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Barry’s Blog # 221: The Hero Must Die, Part One of Four

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Added by Barry Spector on December 13, 2017 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 220: Redeeming the World

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Added by Barry Spector on November 29, 2017 at 11:29am — No Comments

Mythological and Archetypal Perspectives on Childbirth in Contemporary Culture

When yoga teacher Britta Bushnell first became pregnant, it was natural for her to add prenatal yoga to the yoga classes she was already teaching. This move eventually led to her training with childbirth specialist, Pam England, the author of the classic birth book, Birthing from Within[1]. England had already formulated a remarkable method…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 24, 2017 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Launch something new …and take the step that’s big enough

When people are ready to launch something new (…a workshop, a business, a creative work of art), they’ll sometimes take steps that are too small for them. This often stems from a fear of expressing their true vision. It also happens when they’re concerned about spending money on something that has an unknown…

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Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Cosmology, Ritual, and Ecology: A Message from the Kogi Indians of Columbia—An Interview with Lisa Maroski

Perhaps you’ve heard of a mysterious tribe of Native Indians who live high in the mountains of Colombia, speaking only their own original language, and having little contact with the outside world. These people, the Kogi Indians, have long referred to themselves as the “Elder Brothers,” as they carry the responsibility of being caretakers of the world, helping to…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 20, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

When the Next Step...Isn't Visible Yet

I once had a well-known psychic tell me, “your life is like a quilt with many different pieces. It will come together a piece at a time.” 

That image has been helpful. I often get confused when I’ve finished a piece of the quilt (it’s been stitched in and…

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Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 219: Thank You For Your Service

I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents. – General Smedley Butler

I laughed to myself… “Here we go. I’m starting a war under false pretenses.” – Admiral James Stockdale, on the Gulf of Tonkin incident          

I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are. –…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 11, 2017 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Psyche and the Sacred: New Interview with Dr. Lionel Corbett

The psyche is primed with an innate, organic wish to connect with something spiritual, something beyond the ordinary—something “numinous,” suggests Dr. Lionel Corbett, who is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and professor, as well as the author of “Psyche and the Sacred,” among other…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 8, 2017 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Photography and Writing: Into the Heart of Traditional Cultures in Times of Global Change—Interview with Writer/Photographer Michael Benanav

In the wilderness, Michael Benanav, a critically-acclaimed writer and photographer, often runs into nomads. Their profoundly archetypal lifestyles inevitably appear in Benanav’s work which features archetypal themes of home, ancestors, and tradition.

After writing about his experiences with one of the last working camel caravans…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 8, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments

Self Care and the Psyche . . .

It’s one thing to get well; it’s quite another to stay well and thrive. The psyche is such a confluence of negative and positive dynamics. One day we’re set on healing, the next instant we’re working against ourselves.Self care, its stabilization and furtherance, I’ve come to believe after nearly forty years as a depth psychologist, is the most challenging aspect of psychotherapy and personal healing and…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on October 25, 2017 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Beauty and Freedom

The heroine in “Beauty and the Beast” could have easily believed she was a victim. Beauty’s mother died when she was young. When her father lost all of his fortune they left the city, where she was free to read and do as she pleased all day, and moved to the country. Beauty then had to do…

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Added by Pamela Alexander on October 25, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

11 key metaphors for change that are present in all cultures

Metaphors function to stimulate and catalyze inner transformations.

These are eleven key metaphors for change that are present in the literature of all world cultures*:

  • Transitioning from caterpillar to butterfly
  • Awakening from the dream of reality
  • Uncovering the veils of illusion
  • Moving from captivity to liberation
  • Purification by inner fire
  • Going from darkness to light
  • Moving from fragmentation into…
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Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on October 23, 2017 at 9:54am — 2 Comments

"Immigration, Art, and Healing through Trauma"—New Audio Interview and Article

As an immigrant, whose family fled the tyranny of Romania’s Communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, Alexra Rusu entered the field of counseling because she has been profoundly interested in healing  in the archetypal concept of “home.” 
Rusu, who grew up reading C.G. Jung, feels deeply about the sense of spiritual sustenance  meaning offered through our connections with the…
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Added by Bonnie Bright on October 14, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments


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Depth Insights™ Journal, New Issue—Claim Your Copy Today

We are pleased to announce that the new issue of Depth Insights™ Journal, the official peer-reviewed publication for Depth Psychology Alliance is out!

From the…

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Added by Depth Alliance on October 6, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Healthy, Strong & Vital: Tapping Metaphor’s Healing Powers

When I was growing up, my mother frequently said that I was “accident prone.” Perhaps it’s because I broke my leg when I was two by “putting my foot down” when the neighbor kid was pushing four of us on a carriage swing. I wanted him to stop pushing so hard and when screaming didn’t work, I tried another tactic.

My mother was probably right, I think I’ve had more than my share of injuries and broken bones.

When I think about all the desires I have in life, having peace of mind…

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Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on October 6, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Follow the Yellow Brick Road from Old Stories to New Insights

Follow the yellow brick road… This phrase is so familiar that it’s become a part of our modern day conversation. We all know what it means. All we need to do is follow the obvious path, which will lead to the desired destination.

The Wizard of Oz story is about following the yellow brick road home. It’s a symbolic map of an unfamiliar inner terrain. The destination is the heart. This old story provides fresh opportunities to generate new insights and to help us navigate challenges…

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Added by Pamela Alexander on October 6, 2017 at 9:02am — No Comments

Sandplay as a Healing Modality: Interview with Jungian Analyst Jorge de la O

For Jungian analyst and professor, Jorge de la O, the desire to become a therapist began in the late 1970s when he saw Violet Oaklander[1] the founder of Gestalt therapy with children and adolescents, at a confluent education conference at USC. Oaklander presented some slides on the process of sandtray (a somewhat different process from Sandplay, the Jungian approach to sandtray which was created by Jungian analyst Dora Kalff)[2]. When Jorge saw the trays and the work Oaklander was…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on October 3, 2017 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Democracy under siege

Please read about the Catalan efforts to celebrate a referendum for self-determination and the response from the Spanish state, from the archetypal perspective of this observer.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Added by Brigitte Hansmann on September 28, 2017 at 11:37am — No Comments

Questions about the transgender movement – children, identity, ancient precedents

Is the transgender movement the latest in a series of civil rights campaigns? Or did psychiatrist Paul McHugh get it right when he described the movement as “cult-like”? Are children being helped or recruited? 

How relevant or not are Jungian descriptions of anima, animus and self to experiences of gender today? Is somatophobia (hostility to the body) a factor in transgender culture?…

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Added by Colin Robinson on September 19, 2017 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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