Journey in Depth: A Transpersonal Perspective

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A Transpersonal Perspective

Authors: Barbara Somers with Ian Gordon-Brown

Series Editor: Hazel Marshall

Illustrator: Ian Thorp

This book is fundamental to an understanding of Transpersonal psychology, the flowering of a unique British school. It is for every psychotherapist who acknowledges the spiritual dimension. It will give hope for the soul in a materialistic world, point a way to bring the heart to health, inspire the reader and evoke wholeness and trust in life.

It is a book that comes from the source. Barbara Somers and Ian Gordon-Brown spoke its words and drew thousands. The book, based on original tapes, and richly illustrated by Frances Crawford and Ian Thorp, gives the essence of seminars the authors gave at their Centre for Transpersonal Psychology in London to counsellors and psychotherapists in training.

Offering a Transpersonal view, it will appeal to those training in any discipline related to counselling, psychotherapy, healing of the soul, as well as to people who have been practising for many years in these and related fields. It is not only for professionals but also for a wider audience: for all caring and interested individuals who are searching inwardly.

Many of us have been desperately hurt and wounded in our lives. Torn between extreme opposites, we may feel ourselves to be flung and pulled in all directions, unaware that there can be a solution. Barbara Somers and Ian Gordon-Brown show how the Transpersonal seeks to clarify the healing process. It’s a natural process, like the healing of a wound.

This is a splendid and long-awaited book. It will illuminate and inspire all who care about the profounder aspects of human psychology, and should quickly become a classic in the field. It is the kind of book that changes lives.

Prof. David Fontana Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section, BPS

The work of Barbara Somers and Ian Gordon-Brown has been life-changing for thousands - I among them. This book is a real gift from two wise, skilled, compassionate teachers who together managed to weave together creativity, authenticity and personal power in a way that enabled all of us who worked with them to live more of our unique divine spark and grow richer in spirit as we walk the earth. It is wonderful to make so much of the richness of their work available to so many.

Leslie Kenton Award winning writer, television broadcaster, teacher & social activist.

The deep insights and quality of the material will make this book a ‘must’ for psychotherapists, counsellors and anyone recognising the importance of ‘soul’, and since the style is so readable, it will expand to a wider general public.

Dr. Mary Swainson Pioneer of student counselling in the UK.

Privileged to proof-read this work of genius from two people of the heart. I was gifted sevenfold in return, at times thrilled to the core, at others moved to tears. A ‘lay-person’ with absolutely no experience of transpersonal psychotherapy, I am only too aware of recurring negative behaviour-patterns. I was amazed to be taken thoughtfully, gently and humourously into the shadows, given the jewel-tools to understand and resolve the issues, and enabled to move on with increased awareness of relationship, of life, consciousness and the journey of the soul. Celia M. Gunn Author and landscape gardener.


Individual as Seed - The Seed Within - The Seed & Psychology - Trust the Process - The Seed of Potential - Breakthrough - The Wounded Healer.
Roots and Seeds - Rejected Attitudes - Unlived Life - Unresolved Conflicts - Images of Transformation.
The Child in the Adult - What makes your Heart Sing? - The Call of the Self - Rites of Passage - The Healing Wound.
The Mother, Her Image and Archetype - Mother's Place is in the Wrong! - The Good Enough Mother - The Too Loose and the Too Tight Hold.
The Father, His Image and Principle - The Good Enough Father - The Authoritarian - The Absent, Dead or Vanished Father.
Brothers and Sisters and the Family - The Only Child - The Middle Child - The Youngest Child - The Death of a Brother or Sister - The Scapegoat.
Space and Boundaries - Handling Crisis - Spirit of Place - Power in Organisations - Working with People.
The Meaning of Illness - Symptom as Symbol - The Language of the Symptom - Listening - The Place of Gathering - The Wise Woman - The Journey.
Polarities and the Transcendent Function - Paradox - Inner Alchemy - Hubris and Inflation - The Transformative Symbol.
Projection and Collusion - Levels of Projection - Collective Projection - Projection in Organisations.
Archetypal Patterns and Story-Making - The Ancestors - Going Home - The Inner Sanctuary - Rites of Passage - The Therapeutes - Words of Power.
The Dreamer and the Dream - Dreams are Bridges - Synchronicity - Dreams of Death - Nightmares - Transformative dreams - The Beloved Other - The Rainmaker.
Issues of Choice - Awakening - The Garden of Eden - The Prodigal Son - The Grail Quest - The Hero's Journey - The Self Comes Seeking - Way of the Boddhisattva.

  • 304 pages: numerous colour and b/w illustrations
  • Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm portrait
  • Weight: 0.750 kg