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"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

Lunchtime Vision Anyone?

I usually break for lunch around noon after a morning of depth psychotherapy. There’s time to quietly read, reflect, and have a period of rest and meditation. Not infrequently, a vision surfaces. In a liminal state, my brain downshifts from beta waves to alpha and theta, images and symbols from the psyche emerge.

University of Pennsylvania research in sleep and chronobiology reports, "Humans are biologically programmed to sleep at night, and to take a nap in the midafternoon, though…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on September 19, 2017 at 10:33am — No Comments


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Where Politics, Psyche, and Community Converge: An Interview with Andrew Samuels

U.K.-based psychotherapist and activist, Andrew Samuels has a long history as a consultant to political clients on the presidential and prime ministerial level. While Samuels first published Politics on the Couch in 2001 and The Political Psyche in 2015, his newest book, …

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Added by Depth Alliance on September 11, 2017 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 214: Paying Attention, Part Two of Two

Many indigenous societies believed that the dead were always close by at the times of the greatest celebrations. The festivals of mid-winter, as well as the November first celebrations in the Celtic world, looked forward to the annual restoration of the world that would come in springtime. But the elders taught that renewal would be unlikely unless due attention were paid to that which must die, as well as to those who had already died and become ancestors, and those – like Dionysus…

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Added by Barry Spector on September 10, 2017 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 213: Paying Attention, Part One of Two

Spiritual and mystical literature often speaks of the need to pay full attention, to be present moment to moment. In addition, what we might call “soul-work” asks us to focus our awareness of both the outer and the inner worlds with a detached, witnessing perspective, even while, as Joseph Campbell wrote, “participat(ing) joyfully in the sorrows of the world.”

A large part of the self is normally hidden from us. Indeed, cognitive linguist George Lakoff claims that only five…

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Added by Barry Spector on September 9, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments


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Depth Psychology in the World: New President Joseph Cambray on Extending the Vision for Pacifica

As the newly appointed President and CEO of Pacifica, Dr. Joseph Cambray was drawn to Pacifica in part because he perceived the powerful opportunities it offered to pursue new directions in depth psychology and to help grow depth psychology on the world stage.…

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Added by Depth Alliance on September 3, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Brothers and Sisters: Friends or Foes? Oh, My!

 

By Carol S. Pearson

 

Most of us get little help in navigating sibling relationships or seeing how they affect us. Recently, I was asked to give a presentation on sisters and brothers and found there is very little written about this important topic.…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 23, 2017 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Horses, Hestia and Guinevere: Mythological Perspectives for Everyday Life

Janet Bubar Rich became fascinated by horses in myth and legend when she was working on her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

In her book, “Riding on Horses' Wings, Bubar Rich” explores how horses inspire soulful imagination, and investigates how historical and mythological love of horses has, in our technological age,…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on August 21, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Relationships That Sustain

So often we look at how relationships trip us up. It’s easy to overlook how they also sustain us. If we are isolated, without meaningful connection and intimacy, we’re tripped up in life. If we have that one other person who knows us and wants to continue to know us, we’re wealthy and very much in the midst of finding our way.

Dreams speak to us of relating. Our inner life is reflected in the quality of our outer relationships. A person dreamed of having sex with a foul human being.…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on August 15, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Holding the Tension: One Woman’s Journey from Immigrant to Therapist—Interview with Naris Kesheshe

Sharing my newest audio interview and summary article:

Part of the challenge for Naris Kesheshe, who immigrated from Iran to the U.S. when she was 13, was her desire to maintain her original cultural identity and roots, while at the same time living in a society that held very different values. 

When she ultimately discovered …

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Added by Bonnie Bright on August 14, 2017 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Dreams, Calling, Suffering, and Individuation: Finding Light in the Darkness

Listen to a new audio interview or read a detailed summary article of “Dreams, Calling, Suffering, and Individuation: Finding Light in the Darkness” with Jungian Analyst and New Pacifica Core Faculty Member, Fanny Brewster: …

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Added by Bonnie Bright on August 7, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Wild Soul Resurrection: When Women Rise Rooted

Last week I visited a favorite “soul’s place of resurrection”, hiking the Tennessee Valley trail in Marin County to the beach. Author Sharon Blackie defines such a place as one where a soul is happiest on earth and, at the same time, most in touch with all that is eternal. It was a magical, breathtaking clear sky day where I watched a blue heron stand poised, present, patient at the edge of the blackwater pond spotted with bright green islands of plants. The water broke and rippled as an…

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Added by Marilyn S. Steele, Ph.D. on August 4, 2017 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Barr's Blog # 2010-212: The Dionysian Moment. Trump Lets the Dogs Out, Parts Five-Seven of Seven

Part Five

The Local Level: Policing in America

Let’s clear up one issue quickly. If mental illness (you know, the old “single shooter” trope) were the sole cause of these actions, people from all over the political spectrum would be committing them. Instead, it is the radical right that consistently enacts them. And we should also acknowledge that people with mental illness are much more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 30, 2017 at 2:51pm — No Comments

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