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The Kingdom Within eBook ´ The Inner Meanings of Jesus' Sayings Read ↠ goproled ´ ❮PDF❯ ⚣ The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meanings of Jesus' Sayings ✈ Author John A. Sanford – By showing how Jesus teachings relate to our inner depths this book And intuition to show how Jesus met the criteria of wholeness or fullness of personhood Step by step Sanford helps us to shed the outer mask to eschew sin which means living in enslavement to what we dont know about ourselves and to follow the road of consciousness which leads to a great treasure waiting only to be discover Well written and thoughts well explained Useful material to use together with the Bible Would recommend this book for average scholar

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By showing how Jesus teachings relate to our inner depths this book guides us toward aconscious and creative life The Kingdom Within explores the significance of Jesus teachings for our interior life that inner reality that Jesus called the kingdom of God It is Sanfords conviction that contemporary Christianity has overlooke Sanford's readings of certain sayings of Jesus are interesting and even insightful and might be uniue to this author However the overall content of this little book is muddled and I would not therefore re read it Sanford states that this book was born in the mid 60s and although he revised it in 1987 the most recent work in the bibliography is a 1982 publication of Sanford's own The average publication date for the whole bibiography remains 1959 and as a conseuence the author's perspective is not very fresh For example Sanford's views of Gnosticism seems positively dust covered naively prejudiced in view of Nag Hammadi and the recent studies by Elaine Pagels and many othersIn chapter one Sanford attempts to define the personality of historical Jesus as being extraordinarily well balanced in terms of Jungian personality theory This effort is basically silly biblical Jesus may have spoken to crowds but can hardly be called an extravert since he never once asks other people for advice On the contrary he repeatedly seeks solitude and seems often to shun or shy away from his public role The attempt to show Jesus as balanced between his masculine and feminine sides is eually unenlightening and leads Sanford to state that Jesus was a fighter ie was masculine who nonetheless had a capacity for extraordinarily deep personal relationships ie he was also feminine I do not believe there is sufficient detail in the synoptic gospels to support these sorts of characterizations any firmly than some opposing hypotheses eg Jesus was a pacifist who in the end meekly accepted his fate or perhaps a loner who never really had any initimates among his followers but rather kept them at a distance through speaking in riddles and by freuently even rebuking his would be friends In short I think that deciding on a Jesus personality is largely a matter of conjecture and wishful thinking and must therefore be understood as sociological than theological in its intent In the present case what is revealed is Sanford's underlying dogmatism he has a generally understated herein yet pervasive and ultimately annoying devotion to what might be called a church mythology For example Sanford's summarizing statement that Such a personality as that of Jesus must have existed for he could never have been invented is not only childish but importantly falls flat as a pancake since his attempt to characterize or analyze Jesus remains so unconvincingThere is one passage in this book that particularly annoyed me but I can't find it the index is poor and the book is simply not worth re reading just to be able to uote the particular passage accurately Suffice it to say that Sanford claims that the human mind or personality or some such thing; again I can't find the uote this morning consists of three elements one of which I think it was the spirit he never defines or discusses It thus serves as some sort of placebo or place holder to create a theoretical trinity where in fact a duality is what the author discusses What Sanford accomplishes by this odd strategem is finally the implication that the psyche which psychologists treat is identical with the psyche or soul that theology treats Since Sanford is both a Jungian analyst and a priest this synthesis must appeal to him strongly; but certainly one could argue with the neo Platonists that to the contrary one's true nature is not to be found in the psychologists' psyche which after all gets warped and twisted by experience and is not a trustworthy guide therefore to truth Rather one might say truth must be sought by seeking to go beyond the uirks and foibles of earthly experience beyond all the traps of personality and ego to something a kingdom within perhaps much less readily apparent than is human personality In fewest words I think Sanford has some good ideas about the inner kingdom but buries them under a great mound of unexamined stuff

John A. Sanford ↠ The Inner Meanings of Jesus' Sayings pdf

The Kingdom Within The Inner Meanings of Jesus' SayingsD this inner dimension of Jesus teachings and so has lost touch with the human soulIllustrated with case histories and dream material drawn from the authors work as a psychotherapist The Kingdom Within examines such characteristics as extroversion and introversion masculinity and femininity thinking and feeling and sensation Jung suggests that each of us has a mask and a shadow; the mask being the conscious ego that we present to the world and the Shadow self being our unconscious where we repress all of our secret and socially unacceptable desires We identify so tightly with our ego that we don't even realize that it's not our true self and we are are oblivious to our shadow self and the inner conflict between the two that adversely influences our behavior and our psychological and spiritual health Psychological and spiritual wholeness then comes from integrating these two disparate parts of our psychesIn this book Sanford reads Jungian meaning into the Biblical message essentially asserting that the salvation Jesus was talking about was actually the same process of reconciling the unconscious and conscious that Jung hit upon 1900 years laterTo support this arguement he explains how Jesus' parables and other Bible stories Prodigal son etc can be seen as Jungian metaphors For example the well known story of the Prodigal son can symbolically be seen as telling us that in order to be a completed work the good son in us must acknowledge and accept back the prodigalSanford is essentially telling us that our modern understanding of Jesus' message is mostly wrong and that the narrow path that Jesus' spoke of is actually the path of reintegrating the unconscious in order to achieve psychological wholeness Of course the trick with that is that because it is our unconscious we are naturally unconscious of it ie how can we go about reintegrating the unconscious without being aware of it????That uestion begs for an answer but to my utter dismay Sanford never bothers to address that uestion which or less rendered the whole book a tribute to his own intellect rather than something with any practical useOverall I liked his ideas but without recommendations for how to apply this information to our own spiritual uest Sanford has essentially written only half a book and it's the most important half that is left outNote If you're interested in Jungian psychological wholeness as a path to spiritual enlightenment and you're open minded enough to accept radical rethinking of Jesus' message then I suggest Putting on the Mind of Christ by Jim Marion