Gnosis: An Esoteric Tradition of Mystical Visions and Unions
Author: Dan Merkur
Features: Notes, works cited, index
Traces the use of powerful gnostic visionary techniques from Hellenistic Gnosticism and Jewish merkabah mysticism, through Muhammad, the Ismaeilis, and theosophical Sufism to medieval neoplatonism, and renaissance alchemy. Part One: Jung, Active Imagination, and the Gnostic-Alchemical Hypothesis 1. The Study of Mystical Experiences 2. Jung, Silberer, and Active Imagination 3. Theories of Spiritual Alchemy 4. The Alchemical Production of Gold
Part Two: A History of Gnosis 5. Defining Gnosis 6. The Gnostic Journey to the Ogdoad 7. The Recital of the Chariot 8. Muhammad and his Mi'raj 9. Islamic Gnosis and the World of Imagination 10. The Passage of Gnosis to the Latin West Notes Works Cited Index
Dan Merkur (1951-2016), served as a clinical psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto and as a faculty member at both the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Living Institute. He also was a visiting scholar in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. He authored fourteen books.
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