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In Transformation, Robert Johnson offers a new model to understand the stages of personal growth to achieve maturity and wholeness.

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Using three quintessential figures from classical literature - Don Quixote, Hamlet, and Faust - he shows us three levels development that are to be completed to experience the self-realized state of completion and harmony. We are all Don Quixote, Hamlet, and Faust at various stages of our lives. They represent levels of consciousness that live inside us, vying for dominance, one winning one moment, another the next.

Don Quixote is the innocent child in us all, unaware of life's pain. Shakespeare's Hamlet represents conscious imperfection, a man divided between the opposing forces within himself and full of despair in the face of the tragic nature of life. This is the state of the modern Western person - aware of one's shortcoming, anxious over what to do, neurotic and incomplete. As a result, modern Western culture has historically dismantled the more natural societies it has encountered, leaving entire populations stranded in the purgatory of this second level of consciousness.

The third state, conscious perfection-the state of the fully integrated person - is represented by Goethe's Faust. His is an awareness that has been gained by struggling with and working through the second level of consciousness - a journey that is both painful and dangerous and of particular pertinence to our contemporary culture. It is Faust who, through his own inner work, restores to wholeness the life he had torn apart to achieve the ecstatic, visionary, enlightened consciousness of which we are all capable.

"On the heels of Robert Bly's best-selling Iron John, comes this slim volume which offers quite a different assessment of maleness and its self-completion."         ~Library Journal

Only a handful of true spiritual elders come along in each generation. With more than two million books in print in thirty countries on five continents, honored and respected Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson has been one of the most influential interpreters of Jungian psychology in our time, presenting Carl Jung’s rich but complex theories with simple elegance and grace.

Author Johnson, Robert A.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 128 pp.
Publisher HarperCollins 1993
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Number: 134 Page 122 of 134