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Journey Into Depth


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Sister Mary Wolff-Salin is a Jungian psychoanalyst who has published books on connections between Jungian thought and spirituality or community life. She lives in the community of the Hermitage of the Advent in Marshfield, Massachusetts.


Rituals of initiation are largely missing in our society. The ?Peter Pan' syndrome prevails in many young adults. This study of the initiation process in monastic formation and in Jungian Training fulfills a need to explore this gap. And the contrast of the two forms of initiation is a fascinating study.Fr. Timothy Joyce, O.S.B., Glastonbury Abbey
Sr. Wolff-Salin provides a text valuable to vowed religious seeking a better psychological understanding of their life and a text for the analytical therapist willing to see some connection between their training and specific religious experience. Similarly, she provides a readable text for the general reader with some interest in initiatory experience.Catholic Books Review
In this well-documented and clearly articulated text, Wolff-Salin engages the reader in reflection on the elements and nature of true initiatory experiences. Drawing on insights from Jungian psychoanalysis and her own monastic experiences the author skillfully discusses elements common to the initiatory stages of monastic life and the training of Jungian psychoanalysts. She leads the reader through the classical stages of initiation (i.e., separation, liminality, and entrance into a community), thus enabling reflection on various forms of initiation, both monastic and non-monastic, as aids to a transformation of life as an opening on one's existence ?into the abyss of God?Rosemary Rader, O.S.B., Past-president of the American Benedictine Academy
A delightful and enjoyable book.Journal of Analytical Psychology

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