lients have asked me, ”What is the religion that is most compatible with psychoanalytic and depth psychological approaches?” All religions, especially the mystical or contemplative aspect of religious traditions, are very compatible with depth-psychological approaches.
For instance, in The Gospel of Thomas (part of the Dead Sea scrolls, discovered in 1946), Jesus sounds like a Jungian analyst! (I’m quoting someone else - if you know who it is, please let me know!)
he specific challenges she writes about are how even the greatest virtues can become our downfall; altruism, empathy, integrity, respect, engagement and most of all - compassion.
For those who practice these ”virtues” as part of our daily life and profession, it is a wake up call that such qualities can also have a dark side. The Shadow lurks even here. Roshi Joan guides us through a thorough self-examination.
I personally found this very illuminating, and an example of how we can stray off the path even while being dedicated to it. For instance, if our path requires compassion, and we give readily, what does it mean when we resent our situation?
This book will help carers of all kinds, from parents, to teachers, to therapists - and end of life carers, which has been Joan Halifax’s particular dedication.