Love and Soul-Making brings awareness to both the patriarchal origins of romance and the unarguably magical, archetypal experience of love. Relationships can serve as an alchemical vessel for the development of the soul as part of the individuation process. The struggles of relationships, whether one is partnered or not, can allow us to engage more deeply with the psyche and can guide us further into her territory.
For those experiencing romantic difficulties, the myth of Psyche and Eros can serve as a guide to the stages involved in soul-making and how that is enacted in human relationships. This book encourages contemplating relationships both literally and metaphorically. With metaphorical vision, we create possibility for the alchemical transmutation process and the development of the soul. This book provides context to the soul-making process, and it can help to re-animate your creativity and vitality. Soul (Psyche) follows what she loves (Eros).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Love and Soul: Invocation
Chapter 2: Relationship as the Vessel of Transformation
Chapter 3: The Romantic Tragedy
Chapter 4: The Magical Other
Chapter 5: Aphrodite
Chapter 6: Beyond the Romantic Tragedy
Chapter 7: Love of Soul
“Few things are as important to a human being as the combination of love and soul-making. This beautifully written book shows you how to serve your soul while allowing love to have its way with you—a path to meaning and pleasure.”
–Thomas Moore, Author of New York Times #1 Best Sellers Care of the Soul and Soul Mates.
“Soulful ecstasy awaits those who surrender to the hidden agenda of romantic love.”
–Deborah Lukovich, Ph.D, author of Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?
“Shelby brilliantly and convincingly argues, romance is first and foremost about the individual’s calling to love soul, their own soul, and the soul of the world, and reciprocally to find soul in, to make soul from, and to serve soul through love’s many expressions.”
–Dylan Hoffman, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty—Pacifica Graduate Institute, M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology—Jungian & Archetypal Studies