The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling Paperback – 2 Oct 1997
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"Acute and powerful..." (Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul)
"Brilliant... I found myself rethinking nearly everything about a life that I thought I knew and believed to be true" (Deirdre Bair, author of Anais Nin: A Biography)
"In this brilliant, absorbing work, Hillman dares us to believe that we are each meant to be here; that we are needed by the world around us" (Publishers Weekly)
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Plato and the Greeks called it 'daimon', the Romans 'genius', the Christians 'Guardian Angel' - and today we use terms such as 'heart', 'spirit' and 'soul'. For James Hillman it is the central and guiding force of his utterly unique and compelling 'acorn theory' which proposes that each life is formed by a particular image, an image that is the essence of that life and calls it to a destiny, just as the mighty oak's destiny is written in the tiny acorn.
Highly accessible and imaginative, The Soul's Code offers a liberating vision of childhood troubles and an exciting approach to themes such as fate and fatalism, character and desire, family influence and freedom, and, most of all, calling - that invisible mystery at the centre of every life that voices the fundamental question, 'What is it, in my heart, that I must do, be, and have? And why?'See all Product Description
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I'd also expected a bit more about how to start to understand one's own "acorn" but there was little about that and the feeling was that with all the emphasis on well-known & great personages, the ordinary folks' "acorns" have less importance.
It's a good clear read, though, and as a starting point has much to recommend it.
- Briefly: Plato's and Jung's thoughts surely overlap to some extent but why shall we bother to force them together? To those interested in the Hillman's metaphor of the acorn I would recommend "The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead" by Stephan A. Hoeller instead.
When reading it, I wished so much for it to be true. Unfortunately, there can be no dismissing ones dismal beginnings: the unwillingness or inability of a parent to offer a suitable attachment, suitable nurturing and the all important, essential, unconditional love, can make or break during a child's formative years.
Berne (father of transactional analysis) writes of a 'Script,' that part of us formed very early on in life and that reflects levels of nature / nurture.
I admire the mind that conceived of such a treasure. The, 'Acorn-Theory,' is a wonderfully optimistic endeavour and offers much in the way of hope.
Personally, I don't fully buy into it - perhaps neither should you: like all good theories, they should be questioned and submitted to scrutiny, not taken laying down.
A good book - author waffles wildly and at random throughout, but a great sentiment nonetheless. A wonderful and much needed worldly tonic, in these dark and difficult days….Buy it!
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