The Magician Within: Accessing the Shaman in the Male Psyche

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Exploring the spiritual side of the male psyche, the authors present their special program for assisting men in the move from boyhood to manhood. By the authors of The King Within. 25,000 first printing.

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Like the two previous volumes from these collaborators (The King Within and The Warrior Within, both 1992), this one urges men to take control of their lives and to enjoy the knowledge within, in this case by emphasizing mastery of the culture's power, imagination, and technology--a stimulating prospect undermined by graceless writing. Following an explanatory tour of the masculine soul, gender identity, and the male psyche (familiar from earlier works), Moore and Gillette consider traditional images of masculine magicians and the elements most common to their stories--mysterious origins, imperiled infancies, distant wanderings, etc. It's an informed set of observations, and, in tracking the shaman idea through myth and history, the authors support their argument with diverting examples and a well-honed point of view (for example, preferring the terms ``ordinary'' and ``extraordinary'' to the classic ``profane'' and ``sacred''). The role of elders, the importance of ritual, and the significance of initiations are also examined, as are the behaviors of men who fail to measure up--those innocent of the pain they cause, or those detached from their best impulses. By contrast, those who harness the magician's energy--who have access to inner truths and can affirm others' efforts to do the same--are able to ``face the cosmos,'' to live ``as mature men, consciously and intentionally, and with deep self-reflection.'' Would that the authors' presentation were as strong as their conviction. Like its predecessors, the book is full of cumbersome schemata (seven states of initiation, five stages to accessing the magician) and difficult definitions (the difference between ``liminal'' and ``liminoid'') that clog the prose and obscure the message about men's potential--a vital message that needs a simpler idiom to reach its audience. (Fifty b&w photos--not seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Drawing on Jungian psychology, theology and folklore, Moore, who teaches at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and pastoral counselor Gillette, coauthors of The King Within and The Warrior Within , advise men on how to nurture the powerful, generative and healing aspect of their natures called the Magician. Along the way men will meet the Trickster, whose manipulative, detached and destructive capacities represent the Magician in his "shadow" or negative form. Through meditation and self-reflection, men can transform the Trickster's negative energy into life-affirming, shamanistic power, according to the authors. Of the book's four parts, the first three examine the archetypes and shadow forms of the male psyche, while the fourth provides a blueprint for individuals hoping to explore the Magician and Trickster figures in their inner lives. This otherwise thoughtful self-help book is marred by psychological jargon and a reliance on spiritualism and rituals as techniques. Photos.
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