To Heaven With Dante: A Transpersonal Journey
A beautifully new approach to Dante's Journey
Author: Hazel Marshall
Illustrators: Giovanni di Paolo and Gustav Doré
Many English-speaking people who want to be educated try to read Dante, the ‘best known, least read’ of all the classical poets, and fi nd him impossible. In my thirties I did just that: ‘Where do I begin?’ The library yielded a translation of ‘The Divine Comedy’ – a great fat epic in three volumes. Wading into the Inferno, I struggled through a couple of sections and decided this wasn’t for me. Too gloomy, too stilted, too diffi cult to grasp – and above all – too many words. I gave up almost at once. I cannot be the only one who as a result of that kind of experience thinks the work of this great Master is exclusively about Hell. ‘Dante? – oh, you mean Dante’s Inferno!’ they say……
NO! That’s not it. There’s far, far more.
Hazel Marshall Transpersonal psychotherapist, author and writer.
With love, wisdom and devotion Hazel Marshall has created a uniquely accessible adaptation of Dante’s epic journey that will bring it within reach of many who might otherwise not set forth at all. Brava! — as the Italians say, Brava!
Anne Maria Clarke Author, writer and performing artist.
‘Dante went for a walk.’ Hazel’s opening sentence draws us into a vivid story as we accompany Dante through, and then beyond, the depths and heights of human experience. Prompted at intervals to ask ourselves how we would feel in each situation that arises, we are gently invited to engage ever more fully with the transpersonal dimension of our lives. This is an enriching endeavour and one which will stand the test of time.
Monica Anthony UKCP Reg., RCST. Transpersonal psychotherapist, craniosacral therapist.
Hazel has an inspirational ability to entice us to travel life’s journey, and to understand it differently. This book is a beautifully new approach to that journey, showing us hope, and the transcending, healing power of love.
Pamela Allsop Transpersonal psychotherapist, artist. www.pamelallsop.com
PART 1: THROUGH THE INFERNO
1 THE DARK FOREST 1
2 VIRGIL 7
3 GOING DOWN 13
4 PAOLO AND FRANCESCA 19
5 MEDUSA AND THE ANGEL 25
6 THE BURNING CITY OF DIS 31
7 CENTAURS AND HARPIES 37
8 GERYON AND THE ABYSS 43
9 FROM ULYSSES TO THE GIANTS 51
10 THE PIT OF HELL 57
PART 2: UP THE MOUNTAIN OF PURGATORY
11 THE SHIP OF SOULS 63
12 THE CLIMB BEGINS 73
13 ST. PETER’S GATE 85
14 STICKS AND CARROTS 95
15 THE ANGRY SOULS 107
16 THE BONE IDLE AND THE COVETOUS 117
17 THE GREEDY ARE PURGED 129
18 THE ANGEL OF CHASTITY 139
19 THE RIVER LETHE 147
20 THE RIVER OF GOOD REMEMBRANCE 163
PART 3: INTO PARADISE
21 FLYING TO THE MOON 171
22 TO MERCURY: THE EMPEROR AND THE LAW 185
23 TO VENUS: ROUND PEGS FOR ROUND HOLES 191
24 IN THE REALM OF THE SUN 199
25 THE CROSS OF MARTIAL SOULS 209
26 JUPITER AND THE EAGLE 217
27 SATURN AND THE LADDER 223
28 UP TO THE STARS 227
29 THE PRIMUM MOBILE 239
30 THE EMPYREAN 249
Extent: 280 pages
Dimensions: 234 mm x 156 mm x 16 mm portrait
Illustrations: 131 in full colour
Weight: 600 gram