Anne Baring has travelled widely in India and the Far East during the 1950’s before training and practising as a Jungian analyst. She is a member of the Scientific and Medical Network and, until her retirement from private practice in 2000, she was a member of the Association of Jungian Analysts, London and the International Association for Analytical Psychology. She has lectured for several years in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She has always been fascinated by the power of individuals to shape and influence history. Why do people feel, think and act the way they do? What is the anatomy of human creativity and human destructiveness — the root of the invisible influences, both individual and collective, which can both create and destroy civilization? After she left Oxford University, she took off in 1956 for India and the Far East, having found a job in Italy that commissioned her to purchase photographs of the finest works of art from all the museums in Asia for inclusion in an Italian Encyclopaedia of Art. Attracted to religion, she studied Hinduism and Buddhism as she travelled in search of the required photographs. At the same time, she was asking herself those perennial questions of the soul: Who am I? What is the meaning and purpose of life? Why am I here on this planet? During the 1980’s she embarked on writing The Myth of the Goddess; Evolution of an Image with Jules Cashford, a friend of hers and fellow analyst who had specialised at university in philosophy and English literature. A later friendship and collaboration with the author and mystic Andrew Harvey, led to the publication of two more books, The Mystic Vision and The Divine Feminine. n 2013 she published her final book, The Dream of the Cosmos: a Quest for the Soul, which is a distillation of her life’s work. This was awarded the book prize for 2013 by the Scientific and Medical Network.
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