With economies in peril, war in the Middle East, genocides, global warming, and a host of other grim phenomena, the world has never seemed so besieged. The solution, says Robert Sardello, lies with the individual. In this timely, thoughtful book, he explains how the soul can engage with the outer world to produce radical change. Because we think of the world as a vast mechanism and behave as mechanical objects in it, the results are devastation and dysfunction. The key is to learn to identify with the plight of the Earth by developing a true sense of individual imagination and conscious awareness of inner purpose and beauty in conjunction with the soul of the world. Sardello shows how to achieve this awareness and bring what is inside out into the world, inspiring balance and stability. Using the Grail legend and the myth of Sophia—known as the Soul of the World—as well as writings by Jung, James Hillman, and Rudolf Steiner, Love and the Soul helps readers imagine a revitalized Earth by exploring the significance of grieving, the transformative power of radical receptivity, the creative power of dreaming, and a new basis for community.
About the Author
Robert Sardello is co-director of the School of Spiritual Psychology. He is a faculty member of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Texas, the Chalice of Repose Project, Missoula, Montana and a former chairman of the Department of Psychology, University of Dallas. He is an independent teacher and scholar whose body of work is unique. As a practicing psychotherapist for over twenty years, he has worked in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology. He developed a Spiritual Psychology based in the Spiritual Science of Rudolf Steiner. He has taught courses at Emerson College, Schumaker College, The Goethean Studies program of Rudolf Steiner College, the Rudolf Steiner Institute. Robert Sardello is the author of several books including Facing the World with Soul, Love and the World, Freeing the soul from Fear, and most recently The Power of Soul: Living the Twelve Virtues. He is the author of some 150 articles in scholarly journals and cultural magazines. Along with Cheryl Sanders-Sardello, he has taught in America, England, Ireland, Canada, Philippines, Holland and Australia. He serves as a consultant to several cultural and educational institutions, and as dissertation advisor at several institutions.
“Whatever Sardello touches breaks open with startling new meaning. Now he enters the great arena of our cultural disorders so that we can suddenly see them afresh. I have thieved privately from his mind for fifteen years. At last his work is out, available to anyone recognizing the need to reimagine the soul’s plight in a world astray.”—James Hillman, founder of archetypal psychology and author of The New York Times best seller The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling