Saturday, January 2, 2016

Tributes to Jungian analysts, author and Inner City Books Publisher Daryl Sharp on his 80th birthday



 Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote,
The only gift is a portion of thyself. … the poet brings his poem; the shepherd, his lamb; the farmer, corn; the miner, a stone; the painter, his picture; the girl, a handkerchief of her own sewing.
Daryl has brought a wealth of gifts – his own books, and the works of many other Jungian Analysts. His own writings, written with wit and humor and human warmth, are pearls of insights. If as has been said, the meaning of life is to find your gift, and the purpose of life to give it away, to share it with others, we can only congratulate dear Daryl, who truly is living the individuated life, sharing the wisdom of the inner city, so that the world becomes a less noisy, and more meaningful place. I congratulate you, Daryl, and wish you many more years of joy, happiness, meaning and sharing!
Jungian Analyst and author, Erel Shalit, Tel Aviv 

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I met Daryl Sharp about twenty years ago as I made my way through a book called the Survival Papers which I had found out about earlier that same year while at a conference where someone had told me about Inner City Books and that they were publishing books by Jungian analysts. Since I had a decades long interest in Jungian psychology, I decided to take a chance and order three books from this publisher including Daryl's book. It was a risk that has paid off in many ways over the years as I built a sizeable collection of the books published by Inner City including most of Daryl's books.

About two months after receiving these first three books, I placed an order for ten more books. I was surprised when I received a letter from Daryl before the arrival of the books. He had noticed that the books were being sent to a town in Saskatchewan where he had spent a number of years as a youth. It was the start of regular correspondence between the two of us. You can imagine my immense pleasure upon receiving a Christmas card from Adam Brillig.

Over the years I have taken the liberty of quoting from Daryl's books as I use photography as a medium to bring Jungian psychology to the attention of those otherwise not familiar with Jungian psychology. I know that I owe my success over the years to Daryl who made Jungian psychology come to life. Thank you, Daryl on your eightieth birthday.

affectionately yours, Robert Longpre of Through a Jungian Lens

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On behalf of myself and The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies we would like to congratulate and wish you well on the most auspicious occasion of your 80th birthday. May the following decade bring you much joy, good health and the opportunity to continue your work in our field. The gift you have given the Global Jungian Community, both through your publishing house and your own writing, can hardly be overstated. We are very much in your debt.

All good wishes, Stephen Farah, The Centre for Applied Jungian Studies

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Nine years ago as I scoured the internet in search of some understanding of Carl Jung’s work I stumbled upon the work of Jungian analyst, author, publisher and bon vivant, Daryl Sharp. Amongst the pages of his books I explored the work of Jung and saw how Jung’s work might flavour a life. Since then my life, other people, the world has become, for me, far more interesting.  Through these two great men, Jung and Sharp, I have been brought face to face with the many facets that make up who I am, I have learnt to name and claim my shadow and my complexes.  I have learnt that it is okay to live my nonsense. I have learnt to strive for wholeness not perfection and perhaps most importantly I found questions that guide me, that orientate me towards living an authentic life. Thank you Daryl for your amazing books that have inspired, flavored and transformed my life! Happy birthday! 

Tasha Tollman, The Jungian Book Club


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Happy 80th Birthday, Daryl! We all extend our sincere gratitude to you for your enormous contributions as a Jungian publisher. The Jungian world owes so much to you for the riches you have brought to us all through the many great Jungian authors and works that Inner City Nooks has made readily available, such as Marion Woodman, James Hollis, Anthony Stevens, Marie-Louise von Franz, Aldo Carotenuto, and so many, many more. I also acknowledge with great gratitude your contribution as a Jungian pioneer in Canada. Without your many contributions, including a founder, and for very many years, helmsman, of the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts, the Jungian presence in Ontario would only be a very dim shadow of what it is today. In addition to these impressive contributions, I can also speak to Daryl’s great gifts as a analyst from my personal experience. I came to Daryl as an analysand at a time in my life when I was completely depleted and without answers, and over several years, worked with him in analytic work that I can honestly say has been the single most transformative experience in my life. Thank you for all the difference you have made to so many people, Daryl, and to the entire Jungian world. As you would be the first to say, I wish you all the good luck in the world as you journey forward. With every good wish for your 80th, and very many happy returns.



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