Sylvaheim Explained is a theoretical and practical guide in how to use Jungian Stories and Images in teaching and counselling young people. It also outlines the foundations of Universal Psychology and Story Image Therapy.
Unlike The Magic of Jung which contains Dr Gordillo’s personal narrative to Jungian psychology (and Stoic philosophy) for youth health and healing, Sylvaheim Explained uses the latest research to explain how and why to use ancient psycho-spiritual principles for modern youth. That is, the importance of combining their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual/philosophical aspects in what Dr Gordillo calls the Bed of Life.
Sylvaheim Explained is a window, mirror and sliding glass door to another way to potentially enhance youth resilience.
Windows, mirrors and sliding glass doors
Dr Rudine Sims Bishop is an expert in multicultural literacy. Her perceptive metaphor that children’s (and by extension, adult’s) literature is a ‘window, mirror and sliding glass door’ has gained momentum among educators worldwide.
The basic premise of Sylvaheim Explained is that through the mythic/heroic fiction genre, a young reader is given a ‘window’ to the characters’ struggles with behavioural and mental health. Consequently, they are also given a mirror to their own health status as they ‘step into’ another world.
Ancient mythic heroic stories and images assist in reflection. As if moving through a sliding glass door to the world of fantasy, they offer a literary ‘mirror’ to confront our own spirit or psyche. That is, a confrontation with our personal (and collective) unconscious – a place Toula affectionally calls “Sylvaheim”.