THE REBIRTH OF THE HERO
“It is a great gift when a scholar has the ability to synthesize ideas from several deep thinkers and multiple disciplines, and then write with a clarity and directness that renders those ideas accessible to a wide readership. It is an even greater gift when that author has integrated these ideas with his own personal journey, so that what he writes has the emotional authenticity and existential relevance of life lived, not merely books studied. In The Rebirth of the Hero, Keiron Le Grice has brought those gifts to his readers in a way that many will find of immense value as they pursue the spiritual adventure of our age.” ––Richard Tarnas, author of The Passion of the Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche.
“In this much-needed accessible navigation of the hero’s journey, Le Grice gathers dynamic sources––C. G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and Friedrich Nietzsche––to provide a fresh perspective on the evolution of consciousness and psychospiritual transformation. Exploring the often-avoided subject of death and rebirth experiences from a non-pathological view, he makes an outstanding contribution in offering a freshly-laid path for the individuation process. Most importantly, he invites us to renew the value of myth, which, in turn, transforms the individual, culture, and the heartbeat of the earth.” ––Kathryn Madden, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Quadrant: The Journal of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology, and author of Dark Light of the Soul.
Select Amazon Reviews
By P.S. Frankel on January 28, 2014
This is, by far, the best synthesis of
The Hero's Journey, i.e. the individuation journey, I have ever read. The
author has a kind of pure god-given genius for being able to take all this
enormous material, from Jung, to Nietzsche, to Star Wars, to myth in general,
to Joseph Campbell, to Eastern and Western approaches, to dreams, to the
Goddess, and somehow weave it into a beautiful narrative that does not veer
off into abstraction or mire one in a tar pit of academic jargon. It is at
once accessible and yet, very deep. He also manages to include parts of his
own journey without it becoming tediously autobiographical.
By Michael Gregory on January 1, 2016
Le Grice's book is a helpful guide for those that find themselves—bidden or unbidden—on a journey away from the materialistic as well as nihilistic worldview so prevalent in post-modernity toward realization of the Self and to the greater consciousness, psychological wholeness, and spiritual insight that it entails. He draws on the work of many trailblazers whose work is often difficult but essential to the task of the Hero and renders them accessible to those who might not otherwise be able to make use of them. He writes from a point of view of an experienced traveler and not that of a dry academic and yet his scholarship is readily apparent. So when you, if you are so blessed (or cursed!), have the realization that the Hero is not something external to you but rather inward journey through your own Psyche then I believe that you will find this work a worthy companion for your journey.
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