Balancing Heaven And Earth
by Robert A. Johnson , Jerry M. Ruhl
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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A more popular century of scholarly psychology, Robert AJohnson was among the first to introduce Carl Jung’s rich but complex theories of simple elegance and grace, of openness to a whole new hunger and publicHis masterly works — including the best-selling “He, She, The Work Within” and “Own Your Own Shadow” — are known and appreciated both for their beautiful timeless retellings, myths and tales as well as for their profound wisdom and insight.”The balance between Heaven and Earth”, reveals, for the first time, Johnson’s own fascinating and mystical life from his own near-death experience at the age of eleven to the life of the soul journey which informed him of his writing and taught him how to live a spiritual life in the ever-challenging modern worldFull of irresistible, humorous, and surprising stories of encounters with an assortment of “wise men, saints and sinners”, he exposes Johnson’s own inner world and its dazzeling landscape of powerful, dreaming, mystical, and synchronic visions of eventsTo begin, with a vivid account of the childhood accident that cost the lower part of his right leg, Johnson describes life’s defining moment when he was transported by a mystical vision of a kingdom that exists only beyond ordinary consciousness-a domain he calls “the Gold of the World”With this experience, described as “both my curse and a blessing to me,” Johnson is launched on a spiritual quest that leads him in search of Oriental wisdom, to encounters with such sages as JKrishnamurti and DTSuzuki, and finally to Carl Jung, who showed him his fate revealed in a dreamJohnson’s experiences lead him to a unique understanding and acceptance of the weakness of the son connection at work in our lives, guiding us and shaping who we are “calling it out, destiny, or the hand of God”As much a personal guide as a memory, “the balance between Heaven and Earth”, teaches us to follow it, as Johnson has, the subtle influences of dreams, visions, and even our deepest sufferings in orde
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