Divine Madness: Archetypes of Romantic Love. Carmel: Fisher King Press, 2010.
Archetypes of Romantic Love. Boston: Shambhala, 1990.
Pilgrimage of the Heart: The Path of Romantic Love. Boston, Shambhala, 1992.
Heilige Verzauberung: Archetypen und Stadien der Romantischen Liebe. Ansata, 1991.
- These are alternate titles for the same book. All three titles are out of print but widely available in libraries. A new printing is frequently promised but has not yet materialized. Therefore I have placed the entire book on this website.
- General Introduction to the book
Romantic Love as a mystical and learning experience, based on the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi.
- The Love Potion and the Sword of Eros
This is the first of a four-lecture series given at the Pacific Graduate Institute, Spring, 1997. It describes romantic love as a tension between the drawing power of the "love potion" and the separating force of the "naked sword." Jung's experience plays a role, and there is some criticism of his theories.
- Love's Two Insomnias
The second Pacifica Lecture discusses the "mystical" and psychological discipline that romantic love requires of us. This leads into a discussion of the nature of the psyche and how it enables us to be in deep contact with another human being.
- The Lens of the Anima What It Sees
The third Pacifica Lecture criticizes the limitations of Jungian Psychology when it speaks of interpersonal events, and proposes a revision.
- A version of the argument in the fourth Pacifica Lecture can be seen in my shamanism article, Taking Direction from the Spirit in Shamanism and Psychotherapy.
short description of Divine Madness/Pilgrimage of the Heart:
- If puppy love is foolishness, a mature romantic love is full-blown madness. The lover has strayed from the highways and mainstreams of our placid and well-planned common life to build a solitary hut somewhere in the wilderness of disgraceful and deranged notions. There is no convincing the love-mad of their errors and delusions, they would rather disabuse us of ours.
This book sides with the madmen and explores their madness sympathetically: its rapture, its pain, its wisdom, its power to lead us astray, and its fiery pillar that leads us through the night of our ignorance toward a promised land that is glorious in ways we have not dreamed--but is generally not at all the way we had always imagined it would be.
- The Oneness of love, loss and separation, the demon lover, woundedness of heart, seduction and fidelity, love play, quarrelling, and the guiding spirit experienced as a Third presence between the lovers. Illustrations from everyday life, fiction, poetry, and the literature of mysticism--particularly Jalaluddin Rumi.