Sea Glass: A Jungian Analyst's Exploration of Individuation and Suffering
by Gilda Frantz
"Gilda Frantz knows first hand about difficult childhoods, early widowhood, aging, death of a beloved grandchild, and closeness to the end of life. She knows about suffering and the creativity and soul growth that can go hand in hand. These are themes in her own life and in her observations of others. Sea Glass is an apt metaphor for this book—to discover why requires reading it. "
—Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Goddesses in Everywoman, Goddesses in Older Women, and Close to the Bone.
"Frantz shows us that individuation is much more than the distillation of consciousness within the confines of a long and dream-filled analysis. Rather, growth of awareness is revealed to occur in what cannot be contained, in the self that endures when illusions break down. Sea Glass pieces together many such moments in the life of its author. Taken together, they let us see the analyst she has become through the eyes of the person she has always been."
—John Beebe, author of Integrity in Depth.
"You could be listening to the storyteller by the fire, or to your favorite aunt at the kitchen table—the one who always makes you laugh—so vital and engaging is the narrative voice in Sea Glass. In fact, you are reading the gathered writings of Gilda Frantz, a beloved Jungian elder in the classical tradition. Frantz is on intimate terms with the gods and their myths. She has personal experience of alchemy, individuation, dreams, and the creative process, all of which she describes in accessible and lively language."
—Naomi Ruth Lowinsky, author of The Sister from Below: When the Muse Gets Her Way and The Motherline: Every Woman’s Journey to Find Her Female Roots.
Sea Glass: A Jungian Analyst’s Exploration of Suffering and Individuation explores experiences many of us encounter in the course of a lifetime, including those of early childhood. As we mature we can begin to become aware that suffering, when made conscious, can lead us on a path toward higher consciousness, toward the experience of wholeness or individuation. The examples related in this book are told as a storyteller might and include the all-too-human experiences of loneliness, loss, shame, abandonment, aging, disenfranchisement, working with dreams, dealing with the opposites, striving to find one’s creativity, and relationship issues.
Part 1 - Archetypal Suffering
- The Greyhound Path to Individuation
- Growing Up Poor in Los Angeles
- Birth’s Cruel Secret: “I Am My Own Lost Mother to My Own Sad Child”
- On the Meaning of Loneliness
- Image and Imagination; Wounding and Healing
- Dreams and Sudden Death
- Creativity and Inspiration: An interview with Stephen Martin
- Fellini Satryicon
- Carrying the Opposites within Oneself
- The Flowering Wood: An Exploration of Individuation and the Integration of the Feminine Principle
- Relativity and Relationship
- Reflections on Disenfranchisement
- Being Ageless: The Very Soul of Beauty
- Body and Soul
- Jung, Aging, and Individuation
- I’ll See You in My Dreams
- Spiritual Journeys
Publisher: Fisher King Press
Publication Date: October 18, 2014