Leslie Birleson
  • Female
  • Kekaha, HI
  • United States
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What are your main areas of interest?
Jungian Psychology
If you are signing up as an Individual Member, do you have a degree in Depth Psychology?
If so, from what institution?
I studied at Eastern Michigan and western Michigan University fine art
Are you a licensed or clinical therapist?
Please share a little about yourself by way of introduction. What draws you to Depth Psychology and what are you looking for from this community?
I did dream analysis with a first generation Jungian for three years. I had the opportunity to audit lectures at the Jung Institute in Zürich for one year. I hope to gain greater insight in the relationship between Jungian psychology and contemporary art.
Do you belong to any other online Psychology-related communities or orgs? If so, which?
What is your WEB SITE (IF you would like to promote it)?
http://les birleson.com

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At 9:11am on February 2, 2015, Evan Hanks said…

Hi Leslie,

Thank you so much for your response. Of course, I agree with everything you stated. Physicists and scientists in general, despite their confidence (and sometimes because of it) are as uncertain in their hearts as anyone -- but who can promote themselves today based on an honest uncertainty? I'm afraid I'm not very good at it either, though I try to address it when I'm able to fight through my own projections. But, it seems that we're all so small and insignificant that we have more need to deny it than accept it. I think that's one of the conscious purposes of theology; where our self-appointed notions of divinity come from. By that, I mean that I think we share in a divine nature, but we seem convinced that it's somehow more divine in us than the rest of nature; this, I think, is not only the major obstacle in connecting with our divinity but diminishes it greatly.

One of the reasons Jung's work is so important to me is that it gives me an opportunity to look at both sides in ways I couldn't have done without it. Your statement also resonates with me: "An event happens! as we move through time and grow older with multiple perspectives and experiences a historical event actually changes..."

I don't think we'll ever "hit the target", but I think we can view more of the richness of the painting nature draped over our eyes with a little more awareness of our own natures. The religious right, the Middle East, politics in general, and our current commercial trends frighten me -- but not as much as it scares me to think about where my daughter (and her children) may end up through an accelerated consciousness whose aims are even more ill-defined and dangerous (in my humble opinion) than at any time in the past. For those reasons, I consider Jung's psychology to have been a very synchronistic event in human history.

Thanks again, Leslie, and please stay in touch!

P.S. Have you ever read Erich Neumann's, Art and the Creative Unconscious?

At 6:27pm on April 23, 2014, Leilani Smiler said…

Thanks Leslie…Oh My Golly…thank you for looking out for me :)

At 8:53pm on September 22, 2011, Judith Harte,Ph.D. said…
Hi Leslie. Loved the description of your evolution into Jung and how it has and continues to impact your art, which by the way sounds fascinating.  Regards, Judith Harte
At 11:59am on September 21, 2011, Bonnie Bright said…

Hi Leslie: Thanks so much for your willingness to share a video in the Ritual Space group. Since it's on a technical topic, rather than responding to your question there, I'll answer you here and maybe others can also benefit from reading about the process.

You may already know all of this so please forgive if I'm being redundant.

Unfortunately, posting videos on the Alliance--as on many web sites--is not optimal due to the size of the videos. This is really the reason sites like YouTube exist and specialize in hosting video because they have the capacity to do so.

Thus, currently the best (and only) way to post a video on the Alliance anywhere is to to use "embed" code to do so. That means, yes, it needs to first "live" somewhere on the web in a video service like YouTube, Vimeo, or Hulu. They each offer those embed codes for the purpose of placing them elsewhere.

I'm very sorry it's so limiting--and I hope you find a way to post your video on YouTube and then embed it here. I'd really love to see it. You can post by going into the group, clicking "Add a discussion" at the bottom of the discussion forum, and then click on the tiny icon that looks like movie film above the discussion box that opens. When you click that icon, it offers a place to past the embed code. Once you're done, the video image appears IN the discussion box. Then you can comment and save below. 

I hope that's of help. Please don't hesitate to ask any other questions, and thanks for your efforts!

At 4:52pm on September 14, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…

Wonderous work (the photo).

As to Zurich, Interesting that what many think of as the "home place" would be the more "liberal" site.

Also interesting in the German/American stance. I hear Freud/Jung decrying the American emphasis on "practical usage" of psychological practice. My naive image of Germany is not much different.

At 7:24pm on September 13, 2011, Bonnie Bright said…

Hi Leslie. Greetings, and glad you've found the online depth community. I would like to add my welcome to Ed's. As you can see, the Alliance is a dynamic and growing group of people who understand the power of connecting around critical topics and the fact that we are a global community allows us to meet and learn from others in a multitude of ways.

What an amazing opportunity you've had to attend those lectures in Zurich! I hope you'll find much to intrigue you as you begin to browse the vast content here and interact with others. It looks like you're already off to a good start, and I hope you'll continue to actively engage. Posting links to resources that are meaningful to you or entering discussion by commenting on others' posts are a good way to contribute.

In case you need detailed help on navigating the site, please use the following link-- http://www.depthpsychologyalliance.com/page/navigating-the-site --and please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions at all! I look forward to seeing you around the community~Bonnie Bright, Founder

At 6:43am on September 13, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…

Welcome Leslie,

Do you have a picture of the work you speak of? I know it will not be near the level of power "in the small" but if you can, I'd enjoy seeing it. Also, you state that you are not sure what you can add to the Alliance. Even your answers to the introductory questions have added much to my enjoyment of the Alliance. Your insights into Jungian thought and art/architecture are fascinating and I, along with others, would gain by your shared wisdom. Again, welcome to the Alliance and I look forward to your posts.



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