Spiritual Hunger by Allan G. Hunter

ISBN: 978-1-84409-560-5
Integrating Myth and Ritual into Daily Life
160 pages paperback

From daily activities such as work and eating to milestones such as graduation and marriage, this discussion debates the myths that guide lifestyles and questions why they exist in the first place. Each belief is broken down and examined in terms of how it works, exposing its true nature so that its value and necessity in culture as well as the way it operates can be determined. This unique self-help guide demonstrates how to reinvent old, outdated rituals; get rid of those rites that are entirely ineffective; and create new habits that provide a deeper meaning to everyday life. A gateway to finding a better understanding of what contributes to healthier relationships, this guide to rituals paves the way to sustaining a fulfilling and happy life.

Allan G. Hunter

Allan G. Hunter was born in England in 1955 and completed all his degrees at Oxford University, emerging with a doctorate in English Literature in 1983. His first book was Joseph Conrad and the Ethics of Darwinism. In 1986, after working at Fairleigh Dickinson University's British campus and at Peper Harow Therapeutic Community for disturbed adolescents, he moved to the US. For the past twenty years he has been a professor of literature at Curry College in Massachusetts, and a therapist. He has produced two books specifically aimed at using writing and drawing exercises therapeutically - The Sanity Manual and Life Passages. Both books are based on his revolutionary interactive writing exercises, tried and proven in counselling sessions and classes. While working with clients in this way he began to uncover the presence of a series of archetypes within their writings. This led to his present work with the formulation of the six archetypal stages of spiritual development.

Four years ago he began teaching with the Blue Hills Writing Institute and he has remained with it ever since, working with students to explore the memoir and life-writing. His own experience of this medium is reflected in From Coastal Command to Captivity; The Memoir of a Second World War Airman, a project on which he worked with his father up to the time of his death. It required extensive reworking to bring this memoir to completion. As in all his books, the emphasis is on the healing nature of the stories we weave for ourselves if we choose to connect to the archetypal tales of our culture.

For more, see http://allanhunter.net/ or his YouTube Channel

There is nothing new in pointing to the overwhelming and negative effects of materialism in our culture and there is nothing new in suggesting that we need to find meaning with spiritual depth somewhere in all of this. But how and where to find it? That is the question and answer that author Dr Allan G. Hunter deals in. He discusses the myths and rituals of our society which on their surface lack any real meaning or depth, leading to self-destruction, and balances this with explaining how these same myths, if connected to their true inner purpose and significance, can lead to self-healing and a strong sense of purpose.
Bill Anderton, Pilgrims

Dr Allan Hunter isn’t offering readers a prescription for dealing with the absence of relevant, viable myth and ritual in our current times.
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