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Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl

Judy Croome lives, writes and reads in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A novelist & poet, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, rainy days and cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Modern Woman in Search of Soul: A Jungian Guide to the Visible and Invisible Worlds (Jung on the Hudson Books)

Modern Woman in Search of Soul: A Jungian Guide to the Visible & Invisible Worlds (Jung on the Hudson) - June K. Singer Although the title implies that this is a book that will benefit women only, it’s actually a book for everyone who is searching for some understanding of how to find order in the often chaotic world within our modern souls.

With an accessible blend of intellectual reasoning, Gnostic spiritualism and creative interpretation of dreams and fantasy, Jungian analyst Singer provides excellent suggestions on how to integrate the material and non-material worlds in our lives. She doesn’t provide any answers to our concerns and anxieties, but she does encourage acceptance of ourselves as we are, with all the disparate parts that make us unique individuals. “One life,” she points out, “is too short to achieve perfection and the most we can hope for is completion.”

I found this book reassuring, optimistic, inspiring and comforting. Reading it has left me hopeful that mankind will evolve spiritually as well as physically. Singer makes me believe that the potential of the human spirit will conquer those external divides, which are merely a reflection of the fractures within our own souls; and that, although differences between people will always remain, by changing the way we look at those differences we can overcome them peacefully.

Our external reality can’t change, but our perceptions of that reality can change for the better and that, in turn, creates a change in the external reality. Singer doesn’t gloss over the fact that this slow inner journey - which ultimately benefits the external journey - will be hard, requiring much personal sacrifice and discipline.

By combining faith, science, psychology and poetry, Singer has written a book that offers us a way to make a difference in the world, even if that difference comes from healing ourselves before we try to heal others or the greater world in which we live.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants good advice on finding a way to inner peace and who is willing to work towards integrating their inner conflicts.