Monika Wikman: Pregnant Darkness Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness



Ly in the first 30 pages the book s content is first rate Elsewhere it s not If time and effort had been spent in revision I imagine we would have seen true alchemical gold As a dream interpreter this book adds another layer to the complex messages that we conjure when we dream Carl Jung was brilliant in making the connection between dreams and the greater concept of alchemy For me these have been two ntil now mutually exclusive subjects that have fascinated me for a long time The correlation convincingly presented in this book is deeply satisfying Monika Wikman has done an extraordinary job in expounding the essence of alchemical psychology in The Pregnant Darkness Her book is filled with exacting and illuminating readings of the works of Jung and Von Franz among others and very detailed and captivating dream analyses drawn from years of careful clinical work and deep engagement with the infinite mysteries of the objective psyche and psychoidal realms concerning the psychoid Jung has written It seems to me probable that the real nature of the archetype is not capable of being made conscious that it is transcendent on which account I call it psychoid CW vol 8 pg 223 Wikman takes The Journal Of A Vicars Wife us through the various stages of the alchemical process with all of the attendant horrors and ecstasies that said process entails from the blackness of the nigredo to the completion of the opus magnum and the realization of thenity of the psyche Throughout Wikman remains clear that the Their Mistletoe Matchmakers unfolding of this great cosmic and spiritual drama has a purpose our task is to remember our intimate interconnection with creation at all levels the seen and thenseen pg 116 There is much that could be said about this book If you are at all intrigued by this work do not hesitate to get yourself. Pregnant Darkness shows that alchemy is at work in contemporary everyday life Alchemical symbolism properly The Stephanides Pregnancy understood can be applied tonraveling the meaning of visions in meditation active imagination and dream work Wikman shows how readers can participate in the divine energies to help miraculous changes occur in their livesWikman writes In Greek mythology Pegasus The Tycoons Reluctant Cinderella upon taking to the air pushed hard with a back hoof and penetrated the earth A spring rosep where his hoof dashed the earth and in this hole the muses resi.

A copy I ll conclude by sharing two of my favourite passages from this bookWikman ends her work with a deeply moving discussion of the The True King of Dahaar (A Dynasty of Sand and Scandal unus mundus and the states of renewal that are associated with this level of realization In thenus mundus states where conscoiusness experiences this renewing flow of life and More George W. Bushisms union our sense organs may awaken so we literally see hear feel smell and perceive in brand new ways Time and timelessness open their doors to one another and embrace in the moment Matter becomes the transparent intricate vehicle and expression of spirit that it is Rock solid objects in the natural world reveal they are mostly madep of space and moving particles Cosmic awareness grows where you dream or suddenly awaken to the feeling of the whole cosmos as one The Making Of Henri Higgins unified being and your self as an element in and a tiny mirror of that cosmic body This is the fruit of yogic consciousness of the coniunctio awakening pg 254Perhaps my favourite passage of the book which sets the tone early on More than ever we need to look into our part of what we are creating within the anima mundi and look deep enough to discover the a priori medium of creation the living root dwelling in the autonomous psyche In the alchemical text titled The Rosarium Philosophorumthe prima materia first matter or source of all creation is called radix ipsius meaning root of itself It roots in itself autonomous dependent on nothing It isncreated increatum The niue materia says Paracelsus is a great secret having nothing in common with the elements yet it is the mother of the elements and of all created things If we can delve in deep enough and locate this root we have a better chance of restoring our attunement to and balanced relationship with the world soul pg 42 Chris Drucker rec. De One of the roles of the religious function of which Jung speaks is to bring s toward that inner spring of the muses where something beyond ego resides instructs and inspires Like a hole created from Pegasus' leaping foot contact with this inner spring often entails a crack in our field of ordinary consciousness In the inner world the spring of living symbols and accompanying presences is the source of dreams and visions as well as the fountain of inspiration at the heart of poetry art ritual mythology and even religion.

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Much to love but some not to likeThe positives It s an enriching book I am going through some difficult times and can apply much of the book s wisdom to my situation Wikman s text is itself like the dark light of Mercury showing the reader a way through life s greatest challenges Wikman shows how crises can be embraced as opportunities for greater wholeness and that s a wonderful approach to existence The author also has some insightful commentary on Western culture and she suggests ways that we can collectively begin to heal I typed eight pages of notes from the book and I will certainly refer back to themNow the negatives Who is Wikman s target reader If it s an amateur seeker the Jungian argot is too thick If it s a student of Jungian thought the subject has been written about extensively before and Wikman doesn t offer much in the way of original perspective Wikman could have benefited from an editor The book is discursive It drifts and becomes highly repetitive and at times reminded me of a protracted doctoral thesis Wikman s personal stories and case histories are nsettling The author seems completely oblivious to the fact that she lives a very sheltered privileged life and that this perspective might damage her credibility She is not ashamed of her narrow perspective she boasts about it On nearly every page we find something about her jetting back and forth between her office in California and her ranch in Santa Fe Or her trip to France Or her famous artist clients I couldn t help but cringe every time I read the personal stories thinking that they only helped reinforce the stereotype that Jungian analysis is only for wealthy new age kooks who have nothing better to do with their time Jung deserves better than thatI am ambivalent At times particular. Author psychologist and astrologer Monika Wikman has worked for decades with clients and their dream symbols and witnessed the presence of the divine hand at work in the psyche In The Pregnant Darkness Wikman shows readers that the best way to cope with their darkest hours is by fostering a connection to the deeper current of life those mysteries that give life form and meaning Wikman's analysis of dream material leads readers into a practical explanation of alchemical symbolism Far from being a aint ancient practice The.