The Knowledge that Leads to Wholeness

Gnostic Myths Behind Jung's Theory of Individuation

by Robert Lloyd



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/26/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 263
ISBN : 9781425746513
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 263
ISBN : 9781425746520
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 263
ISBN : 9781469102085

About the Book

The Knowledge that Leads to Wholeness is the first book to specifically illustrate how the major Gnostic myths underlie Jung’s theory of individuation. It is a compelling and in-depth examination of a life-changing journey that begins with the author discovering the forgotten secrets of the Gnostics. These secrets are gradually unveiled as the author and his loyal dog, Gold, are initiated, each in their own way, to put the ancient knowledge into practice.

Dr. Lloyd explores the esoteric side of Carl Jung and reveals the connections between Jung’s pivotal theory of individuation, i.e. the journey to wholeness, and the powerful, visionary myths told by the pioneers of the psyche, the Gnostics. He details what happens to a person who is on the road to wholeness, how the person will change, and how a new divine-human identity will be born into the world as a result of undertaking this transformational odyssey.


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Lloyd splits his expansive hypothesis of the soul’s journey into three vital steps (preparation, undertaking and re-birth) in discovering Jung’s “path to wholeness.” He credits Jung with saving his life by way of unlocking his imagination (the soul’s voice) and spiritual mindset. The author familiarizes readers with the Gnostic religious movement, practitioners of an intensely spiritual inner exploration, who believed that humans are not bound to experiences solely of the body and mind. His literary gift to Jung is these comparative ruminations, all exuding a great amount of imagination and provocative thought. Running parallel to the author’s spiritually progressive interests is his adventuresome interaction with and “imaginal dog” named Gold, who discovers two seeds of knowledge. The first rediscovers the “spark of divine life,” whereby humans are one and the same with God, and the second amplifies Jung’s individuation theory that the human ego must relate to the unconscious mind to achieve psychological health. Unerringly throughout his narrative, Lloyd grafts Gnostic myths with Jungian wisdom. He focuses on the psychic creator and “king of the material world” Demiurge in association with second-century Gnostic visionary Valentinus, whose tragic myth of Sophia tells of a restless female deity who travels outside of herself searching for wholeness rather than looking inward, and her ultimate repentance. Comparatively, Jung also writes of humans who restrict themselves to their five senses rather than tapping into the core strength of their imaginative visions where “uncanny experiences” might spring forth. As Lloyd (and Gold) survey principles of higher consciousness, the self, the transformative life-cycle process, and the concluding Syrian lyrical myth “Song of the Pearl” as they are juxtaposed against Jung’s theories, the author also cites Gnostic challenges to contemporary religious beliefs as in the re-imagined genesis of Jesus of Nazareth. Most interestingly, Lloyd inserts Jung into his narrative to quiz his arbiters as to whether they have the “desire to discover the mystery” of their existence.

Unfiltered hokum for some, but those who are open to it will find much-needed nourishment and direction for their searching souls.

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About the Author

Robert Lloyd, Ph.D., holds three degrees that qualify him to write this book: a bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion, a master of arts in marriage and family therapy, and a doctorate in depth psychology. While researching his dissertation at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, California, Dr. Lloyd gave lectures to students and faculty about the topic of his research: the relationship between Jung’s theory of individuation and the ancient Gnostic myths. The author is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in clinical practice in the Los Angeles and San Diego area for fifteen years.