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by David Tacey

eBook The Darkening Spirit: Jung, spirituality, religion ePub
Author: David Tacey
Language: English
ISBN: 0415527023
ISBN13: 978-0415527026
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 28, 2013)
Pages: 192
Category: Psychology
Subcategory: Medical
Rating: 4.1
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The Darkening Spirit is a companion volume to Gods and Diseases (2013), as well as The Jung Reader (2012). David Tacey has written extensively on spirituality, mental health and society. His most recent book is Gods and Diseases: Making sense of our physical and mental wellbeing.

The Darkening Spirit is a companion volume to Gods and Diseases (2013), as well as The Jung Reader (2012). This volume would be an excellent addition to any collection of Jung's work and critiques of Jung. David is Professor of Literature at La Trobe University, Melbourne, where he teaches courses on the crisis of meaning in Western culture, Jungian psychology and postmodern theory.

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Introduction: the darkening spirit - The degraded spirit in secular society - Jung's advocacy of spiritual experience - Jung and the prophetic life - Jung's ambivalence toward religion - Spiritual renewal from below - The integration of the dark side - The return of soul to the world: Jung and Hillman - The. Problem of the spiritual in the reception of Jung - Conclusion: Jung's contribution to a new religious vision.

Jung’s Ambivalence Toward Religion. Spiritual Renewal From Below. The Integration of the Dark Side.

David Tacey has written extensively on spirituality, mental health and society. Tacey has written extensively on Jungian psychology, Western culture, and postmodern theory.

Tacey is the author of fourteen books and over a hundred and fifty articles and essays. The Darkening Spirit: Jung, Spirituality, Religion. London and New York: Routledge, 2013.

Tacey is the author of fourteen books and over a hundred and fifty articles and essays His public intellectual life began in 1995, when he published Edge of the Sacred, a work which became a best-seller and attracted the interest of the Paul Keating administration. ISBN 978-0-415-52702-6 hbk

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The twenty-first century could well be Jung's century, just as the twentieth century was Freud's  . Books related to The Darkening Spirit.

New Book: By David Tacey. The Darkening Spirit provides an overview of Jung’s vision of the spiritual situation of our time. It explores the decline of religion, the rise of spirituality, fundamentalism and violence, popular spiritual movements, the problem of evil, and the sacredness of nature. It offers a critical analysis of the prophetic role of Jung’s life and work, his heretical pronouncements, and his attempts to reconstruct religion. Pacifica Graduate Fall & Winter Programs.

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The twenty-first century could well be Jung's century, just as the twentieth century was Freud's. Jung predicted the demise of secular humanism and claimed we would search for alternatives to science, atheism and reason. We would experience a new and even unfashionable appetite for the sacred. Educated people, however, would not return to unreconstructed religions, because these do not express the life of the spirit as discerned by modern consciousness. The sacred has developed a darker hue, and worshipping symbols of light and goodness no longer satisfies the longings of the soul. The new sacred cannot be contained by the formulas of the past, but nor can we live without a sense of the sacred. We stand in a difficult place: between traditional religions we have outgrown and a pervasive materialism we can no longer embrace.

These changes in our culture have come sooner than Jung might have imagined. In his time Jung struck many as eccentric or unscientific. But his works speak to our time since we have experienced the full gamut of Jungian transformations: the unsettlement of Judeo-Christian culture, the rise of the feminine, the onslaught of the dark side, the critique of modernism and positivism, and the recognition that the Western ego is neither the pinnacle of evolution nor the lord of creation. A new life is needed beyond the ego, but we do not yet know what it will look like. The outbreak of strong religion and terrorism are signs of the times, but these are expressions of a distorted and repressed spirit, and not, one hopes, genuine pointers to the future.

What the future holds is uncertain, but Jung's prophetic vision helps to prepare us for what is to come, and this will be of great interest to analytical psychologists and psychoanalysts, as well as to theologians, futurists, sociologists, and the general reader.

This book summed up for me a lot of the personal challenge that I face within my own journey. The issue is that there is something within me that needs attending to, an innate longing for the divine(37); one that seeks religion or indeed a meaningful spirituality, but not in its present institutional forms (143). For Jung, a central dilemma of our time is that the Spirit seeks to transform our lives thru connectivity with the sacred, but openness to the Spirit is repressed in our times. Yet as Tacey points out, the pulling force of the Spirit does not go away just because we have stopped believing(9). It is time, says Tacey for a midrash - to develop the ability to read old stories in new ways - to establish a new covenant with sacred forces (17) within more culturally relevant expressions (25).

To achieve a more culturally relevant expression of the sacred, Tacey proposes four basic steps (1) setting aside the existing machinery of religion (2) mining the past and the other for what is valuable (3) developing an understanding of the place of the shadow and wholeness in our life and in God's which opens us to (4) individuation in the process of personal spiritual growth.

Part of the process of achieving more culturally relevant expressions is to set aside the machinery of religion and its preoccupation with power and dogma. Over time this machinery has killed off prophetic spirits of change, labelling anything (and anyone) vaguely progressive as heretical - it has treated our modern prophets as frauds (76). Jung said that it is time to recognise the spiritual awakening that is happening. This includes recognising the Goddess as much as God (Tacey observes that Jung celebrated Church statements on Mary's ascension into heaven not because of their literal value but because they recognised the feminine as part of the Godhead). It also includes recognising the diverse presence of sacred, the holy in animals, earth, nature (81).

Tacey suggests a number of strategies of making the most of what has already been done by others within familiar as well as other traditions. The past is to be mined for that which remains of value where we understand value in its capacity to help us find new ways to connect with the dynamic life, the sacred force, at the core of Being within which is found the living energies of spirituality (35-36). It is about rediscovering ways in which the soul can be intimate with the divine (66) wherein we really have experience of the divine - communing with the other as we are yet part or sparks within a greater soul world (111). At its heart, this mining process centres on the symbols of our own cultures - in the West we are the rightful heirs of Christianity - but this heritage has been squandered (37) - God still exists but given the wreckage of Christianity (38) it's time to start again. Our expressions of the other are those expressed by people from times past. If there be eternal truths they need to be recognised and expressed with the spirit of the times (45) - God is bigger than our representations (54).

One of the enduring contradictions of current dogma is how it can be that God, who is said to be all good, allows evil, permits it to occur or shock, horror - initiatives such processes. Certainly within my tradition, this idea is a huge no go area. Yet in Jung's analysis of Job (and God betting with the devil) the possibility is opened. The Old Testament God, can be a God of wrathful and stormy behaviours -a God which Tacey refers to as bipolar (98). Tacey opens up the uncomfortable issue of the incarnation of God's dark side or at least the need to take God off such a high pedestal of perfection and focus instead on issues of balance and integration, the yin and the yang. Similarly, ideas are opened up that as a broader part of a spiritual whole, God also experiences, as we experience life.

The book brings forth the point that the shadow has a place in spirituality and that an integrated psychology, the development of an integrated self (76) (and therein dealing with one's shadow) is in fact central to the development of one's wholesome spirituality. Within this Tacey identifies three stages of growth (a) developing a deep connection with one's self (b) the depth and breadth of the spiritual experience - integrating and connecting with the divine and (c) reconnection with community/society - the return to the world.

This is not a particularly long book (180 pages) but one which took me some time to get through. I really got a lot from reading it and suggest it's meant for a slow and considered read. Occasionally Tacey repeats himself and some of the latter chapters laboured a little. The conclusion is strong. And unlike my last Routledge paperback, the cover on this one didn't curl very much!
A brilliant book. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the contemporary spiritual malaise of the West and the hunger for soul in our times.
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