The Evolution of the Soul: Gnosticism & the Quest for Personal Integrity

1 hour 19 minutes



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Topics: Religion and Spirituality.

The Evolution of the Soul: Gnosticism & the Quest for Personal Integrity

The unknown writers of the Gnostic book The Exegesis of the Soul might well have titled it “The Evolution of the Soul.” They wrote of the feminine soul that incorporated all the charms, beauty, and grace of the Hellenic lady, as well as the dark, scheming aspect of the sinful woman of Judaic lore. Jungian analyst June Singer, author of The Gnostic Book of Hours, explores this tale of violation and redemption emerging from the polycultural scene of first or second century Alexandria. In telling about what happens to the soul that descends to earth and falls into the snares of the dark powers of the visible world, the ancient writers addressed the split in the psyche between “mind” and “soul.” Since our contemporary culture still suffers from this division, we look for guidance in the images and symbols of Gnosticism as we pursue our own quest for personal integrity.

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© 1993 June Singer.
Ⓟ 1993 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.

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Singer, June

June Singer, PhD was a major figure in the development of the Jungian movement in the United States.  She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northwestern University and completed training as a Jungian analyst in Zurich, Switzerland.  During the 1960′s, Dr. Singer founded the Analytical Psychology Club of Chicago, which eventually became the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, in order to provide interested individuals an opportunity to study the works of Carl Jung. June Singer was a gifted analyst and a distinguished author and lecturer.  Her text, Boundaries of the Soul, is considered to be one of the best introductions to Jungian thought. She also wrote two books about sexuality, and a Jungian study of the poet William Blake.  



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