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Following Your Path: Using Myths, Symbols, and Images to Explore Your Inner Life

Dickerman, Alexandra Collins

 Built on the premise that "as a result of the prejudices of our culture, our capacities to imagine, to feel, and to intuit information have not been considered valid ways of understanding life" (p. ix), this book purports to operate on an intuitive, imaginative level of the unconscious. The authors write: "Symbols, images, and myths come from the depths of human experience. They serve the purpose of revealing to us the deepest aspects of reality, which we cannot reach by any other kinds of knowledge. They bring light to the deepest aspects of our being. They uncover our hurts and fears, our wants, desires, and hopes. By looking at myths, symbols, and images, we will actually be able to see ourselves" (p. ix). This book will take you on a mythic journey involving eight steps. Scholars of mythology have seen these eight basic steps as the principal landmarks that the hero must pass on the journey from innocence to self-awareness. These steps correspond to the Greater Trumps of the Tarot cards, which symbolically depict the sequence of the mythic journey" (p. x). The steps are Birth, Initiation, Withdrawal, Quest, Into the Realms of Death, Confrontation with the Devil, Rebirth, and Transformation.
Publisher Information:Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1992. 295p. Bibl: 293-295; 264 figs; 9 refs
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