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Alchemical Psychology: Old Recipes for Living in a New World

Alchemical Psychology: Old Recipes for Living in a New World (New)

by Cavalli, Thom

Publisher: Penguin

Binding: Paperback

Book ID: 9781585421404, 1585421405

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Far from legends of turning lead into gold, psychologist Thom F. Cavalli reveals how the ancient art of alchemy can be used today to create powerful and lasting transformations in our personal lives. Alchemical practices have been reborn in our contemporary world under the rubric of Jungianism, transpersonal psychology, or depth psychology.

But in Alchemical Psychology, Thom F. Cavalli, Ph.D., takes us directly to the source-and on a wonderful adventure into the true nature of our hearts and minds. In a book that sparkles with verve, life, and practicality, Dr. Cavalli explains how alchemy was one of humankind's earliest efforts to transform the nature of consciousness. What little-known or underground arts did alchemists practice in pursuit of self-transformation -- and how can they enrich us today? Using the same practices that he employs with patients, Dr. Cavalli offers readers a plethora of personal exercises that, among other things, enables them to "type" themselves according to ancient alchemical identifiers of nature and personality. He then provides practices that can help free them from the grip of familiar problems and foster true personal growth. Beautifully illustrated with medieval prints from the alchemical tradition, Alchemical Psychology gives readers both a richer understanding of their own natures and of the traditions on which many of our modern therapies are based.

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