GREEK HERO MYTHS: SYMBOLS OF TRANSFORMATION
The mythical tales of Ancient Greece have exerted an unrivalled effect upon the arts and literature of Western civilisation. Commentators such as H.P. Blavatsky, Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung were profoundly aware that mythology is a representation of archetypal energies which underlie human expression and the fulfilment of our potential.
In this work, Gary Kidgell illustrates that the triumphs and travails related to spiritual development are beautifully illustrated by the symbolism found in the adventures of the questing heroes of Greek myth. The challenges and rites of passage that the heroes face mirror those which confront us as we seek elevations in consciousness. The characters found within the mythic landscape: the monster of the abyss, the arch-villain, the crone, wise man, the beneficent gods and goddesses all symbolise archetypal psychic components inherent within the human psyche. These surface when we undertake the hero quest experiencing undulating circumstances of tragedy and triumph in pursuit of higher states of consciousness.
Whilst offering insightful interpretations of the Greek hero myths, this work also offers the reader techniques whereby one may engage with these richly symbolic tales, relating the events and circumstances of the questing adventurer to one’s own life and one’s endeavours towards spiritual development and growth.
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THE INNER JOURNEY: PATHWAYS TO THE HIGHER SELF
The Inner Journey is a thought-provoking discussion about the evolutionary journey which leads ultimately to the source of our being. This journey describes the spiritual path which is depicted symbolically as a mountainous ascent leading to the summit of human consciousness. Drawing on his extensive studies of the subject from ancient texts to contemporary teachings, Gary Kidgell outlines the nature of the universe and the role played by humanity in the light of the timeless spiritual truths found within Ancient Wisdom. His consideration of contemporary works include those of the transpersonal psychologist Roberto Assagioli, the pioneering depth psychologist Carl Jung, the 20th century student of myth Joseph Campbell and the pioneering esotericist Dr. Douglas Baker. With a particular emphasis on the Jungian concept of archetypes and their representation in the human psyche through myth and symbol, Gary demonstrates his knowledge of the subject through examples and practical application.
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