On Soul and Society

by Donivan Bessinger

Miscellaneous essays:
Outward expressions of inner life.

See also Essays on Ethics and Healing


Assaying His Dark Materials: An Essay.  A commentary on the trilogy by Philip Pullman.

Jakob Boehme (1575-1624), German philosopher- theologian. Introduction to his theology, links to other Boehme sites, with index of citations in Collected Works of Carl G. Jung.

King Lear: Notes for a Seminar. This Jungian analysis interprets Shakespeare's great play as though the characters are all players in the dream of an individual person who is facing retirement. Developing an understanding of the dynamics of wholeness opens the way to having retirement and aging be a time of growing spiritual power and fulfillment, even as social and physical powers decline.

Possessing the Ring: Wagner's Ring and human nature.

 A Jungian interpretation of The Ring of the Nibelungs, with illustrations and index to Wagner citations in the Collected Works of C. G. Jung.

Sophrosyne: The Lost Ideal. This ancient Greek word referred to excellence of character and soundness of mind in a well-balanced individual. It is a complex ideal which has no direct translation into English, but is quite close to the modern concept of "wholeness". Understanding it is central to personal and political life.