Michael Gellert

Modern Mysticism

Jung, Zen and the Still Good Hand of God

Modern Mysticism

"This thought-provoking book stimulates the imagination
and offers a new dimension to therapy."
   —Peggy Papp

Modern Mysticism explores the spiritual nature of the unconscious mind, revealing its role in artistic and scientific creativity, paranormal occurrences, visionary dreams, and mystical illumination. It shows how the unconscious—a vast, largely untapped region of the psyche—is unrestricted by laws of causality and connected not only to the physical world but to the transcendent. Approaching religious experience as a natural phenomenon of the mind, Michael Gellert makes it more comprehensible. By cultivating an openness to the unconscious, all of us—not just mystics, saints, and spiritual masters—can have a religious experience.

Note: The first edition was published under the title of The Still Good Hand of God: The Magic and Mystery of the Unconsious Mind


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  1. Intimations of the Divine
  2. The Genius Factor
  3. Untapped Possibilities
  1. The Belly of the Whale
  2. Lila: The Sport of God
  3. The Twilight Zone
  4. Trick or Treat?
Appendix: The Dream Journal
Suggested Reading
About the Author


"A psychotherapist writes that rarest of works—a look at the wondrous and mysterious worlds of the unconscious mind, moving from the paranormal to the highest spiritual experience."
   —Sophy Burnham, author of A Book of Angels

"Modern Mysticism is engaging, profound, and lucid. The author weaves the complex questions of the existence of a higher intelligence, precognitive experiences, discoveries in modern physics, and UFO sightings into a fabric of luminous beauty and utility. The reader will be fascinated by Gellert's original insights into the workings of the human unconscious."
   —Selwyn Mills, Ph.D., Gestalt therapist and author of The Odd Couple Syndrome

"Michael Gellert's book is a revealing portrait of the relationship between the unconscious mind and religious experience. . . . Reading this book is a refreshing experience that should appeal to our need to contemplate the unknown, the unconscious. And so, like the unconscious itself, this book is a manifestation of 'the still good hand of God': It, too, extends an invitation to the magic and mystery within all of us."
   —Malcolm Spicer, Quadrant: The Journal of Contemporary Jungian Thought

"In his chapter on his visit to Calcutta, Gellert takes you with him, into the whale's belly and out! An extraordinary experience—not to be wished for and not to be missed!"
   —Diane Wolkstein, author of The First Love Stories: From Isis and Osirus to Tristan and Iseult

"An innovative and important approach to psychic phenomena. Challenges the present-day psychological conception of projections in a refreshing and thought-provoking manner."
   —Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Ph.D., author of The Borderline Personality: Vision and Healing and Narcissism and Character Transformation

"This thought-provoking book stimulates the imagination and offers a new dimension to therapy."
   —Peggy Papp, Senior Supervisor, Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy

"This book is wonderful, as it is both challenging and comforting. I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about spirituality."
   —Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer, Associate Professor of Law and Ethics, Loyola Marymount University

"A treasure chest of testimony from leading writers, artists, scientists, statesmen, athletes and other leading figures—we are invited into a world of fascinating personal encounters with the unconscious. The unconscious mind is seen as a contributor to the creative process, problem-solving, early warning and phenomenal athletic feats."
   —Paul Caubet, Brain/Mind Bulletin

"The central premise of Mr. Gellert's highly readable book is that the unconscious mind is the seat of religious experience and that all people have the capacity for religious experience, not only 'great souls.'"
   —The Beacon

"Gellert shows us that what the psychologists call the unconscious can be viewed as a kind of matrix within each human being by and through which higher powers enter into and guide our lives. What was previously called divine providence is still very much a living reality, if only we can learn to be open and sensitive to it. . . . By drawing upon a number of experiences reported by individuals from all walks of life, Gellert illustrates and illuminates the fascinating manifestations of this deeper level of the mind. Such experiences, coming via dreams, visions, inspiration and coincidence, bring intimations of a power more deeply interfused, a higher intelligence that often guides our destiny. Altogether an illuminating and highly readable book."
   —Prediction Magazine

"The real value of this book is not in Michael Gellert's quiet, lucid prose, nor is it in the thoughtfulness of his interpretation—no, the value lies in the power of the many personal stories herein. They are the undeniable facts of experience with which psychology and religion must deal; they move us and let us know that the Soul is active still."
   —George R. Elder, Ph.D., National Editor, Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism