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Harris, G. (1991). Odajnyk, V. Walter (New York). ‘Meditation and alchemy’. Psychological Perspectives, 22. 1990.. J. Anal. Psychol., 36(3):395-396.

(1991). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 36(3):395-396

Odajnyk, V. Walter (New York). ‘Meditation and alchemy’. Psychological Perspectives, 22. 1990.

Review by:
Gordon Harris

In this paper the writer aims to demonstrate that the alchemical processes that Jung viewed in metaphorical and psychodynamic terms are in fact actual experiences that create a new psychological energetic field which he terms the meditation complex. He takes as his starting point Jung's psychological commentary on The Secret of the Golden Flower, the ninth-century Taoist text describing the process of meditation in alchemical terms. Jung was slow to appreciate the alchemical nature of this text, as he himself acknowledged. Odajnyk maintains that the meditation aspect of the book is of equal importance, and that the alchemical imagery refers to psychological and spiritual processes that take place during meditation.

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