Beyond the Mist : What Irish Mythology Can Teach Us about Ourselves
This volume introduces readers to the rich and beautiful world of Irish mythology and mines it for wisdom we can use in everyday life. In an increasingly materialistic world, ancient mythology is invaluable for understanding the issues, feelings and conflicts we've repressed either as individuals or as a culture - death, the transitory nature of life, the inevitability of separateness and the sacredness of the land. By retelling ancient stories in contemporary form, Peter O'Connor explores the link between the world of Irish mythology and the world of dreams. On a personal level, Irish myths can provide insight into the repressed aspects of our inner life and show us how to deal with these issues. Through metaphor and story we are able to find a place for universal themes such as love, hate, rage, despair and death within our own psyche and imagination instead of projecting them onto others. "Beyond the Mist" shows the value of ancient myths for modern people and seeks to remind us that despite the dominance of materialism, we are immersed in a non-material, sacred, mystical space where life is not a straight line but an eternal circle of birth, life and death.
- Paperback | 276 pages
- 130 x 195 x 21mm | 272g
- 01 May 2002
- Allen & Unwin
- Sydney, Australia
About Peter O'Connor
Dr Peter O'Connor was born in Melbourne in 1942 and is the middle son of an Australian-Irish Catholic family of five children. He was educated at Melbourne University and the University of Southern California. He has held various professional psychology positions both in Australia and the United Kingdom and has also lectured at the University of Melbourne...Since 1980 he has been in full-time private practice as a psychologist and psychotherapist and specialises in dream analysis groups. In addition to his practice he has written several books covering such areas as Jungian psychology, dreams and the psychology of men. He is best known for his best selling book 'Understanding the Mid-Life Crisis'. Peter currently has a regular national column in Good Weekend Magazine.