Awakened by Darkness: When Evil Becomes your Father by Paul Levy (Author)

Awakened by Darkness is Paul Levy’s personal story of how he managed to come through extreme psychological abuse from an emotionally disturbed father to not only find his inner voice, creative spirit and life’s work, but a deeper sense of wholeness as well. This is the in-depth story of Paul’s descent into the depths of insanity and his encounter with archetypal darkness and evil, only to come out stronger than before, with creative gifts that can help others who are struggling with the evil of psychological trauma and abuse.

At age 24, the intensity of the emotional abuse from his father catalyzed a life-transforming spiritual awakening, which, because it wasn’t recognized as such, got Paul hospitalized and (mis)diagnosed by psychiatry as having a mental illness. This is the story of how Paul eventually freed himself from both his dysfunctional family as well as from the toxicity of psychiatry – in a dream come true, he now has psychiatrists consulting with him. Paul’s story illumines how the deeper archetype of the wounded healer/shaman underlies and in-forms all healing procedures, be they personal or collective. Though this is Paul’s unique story, in a sense it has a universal aspect, for it is all of our story-relevant to all types of trauma-as we attempt to shed light on and creatively bring forth the hidden gifts encoded within the darkness that is to be found both out in the world and within ourselves.

A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul Levy is a wounded healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality. He is the founder of the “Awakening in the Dream Community” in Portland, Oregon. A creative artist, he is deeply steeped in the work of C. G. Jung, and has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over 35 years. He was the coordinator for the Portland chapter of the PadmaSambhava Buddhist Center for over twenty years. He has been writing since the mid-nineties.

Awakened by Darkness by Paul Levy

Author Paul Levy giving a talk about his brand new book, “Awakened by Darkness”, at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon. Paul Levy is an author and speaker about the dream-like nature of reality, and he facilitates weekly Jungian based process groups in Portland, Oregon which are rooted in the idea that our daily lives are a shared waking dream, which we are all co-creating and co-dreaming together. His new book, “Awakened by Darkness: When Evil Becomes Your Father”, and is now officially in publication.


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