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Problems of Mysticism and its Symbolism ~ dr. Herbert Silberer

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Contents:
– Translator Preface
– Part 1
1. The Parable
19. Dream and Myth Intepretation
– Part 2 – Analytic Part
43. Psychoanalytic Interpretation the Parable
112. Alchemy
146. The Hermetic Art
173. Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry
209. The Problem of Multiple Interpretation
– Part 3 – Synthetic Part
233. Introversion and Intro-determination
269. Effects of Introversion
307. Regeneration
336. The Goal of The Work
373. The Royal Art
417. Notes
427. Bibliography
445. Index

Problems of Mysticism and its Symbolism was Silberer’s magnum opus. Taking as his starting point a Rosicrucian text known as the Parabola Allegory, an alchemical writing with many parallels to the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, he explores the ability of Freudian analysis to interpret it. Having conducted a detailed Freudian interpretation of the allegory Silberer then compares this method to the wider symbolic methods of alchemy, hermeticism, Rosicrucianism and other mystical traditions and texts such as Kundalini Yoga, the Bhagavad Gita and the writings of English mystic Jane Leade. Silberer’s vision is syncretic, the range of his reading extraordinary as he unites the esoteric traditions of the world into the concept of introversion: the descent of the individual into the soul/psyche from which immense psychic and spiritual treasures can be drawn.

The thesis of the book is that while Freudian analysis can provide certain insights it does not go far enough in interpreting the inner psychological and spiritual meanings of dreams, mental processes or creative output – a view which Jung also eventually took up, precipitating his own subsequent split with Freud. Silberer seeks to fuse Freudian ideas with mystical thought processes to create a ‘Royal Art’ which is, in effect, the spiritual transmutation of the soul as propounded in the different mystical traditions of the world. In a very real sense Problems Of Mysticism And Its Symbolism ceases at one point to be a purely scientific work of psychological study and becomes a work of mysticism in its own right (in the final chapter Silberer talks openly about ‘the perfecting [of] mankind’ being the aim of the Work).

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auteur: dr. Herbert Silberer
taal: Engels
gebonden: 451 pagina´s
uitgeverij: Samuel Weiser
1e druk, 1970
formaat: 140 x 210 x 35

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