We all carry a vast inventory of abandoned, unrealized, or underdeveloped talents. These do not just "go away" through disuse or by ignoring them, believing they are part of a childish fantasy or daydream.
Instead they go underground and become troublesome - sometimes tormenting - as we age.
Writing with elegant simplicity in Living Your Unlived Life, the renowned therapist Robert A. Johnson and his longtime collaborator and fellow Jungian psychologist Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D., help us understand our own heritage of unrealized hopes - and how they must be examined and transformed if we are to be at peace with ourselves and others in middle age and beyond.
Living Your Unlived Life explains that, when brought to awareness, our unlived dreams can propel us beyond our diappointments - even if outer circumstances cannot always be visibly altered. The book is a deeply realistic blueprint for transforming regret into greater consciousness and integrating the hidden parts of our psyches into our lives.
Using very specific examples, exercises, and case studies grounded in Jungian theory and practice, and drawing upon a wide range of spiritual and ethical traditions, Johnson and Ruhl explain how to:
- identify those unfulfilled yearnings or needs that have gone "underground"
- discover how we unconsciously burden others - friends, spouses, coworkers - with our unlived hopes
- create new life options and unlock buried talents
- transform fruitless fantasies or "silly" dreams into tools for inner growth
- start truly living in the present moment; and
- revitalise a connection with God and spirit and attain peace in purpose in our mature years.