Walking Shadows: Archetype and Psyche in Crisis and Growth

Walking Shadows: Archetype and Psyche in Crisis and Growth

ISBN: 9781908995094
September 19th 2014
RRP: £17.95

About the Book

There are certain unusual mental states that have such an extraordinary intensity, that they are numinous; they involve the presence of an archetype. These states can be beautiful or utterly terrifying, they can predispose to illness but if carefully negotiated they carry enormous potential for accelerated development. 

This book is about these high intensity mental states as found in the psychiatric emergency room, in everyday life, in psychotherapy and in spiritual practice.  How can we understand this archetypal layer of psyche and how can we work with its power to promote psycho spiritual growth? 

The author weaves the archetypal perspective into the psychoanalytic and medical models of mind to show us how the different layers of the individual and collective psyche intertwine to give us our rich experience of being human.

Using everyday language and using case studies from clinical work in psychiatry and psychotherapy, the author takes the reader on a journey from: 

  • Breakdown to breakthrough
  • Plato’s cave to Jung’s archetypal crisis
  • Genetics to transpersonal psychology
  • Hearing voices to post traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychoanalysis to psychedelics
  • The mid life crisis to the encounter with death 
  • Quantum physics to synchronicity
  • Shakespeare to shamanism
  • Transcendent nature to mindfulness



About the Author

Dr Tim Read has degrees in neuroscience and in medicine and completed trainings in psychoanalytical and transpersonal psychotherapy.  He is a Consultant Psychiatrist who worked for 20 years at the Royal London Hospital, UK.  


Complete Table of Contents

Table of Contents




       Upstairs and Downstairs

     Mapping the Psyche


Section 1.  Intense States of Meaning


1.  Visiting Heaven and Hell 

      Adam’s Visit to Hell

      Brief Psychotic Episode?

      Martin’s Visit to Heaven

      Through the Filmiest of Screens

      The Psyche as a Sense Organ

      An Overplus of Meaning


2.  Is There an Underlying Reality? 

      Plato’s Search for Truth

      Plato’s Cave 

      Ascent and Return

      Plato’s Archetypes

      Enlightenment and Endarkenment

      Archetypal Crisis


3.  Jung’s Archetypal Voyage 

      Carl’s Story

      Jung’s Crisis

      The Descent into the Unconscious

      Philemon and Basilides

      Set Setting and Integration

      So What Was the Matter with Jung?


4. Archetypal Crises 

      Ruth’s Story

      Managing Turbulence

      Charles and the Disappearing Dot

      Seeking Shiva


5.  Archetypal Penetrance  

     The Bio Psycho Social Archetypal (BPSA) Model of Psyche

     Martial Risings

     High Archetypal Penetrance (HAP) States

     Luisa and the Dog Mess

     Low Archetypal Penetrance (LAP) States


6.  Synchronicity 

      Sally’s Story

      Encounter with the Numinous


      Last Day at the Royal London


7.  A Meaning Filled Mind Field 

       Mind or Machine

       David Bohm and the Implicate Order

       Meaning and the Evolution of Consciousness

       Transmissive Mind

       Models and Beliefs Systems


8   Transcendent Nature

       The Heath      

       Heavenly Gardens

       Scafell Pike and the Dissolving Map

       The Forest of Arden


Section 2.  Self, Shadow and Us


9.   Crisis – Danger and Opportunity

      The Disillusioned Psychiatrist     

      Crisis and Suicidal Thought

      Dan’s Darkest Night

      Working with the Mindset

      Transference and Countertransference

      Delusional Mood


10  Breaking Down or Breaking Through? 

      Archetypal Crisis or Mental Illness?

      The Importance of Good Diagnosis     



      Bipolar Disorder

      Spiritual Emergency

      Mixed States – Marion’s Story


11  The Journey to the Self

         The Grail Within

       Atman or Self

       Joseph Campbell and the Hero’s Journey

       Jack and his Magic Beans

       Milky White

       The Fool


12  Icarus and Narcissus 

      Simon and the Madonna

      Luke Meets his Mother Again

      Max the Seeker

      Narcissism and Psychic Retreats

      Residues of the Infantile

      Ego Inflation


13  Into the Darkness. 

        The Shadow

        Gary on the Neurology Ward

      Collective Shadow – The Heart of Darkness

      Abused Children

      The Problem of Evil

      Hearing Voices

      The Bad Trip

      The Golden Boy

      Nigredo States

      Jumpers, Hangers and Stabbers


14 The Numinous Feminine

     The Death of a Princess

     Anorexia Nervosa

     The Shadow of the Feminine

     Anorexia and Sainthood

     Ana Cool

     The Anima


15 Ego Death and the Midlife Crisis 

      The Challenge of Mid Life

     Stefan and the Sami

     The Archetypes of the Chakra System

     Heart Opening


     Transformation in O


16  Pain and the Perinatal 

      Police Officer Sandy and the Moment of Impact

      Pain in the Brain

      Enter Stanislav Grof

      The Perinatal Layer of Psyche

      Sandy Remoulded

      The Tumultuous Struggle to be Born

      The COEX


17  Matters of Heart 

      Lady NHS

      Raymond’s Last Rampage


      Intelligent Kindness

      The Saturn Archetype


Section 3. Working with the Numinous


18  Encounter with Death 

      Dying Mindfully     

      Children who Remember Previous Lives

      The Ascent of the Dragonfly

      Archetypes of Near Death

      Philippa’s Story

      The Crystal Bowl


19  Mindfulness and the Empathic Observer

         Meditation and the Chattering Mind

       Yoga and the House of Many Rooms

       Mindfulness Practice

       Mindfulness and Crisis

       Darkness Retreat

       Living Mindfully


20   The Way of the Imagination 

          Beyond the Personal Psyche

        Stalingrad with Woolger

        Cispersonal Psyche

        Active Imagination

        The Pink Spider

        Shamanic Journeying

        Monroe and Hemi-Sync

        Confusion of Levels


21   Psychedelics - Gateway to the Numinous 

        Eleusinian Mysteries

        Psychedelic – Archaidelic

        Venus in a Tablet

        Sacred Medicine

        Therapy of Substance


        Ayahuasca Retreat


22   Breathing

        Esalen and the Transpersonal Movement

        The Holotropic Breathwork Retreat

        Hysteria and Dissociative States

        The Neptune Archetype

        Pitfalls and Side Effects

        An Inner Intelligence

        Kansas Transformed



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