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Avis Clendenen

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May 1 2009 1888602449 978-1888602449
In Experiencing Hildegard, Avis Clendenen synthesizes the spirituality of Hildegard of Bingen into a fresh combination with insights from Jungian depth psychology--particularly that of the unconscious and the soul's reality.

Hildegard lives in these pages, not only through the superb analysis of a woman living in a turbulent and changing time, but also in an affirmation of Hildegard's deep trust of the soul's potential to change individuals and their culture. Hildegard emerges as a woman deeply immersed in a rich inner life creatively expressed in many forms. In particular, she is seen as a woman of the past, caught between a patriarchal institution and her recognition of the divinity of all creation and of the feminine. She thus anticipates by many centuries the anguish of our time. The domains of eco-feminism, spirituality (both ecclesial and secular), and the natural religiosity of the psyche are all enriched by the synthetic consciousness evident in this work.

In seven penetrating and imaginative chapters, Clendenen explores the sheer volume of Hildegard's achievements and their implications in our lives today. Her exploration of personal and collective shadow material is particularly poignant--practical and redemptive. She examines the numinous, bringing theological depth and eucharistic awareness to the process of individuation. In the culminating chapter, she envisions Hildegard's viriditas as a soul force that can seed the new, interiorized monasticism that calls so many contemporary women and men. For Clendenen, viriditas provides a fundamental diagnostic and prescription for our environmental future--a current that can shape a healing, covenantal response to the environmental crisis.

Each chapter closes with a reflective exercise that helps stimulate the reader's active engagement, in an unmistakably pastoral gesture. The work is rounded out by seven references to Hildegard of Bingen in Jung's Collected Works, a chronology of Hildegard's life, and a bibliography.

The psychology-theology interface is a contemporary necessity, and this volume in particular will be warmly welcomed by clinicians, spiritual directors, artists and musicians, the Hildegard readership, and the general searching public.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Chiron Publications (May 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888602449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888602449
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,398,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are interested in spirituality and Jungian psychology, Experiencing Hildegard is an excellent read. Dec 4 2013
By J. Kemp - Published on Amazon.com
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Clendenen has written an excellent both on Hildegard's incredible wisdom and the work of Carl Jung. An excellent exposition of the connection between spirituality and psychology.
3.0 out of 5 stars Giving light to a great ignored woman Dec 30 2012
By Constanza Rangel - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to learn more about her, and find in this book, a lot more than I was waiting for. Philosopher, healer, psychologist, mystic, musician. We also can elicit some social values beneficial for some women of the time, that soon would be erased, with the arise of the Santa Inquisition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning from the past April 1 2011
By Leo C. Backs - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book. It reveals how some societies have hidden the truth. St. Hidegard was a woman with great spiritual knowledge and the ability to help others with mental disease. Society kept her teaching a secret. I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to all.

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