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Books by J. Gary Sparks

ISBN 9781894574204. Index. 192 pp. 2007. $30.00

This is an extraordinary book. It is important both for its clarification of the phenomenon of synchronicity and for its implications for the survival of Western civilization.

The author, schooled in religious studies and science, takes readers gently through a basic understanding of physics, from classical Newtonian to modern quantum, and weds that to C.G. Jung’s long-standing enquiry into the enigmatic relationship between matter and spirit, selfhood and destiny.

Here we meet the conjunction in time of three great minds: Swiss psychiatrist Jung; Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli; and the celebrated analyst-scholar Marie-Louise von Franz in their efforts to understand the mysterious interpenetration of time and the timeless.

The journey is exciting and illuminating, and certain to mark a watershed in an understanding of the individuation process and the evolving practice of analytical psychology as a holistic approach to healing psychological ills.

J. Gary Sparks, B.Sc., M.Div., M.A., is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA; the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA; and the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland. He is a former Peace Corps Korea Volunteer during the early 1970s and co-editor of Edward F. Edinger’s Science of the Soul (2002) and Ego and Self: The Old Testament Prophets (2000). He is widely known in North America for his lectures and seminars on the significance and application of Jungian psychology. (See www.jgsparks.net.)


ISBN 9781894574280. Index. 192 pp. 2010. $30.00

During a serious illness in his sixties, C. G. Jung dreamed that he was in a valley of diamonds and could fill his pockets with them. He understood the diamonds to refer to all he had yet to say about the human psyche. But he realized that he could only show a fraction of what he had in his pockets. He lived on to write his major works, but one "diamond" left virtually untouched was the relationship between inner and outer, the mysterious interface between mind and matter. He believed the key to this conundrum lay in investigating the concept of numbers as archetypes of the unconscious, but he lacked the energy for it.

This was the great task Jung bequeathed to his long-standing colleague, Marie-Louise von Franz, who heartily took it on in her prodigious tome, Number and Time (1974), which thoughtfully explores the space-time continuum, the psychological significance of the first four integers, 1-4, and parallel developments in the world of physics. Her enquiry is a difficult book, but seminal in laying the groundwork for a new worldview based on numbers as they manifest in dreams, everyday life, science and synchronistic events.

J. Gary Sparks' masterful explication of Number and Time clarifies von Franz’s work and makes more accessible to all readers one of the proudly-faceted jewels Jung left as his legacy to genuine healing.

Valley of Diamonds is a fitting sequel to this author’s previous book, At the Heart of Matter: Synchronicity and Jung’s Spiritual Testament (Inner City Books, 2007).

J. Gary Sparks, B.Sc., M.Div., M.A., is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA; the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA; and the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He is co-editor of Edward F. Edinger’s Science of the Soul (Inner City Books, 2002) and Ego and Self: The Old Testament Prophets (Inner City Books, 2000).


ISBN 9781894574488. Index. 160 pp. 2017. $30.00

C. G. Jung was arguably the most visionary psychologist of the twentieth century, and A. J. Toynbee the most celebrated historian of his generation. This book explores what they have in common. Before I dive into Toynbee’s ideas and their connection to Jung’s late reflections, I will present an overview of both Toynbee’s and Jung’s lives, paying attention to how the same events shaped both men’s work in a very similar vein, expressed at points in a comparable vernacular, at points from a different, yet related, perspective. In any case, the convergence of their understanding is not well known, though its pertinence to civilized life is to my mind utterly indispensable — far too essential to linger fallow in obscurity.


ISBN Mixed. Sewn. Index. 384 pp. 2016. $40.00

J. Gary Sparks, B.Sc., M.Div., M.A., is a graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA; the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA; and the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland. He is a former Peace Corps Korea Volunteer during the early 1970s and co-editor of Edward F. Edinger’s Science of the Soul (2002) and Ego and Self: The Old Testament Prophets (2000). He is widely known in North America for his lectures and seminars on the significance and application of Jungian psychology. (See www.jgsparks.net.)

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