By Michael Washburn
An individual looking a deeper realizing of human spirituality will locate whatever of price in Michael Washburn’s new booklet. Drawing on a wealthy number of psychoanalytic, Jungian, and existential-phenomenological resources and on either Western and Asian religious texts, Embodied Spirituality in a Sacred global presents a theoretical beginning for the concept that human improvement follows a spiral direction. Washburn exhibits that ego improvement early in lifestyles calls for us to show our backs on unique assets of our lifestyles and, hence, that religious improvement later in lifestyles calls for us to spiral again to those resources so one can whole-psyche integration. He elucidates the underlying explanations and pivotal occasions that set improvement on its spiral direction and lines six significant dimensions of expertise as they spread alongside the spiral course: the subconscious, the strength method, the ego process, the perceived different, the experiential physique, and the life-world. In offering a theoretical starting place for the belief of the spiral course, Washburn defends the belief opposed to its critics and is helping clarify why the assumption has been compelling to such a lot of humans in various traditions.
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I N T E G R AT I O N O F T H E E G O A N D T H E D Y N A M I C G R O U N D The integration of the ego and the Dynamic Ground is the sacred marriage, the hieros gamos. In arriving at integration, the ego is harmoniously rooted in the Ground and completely at home in a sacred world. The Ground at this point is no longer an id, a dark gravitational attractor, an ominous, irresistible underworld or sea, or even a source of renewing life and is now instead a fertile, sacred void. It is an ever-present though invisible source of enlivening, creative, and spiritual spontaneities.
Primal repression, then, not only quiets the power of the Ground; it also divides the power of the Ground into two separate and markedly different energies: latent libido on the one hand and active psychic energy on the other. Latent libido, as the potential energy of the id, and active psychic energy, as the energy of conscious processes, thus emerge as two different organizations of the power of the Ground as a consequence of primal repression. , no longer split), stable representation of the caregiver.
If the child is to overcome splitting, it must outgrow its symbiotic dependence upon the mother; and the father, in effect, requires the child to do just this. Radical intimacy with the mother and symbiotic dependence on her go hand in hand for the child; therefore, when the father demands that the child forfeit the former, he at the same time, in effect, requires that the child outgrow the latter. The father, then, in forcing the child to choose between the mother and him, forces the child to wean itself from the dependence on which splitting is based.
Embodied Spirituality in a Sacred World by Michael Washburn