The Mother Earth Eco-Center offers a Library with reading room. By appointment only. Contact Healing Through Nature to reserve.
The books include rare and/or out-of-print collectibles on Spirituality. The books provide a stimulating and educational source of material that provides a "wonderland" for persons of all ages, exploring the fields of Spirituality, and its many disciplines -- which may otherwise not be accessible or visible in universities, schools, and mainstream media. Young persons in their teens and twenties are encouraged to explore and spend time.
Memorial Library: Dedication
The Memorial Library is dedicated in loving memory to Marion Hoppin, a woman who was a forerunner of Jungian psychoanalysis; she was a Ph.D. from Columbia University NYC, and did post-graduate work with Carl Jung in Switzerland. She passed in 1998, at ninety years of age. She was of brilliant intellect, with a loving heart.
Spiritual Development: Psychology
Wikipedia Definition with links
"Several psychologists have proposed models in which religious experiences are part of a process of transformation of the self.
Carl Jung's work on himself and his patients convinced him that life has a spiritual purpose beyond material goals. Our main task, he believed, is to discover and fulfill our deep innate potential, much as the acorn contains the potential to become the oak, or the caterpillar to become the butterfly. Based on his study of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Gnosticism Taoism, and other traditions, Jung perceived that this journey of transformation is at the mystical heart of all religions. It is a journey to meet the self and at the same time to meet the Divine. Unlike Sigmund Freud, Jung thought spiritual experience was essential to our well-being.
The notion of the numinous was an important concept in the writings of Carl Jung. Jung regarded numinous experiences as fundamental to an understanding of the individuation process because of their association with experiences of synchronicity in which the presence of archetypes is felt.
McNamara proposes that religious experiences may help in "decentering" the self, and transform it into an integral self which is closer to an ideal self.
Transpersonal psychology is a school of psychology that studies the transpersonal, self-transcendent or spiritual aspects of the human experience. The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology describes transpersonal psychology as "the study of humanity’s highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness" (Lajoie and Shapiro, 1992:91). Issues considered in transpersonal psychology include spiritual self-development, peak experiences, mystical experiences, systemic trance and other metaphysical experiences of living."