“In Celibacy and Soul, Jungian analyst Susan Pollard presents us with a rich and moving reflection on the meaning of a life of spiritual celibacy. Drawing on many sources (psychology, philosophy, mysticism, mythology, poetry) she offers us an encompassing, multicultural perspective on what is nowadays a poorly understood choice of life. An honest, courageous, and deeply helpful book for anyone faced with the challenges of chaste celibacy.” — Diane Cousineau Brutsche, Ph.D., Jungian training and supervising analyst, International School for Analytical Psychology Zurich.
“What wisdom and guidance is needed here! Celibacy and Soul. And here you have it! Good spirituality, good psychology, and lived experience are all growing together in one lovely fi eld of honest and divine love. is book is indeed ‘singular beauty’ and a gift to our humanity!” —Richard Rohr, O.F.M., author of Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self.
“Dr. Susan Pollard offers something very special with this work. At a time when spiritually-focused celibacy is so little understood she brings an exceptional depth of focus and understanding to what can, indeed, be an immensely positive, life-affirming choice. Her skills as a Jungian analyst, and the depth of her own journey as a religious sister and as a Christian scholar, come together superbly here to make a book that will be widely and perhaps surprisingly relevant both within Christian circles and beyond them.” — Stephanie Dowrick, Ph.D., author of Seeking the Sacred and In the Company of Rilke.
Celibacy and Soul: Exploring the Depths of Chastity is for women and men who have chosen to live into celibate chastity. It is also for those people who live celibate love, and though not vowed to a religious calling, know the way of celibate love as their path. You may find yourself celibate not by choice or you may hope it is a temporary stage. Perhaps life interrupted your plans with the death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, the situation of illness, the trauma of abuse, or you simply didn’t settle with the desired partner and you want to find meaning in your life as a celibate person. Celibacy and Soul is also useful for those in the helping professions, as the work of a therapist asks a celibate kind of loving that can be catalyst for change in both clients and practitioners.
Susan Pollard, Ph.D, is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst (Zurich) and member of the Association of Graduate Analytical Psychologists. She is a member and training analyst with the Australian and New Zealand Jungian Analysts and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on subjects related to analytical psychology and religion and has a full time analytical practice in South Australia.
Cover image, Meditation © by Mary Southard, CSJ – www.marysouthardart.org
Title: Celibacy and Soul: Exploring the Depths of Chastity
Author: Susan J. Pollard
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Fisher King Press (Jan 15, 2015)
ISBN 10: 1771690135
ISBN 13: 978-1771690133