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Embodied Spirituality in a Sacred World
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Preface 1. The Spiral Path: History and Criticism of the Idea 2. The Spiral Path: A Stage View Neonatal Life The Early Preoedipal Stage The Late Preoedipal Stage The Oedipal Stage Latency Puberty and Adolescence Early Adulthood Crossroads Awakening Regression in the Service of Transcendence Regeneration in Spirit Integration of the Ego and the Dynamic Ground Concluding Observations 3. The Dynamic Ground The Psychoid Unconscious The Primordial Source of Life The Intrapsychic Dimension of the Great Mother The Splitting of the Dynamic Ground Primal Repression and the Closing of the Dynamic Ground The Id The Mysterious Gravitational Attractor The Numinous Core of the Psyche The Psychic Underworld The Source of Renewing Life The Fertile-Sacred Void Concluding Observations 4. Energy The Primordial Reservoir The Reservoir Opens The Splitting of the Power of the Ground into Forces of Light and Darkness Primal Repression and the Division of the Power of the Ground into Psychic Energy and Latent Libido Psychic Energy as the Invisible Energy of Conscious Life The Awakening of Libido During Puberty Integrated Libido: The Second Latency of Early Adulthood Ebb Tide: Introversion of Psychic Energy The Awakening of the Power of the Ground as Numinous Spirit Spiritual Awakening and Instinctual Derepression From Numinous Spirit to Transforming Spirit From Transforming Spirit to Transparent Spirit 5. The Ego Ontological Considerations The Incipient Ego The Prepersonal Body Ego Splitting and the Emergence of the Self-Representation From a Split Body Ego to an Integrated Mental Ego The Mental Ego During Latency The Mental Ego During Adolescence The Mental Ego During Early Adulthood The Alienated Mental Ego The Ego Awakens to the Numinous The Ego Returns to the Dynamic Ground The Ego Is Transformed by Spirit The Integrated Ego 6. The Other The Other as Wholly Immanent Other The Other as Immanent-Transcendent Great Mother The Other as Split Good-Terrible Mother The Overcoming of Splitting and the Achievement of Object Constancy Wholly Immanent Self and Wholly Transcendent Others The Other as Object of Sexual Desire and as Transitional Ego Ideal Figure The Other as Partner in Life's Tasks The Other as Inauthentic Actor The Other as Channel of Numinous Power The Other as Angelic or Demonic Other The Overcoming of Splitting and the Achievement of Higher Object Constancy The Other as Sibling in Spirit 7. The Body The Precosmic Universal Body The Body of Polymorphous Sensuality The Splitting of Pleasures into Good and Bad Pleasures From the Body as Ego to the Body as Ego's Body The Subdued Latency Body The Sexually Awakening Body The Sexually Mature Body The Depersonalized Body The Body on the Threshold of Spiritual Awakening The "Resurrection" of the Body The "Reincarnation" of the Ego The Body as "Temple of Spirit" 8. The World The Ouroboric Sphere The Garden of Delight The Splitting of the World into Enchanted and Haunted Worlds The Natural World I: The Playground of Youth The Natural World II: The Rehearsal Stage for Adult Life The Natural World III: The Arena of Responsible Action The Natural World Denaturalized: The Existential Desert The Denaturalized World Supernaturalized: The Realm of Numinous Powers The Supernatural Becomes Natural: The World of Transforming Spirit Returning Home: The World of Transparent Spirit Notes Glossary References Index

About the Author

Michael Washburn is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University South Bend. He is the author of The Ego and the Dynamic Ground: A Transpersonal Theory of Human Development, Second Edition and Transpersonal Psychology in Psychoanalytic Perspective, both published by SUNY Press.

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"Michael Washburn's ability to integrate the central findings of psychoanalytic, Jungian, and transpersonal psychology has enabled him to work out a comprehensive and convincing account of spiritual development. Embodied Spirituality in a Sacred World, his magnum opus, is an impressive overview of how the spirit expresses itself at every stage of the life cycle and in all the areas of experiencing that make us human."

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