Although he is often called the “founding father of the New Age,” renowned Swiss psychologist Carl Jung sought to avoid any public association with mysticism or the occult for fear that his work would be discredited by his contemporaries. But Jung’s wide popularity within today’s alternative spiritual culture, and the recent release of his immensely compelling dream-inspired Red Book, have stoked a broad interest in the celebrated psychiatrist’s esoteric beliefs. Indeed, those beliefs – ranging from his inquiries into after-death survival, his interest in clairvoyance, and his theory of synchronicity – have formed the most lasting and influential core of his work, at least in the public mind .
In his bold and compact new biography, Gary Lachman–one of today’s most respected authors on occult themes (and a founding member of the legendary rock group Blondie!)–shines light on this frequently misunderstood facet of Jung’s personality and career. In Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings, Lachman assesses Jung’s life and work from the viewpoint of the Western esoteric tradition, classifying him with figures like Emmanuel Swedenborg and G.I. Gurdjieff, and examining his life-long fascination with the supernatural, otherworldly aspects of human experience. From Jung’s own near-death experiences to his incorporation of astrology into his therapeutic work, Lachman analyzes the central role that mystical ideas, practices, and experiences played in the career of the pioneering psychologist.
Revealing fascinating details of Jung’s early life, inner struggles, and human relationships, Jung the Mystic portrays a complex individual whose groundbreaking work was informed as much by his love of science as his fascination with the paranormal. Beautifully written and carefully researched, this engaging biography lays bare a critical but frequently misunderstood aspect of one of the greatest thinkers of our modern era.
Gary Lachman is one of today’s most widely read and respected writers on esoteric and occult themes. His writing has been published in national journals on philosophy, esotericism, and modern culture. His books – including Rudolf Steiner; Politics and the Occult; Turn off Your Mind; and a Secret History of Consciousness – have been published to acclaim in America and Europe. Lachman was a founding member of the pioneering rock band Blondie and in 2006, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was born in New Jersey and currently lives in London.
Read the first chapter of “Jung the Mystic” HERE.
Quest magazine called Jung the Mystic: “Outstanding… Lifts the curtain on one of the most impiortant aspects of his remarkable life… Fair and objective.”
Dell Horoscope called it: “Fascinating… Fully engaging from beginning to end.”
D. Patrick Miller’s new book, Living With Miracles (May 12), provides common sense advice to potential followers of the spiritual sensation known as A Course in Miracles. The Course is beloved by seekers of many faiths, with each attaching their own label to it. The author investigates where its teachings belong in the pantheon of religious traditions…..
Q: How have traditional Christians reacted to the voice of Jesus in the Course? How have non-Christians reconciled their beliefs with that voice?
Some evangelical Christians have identified the Course as the work of the anti-Christ, charging that it seems to say some nice things while actually leading people down the path of satanic deception. Other, more moderate Christians have found the Course useful or profound even if they don’t accept the totality of its teaching, and still others have chosen to see it as it describes itself: a correction of contemporary Christian belief right from the horse’s mouth, as it were. It’s interesting to note that, for a teaching generally identified as Christian, many of the most prominent personalities associated with it came from Jewish backgrounds, including Helen Schucman, Ken Wapnick, the publisher Judith Skutch Whitson, and two chief popularizers, Jerry Jampolsky and Marianne Williamson. Bill Thetford, who typed the Course with Helen, had a family background in Christian Science. As the Course material came together he began researching its central themes in comparison to other spiritual traditions. He was the one who tagged the Course as “the Christian Vedanta,” noting the strong parallels of its metaphysics with Eastern teachings.
Q: You note that the Course has been misidentified as a “New Age” teaching. Why did this label get attached to the Course, and how do its teachings differ from what is generally called New Age?
In the early days, the Course was often referred to as “channeled” because of its unusual origins. I don’t think that’s entirely accurate, but it helped to popularize ACIM among the New Age audience, accelerating its rapid spread to millions of readers. But the same association tended to make people mistake it for something superficial and self-serving when in fact it’s a profound path of self-confrontation and surrender. For instance, it’s not unusual to hear both students and critics say that the Course teaches “you can create your own reality,” i.e., you can get whatever you want through visualizations, prayer, and other spiritual means. What the Course actually says is that we are all responsible for the world we see – and the world, at any given moment, is an accurate reflection of what we actually want it to be. It’s pretty hard to deny that the world is a mess – a chaotic mix of beauty and horror, love and terror. To change the world or your situation in it, you don’t visualize things getting better, but instead forgive everything you see whether you are judging it as good or bad. Over time, your perceptions of the world and your place in it are gradually transformed by forgiveness to become consistently loving, which is what you and the world really need. But it’s not necessarily what most people want in the short term; being a loving person often takes a back seat to goals of personal success, greater wealth, the perfect romance, and so on.
