What is the difference between soul and spiritual consciousness? Or the process of individuation and the development of individuality? What are Jung's and Steiner's views on the Grail, dreams, life after death, alchemy, and sexuality?
The different approaches of C.G. Jung - the explorer of soul - and Rudolf Steiner - the explorer of spirit - have never been fully brought together. How, putting these together, can a more holistic understanding of the human being be reached? Gerhard Wehr, who is both an Anthroposophist and a biographer of C.G. Jung, answers these questions and explores what a psychology that comprehends both soul and spirit would begin to look like. With a profound and original introduction by Robert Sardello and an extensive appendix with essays on depth psychology and Anthroposophy by Hans Erhard Lauer, this book bears witness to the birth of a new psychology.
As Sardello writes: "Jung and Steiner does not merely offer a comparison of two creative individuals each of whom has brought something decidedly new to the world.... This book goes much further, and its reach has to do with the method employed, which Wehr calls 'synoptic.' Rather than setting the externals of two systems side by side and looking at each for similarities and differences, Wehr sets the core meaning of each beside the other. Out of the tension something new comes into being."
GERHARD WEHR was born in Germany in 1931. He is the author of a biography of C.G. Jung in German and numerous publications in fields such as Christian spirituality, depth psychology, and Anthroposophy.
ROBERT SARDELLO, Ph.D., has been a practicing psychotherapist for over twenty years, working in existential, Jungian, and archetypal psychologies. He is cofounder of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and of the School of Spiritual Psychology. He is the author of Facing the World with Soul, Love and the World: A Guide to Conscious Soul Practice, and Freeing the Soul from Fear.
HANS ERHARD LAUER (1899-1979) teacher, writer, journalist, and lecturer, was a lifelong anthroposophist. After he gave his dissertation on the Swiss philosopher and Goethean psychologist I.P.V. Troxler, he worked in Vienna and then Switzerland, while continuing to write and edit in anthroposophical periodicals. His essays in Jung and Steiner are the only other significant comparison of these two masters.