LAShTAL.COM is proud to have been given the opportunity to host Routes of Wholeness: Jungian and Post-Jungian Dialogues with the Western Esoteric Tree of Life by Lloyd Kenton Keane.
This is a thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, 2007.
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Description: “The purpose of this thesis is to analyse the sefirot of the Western Esoteric Tree of Life, and by extension the Western Esoteric Tradition, from an analytical psychological perspective. Through this perspective, the Western Esoteric Tree of Life can be seen as a metaphor of the process of individuation (initiation). The Western Esoteric Tradition’s use of the image of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life reflects both their world-view and the presumed stages of psycho-spiritual transformations thought to occur within that world-view. While Jung did not write specifically on the Western Esoteric (Occult) tradition he did find that related esoteric traditions such as alchemy and various forms of mysticism paralleled what he termed the process of individuation. Ultimately, the analytical psychological interpretation reveals that the Western Esoteric Tree of Life mirrors Jung’s notion of the individuation process and that with an analytical psychological appreciation of metaphor, the Western Esoteric Tradition has, consciously or unconsciously, developed an initiatory system of psychological value.”