One of this century's most popular psychology scholars, Robert A.Johnson was among the first to present Carl Jung's rich but complex theories with simple elegance and grace, opening them to an entirely new and hungry audience. His masterful works--including the best selling He, She, Inner Work, and Owning Your Own Shadow-are known and loved as much for their beautiful retellings of timeless myths and folktales as for their deep wisdom and profound insight.
Balancing Heaven and Earth reveals, for the first time, Johnson's own fascinating and mystical life-from his near-death experience at the age of eleven to the lifelong soul journey that has informed his writing and taught him how to live a spiritual life in the endlessly challenging modern world. Full of compelling, humorous, and surprising stories of encounters with an assortment of sages, saints, and sinners, it lays bare Johnson's own inner world and its dazzeling landscape of powerful dreams, mystical visions, and synchronistic events.
Beginnning with a vivid retelling of the childhood accident that claimed the lower part of his right leg, Johnson describes the life-defining moment when he was transported by a mystical vision to a realm that exists just beyond ordinary consciousness-a realm he calls the Golden World. With this experience, described as both my curse and my blessing, Johnson is launched on a spiritual quest that leads him in search of Eastern wisdom, to encounters with such wise men as J. Krishnamurti and D.T. Suzuki, and finally to Carl Jung, who shows him his destiny revealed in a dream. Johnson's experiences lead him to a unique understanding and acceptance of the slender connecting threads at work in all our lives, guiding us and shaping who we are-call it fate, destiny, or the hand of God.
As much a personal guide as a memoir, Balancing Heaven and Earth teaches us to follow, as Johnson has, the subtle influences of dreams, visions, and even our deepest sufferings in order to live attuned to our spiritual selves. A pure delight for Johnson's many fans and a splendid example of his trademark blend of illustrative myth and psychological insight, this is a work of incomparable beauty and inspiration showcasing the wisdom of a lifetime.
About the Author
Nonnie Cullipher, M.Ed., is an educator, writer, freelance voice talent, Jungian typology/MBTI consultant, and mother living in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. She has a Master's degree in Education and fifteen years experience teaching a myriad of at-risk adolescent populations around the country. She was the Executive Director of Journey into Wholeness, Inc. (1977-2007), a southeastern-based organization that offered national and international conferences, vision quests, and workshops on Jungian psychology and spirituality, and Editor and chief writer for Journeys, their quarterly publication. Nonnie lectures and offers workshops on Jungian typology around the southeast. She also guides people in envisioning a more peaceful and conscious end-of-life experience.
"Please remenber, Carl Jung told Robert Johnson, 'it is what you are that heals, not what you know.' "Balancing Heavenand Earth" shows us who Robert Johnson is. Its healing power is palpable."--Marion Woodman, author of" Leaving My Father's House""