The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need?

  • by Robert Bly
  • Narrated by Robert Bly
  • 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Robert Bly - one of the most compelling mythologists and storytellers of our time - captures the imagination in two live recordings.
In The Human Shadow, Bly takes us on a thought provoking and entertaining journey exploring our "shadow" through poetry, music, and storytelling. Bly says that the development of the shadow starts in childhood when parents make it clear there are certain parts of us they don’t like: "you’re too noisy!" So we put this into a "bag". Over time, our independence and feeling also go into the bag, getting heavier and heavier. Then, according to Bly, we spend the rest of our life trying to get everything back out of the bag to live fully again.
What Stories Do We Need? reminds us that the mythology we have inherited is often defective. Just as the church refused to accept the reality Galileo saw in his telescope, literalists have removed the dark soul images that nourished our ancestors from mythology by refusing to include them in our stories. But Bly reminds us that these are exactly the stories we need to hear.

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Excellent author!!!

I'm a huge fan of Robert Bly and his work healing the human shadow. Gripped by a fascinating subject it was his publication 'a little book on the human shadow' that prompted enquiry to resolve and this hearty recording read with live audience is full of humour and wisdom.
Robert's style is more artistic and less clinical approach with poetic vision which may inspire you to same. Shadow working at its best.

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- Amazon Customer

Nourishment for the soul

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes , to certain friends who i know would love to hear this


What other book might you compare The Human Shadow and What Stories Do We Need? to, and why?

i bought it because i loved another book he wrote called Iron John


What about Robert Bly’s performance did you like?

I like the aliveness of his performance , it is so alive i manage to stay with it without effort


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh at our human condition , we are all in good company , how comforting is that and how easy to let it all go , thank you Robert


Any additional comments?

Listen to it while doing the housework , while gardening , love it !!

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- lorraine Burnham

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-06-2013
  • Publisher: BetterListen