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Erel Shalit: An excerpt from The Cycle of Life

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Who are they, the young man and the maiden, the puer and the puella?

We easily recognize them in everyday confrontations with moody teenagers, when sexual desire competes with dark rage, the one setting the house on fire, the other breaking up the walls. Alternatively, and even worse, inexplicable withdrawal makes the earth quake in deadening silence.

There is beauty struggling with acne, and tender sensuality trying to contain awkward clumsiness. Eros and desire break through the face of insecure constraint, mercilessly exposing their blushing flare. Hope for the future competes with anxiety of failure and apocalyptic fears. Read more

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Erel Shalit: The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey

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As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery...

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The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey

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A Magnificent Book for All Interested in the Journey of Life

By Lori Goldrich, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst & Clinical Psychologist on October 2, 2015


It is with great pleasure that I review Erel Shalit’s marvelous book. To begin, I feel so moved by the synchronous events that led to his finding of the book’s cover, or “face.” Benjamin Shiff’s painting “Life” and the meaning he gives for this marriage of book and painting are quite exquisite. “The candle’s soft light of life is poised against the painful inevitability of burning out. Yet, as long as they burn, there are shades and colors; there are the distinct faces of transient existence, and there are those of obscurity, hidden in distant nature; there is a lyrical melancholy, as well as a tense harmony…Only an unlit candle will never burn out. A fully lived life extracts the awareness of its finality.” These words are like pearls for the journey he takes us on in The Cycle of Life. Read more

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Science Is Proving Some Memories Are Passed Down From Our Ancestors - Reset.me

Science Is Proving Some Memories Are Passed Down From Our Ancestors - Reset.me | The Cycle of Life | Scoop.it
Recent studies have provided evidence that memories of fear are one of many things our forebearers pass down to us through our DNA.

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Freud knew, and called it phylogenetic endowment, Jung certainly knew, and we need to keep the ancestors in mind...

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From Emory University: experimental support for Jung's concept of collective unconscious. Specific emotions can be transmitted trans-generationally.

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Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer | The Cycle of Life | Scoop.it
I am now face to face with dying. But I am not finished with living.
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In order to attain a sense of integrity in old life, rather than suffer severe despair, Erikson emphasizes the importance of reflection. The reflective instinct is specifically human, and determines “[t]he richness of the human psyche and its essential character,” says Jung. Reflexio, which means ‘bending back,’ “is a turning inwards, with the result that, instead of an instinctive action, there ensues ... reflection or deliberation.” “What youth found and must find outside,” says Jung, “the man of life’s afternoon must find within himself.” Jung calls reflection “the cultural instinct par excellence.” Reflection on one’s life is instrumental at every developmental stage, unless it takes precedence over living one’s life. In old age, the proportions alter, so that reflection on one’s life becomes at least as important as merely living it.

From The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey

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Three Jungian Books on the Stages of Life

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Jung wrote his important essay on The Stages of Life eighty years ago. Daniel Levinson and other life span researchers have called him 'The Father of Life Cycle Studies'.
Three books are briefly presented below, that study aspects of the cycle of life from a Jungian persepctive. Read more

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On Self and Meaning in the Cycle of Life

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An excerpt from The Cycle of Life (pp. 177-8)


In old age, hearing becomes impaired and vision more blurred. For some, this provides an opportunity to open the senses to the pulsation of the soul, to hear the echoes of the sounds that arise from the depths, and perceive the reflection of the patterns that take shape under the sea. Read more

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Erel Shalit: The Cycle of Life - David van Nuys interviews Erel Shalit - transcription

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On Self and Meaning in the Cycle of Life

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In old age, hearing becomes impaired and vision more blurred. For some, this provides an opportunity to open the senses to the pulsation of the soul, to hear the echoes of the sounds that arise from the depths, and perceive the reflection of the patterns that take shape under the sea. 

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Book giveaway for The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey by Erel Shalit Oct 20-Dec 20, 2015

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Enter to win one of 1 free copy available. Giveaway dates from Oct 20-Dec 20, 2015. Enter for a chance to win a first edition paperback copy of THE CYCLE...
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Carl Jung - Face to Face

John Freeman interviews Carl Gustav Jung, the most famous living psychologist, at his home in Zürich. We learn about Jung's early life, including the moment in ...

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Listen to see how Carl Gustav Jung discovered his vocation by paying attention to his feelings and body in this interview. 

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Jung face to face and from his own lips. The renowned psychiatrist

in one of the rare interviews he gave to John Freeman towards the end of his life.