Whether or not you believe that something will occur in 2012 or that we stand on the precipice of great spiritual, ecological and financial change, there’s no denying the fact that a growing number of people are tuning in to these possibilities—and that New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pinchbeck has become a leading voice for this cultural movement.
Often referred to as a Timothy Leary for our current age, Pinchbeck is known for examining current issues from an intelligent and countercultural perspective. In Pinchbeck’s highly anticipated new book, Notes From the Edge Times, he explores the “edge realms,” touching upon topics ranging from the financial collapse to our need for a new media paradigm to the meaning of 2012. Provocative and unflinching, Notes From the Edge Times not only critically examines the state of modern society; it offers a way forward in this transitional time.
Join the conversation…Meet Daniel on his book tour:
New York City: October 18th, Barnes & Noble, Tribeca
Denver: October 20th, Tattered Cover, LoDo
Boulder: October 21st, Barnes & Noble
Baltimore: October 22nd, Breathe Books (event with Graham Hancock)
Atlanta: October 25th, A Capella Books
Portland: October 27th, Powell’s
Seattle: October 28th: East West Bookshop
Los Angeles: November 4th, Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica
Oakland: November 7th, Diesel Books
San Francisco: November 8th –City Lights Bookstore
NOTES FROM THE EDGE TIMES
Tarcher/Penguin hardcover, on-sale Oct 14, 2010
$23.95, ISBN 978-1-58542-837-3
Below are some of the biggest New Age titles coming from Tarcher/Penguin in late 2010 and Spring/Summer 2011!
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By Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.
Hardcover, 978-1-58542-873-1, May 26, 2011
Study after study has proven the extraordinary health benefits of transcendental medication (TM). Now Dr. Rosenthal (the revered psychiatric researcher who pioneered the study and treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder) offers a definitive case for why TM works, which health issues it can resolve, and how to optimize your results. Transcendence features not only cutting edge research, but also interviews with Martin Scorsese, Russell Brand, Laura Dern, Moby, and David Lynch, who discuss their experiences with TM.
By Whitley Strieber
Paperback, 978-1-58542-869-4, May 12, 2011
Beloved bestseller Strieber returns to share a mysterious true story: Late one night, an unknown visitor barged into Strieber’s hotel room to share a powerful lesson on personal development and the fate of man. The story and his remarkable teachings challenge us to rethink our every assumption about the meaning of life.
A BOOK OF ANGELS
By Sophy Burnham
Paperback, 978-1-58542-877-9, March 31, 2011
After its 1990 publication, A Book of Angels became an instant bestselling phenomenon. Tarcher is pleased to release the revised paperback edition of this beautiful book, which shares extraordinary true stories of modern angel encounters, while exploring the history of angels around the world.
THE ART OF INTUITION
By Sophy Burnham
Hardcover, 978-1-58542-849-6, February 3, 2011
The New York Times bestselling author of A Book of Angels agrees: our intuition is always right. Here, she offers a wise and inspiring look at exactly how intuition operates and how we can strengthen our inherent intuitive abilities.
SEEKING THE SACRED
By Stephanie Dowrick
Hardcover, 978-1-58542-866-3, March 31, 2011
Dowrick, the author of Choosing Happiness, challenges readers to see all life as sacred in this work of spiritual exploration. A provocative yet encouraging read, Seeking the Sacred is a handbook for how to connect with the greater world in these troubled times.
NOTES FROM THE EDGE TIMES
By Daniel Pinchbeck
Hardcover, 978-1-58542-837-3, October 14, 2010
In his first full-length book since New York Times bestselling 2012, counter-culture icon Daniel Pinchbeck analyzes the perils and promises of the current era, addressing topics ranging from money and sex to our culture, beliefs and the looming question of 2012.
WONDERS IN THE SKY
By Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
Paperback, 978-1-58542-820-5, October 28, 2010
This ambitious and colorful compendium of pre-twentieth century UFO accounts comes from two of today’s leading investigators of unexplained phenomena. The authors show how these wonders have shaped human history from antiquity to the age of flight.
THE POWER OF RECEIVING
By Amanda Owen
Paperback, 978-1-58542-817-5, December 23, 2010
Life coach Owen teaches us how to restore balance to our busy lives and open ourselves up to receive. Her teachings empower us to grow our self-esteem, end destructive relationships, live in the present, and ultimately, achieve our goals.
By Ursula James
Paperback, 978-1-58542-878-6, April 28, 2011
Here James channels the wisdom of Wicca icon, prophetess, and healer Mother Shipton. A story of two women who connect through time, this book will guide readers to find their own true source of power.
THE ART OF UNCERTAINTY
By Dennis Merritt Jones
Paperback, 978-1-58542-872-4, April 28, 2011
Perhaps not knowing isn’t so bad. Jones’s new guide shows us that by making peace with uncertainty, we can let go and dive into a future of unlimited opportunity.