The Orphan

Reviewed by Dyane Sherwood

In The Orphan: A Journey to Wholeness, Audrey Punnett has brought this powerful topic to our attention in a thoughtful and multifaceted book that is engaging, carefully researched, and clearly written. As a Jungian analyst, she concerns herself with the effects on individuals of losing a parent in childhood and with the universal questions of the Orphan in each of us—that is, the underdeveloped aspects of our personalities that have lacked the nurturing, structure, and sense of security that they have needed to grow.

In her opening chapters, Dr. Punnett recounts the way the theme of the orphan seemed to find her, rather than her consciously seeking it out, after she had moved alone to Zurich to enter analytic training. Throughout, one can sense her deep empathy with the loneliness of the parentless child. Continue reading

The Metrics of Human Consciousness

How consciousness evolved

Review by Grady Harp

Author Richard Barrett is recognized around the world as a thought leader on values, culture and leader ship in business and society. As Founder and Chairman of the Barrett Values Centre he has published six important books and now distills much of he wisdom he imparted in those book in this thin but valuable volume. He is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, a Member of the Wisdom council of the Venter for Integral Wisdom, an Honorary Board Member of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, and a Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank.

Barrett’s sensitive discussion of the methods of measuring human consciousness concerns the steps in a ladder that matches Stages with Levels. Continue reading

Celibacy and Soul: Exploring the Depths of Chastity

Celibacy and Soul. Exploring the Depths of Chastity
by Susan J. Pollard

Review by Dr. Brendon Stewart

Most Saturday afternoons I spend time waiting to have my groceries checked out at my local friendly supermarket. While waiting I can easily indulge my social research interests by reading and at times skimming through the journals that bring us the latest circumstances detailing various marriage breakdowns and the unabashed sexual arrangements of some celebrity.

What could I make of a book, recently in my hand that was suggesting celibacy and chastity could be imagined as passionate and beautiful? Susan Pollard near to the beginning of her Prelude makes clear that consenting to the way of celibate love is about a sense of rightness for her and she finds herself happy as a celibate. Continue reading

Spiritual Democracy

Review by Neil Richardson

Jungian psychotherapist and American literary history scholar Steven Herrmann combines both these expertise in his epic Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward (Sacred Activism). Herrmann has written a book that may be rooted in some of the leading thinkers in the United States from the 19th century but the implications from an environmental, ethno-cultural, democratic, scientific, sexual and psychological context is staggering and relevant today. Spiritual Democracy connects Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Emily Dickenson, C. G. Jung and Alexander von Humboldt and many other thinkers together in raising the basic question we all must confront one way or the other-How can we all live on this planet together and mindfully? Continue reading

Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success

We’re all powerless against the vicissitudes of fate

Review by Grady Harp

Author/psychologists David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz have placed before the general reading public a book that tackles some of those life questions we all face, separate out individuals who have survived seemingly impossible odds, and use their work with these people to probe the arena of ‘supersurvivors’ and in doing so negate some old misunderstood perceptions and myths about what makes people able to make the most out of a hopeless situation. Continue reading