The Sacred Psyche: A Psychological Approach to the Psalms
The Biblical Psalms are the great treasury of Judeo-Christian spirituality, retaining their capacity to resonate even for those of us whose path is not within mainstream religion. It is not only the devout who are comforted by these works. Many individuals find them to be vital companions in moments of both suffering and joy. This is because they reflect the archetypal experience of the numinosum, which always and everywhere results in an alteration of consciousness.
Just as we risk fatigue and injury from any physical challenge, so the in-depth study of this material can bring us to the edge of our weaknesses and strengths. But, in the end, the enhanced clarity and spiritual insight benefit us in unforeseen ways.
Traditional Judeo-Christianity is at a crucial turning point. Its most precious components are almost invisible in the ruins of forms that no longer feed the hungry psyche. But the poetry of the Psalms still rewards the effort to understand and relate their message to contemporary experience. Originally a lecture series, The Sacred Psyche resonates with Dr. Edinger’s heartfelt, deeply honest responses to these powerful texts.