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Through the Dark Wood

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life
Narrated by: James Hollis PhD
Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Have you ever looked at your career, your relationships, or your role in life and wondered, "Is this why I’m really here?” If so, then you are ready for your “midlife crisis" - the pivotal time when you have the opportunity to become the person your soul seeks to be.

"When the illusions of our youth begin to crumble," explains James Hollis, "we reach a turning point that the poet Dante called the 'dark wood.'" With Through the Dark Wood, this author and Jungian analyst reveals the steps we all must take on our road to true maturity, meaning, and fulfillment.

When the Second Half of Life Begins

How do you know when you’ve reached the “second half ”of life? According to Hollis, the first sign comes when you feel dissatisfied by where you are today—and hear a call from within to live a more purposeful life. This marks the collision between your “False Self,” created from the expectations of others, and your instinctive “True Self.”

Drawing upon his experiences with hundreds of clients, Hollis provides an essential map for traversing the universal challenges of midlife, such as building genuine relationships, cultivating a mature spirituality, and letting go of old beliefs that no longer serve you.

An Invaluable Guide through the Challenges of Midlife

"The second half of life isn’t about looking for easy answers," James Hollis says. "It’s about honestly exploring the questions that bring richness and value to your life." With Through the Dark Wood, this penetrating thinker shares a lifetime of insights about how to navigate your life’s most turbulent passages - and emerge from the darkness wiser, stronger, and in greater harmony with your soul’s purpose.

©2009 James Hollis (P)2009 James Hollis

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  • 10-23-15

Required listening for anyone searching for answers

This is another amazing piece of work by Dr. James Hollis. The only thing I wish I had done differently when listening to this book was that I be sitting at home taking notes because the amount of wisdom that pours out of Dr. Hollis is like nothing I have ever seen. This book and his work talks to me like nothing else ever has. I'm 36 years old and going through the Darkwood. This book has help me to understand why I have been going through such a tough time for the past 10 months of my life. I'm so relieved to know that there is someone out there who truly understands exactly what I am feeling.

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Easy to listen and grasp the deep meaning

very easy to listen and grasp the deeper meaning about midlife crisis as a transition.

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Good insights

I have listened to James Hollis lecture on Youtube and out of those in the Jungian school I find he is one of the easier to comprehend, he puts things into an easy format for nonjungian analysts (everyday people.) A lot in this lecture is repeated in other lectures, but much of it was new to me. I don't think it is for everyone, there are some who wouldn't benefit from this, you have to be willing and ready to look at yourself, your actions, and intentions critically, but also have compassion for yourself. It is more self help, than a study of depth psychology, it doesn't go deep into Jungian concepts, there is definitely an aim at practicality. Overall, it is just another guy's observations and opinion, albeit a guy with a lot of experience. I'll listen to it again it reminds me that some of my motivations aren't so obvious to myself.

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The Right time!

For many years I have been on a journey. Searching for the unknown, terrified of what I will find? Having reached a life crisis as in a, live or die, health crisis at 60 years old. (two years ago) I find myself listening to James Hollis and feeling so grateful, as well as, celebrating this real understanding of Spirituality, Therapy, Dreaming and Creativity. I am an Artist who has inquired through many paths this question. I realize I cannot give up on the Mystery! Thank you

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Amazing

I'm guilt for complementing the author James Hollis because I really liked all books that I read about him. And for already felt in love for his handwriting naturally I really enjoyed the audible version as well. I hope that Jean Shinoda Bolen can start publishing audible version and that him could do more audible versions. The title is about "the second half of life" but this book applies for all ages of man psychology.

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Excellent.

One of the most important books I have read. Will reread it many times. Profound influence on my life.

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Comforting, wise words

A rich offering! Words to ponder and explore in relation to the course of our life.

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A Deeply Important Listen

One of the most relevant, timely recordings on Sounds True. Hollis has simmered down years of insight, research, and practical experience into a vital medicine for the soul.

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I need to read again.

This was an amazing book. You can tell he has done a lot of work on himself and introspection. I also sensed he was coming from a genuine and sincere place rather than trying to make money or for his own Ego.. One of the best books I have read (or listened to) in long time.

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Hollis outstanding

Master teacher and mentor extraordinarily gifted as Jungian Analyst. Love this lecture series and listen to it over and over again. How to get unstuck on your path.

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  • Mr B
  • 01-04-17

L I FE CHANGING

I can't recommend this book enough!

Sums up all the questions in mid life and gives understandable answers.

James Hollis has one of the most engaging and interesting voices ever.

I'm just about to start listening to it again. I have NEVER re read a book immediately after finishing it. enjoy!

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  • Mr. M. Dillon
  • 10-27-16

Insightfull and detailed

Have listened to it several times over and learned something new every time. I would recommend it.

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  • Lucy Giles
  • 04-17-16

Gem

I have no idea how I stumbled on this book, but I'm at the age that when it popped up on audible I was intrigued.

James Hollis is a writer with soul. A classically trained Jungian Analyst, with years of life experience and a fine mind as well as heart James Hollis has written Through the Dark Wood first and foremost as a gift I believe. There is a real commitment to the reader to navigate mid life for the duration of the book with them.

I loved that he asked so many questions of such great depth that he will leave me pondering them for some time to come. It's a beautifully crafted piece with three distinct sections. He draws from Jung a lot and if anything has now piqued my interest to read more of his work.

If you are a ponderer, a deep thinker and a seeker whether inside or on the periphery of the dark wood and the cusp of mid life or beyond, this is an excellent place to dive deeper with a fellow human being well qualified to be your guide.

It's a body of work I will be returning to again and again. Loved it.

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  • scania price
  • 04-22-17

Fantastic!

Beautifully read and would recommend to everyone. Amazing book! Begin your journey now and live your life to the full 😀🌟

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  • Mr. Joseph P. Lynch
  • 11-06-19

Blown away

cannot wait to listen to this book again. written and read beautiful. highly accessible, wonderfully descriptive anecdotes that illustrate the lessons contained in the sessions

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  • A customer
  • 10-23-19

Made me consider much

Got a tip about this and gave it a go. Glad I did. Such a great idea for a book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-19

A deeper remembering

This book was magical to listen to and stoked the fire burning deep within highly recommend

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  • Phil Botterill
  • 06-01-19

Outstanding

James I truly appreciate your work on this book, it has created a sense of excitement and whole hearted-ness for me as I move into the dark wood alone but also somehow with all of humanity alongside. Thank you!

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  • Dave
  • 03-28-19

lost me after about 15mins

Far too technical and theoretical beginning, failed to take me on a journey and I just couldn't listen any more after 15mins as I was too bored and disengaged.

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  • mark devan
  • 12-16-18

Wisdom for the second half of life

Dr. James Hollis does a brilliant job in providing practical advice on journeying into the second half of life. He shares his insights as a Jungian analyst in an easy to understand way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be listening to it again.

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  • JM
  • 11-03-18

A journey inward

James is able to communicate Jungian concepts with such ease and wisdom. It helped me gain a new understanding on psychological projection, transference and our most important life passage - individuation and the journey within. Profound read for those going through change, a cross road or questioning meaning in their lives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-18

Profound wisdom.

I've become a huge fan of James Hollis' work. He explains the human condition in a caring, insightful, and wonderful way. I recommend this to anyone who's willing to look in the mirror and grow or wants to go deeper into understanding themself and others.