THE REBIRTH OF THE HERO

 

Endorsements

 

 

“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.

 

 

Reviews

 

Jay Dufrechou for The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 2013, vol. 45, 2

 

 

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As a woman this book allowed me to claim The Hero's Journey for myself. Superbly done.

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.

Even for those of us who know this material well, Le Grice manages to remind us in a new way of the depth, breadth and importance of the journey, both personally and collectively. In that sense, it is truly enlightening. And perhaps most importantly of all, it brings hope without sacrificing truth. Hope for us individually, and hope for humanity.

As a woman, the book holds a particular and special significance. This is the first time I've felt comfortable stepping up and claiming The Hero Myth for myself. Although privately I always felt a certain kinship and understanding, I was never comfortable claiming it for myself before because of the gendered language around it. That discomfort fell away for me largely because of the author's unique ability to acknowledge and then move beyond the gender stereotypes and open wide the door. He consistently reminds the reader that this is the individuation journey, for men and women alike. He doesn't patronize, either with content or with language. So while the book is terribly important for the masculine, from my perspective, it also provides an invitation, a doorway and a mythological foundation for women as we go on our individuation journeys. That's quite tricky to do. Even Joseph Campbell could not do it, because being necessarily a man of his time, he believed the journey was exclusively a male one. If I have one piece of feedback, it would be simply that I wish the chapter "A Note on Gender" could have been the preface. On the other hand, not many of us read prefaces so perhaps it's best left where it is.

Finally, a note on the writing. Good writing matters, particularly in more scholarly treatments of a well-known subject. It really does. Le Grice does not disappoint. His capacity for synthesis is matched by his capacity with language—lyrical yet concise, wholehearted yet never flamboyant. It is rare these days when a scholarly book is upheld as much by the language as the content, and that is the case here. In many places, the book reads like a great novel and was hard to put down, even for me, who knows the story well! In fact, a small confession: I have copied the last few pages, beginning with Hospitality to the Gods, and have the pages taped to the wall above my desk. There is such integration and hope there, as well as important reminders, summed up beautifully in these lines: "As individuation proceeds, however, your individual freedom, in one form, has to be given up. Your freedom, thereafter, depends on how you respond to the creative impulses emerging from your depths, which do not originate from your own conscious volition. … Individuation is the process by which you become reconciled to this loss of freedom.

 

The Wasteland Scenario and the Renewal of Civilization

 

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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