Friday, January 20, 2017

Cycle of Life in Czech

The Cycle of Life has now been published in Czech. 
It will soon be released in Polish as well.
You can watch a video on The Cycle of Life prepared by Karol Domanski and Adam Kosciuk, with a narrative from an interview by David van Nuys with Erel Shalit 
on Shrink Rap Radio.

Cyklus života zkoumá vzorce, které se promítají do našeho života s tím, jak si hledáme své místo ve světě, snažíme se žít autenticky a budovat si domov – to místo uvnitř nás, které v rychlém tempu dnešního světa tak snadno opomíjíme či přehlížíme. V první polovině života jako mladí cestovatelé domov opouštíme za dobrodružným hledáním vlastní cesty. V druhé polovině se obvykle vydáváme na velmi dlouhou cestu utváření vlastního domova. V každé životní fázi je v nás přítomna archetypová podstata – božské dítě, puer a puella, dospělý, senex. Porozumět jí můžeme prostřednictvím příběhů, v nichž se odvíjejí témata typická pro každý věk – slast, strach z opuštění, stud, sebeláska, nezávislost a iniciativa, osud, stažení se z života. Archetypová cesta životem se pak odvíjí v neustálém procesu individuace a hledání smyslu a životních hodnot. 

Erel Shalit je izraelský jungiánský analytik a autor. Kromě terapeutické praxe přednáší na univerzitách, jungiánských sympoziích a kulturních fórech v Izraeli, Evropě a USA.

To purchase the Cycle of Life in Czech, click here.

The Cycle of Life is published in English by Fisher King Press, and available at Amazon.

A magnificent book for all interested in the journey of life
by Lori Goldrich, Jungian Analyst

It is with great pleasure that I review Erel Shalit’s marvelous book. To begin, I feel so moved by the synchronous events that led to his finding of the book’s cover, or “face.” Benjamin Shiff’s painting “Life” and the meaning he gives for this marriage of book and painting are quite exquisite. “The candle’s soft light of life is poised against the painful inevitability of burning out. Yet, as long as they burn, there are shades and colors; there are the distinct faces of transient existence, and there are those of obscurity, hidden in distant nature; there is a lyrical melancholy, as well as a tense harmony…Only an unlit candle will never burn out. A fully lived life extracts the awareness of its finality.” These words are like pearls for the journey he takes us on in The Cycle of Life.
Erel Shalit truly succeeds in describing the different stages of life in a way that keeps the reader interested and engaged. The weaving of psychological and theoretical perspectives from Freud to Klein to Winnicott to Neumann to Jung, and others, along with the wisdom from various disciplines including philosophy, literature, religion, and myth, is presented in such a way that both clinician and layperson can deepen in experience and knowledge. I especially appreciate his discussion of how the focus on archetypal images and experience can release the energy that lives in the deeper stratas of the psyche to assist in the transformation of psyche, body and spirit.

I also want to share a personal delight while reading Erel’s book. I always enjoy exploring the precise meaning of Hebrew words, and I so enjoyed his inclusion of this for select words and names. It “makes the connection between word and image comparatively close.” It is also reflective of the depth of attention he brings to his writing.

Erel Shalit has written a truly magnificent piece of work. It is a book for all those interested in the Journey. At the beginning of his book, he offers us the image of the “river” and writes from Plato, “While the river preserves its identity, it is incessantly moving and changing, simultaneously being and becoming.” As I read his book, I can truly experience the being and becoming on the journey of life.

Paintings by Benjamin Schiff

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