JUNG AND SHAMANISM IN DIALOGUE: Retrieving Soul / Retrieving the Sacred. By C. Michael Smith, Ph.D., 2nd Edition; Trafford Publishing;  ISBN 1-4251-1543-8.

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From the Back of the Book

In this highly original study, C. Michael Smith draws on phenomenological resources and hermeneutic dialogue to explore the affinities and distinctions between shamanism and Jungian psychology, both rooted ultimately in a heart-centered way if life, and both having highly intricate maps of the human psychic interiors. As the reader adventures through this book he or she will encounter shamanic initiation, dismemberments, disassociation, grief, despair, and soul loss, the healing power of ritual, ecstasy and other altered states. The book explores many rich topics including the role of talismans and amulets, the various levels of the collective unconscious, the archetypal and imaginal perspectives on such phenomena, and implications for psychotherapeutic practice today. In the new preface, the author argues that in the end “It isn’t the fascinating and powerful techniques that are the essential thing, but the person inside, its capacity to live from the heart in Earth-honoring and Nature- attuning ways that is the essential center of the Jung/shamanism interface.”

In Jung and Shamanism in Dialogue, C. Michael Smith has written a “must have” classic for all students of shamanism and Jungian psychology. Thorough, clear and authoritative, Smith writes from first-hand perspective, drawing on his own depth experiences in studying and teaching shamanism and Jungian psychology for decades. As in his previous book, Psychotherapy and the Sacred, he is psychological and spiritual, phenomenological and historical in his unique perspective. Jung was often described as a “shaman” by those who knew him well, but few have had the courage to openly make this claim, and none has presented the case as thoroughly as Smith has. This new preface to this second edition adds a richness of wisdom worth the price of the book.

                                                     –Tess Castleman, Training Analyst, The C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich

274 pages; quality trade paperback (softcover); catalogue #07-0007; ISBN 1-4251-1543-8; US$26.00, C$29.90, EUR21.36, £14.95


Psychotherapy and the Sacred
By C. Michael Smith, Ph.D.
psychotherapy and the sacred coverDrawing on historical, cross-cultural and clinical data, Psychotherapy and the Sacred explores the complex relations between psychotherapy and human religious experience. The author examines the factors contributing to the loss of the sacred in the western assumptive world and considers the efforts of Rudolph Otto, Gerhardus Van der Leeuw, and Mircea Eliade to retrieve a sense of the sacred. He discusses the manifestation of the sacred in transformative ritual and considers four examples of sacred therapeutics in traditional and pre-modern societies. He also presents a case from his own practice in which he utilizes religious resources in treating psychosis. In the final portion of the volume, the author draws on the theoretical work of Alfred North Whitehead to reinterpret the work of Carl Jung in order to develop an interpretation which affirms the sui generis character of religious experience. (CSSR Press)
1995 – Pages: 201
Order: $29.95
ISBN: 0913348287
                                                                                          Book Endorsements
” An original and stimulating piece of work, well argued and exhibiting sound scholarship. Dr Smith’s medical-anthropological and cross cultural psychological work is excellent, and he succeeds in using this material for the advancement of his…argument.”
     -Sudhir Kakar. Visiting professor in the Social Sciences and South Asian Languages and Civilizations, the       
                                        University of Chicago. Author of SHAMANS, MYSTICS AND DOCTORS.
” There is great need for such expressions….now that the field of psychiatry is so enamored of brain disorder and the medical model, in the extreme states, that the person and his/her experience is increasingly disqualified and neglected.”
                           -John Weir Perry, M.D. Jungian Analyst and author of THE FAR SIDE OF MADNESS; and THE PSYCHOTIC PROCESS.
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