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Embrace of the Daimon: Sensuality and the Integration of Forbidden Imagery in Depth Psychology

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Some call the imaginal the realm of the archetypes, the home of the gods and goddesses, the land of the daimon, or the source of creativity. Others simply call it the soul. The daimon of the imaginal world facilitate the incarnation of soul into the physical body, and transforming these dark energies allows us to progress as spiritual beings, to live life from a more consc ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 15th 2001 by Nicolas Hays (first published July 2001)
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Joel Friedlander
Oct 23, 2014 Joel Friedlander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a challenging book in more ways than one, but it's also a book that will repay the time you put into it. The author had some very unusual experiences at a critical time in her life and this book is her attempt at coming to terms with the penetration into ordinary reality of some decidedly non-ordinary visions. Although I'm not a student of Jungian psychology, I found the book intelligent and educational, and it has stayed with me quite some time.
Peter Morris
Nov 14, 2016 Peter Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Embrace of the Daimon is a deeply fascinating publication – one which most impressively features some excellent commentary on C. G Jung’s psycho-spiritual interpretation of the medieval practice of alchemy.

In particular these relate to the alchemical concepts of ‘coniunctio’, the union experience and ‘nigredo’ or the dissolution process and how they relate to the emergence of the Daimon spirit.

Dennis believes that as the daimonic forces rises within us all so emerges the challenge of letting go
Lisa Wendell
This is her dissertation. It is barely readable, let alone understandable by any other than someone with an advanced degree in feminist depth psychology (her colleagues and mentors). Only because I have done considerable reading over the years in this area was I able to decipher some of her onerous repetitive rambling. This is not to say that what Dennis has written isn't interesting (if almost unintelligible), but it is hardly a book for someone with even a passing interest in feminism, Jung, s ...more
Jun 02, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting reading, a fresh perspective on the subtle body, the imaginal, daimonic, as a positive force to be embraced in an alchemical union. Explains much.
Sandra Dennis
May 13, 2014 Sandra Dennis rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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—Richard Tarnas, PhD, "Passion of the Western Mind"
“Sandra Dennis has written a courageous, important book...she moves psychology into a fuller engagement with the uncharted depths of archetypal, imaginal reality embedded in bodily experience...a pioneering work that forges a bridge between the worlds of the scholar and the visionary...a significant contribution to the phenomenology of altered states of consciousness."

Sep 25, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I won this in a Goodreads giveaway.
This was very interesting book with a lot of advanced information in it. A bit difficult for a lay person to comprehend. It certainly challenged me and had me thinking outside my worldview.
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I am interested in the topic, and enjoyed this frank exploration of it, but for an average length book it seemed much longer. However it educated me, offering new understanding, so I believe it well worth the effort.
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Sandra Lee Dennis, PhD, is an author, teacher and explorer of the interplay of depth psychology and spirituality. She holds an MA in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Integral Studies/Psychology and Religion from The California Institute of Integral Studies.

She has been on the faculty at six universities, as well as the San Francisco C.G. Jung Institute. She was a tea
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“Some of us will admit to a simple fascination with the inner world for its own sake, a fascination with no further goal than the thrill of discovery, the pleasure of engaging the mysterious, dark ground of our own nature.” 1 likes
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