ForeWord Reviews' 2013 Book of the Year -- Finalist (Body/Mind/Spirit)USA Best Book Awards 2014 -- Winner (Philosophy)Next Generation 2015 Indie Book Awards--Winner (New Age)
Have you wrestled with uncanny, nightmarish imagery in dreams or waking and wondered if you were becoming unhinged one day, and enlightened the next? Life crises, trauma, deep meditation, prayer or inquiry can unleash surprisingly compelling yet scary, even revolting imagery and related feelings we have few maps to help navigate.
Bringing a spiritual context to what most disturbs us, Sandra Dennis explores an eruption of strange and wild, compelling and repellent characters that she calls daimons from the unconscious that precipitated a descent into the dark recesses of her own psyche. The Greeks understood the daimon as the intermediary between gods and humans, the guardian spirit assigned at birth, connecting heaven and earth. These messengers come as agents of radical change. When we welcome them with understanding and compassion, they show they are here to expand consciousness and connect us with the healing qualities our world is waiting for. This book leads us to this growing edge of the psyche and invites our curiosity and caring. It chart a course of radical acceptance of experience -- no matter how painful or repulsive -- as absolutely necessary for our well-being and the well-being of the planet. Sandra Dennis outlines a simple method to navigate these alarming images and anxieties. Instead of treating them as perversions to banish, we are encouraged to embrace their primal power becoming more intelligent, loving and whole in the process. Reviewers have called Embrace of the Daimon -- "a pioneering work, a courageous and important book," "a significant contribution to the study of altered states of consciousness," "original and profound," "a rare documentation of unconscious processes","a work that advances our understanding of a descending spirituality tremendously," "eloquently descriptive," "deeply moving," re-imagines the work of integrating shadow to find beauty and dignity," "bridges the worlds of the scholar and the visionary" and "takes us to the radical edge of Jungian psychology today." One reader commented, "It is the only contemporary firsthand account of the day-to-day practice of mystical depth psychology that I have come across. I find it a very practical guide to my own inner and psychic realm journeys." Another called it "the most honest work on the psychoid/imaginal realms since Corbin...the engagement with the archetypal invasions, more like Jung in The Red Book than the scholarly Corbin."
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Published July 1, 2001
by Nicolas Hays.
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