Explorations of the Psychoanalytic Mystics by Dan Merkur

By Dan Merkur

All approached psychoanalysis from one or one other mystical standpoint and emphasised problems with value to mystics. in addition they converted their medical approaches according to their mysticism. All conceptualized the paranormal no longer as a regression to earliest infancy that may be missed for many functional reasons, yet as a developmental line that's valuable to human psychology all through lifestyles. They attended to procedures of ego synthesis, individuation, and the mixing or solidarity of the full psyche. the place Rank and Fromm seemed their mysticism as adjuncts to psychoanalysis, Loewald argued that healing swap consiss accurately of psychic integration. Bion drew also on mystical language to light up elements of an differently traditional perform of scientific psychoanalysis, whereas Grotstein, Symington, and Eigen are at present elaborating the fusion of psychoanalysis and mysticism in unique methods.

Show description

Read Online or Download Explorations of the Psychoanalytic Mystics PDF

Best mysticism books

Conversations with Meister Eckhart

In lots of methods, Meister Eckhart has needed to wait seven centuries to be heard. Born in thirteenth century Germany, a lot of his lifestyles used to be spent in a monastery.

‘Meister’ capacity ‘master’, and is an instructional name from the collage of Paris. An favourite member of the Dominican Order, he used to be usually despatched to reform sick priories. He used to be often called a non secular counsellor, a secure haven for those who sought God of their existence yet chanced on themselves stricken by way of the kingdom of the institutional church.

He used to be top recognized, in spite of the fact that, as a preacher, and he used his local German language to startling impact. Eckhart preached a non secular imaginative and prescient which distrusted either ritual and church dogma. as a substitute, he aimed toward not anything lower than the religious and mental transformation of these given to his care. To this finish, Eckhart made the disposition of the human middle the most important to all things.

Conversations with Meister Eckhart is an imagined dialog with this thirteenth century mystic, round such issues as detachment (which he famously put above love), spirituality, God, the soul and ache. yet whereas the dialog is imagined, Eckhart’s phrases should not; they're authentically his own.

One of his arguable claims was once that God can't be defined. certainly, in a single sermon, he went as far as to claim ‘We needs to take go away of God. ’

‘The church grew to become very opposed in the direction of him, accusing him of heresy,’ says Simon Parke, the editor of the publication. ‘He spent his final days on trial sooner than the pope. in addition they attempted to make sure he’d be forgotten whilst he died, and approximately succeeded. yet he’s extra renowned now than ever. ’

Eckhart’s educating is an experience, no longer a approach; a choice, now not a creed. The intensity and universality of his paintings ability it may be contained by means of no confirmed faith, yet attracts to itself seekers of fact from all backgrounds. Says Simon Parke: ‘Here we've a instructing open to all, yet possessed by way of none, and as a result unfastened like a butterfly within the backyard of the soul. Its possibly my such a lot difficult and worthwhile dialog. ’

History Of Mysticism: The Unchanging Testament (3rd Rev. Ed.)

Is a special publication together with because it does the vast majority of the non secular traditions and lots of of the best mystics philosophers and thinkers of all time. their assortment less than one hide and the unifying topic of the singleness in their person messages brings to the reader a transparent knowing of the numerous contribution of every of those person lecturers and traditions.

The Roots of Modern Magick: An Anthology

This is often an anthology giving glimpses into three hundred years of magical spirituality, from 1700 to 2000, with feedback for the longer term. The actual Magical culture is hard to pin down, however the writer has come nearer than might be a person in picking the actual culture within the crucial roots of magical spirituality at the present time, and for day after today.

The Meaning And Value Of Mysticism And Creative Prayer

This publication is a facsimile reprint and will include imperfections comparable to marks, notations, marginalia and unsuitable pages.

Additional info for Explorations of the Psychoanalytic Mystics

Example text

Freud, 1920a, p. 11) 38 EXPLORATIONS OF THE PSYCHOANALYTIC MYSTICS Freud here divided the ego and the repressed on structural criteria. The ego included what it could synthesize. What it could not synthesize remained outside its structure and was repressed. The ego’s need to impose repression on selected instincts was due, in this formulation, to a failure of the ego’s synthetic function. It was a failure, in other words, precisely of the mystical. Freud retained the same formulation after 1923, when he began referring to the repressed as a portion of the id.

77-78) The omnipresent mode presents external reality as the location of an omnipresent, divine, or holy power. Due to the transcendence of the omnipresent power, the mode is neither provable nor refutable. It is beyond the capacity for reality-testing to evaluate. It was as if the cocoon had burst and my eyes were opened and I saw. The world was infinitely beautiful, full of light as if from an inner radiance. Everything was alive and God was present in all things; in fact, the earth, all plants and animals and people seemed to be made of God.

The ego’s need to impose repression on selected instincts was due, in this formulation, to a failure of the ego’s synthetic function. It was a failure, in other words, precisely of the mystical. Freud retained the same formulation after 1923, when he began referring to the repressed as a portion of the id. [has] permanently narrowed its sphere of influence. The repressed instinctual impulse is now isolated, left to itself, inaccessible, but also uninfluenceable. It goes its own way. Even later, as a rule, when the ego has grown stronger, it still cannot lift the repression; its synthesis is impaired, a part of the id remains forbidden ground to the ego.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.22 of 5 – based on 20 votes