|About the Book|
For thousands of people throughout the world Thomas Merton has become a spiritual master whose personal journey serves as a touchstone for their own. Carl Jung, whose psychology is so attuned to the interior growth, has likewise served as a mentor for our times. Robert Waldron has taken a look at Merton through Jungian eyes and has found that Mertons interior journey is a classic example of Jungs path to wholeness called individuation.Waldron employs Jungs psychology to shed new light on Mertons search for meaning. He looks at Mertons life chronologically, beginning with his adolescence, continuing through his early adulthood, onto his years as a young monk, and concluding with his maturity. Drawing on Mertons autobiography, his journals, and his poems, he highlights key passages at each stage of Mertons life to show how Merton typified Jungs pattern of growth.This is not a biography but a highly focused commentary on Mertons journey to wholeness, his quest for the true self, his search for his soul. Readers will not only gain a deeper appreciation of Mertons life and work, but will discover how his journey can provide a deeper understanding of their own.