The Enchantment of Gardens
A Psychological Approach
English translation by Mark Kyburz and John Peck
168 pages, ISBN 3-85630-724-9 / 978-3-85630-724-0
A garden is a very special place with many faces, and it can lead us to previously unknown worlds. Anyone involved with gardens knows how they can touch our souls in countless ways. Garden and soul comprise a kind of secret ’in-between-world,’ a space between the light and the dark, culture and nature, conscious and unconscious, spirit and body – a space that has an irresistible attraction for us.
Ancient wisdom tells us that gardens have a healing, nourishing effect on the human soul and body. The garden belongs to the great archetype of life and is one of the few big archetypal images that are experienced primarily as positive. This positive experience is significant because the garden is a part of the natural and cultural human environment, and thus particularly influential in the interaction between human beings and their environment.
This delightful book invites us to see and experience in new ways the abundance and variety of gardens and their influence on our inner life.
Chapter One- The Gate: Entering into the Garden’s Realm of Secrecy
Chapter Two - The Meaning of Fences: What Makes a Piece of Earth into a Garden?
Chapter Three - The Soul’s Half-Acre: From Outer to Inner Garden
Chapter Four - A Garden Stroll from Morning to Evening: Roses and Carnations, Flowers and Clouds
Chapter Five - Beauty, Joy, and Sensuousness: Gifts from Gardens to Humanity
Chapter Six- Love’s Garden: Another Secret Place
Chapter Seven- Stillness: The Experience of the Divine in Gardens
Chapter Eight- The Everyday: Gardening as Inner Work