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The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need? Speech

The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need?

Robert Bly - one of the most compelling mythologists and storytellers of our time - captures the imagination in two live recordings. In The Human Shadow, Bly takes us on a thought provoking and entertaining journey exploring our "shadow" through poetry, music, and storytelling. What Stories Do We Need? reminds us that the mythology we have inherited is often defective. Just as the church refused to accept the reality Galileo saw in his telescope, literalists have removed the dark soul images that nourished our ancestors from mythology.
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Robert Bly - one of the most compelling mythologists and storytellers of our time - captures the imagination in two live recordings.

In The Human Shadow, Bly takes us on a thought provoking and entertaining journey exploring our "shadow" through poetry, music, and storytelling. Bly says that the development of the shadow starts in childhood when parents make it clear there are certain parts of us they don’t like: "you’re too noisy!" So we put this into a "bag". Over time, our independence and feeling also go into the bag, getting heavier and heavier. Then, according to Bly, we spend the rest of our life trying to get everything back out of the bag to live fully again.

What Stories Do We Need? reminds us that the mythology we have inherited is often defective. Just as the church refused to accept the reality Galileo saw in his telescope, literalists have removed the dark soul images that nourished our ancestors from mythology by refusing to include them in our stories. But Bly reminds us that these are exactly the stories we need to hear.

©2009 Robert Bly (P)2009 BetterListen! LLC

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    Idaho Trojan 01-29-16

    An audible junkie, addicted to all things spiritual, meaningful, enlightening, masculine, additions to my own experiences and journey!

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    "WOW ... Bly speaks directly to my heart!"

    What a gift Robert Bly has to share with men (and all those women that live, work, and attempt to understand us). already listened to 3 times through, shared with my wife and my boys!!!

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    Where does The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a beautifully performed audio. Robert Bly is witty, gentle and wise and I could listen to him for hours. This book presents the concept of the shadow in such a delightful and unusual way, interspersed with fairy tales, poems and deep insights. The only negative is across the two recordings on this book is some repetition, however it is the sort of material that benefits from more than one listen anyway.


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    Loved the emotion and enthusiasm. This was timely and pertinent to my life's circumstances. He helped make Jungian Shadow work come alive.









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    "Excellent author!!!"

    I'm a huge fan of Robert Bly and his work healing the human shadow. Gripped by a fascinating subject it was his publication 'a little book on the human shadow' that prompted enquiry to resolve and this hearty recording read with live audience is full of humour and wisdom.
    Robert's style is more artistic and less clinical approach with poetic vision which may inspire you to same. Shadow working at its best.

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