Reflections From the Chrysalis
A Collection of Essays for the Path to a Well-Lived Life
Reflections From the Chrysalis is a collection of 44 of the best essays from Jungian Analyst Dr. Bud Harris’ newsletter and blog. From more than 40 years experience as a Jungian analyst, his writings are challenging and full of insight, giving us wisdom and guidance to inspire a lifetime of reflection and transformation.
These essays spring from Dr. Harris’ personal reflections on his own journey to wholeness, including introspection and observations of the world. “In the chrysalis my old self is dissolved… and a new form emerges whose pattern was there all of the time without me being aware of it.”
Spanning years 2007 to 2022, the book is organized into chapters by theme: Sacred Aging; Archetypes of the Feminine; Bravery, Strength, and Forgiveness; The Tools of Transformation: Dreamwork and Journaling; Aspects of Individuation; and Authentic Citizenship.
Read this book if you:
- appreciate inspiring and challenging short reads.
- are looking for a timeless book of wisdom to keep on your bedside or coffee table.
- want an introduction to practical, accessible Jungian insight you can apply to your life right away.
Reflections From the Chrysalis is a gift to give yourself or someone else interested in understanding life’s meaning and discovering the path to a well-lived life.
Table of Contents
ASPECTS OF INDIVIDUATION
Individuation as a Journey of Grief, Grace, and Glory
At Turning Points, Choose Life
A Passionate Life: Singed, Scorched, and Seasoned
The Cross as a Tree of Life
Dying into Life
Empowering Our Ego
Part I: The Ground of Individuation
Part II: Emotions—The Royal Messengers of the Unconscious
Part III: The Groundwork for Becoming Self-Reliant
Part IV: The Need for Developing a New Value System
Part V: Learning the Art and Craft of Loving Ourselves
Meeting an Angel
Nothing Can Spoil a Promising Destiny Quicker Than a Happy Childhood
When Dreams Die: Becoming Strong at My Broken Places
THE TOOLS OF TRANSFORMATION:
DREAMWORK AND JOURNALING
Dreams: Guides for Recovering and Re-creating Ourselves
Journaling as a Spiritual Practice
Keeping a Darkness Journal: What to Do with the Parts of Us We Fear
From the Kingdom of the Soul
BRAVERY, STRENGTH, AND SELF-LOVE
Weight: Is the Shadow Confronting, Comforting, or Protecting Us?
The Healing Power of Illness
Part I: A Grief Observed
Part II: Reflections on Helplessness
Part III: From Tears to Pearls
Reflections on the Fear of Consciousness
The Danger in Our Unlived Lives
Anxiety: Hypnotized by a Personal Demon
Grieving Loss in a Time of Crisis
The Healing Power of Self-Love: Seven Principles to Guide You
Between the Darkest Night and the Coming Light
Stronger at the Broken Places: Remembering Max Cleland
ARCHETYPES OF THE FEMININE
Am I Wrong to Feel this Way about My Parents?
Armani, Chinese Food, and the Deep Strength of the True Feminine
Do You Wonder If You Can Really Forgive Yourself?
The Lady of the House
Preparing for Death One Day at the Time
Aging Strong: Ambition and Awareness Come Together
Aging Strong: Fully Engaged—The Key to Being Fully Alive
A Plague of Disengagement
Reflection During the Prayers for the People
Imagine 2019 as a Year of Hope
Hope for the New Year Depends Upon Our Own Resolution
First They Came…
Love Must Be Strong
The Future Is in Our Hands
Healing Alienation is Crucial