy little friend of the feast, this song of yours is worth fifty cows! I think our differences will soon be settled peacefully. Come now, tell me this, you ingenious son of Maia, were you born with a talent for this marvellous thing, or did some deathless god or human being give you this great gift

awareness has access to our fully sensate experience, whether in dreams or in life. Consciousness, awareness, and attention – we need these three factors for conscious access to the fullness of our experience, the texture of which may range from simple presence to something globally rich – whereas the unconscious, bodily process of dreaming immerses us in a “just-so” experience that is simultaneously and inexplicably resonant with other whole, ongoing, “just-so” experience whether “we” happen to

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