Seeing through the visible world : Jung, gnosis, and chaos

by June Singer

Book, 1990



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London : Unwin Hyman, 1990.

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xxv, 230 p.; 25 cm

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Most of us recognize that there is one world of everyday practical reality, and yet another world beyond the boundaries of common knowledge - a world that encompasses ideals, values, and most of all, the mysteries of the not-yet-known or the unknowable. June Singer, blending the insights of a lifetime with her experiences as a Jungian psychoanalyst, takes us on an extraordinary journey of discovery into the invisible world of mind and spirit that lies beyond the tangible. We tend to live in the first world and venture from time to time in the second, but they are often separated and alienated from one another. Seeing Through the Visible World offers us ways to integrate these worlds within ourselves, so that both can exist at the same time, so that one world enriches the other. "There is no single way to come into touch with the invisible world," writes Singer, "nor is there a practice that suits everyone. Among the many paths that seekers have discovered over the centuries, each person can find a way to the inner kingdom and a key that will open the 'doors of perception.' There is no particular way to begin; the beginning will come where an opening is found." Here Singer follows two very different women as they learn to recognize the clues by which the invisible world reveals itself to human understanding - through dreams and fantasies, through visionary experiences, through human interactions, and through the depths of solitude. She reveals how the invisible world is viewed objectively through the physical and biological sciences, through traditional and Gnostic spiritual disciplines, and through the psychology of the unconscious. She then suggests how to integrate the visible and invisible in our lives to recover a sense of wholeness and find creative answers to personal and global problems.

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