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Embrace of the Daimon
The Ecstatic Promise of the Dark
Sandra Lee Dennis, Ph. D.
ISBN: 9780892540563
Book (Paperback)
Nicolas-Hays
$21.95
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
285 pages
July 1, 2001


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"I was deeply moved by the force and effort of these personal revelations that show that in spite of the alarming and painful character of the visions, they may represent something more than the bad effects of childhood, past lives, or defective genes. Dennis suggests that they may represent a cultural movement into the next era of great importance, as they indicate the emergence of a dark, descending spirituality, like the lower worlds of the shaman, which is absolutely necessary to balance the recent emphasis on 'light.' This world indeed corresponds with the rise of 'the feminine' and its values. This book advances our understanding of this ongoing process tremendously." -Don Sandner, author, The Sacred Heritage: The Influence of Shamanism on Analytic Psychology

"I find this an extraordinarily well-written, original and profound work that extends our understanding of the relation between psyche and soma. Dr. Dennis' integration of personal material and theory makes possible a synthesis of active imagination, the daimonic and the subtle body. Much of the region is still unexplored and any reader will have the excitement of seeing new lands for the first time. I believe the material to be deeply practical for individual integration of psyche and soma." -Dr. Alan B. Ruskin, Jungian Analyst
Some call the imaginal the realm of the archetypes, the home of the gods and goddesses, or the source of creativity. Others simply call it the soul. The daimon of the imaginal world facilitates the incarnation of soul into the physical body, and transforming these dark energies allows us to progress as spiritual beings. Sandra Dennis suggests that attitudes devaluing the erotic, feminine, instinctual energies, particularly those of sexuality, and destructiveness, and the marginalization of bodily sexuality, and destructiveness?and the marginalization of bodily sensation itself, block these daimonic soul images from incarnating. She discusses our tendency to block these transforming forces and offers suggestions on how to embrace and reclaim them to allow for a more integrated existence. She explains sensations associated with daimonic imagery?fragmentation, rage, anxiety, pain, also the other side?ecstacy, bliss, orgasmic release?understanding that all of these sensations form the basis for profound change in the sense of self. Bibliography. Index. 2001.transforming these dark energies allows us to progress as spiritual beings. Sandra Dennis suggests that attitudes devaluing the erotic, feminine, instinctual energies, particularly those of sexuality, and destructiveness, and the marginalization of bodily

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