The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling
Random House Publishing Group, 2013 M02 6 - 352 pages
“[An] acute and powerful vision . . . offers a renaissance of humane values.”—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
Plato called it “daimon,” the Romans “genius,” the Christians “guardian angel”; today we use such terms as “heart,” “spirit,” and “soul.” While philosophers and psychologists from Plato to Jung have studied and debated the fundamental essence of our individuality, our modern culture refuses to accept that a unique soul guides each of us from birth, shaping the course of our lives. In this extraordinary bestseller, James Hillman presents a brilliant vision of our selves, and an exciting approach to the mystery at the center of every life that asks, “What is it, in my heart, that I must do, be, and have? And why?”
Drawing on the biographies of figures such as Ella Fitzgerald and Mohandas K. Gandhi, Hillman argues that character is fate, that there is more to each individual than can be explained by genetics and environment. The result is a reasoned and powerful road map to understanding our true nature and discovering an eye-opening array of choices—from the way we raise our children to our career paths to our social and personal commitments to achieving excellence in our time.
Praise for The Soul’s Code
“Champions a glorious sort of rugged individualism that, with the help of an inner daimon (or guardian angel), can triumph against all odds.”—The Washington Post Book World
“[A] 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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—Jerome Bruner, In Search of Mind I don't develop; I am. —Pablo Picasso Even before reason there is the inward movement which reaches out towards its own. —Plotinus, III.4.6 In every artist's development the germ of the later work is ...
Miss Fitzgerald has changed her mind. She's not gonna dance, she's gonna sing ...” Ella Fitzgerald gave three encores and won first prize. However, “she had meant to dance.”5 Was it chance that suddenly changed her mind?
Individuality remains an issue for psychology—a psychology that holds in mind its prefix, “psyche,” and its premise, soul, so that its mind can espouse its faith without institutional Religion and practice its careful observation of ...
... but the vision was full-sized to match the music in his mind. He had to have what he wanted because “I did know, instinctively, that to play was to be.”10 Let us consider that little Yehudi's daimon refused to be treated as a child, ...
With drugs to reduce the strength and frequency of her images, psychiatric medicine could minister to a mind diseased, thereby proving by circular reasoning that what it had eliminated was indeed disease. Another consultant, if called ...
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THE SOUL'S CODE: In Search of Character and CallingUser Review - Kirkus
What set of factors most influence the course of an individual human life? Nature? Nurture? The choices a person makes, including one's intimate relationships? Or is it the complex interplay of all of ... Read full review
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Hillman has written ten books, but he is best known as the inspiration for Thomas Moore's Care of the Soul. Now, for this book on finding one's personal calling, he's getting a big print run himself. Read full review