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Containing A Jungian Light: The Books of Erel Shalit - by Steve Zemmelman

Containing A Jungian Light: The Books of Erel Shalit - by Steve Zemmelman | The Cycle of Life | Scoop.it

In The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey, Shalit places Jung’s conceptualization of the transformations of consciousness over the life span alongside life cycle theories, notably those of Eric Erikson and Daniel Levinson.  He also places his ideas about the arc of life in relation to Greek myth (the three Morai who spin one’s fate – but not one’s destiny - at birth) as well as biblical, Talmudic and Hasidic tradition, the Hindu Ashramas or four stages of life, pre-Socratic Greek philosophy, Dante’s Divine Comedy and fairy tales. 

Shalit’s amplifications of Jung’s work on understanding the life cycle are substantial.  He outlines the developmental progression through the child, the puer/puella, the adult, and the senex.  His talent for integration and creative thinking is evident in bringing to bear on Jung’s thinking various psychoanalytic theorists - notably Freud, Klein, and Winnicott – as well as myth, fairy tale, comparative religion, etymology and dream material.

Where this book shines is not in a dry recitation of the psychology of transition through life’s stages but in the sense of wonder and mystery Shalit is able to articulate in relation to the problems of life all along the journey. 

Erel Shalit’s books reflect his skill and experience as a clinician and thinker in the Jungian tradition who is making a major contribution to the body of psychological thinking in general and Jungian theory in particular.  

From Steve Zemmelman, Containing the light, in Spring Journal, vol 92 (2015).

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"It has been my great pleasure over the past year to have studied the body of Erel Shalit’s written work. While at first it felt like an overwhelming task to creatively review a body of work by a highly regarded and prolific colleague, I approached the task I was invited to take on as a unique opportunity for learning and creative reflection." Read more from Steve Zemmelman's review.

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Symbols and Signs: Tree of Life and its Meaning

Symbols and Signs: Tree of Life and its Meaning | The Cycle of Life | Scoop.it
Symbolism of Tree of Life across different cultures, discovering a magical key to how life manifests itself, a complex formula of existence, the flow of creation from Divine to Earth and back to Divine.

 

The Mayan believed heaven to be a wonderful, magical place on Earth hidden by a mystical mountain.  They called this place Tamoanchan.  Heaven, Earth, and Underworld (Xibalba) were connected by the ‘world tree’.  The world tree grew at the locus of creation, all things flowing out from that spot into four directions.  These were: East associated with red, Northrepresented by white, West that is black and South that is yellow.  The Mayan tree of life is a cross with its centre... (Click title for more)


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a wonderful exposition from many traditions revealing its manifold meanings..

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Erel Shalit: An excerpt from Requiem: A Tale of Exile and Return

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Mark Winborn's curator insight, April 5, 2015 10:11 AM

Erel Shalit is an astute observer of the human situation from the vantage point of Analytical Psychology.

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An intriguing  perspective in quest of the Hero.

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Carl Jung Depth Psychology: Carl Jung on Old People, Death, Soul.

Carl Jung Depth Psychology: Carl Jung on Old People, Death, Soul. | The Cycle of Life | Scoop.it
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From the very first day of our life, we move backwards as well as forwards, just like Hermes, who the day he was born, deceived his brother Apollo by walking backwards, when stealing his cows. We often do not notice this movement in reverse. While reason and rationality pertain to the clear, empirical, evidence-based vision of the adult ego, the intuitions, the signs and the signals that seem to be concerned rather with fate and destiny, pertain to this reversed counting of life, to death as the mirror-life. We recognize them for instance after someone has died, when in retrospect we realize the hints that were there, but which we hardly noticed, and were unable to grasp. It refers to the wisdom of the senex, the old man and woman, with a profound awareness of soul, spirit and non-matter, and a sense of proximity to death, no matter what his or her chronological age might be.

From The Cycle of Life: Themes and Tales of the Journey

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The US Review of Books - The Cycle of Life, reviewed by Peter M. Fitzpatrick

The US Review of Books - The Cycle of Life, reviewed by Peter M. Fitzpatrick | The Cycle of Life | Scoop.it

While Sigmund Freud mapped out the psychosexual development of children to puberty through the oral, anal, phallic latency and genital stages, Carl Jung expanded the study of human development through the second half of life. Read more

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Peter Birkhäuser Gallery

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The disruptive and transformative reality of the individuation process is captured in this gallery of works by the Swiss artist Peter Birkhäuser.

 


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Peter Birkhauser's amazing paintings from the dream...

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Carl Jung: Face to Face [FULL INTERVIEW] - YouTube

John Freeman interviews Carl Gustav Jung, the most famous living psychologist, at his home in Zürich. We learn about Jung's early life, including the moment ...
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This classical 'Face to Face' interview with Jung from 1959 (also in C. G. Jung Speaking) includes some of his important and famous statements, such as "[man's] psyche should be studied, because we are the origin of all coming evil."

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