Rodney S Birney MD
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Primal Love

Started Aug 22, 2011 0 Replies

I am looking for myths and stories that express the archetypal field of primal love, the deep movement of libido, the longing of the ego for the Self. In the opening of the Mathnavi Rumi refers to…Continue


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Southern Oregon, Ashland area
What are your main areas of interest?
Jungian Psychology, Mythology, Liberation Psychology
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Other degree not listed here
If so, from what institution?
MD, psychiatrist. Currently doing 3 year Jungian psychoanalytic preceptorship. Studied 10 year path of Self Recognition, also extensive work with Diamond Heart school. I also am a teacher/guide (Sheik) with the Sufi Ruhaniat International, a school of universal Sufism.
Are you a licensed or clinical therapist?
Licenced MD, Oregon.
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?
The life long call of my soul, for deeper meaning in my life and to be able to share and support others in their reclaiming their depths.
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LInkedin Analytic Psychology

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Zikar (Sufi Meditation) of the Tension of the Opposites

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 10:01pm 0 Comments

Zikar is a contemplative practice from the Sufi tradition. It is often translated as remembrance. Through spoken or singing repetition of sacred phrases, combined with simple body movement oriented to the heart, one opens to remembering their true nature. The vibrational field created through chanting, along with orienting to the heart and its powerful energy field (the electric field is 60X and the magnetic field 5000X more powerful than the brain) help us move beyond our ego mind to…


Symbolic Commentary on the Nativity

Posted on December 18, 2011 at 11:44am 0 Comments

In celebration of Christmas I wanted to offer symbolic commentary on the Nativity scene which is such a powerful image in the Western psyche at this time of year. Let’s begin by looking at the image of the Nativity as if it were a dream.


If you’d like to make this a personal exploration you can start by drawing the Nativity. Remember to include the angels, animals, shepherds, the Magi, Mary and Joseph, all within the manger.


In the center of the Nativity image…


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At 12:27pm on August 22, 2011, Bonnie Bright said…

Hi Rodney. I would also like to add my welcome to Ed's. I'm glad you've found the Depth Psych community. I'm somewhat familiar with the Diamond Heart work though probably at a very surface level. I haven't seen anyone else bring it up on the Alliance so I'd be curious to know what kind of discussion it might generate. 

Please jump in if you feel moved and post something from your learnings if you will, or engage y by joining a discussion, commenting on others' posts, or posting some of your own work. I'll send you some tips on navigating the site in a separate email though you're clearly off to a good start!--you managed to change out your personal profile photo--something not everyone manages. Enjoy the site! Bonnie Bright, Founder

At 12:40pm on August 18, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…

Welcome Rodney,

I am glad you found the Alliance and decided to join. I am only vaguely aware of the Sufi tradition(s?) and am interested in how you bring that tradition to your work as a psychiatrist. Please browse the many blogs, forums, and groups and add your comments, experiences, and questions. I look forward to your posts.



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