In this compelling psychological memoir, Keiron Le Grice, the 2023 Zurich Lecture Series’ speaker, details his experience of a profound transformative crisis between 2001 and 2004. He explains how, by a sustained investigation of the root causes of his condition, he was eventually able to overcome the crisis, guided by instructive dreams and startling coincidences, illuminated by a series of symbolic paintings, and aided by his serendipitous discovery of the Gnostic text The Gospel of Thomas.
Exploring the nature of the unconscious mind and the mysterious spiritual power behind his experience, Le Grice turns to the mystical symbolism of alchemy and the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung to set out a deep understanding of psychological rebirth and its relationship to the ongoing evolution of the Western psyche. The Lion Will Become Man gives a striking example of alchemy at work and reveals its great value as a guide to the complex developmental process that Jung called individuation.
“a gripping . . . plunge into one individual’s spiritual emergency and the path to a new life. . . . Keiron Le Grice illustrates how his own personal dark night of the soul led to a transformative illumination and the unavoidable challenge of becoming ‘who he is.’”
—Gary Lachman, author of Jung the Mystic.
“Keiron Le Grice traverses the path laid down by . . . Jung to redefine alchemy for depth psychology in our time. . . . The author weaves a unique tapestry that ultimately becomes an archetypal narrative about transforming our collective psyche..”
— Dick Russell, author of The Life and Ideas of James Hillman
Table of Contents
Chapter I: Sublimatio and Devil Possession
Chapter II: The Descent of the Western Ego
Chapter III: Dread, the Nigredo, and the Opposites
Chapter IV: Mortificatio and Ego-Death
Chapter V: Solutio and the Prima Materia
Chapter VI: Calcinatio and Dionysian Dismemberment
Chapter VII: The Lion, the Child, and the Transformations of Mercurius
Chapter VIII: The Cauda Pavonis
Chapter IX: God, Sophia, and the Dark Spirit in Nature
Chapter X: Coniunctio in California
Chapter XI: The Unio Mystica and the Transformation of the World
Appendix: An Extract from Mircea Eliade’s Interview with C.G. Jung for Combat