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Summary

James Hillman was a past master of alchemical psychology. This field uses metaphors derived from ancient alchemy to elucidate deep structures in the creative imagination. Creative processes are not random. By studying alchemical psychology we come to understand ourselves and other humans in surprising ways that frequently diverge sharply from the habitual understandings we have unconsciously absorbed from the cultures in which we were raised. These new awarenesses can engender unexpected new vitality and wonder.

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I adore Hillman but..

this is not a book.. this is a coversation he had, a lecture, with someone interrupting every other minute, so often he can’t complete a thought..
And you often can’t hear the question.
Many may not mind it. I found it quite frustrating and irritating..
still it’s james hillman..

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Sound is awful, muffled and really difficult to hear properly

Sound is awful, muffled and really difficult to hear properly. Shame because I’m sure the content is great

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Hillman's Voice

I am delighted that Hillman's talks are being released. He was an impressive speaker. These lectures are interesting not only for the fantastic subject matter but the way Hillman's delivers them. He doesn't see to follow too strictly to words pre-written but rather seems to have something like a general plan from which he brings in elements and quotations here and there as and when he conjures them in his remarkable mind. His engagement with his audience is captivating responding to feelings and murmurings in the crowd and diverting or directing his talk based upon them. Highly recommended.

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  • 28-07-21

A lecture/ workshop recording

I think I’d just like to mention that this is not a “book” in the strictest sense of the word but a workshop Hillman has given that has been recorded. The quality of the recording as various people speak in different points of the room can be fuzzy, but Hillman is clear. I think the conversational manner of his delivery as he interacted with others was of great benefit when approaching this complex topic. Really enjoyed this.

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If he had repeated every question I would have enjoyed it more

A really good intro to the work of James Hillman. You’ve got to appreciate it’s a live seminar and make room for the questions. Otherwise it’s very enjoyable.

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Very profound reflection on psychotherapy and tran

Though the quality of sound could be better, especially for questions. if not, highly recommended.

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Great thought provoking set of lectures

Very good - lecture format but a lot of information - good for beginners to understand the language of alchemy applied to psychology

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  • 24-07-17

Good lectures

Be patient with the fuzzy quality n the beginning. That will change shortly... Good lectures.

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  • Namatassa
  • 01-06-20

Betrayed. Not a book, audio or otherwise.

The subject is Jungian exegesis on Western alchemy. The problem is this/these are lecture. There are long period of silence where people are asking questions, which are not repeated by the speaker, and then digression takes place unique to whatever the questioner needed addressing. As a listener- paying money- this equates to theft. Hard to enjoy something that began on a false pretext. This is NOT an audiobook. This is theft.

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  • snarkyshark
  • 08-08-18

Excellent

This is a fantastic reading an introduction to alchemy in psychology. We need much more James Hillman on Audible and from better listen.

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  • Lowball
  • 15-02-19

Spellbinding!

I met James Hillman once. His brilliant lectures are as informative as his books. This man from Atlantic City is as close as we get to a C.G.Jung reincarnate. Its rare but this collection is a keeper.

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  • David Ames
  • 02-02-20

Live seminar

This is a recording of a live seminar. Hillman is relaxed and personable, organized and unscripted. Carries forward Jung's work on alchemy. Highly recommended!

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  • G Brown
  • 10-07-20

quite a treat!

as if I had the opportunity to sit in a crowded, sweaty room, listening to Hillman. Hillman is a no-nonsense, honest personality with a wealth of information on the symbolic, and seeks to impart this knowledge by evoking internal contemplation with a bevy of images.

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  • Thomas Spentzas
  • 06-01-20

very bad volume.

obviously is a nice and interesting lecture. but the volume is bad - hard to understand.

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  • Ingo Groger
  • 31-10-19

Questions and answers sections not audible

Brilliant discourses by Hillman on alchemy and psychology. Only lack are the sections of audience questions. The questions can often not be heard. Although Hillman repeats the questions often so that the answers make sense. However that is the nature of those rare and precious lecture recordings and since the quality of the substance is so brilliant it is well worth listening to.

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  • Erik The Red
  • 10-11-18

Great lectures

I’m glad someone recorded these lectures! Good introduction and overview of alchemy and symbol in psychology.

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  • Daryl Davies
  • 02-10-17

Very bady produced

Great content on alchemy and psychology almost ruined by there being no effort put into improving the poor audio quality of the original recording. Levels are so low one can really only listen in a totally silent environment. Very disappointed.

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