I received the sad news a few minutes ago of the death of James Hillman at 85 years young, one of the founders of archetypal psychology. He was a tough teacher; admittedly not one of my personal favorites. A stimulating speaker, his lectures at Pacifica were always standing room only. Author of more books than I can count, and I read every one of them at least twice – he demanded both rigor in thinking and a compassion for the collective. Our community has suffered a great loss; we will mourn his passing and celebrate his life.
If you have not had the pleasure of being introduced to his body of his work; my favourite is ReVisioning Psychology, written in 1975. He has written many since then from which to choose. Oprah Winfrey liked The Soul’s Code – maybe an easier place to begin. In our current economic climate – perhaps a call to character is needed. James Hillman was a bright light in our community. His work will continue to illuminate a path to a better future.
The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling