- Taschenbuch: 160 Seiten
- Verlag: Karnac Books (30. Juni 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1780490801
- ISBN-13: 978-1780490809
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Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Juni 2012
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This book is an amplified transcript of two seminars on Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis given for the New York University Postdoctoral Contemplative Studies Project (2010, 2011). The additional eight part Appendix enriches basic themes and is almost a book in itself.'Now that Bion's work is becoming more widely read and appreciated, growing interest has increasingly developed over his later work, which deals with mysticism. This new tack seems to represent a radical departure from his earlier, more conventionally scientific writings. The Hebrew Kabbalah was one of the principal mystical texts that captured Bion's rapt interest in his attempt to align psychoanalytic concepts with strikingly parallel revelations in mystical writings. Michael Eigen has done an important service in presenting, on the one hand, his highly articulate and readily comprehensible rendition of Bion's mystical venture into "Transformations in O", "Faith in O", and many other of Bion's associated ideas, and their correlations in the Kabbalah. The result is admirable. Eigen is no stranger to psychoanalysis nor to mysticism, and this beautiful work shows it. I was pleased with his ease of demystifying mysticism in Bion and in the Kabbalah. We learn that each body of work deals with different surges in our daily emotional lives. This is a must-read book.'- James Grotstein, author of A Beam of Intense Darkness: Wilfred Bion's Legacy to Psychoanalysis'Michael Eigen, who in his previous writings opened windows to bold and thrilling connections between psychoanalysis and other methodologies, now lays out a brilliant link between Jewish mystical teachings (Kabbalah and Hassidism) and psychoanalytical theory. In this book as well, Eigen, in his unique way, interweaves a rational, intelligent and lucid analysis, with an empathetic listening to the longing heart. Here we have an extraordinary book that dares to draw parallels and show similar lines of thinking between the foundations of Lurianic Kabbalah, the Hassidic teaching of the Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Nachman from Bratslav and the most complex theories that psychoanalysis offers today: from Freud, Klein, Balint and Winnicott, to the depths of Bion.'- Admiel Kosman, Poet and Pofessor at University of Potsdam and Geiger College, Berlin'Michael Eigen dazzles his students and followers with personal gems of wisdom, mystical tales, and charming stories. He fills them with spirit, compassion and with love meant to heal their brokenness and help them survive the inevitable catastrophic condition of life.'- Lewis Aron, Ph.D. is the Director, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.'Michael Eigen's Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis is a passionate journey into the world of the soul, one that lives, breathes and renews the Kabbalistic spirit for our time. Eigen brings the Jewish mystics into dialog with the theory and practice of psychoanalysis in a manner that resonates with and transforms the reader's own psyche and spirit.'- Sanford Drob, author of Kabbalistic Visions: C.G. Jung and Jewish Mysticism
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Michael Eigen is a psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University, and a Senior Member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. He is the author of a number of books, including 'Toxic Nourishment', 'The Psychoanalytic Mystic', 'Feeling Matters' and 'Flames from the Unconscious'.
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prayerful book which inspired me with awe, reverence, and wonder, and it expanded my own consciousness looking at some things in ways I hadn't previously thought about. It made me feel brave. He shares his own awe and reverence along with teaching about Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis with great clarity, right from the heart of the matter. His heart.
Read this book slowly and gently, like a prayer. It is a prayer, suggesting new ways we might look at things and understand them that could be life altering and even world changing. If you knew nothing of Kabbalah, you could start here. If you know nothing of Wilfred Bion, you could start here. The extended 8 part appendix includes further thoughts and helpful explanations. This is a very personal rendering of teachings the author holds dear to his heart. A person could learn a lot on many different levels from this book, basic and more advanced. I highly recommend it to readers of all levels. This book will open windows one didn't even know were there.
If you are looking for something more practical than spiritual vision, no one can recreate the psychological insights of someone like Bion better than Eigen. Sometimes I get the feeling that Eigen knows Bion better than Bion knew himself. You will find him making new connections which bring obscure concepts into the light. Knowledge and concepts are rapidly condensed into these really dense and powerful and meaningful metaphors. They are like sparks out the other end of a black hole where the heart of stone is made flesh.
Eigen is always pushing at the edge of the possible; that's why his work fits with the Kabbalah so well- a deep desire to communicate personal experiences, some mystical, which by definition are beyond words. I always feel a speaking presence when I read Eigen's books, especially this book which is a transcription of one of his talks. I mostly forget what it feels like to be so emotionally naked, to feel such pain or such joy, but when I read his work I get into a state of mind, of belief, that with some effort which is faith, that we can open to this world. At the end of Ezekiel's account of the mystical vision of the chariot, a Kabbalist's key text, he says "I fell upon my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking". Fierce, brave, gentle, still.
Eigen begins by saying that the innovative psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion told him, "I use the Kabbalah as a frame for psychoanalysis". In this book, he draws on many sources, the teachings of psychoanalysts Sigmund Freud, Wilfred Bion and D.W. Winnicott, the Jewish mystics Isaac Luria and Rabbi Nachman, the Kabbalistic work "Zohar", and a rich panoply of world culture, including Zen Buddhism, the Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu, and much more.
Eigen's scholarship is profound, and his language down to earth. This book is a magnificent introduction to Kabbalah, since he talks in depth about the Sephirot, or Tree of Life, the visual/conceptual image that depicts the flow of divine energy. It is equally magnificent in introducing the complex thinking of Bion, and offers an explanation of the essential ideas of Bion represented in Bion's grid, which is a visual representation of the relationships of Bion's ideas.
Basically, the book is a joy to read, and offers a path to vital knowledge, a journey through the mysteries of the human mind, and the mysteries of the created world.