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The Search for the Beloved: Journeys in Mythology and Sacred Psychology (Inner Workbook)
by Jean Houston
The Search for the Beloved, one of the most important books written on the creative and inventive mind, explains the theories that helped form the foundation of the human potential movement. In what has been called "an intellectual and spiritual feast," Jean Houston explores the nature of spiritual yearning and teaches readers how to facilitate a personal quest by focusing ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 30th 1997 by TarcherPerigee
(first published October 1st 1987)
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The author of this book has tapped into unusual realms consciousness and she has mapped out paths so we can follow her. I do not think I would explicitly work through all her examples, but I do think there is much to be gained in including something related to all the elements she has found to be critical. Kinesthetic awareness, imaginal thinking, compassion for the self, the importance of story, and recovery from heartbreak and betrayal is a great recipe for growth. The chapter on Rumi is excel ...more
I read the section "The Sacred Wound" (pp. 104 - 9) because the concept has so influenced the ecopsychology of Bill Plotkin (Soulcraft, Nature and the Human Soul). Houston seems to use a special psychological cipher, though it is not impenetrable and I made sense of this section without fully taking in her schematic of the psyche. I thoroughly appreciated her thoughts on betrayal and the role of wounding in coming to consciousness and into communion with a world much larger than one's own self.
Jean Houston, PhD, is a renowned teacher, philosopher, and scholar and was one of the creators of the human potential movement. With a remarkable list of colleagues and mentors that includes Aldous Huxley, Joseph Campbell, Helen Keller, and Buckmister Fuller, Houston shares her profound wisdom through engaging, firsthand accounts. With PhDs in both psychology and spirituality, Houston has worked i ...moreMore about Jean Houston...