By Pamela Donleavy
This e-book is set the strength personified through the classical Greek goddess Themis, who introduced her divine and usual 'right order' to gods and people, and who nonetheless presides over legislation courts because the determine of Justice. in lots of Western nations this present day, the starting to be dis-ease in minds and our bodies of people is usually echoed in entire groups. instead of coming jointly, they appear to separate aside in anger and misery. yet themis energy is both strong, and will paintings to compile and to heal.
From the conflict of the Titans and Olympians to the oracle at Delphi and the dinner party of the gods, the tales of the goddess weave via those chapters to light up how themis strength is at paintings this day. The authors discover mental therapeutic in participants and relate this to new study in neurocardiology at the refined interactions of physique and brain. They exhibit how the foreign move for restorative justice is drawing at the similar therapeutic instruments to learn sufferers and offenders alike. they usually evoke the intense tale of the South African fact and Reconciliation fee, which exhibits the realm how themis strength can assist remodel a ravaged society.
This publication deepens figuring out of the mental urge in the direction of therapeutic and wholeness that is as a lot part of humans because the urge to damage. It deals intriguing new insights into Jung's special approach to the connection among person and collective psychology. it's going to attract psychologists who paintings with participants and teams, to attorneys and others occupied with the failure of present felony justice structures, and to humans inquisitive about non secular, political and different groups that search to construct groups which could surround or even have fun range instead of rejecting it in fear.
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Extra info for From Ancient Myth to Modern Healing: Themis: Goddess of Heart-Soul, Justice and Reconciliation
In this illustration of Themis as the oracle of Delphi, taken from a vase that dates from the ﬁfth century bce, Themis’s emblem is shown as an eight-pointed star inside two circles, the same image that Diana had drawn as the centre of her mandala. This discovery seemed to conﬁrm that the goddess’s energy had indeed been guiding Diana’s analytic process throughout, entirely independently of the conscious awareness of either herself or Pamela. After the mandala appeared, Diana graduated from school on time without postponement, and received her Masters degree.
Essentially, however, the barrier is a defender of the trauma-shaken psyche of the individual, as it was for Diana against the buried Titanic emotions that seemed so negative and threatening. The damage done by abuse in childhood can be profound. Developmental neuropsychiatrists have even shown that there can be a constellation of brain abnormalities associated with it. Through the use of the electroencephalogram (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and developmental testing on individuals with histories of psychiatric distress and abuse as well as on so-called ‘normal subjects’, researchers have been able to show that the abused individuals had arrested development in the left hemisphere of the brain.
More directly, the concept of blood-soul and spirit-soul is analogous in Western antiquity with eros and logos; in the Chinese tradition with yin and yang, and in Christianity with body and spirit. All these great pairings have also included the fundamental diﬀerentiation between ‘feminine’ (eros, yin, body) and ‘masculine’ (logos, yang, spirit). But there is a crucial diﬀerence between the ﬁrst two and the third: whereas logos and eros and yin and yang are complementary, equally essential elements in the great dance of creation, the Christian tradition came to see body and spirit as antagonists rather than vital partners.
From Ancient Myth to Modern Healing: Themis: Goddess of Heart-Soul, Justice and Reconciliation by Pamela Donleavy