January 2015 Blog Posts (32)

Barry’s Blog # 121: Driving Dixie Down, Part One of Two

Part One of Two

Why does the classic song The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down continue to move us 45 years after The Band first recorded it?

The fact that so many people continue to debate its meaning online (see links at the end of this article) is a mirror of America’s ongoing uncertainty about the motives of the war’s opposing sides, of its resolution and of its meaning for our time. In other words, the war (and the Viet Nam war during which The…

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Added by Barry Spector on January 30, 2015 at 6:21pm — No Comments


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Preconceptions and Self Deceptions

http://www.naturalblaze.com/2015/01/what-if-diabetes-causes-obesity-not.html

 What if Diabetes Causes Obesity - Not the Other Way Round

from 13:36 on one of the most moving paeans to the dedication of the human spirit you will see on video today... …

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Added by klemens swib on January 30, 2015 at 11:59am — No Comments

Dealing with Resistance to Dream Work

 “I don’t think I’ve ever sat down to do my inner work but that I’ve had to make myself do it. I may have to make myself get up and leave it a little bit later, I get so interested. The resistance is always there. Don’t pay any notice. Just go do it!” -Robert Johnson*

 

      I’ve kept a dream diary for forty-eight years, but most days I still find I have a great resistance to waking up and writing down the images that appear in my dreams each night. It occurred to me that my…

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Added by Mara Schaeffer on January 30, 2015 at 7:53am — 6 Comments


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When the ego becomes God it can get self indulgent

WHY A FAKE ARTICLE TITLED "CUCKOO FOR COCOA PUFFS?" WAS ACCEPTED BY 17 MEDICAL JOURNALS 

A HARVARD SCIENTIST WANTED TO SEE EXACTLY HOW EASY IT IS TO GET MEDICAL RESEARCH PUBLISHED. IN SOME CASES, $500 IS PRETTY MUCH ALL IT TAKES. 

BY ELIZABETH SEGRAN 

As a medical researcher at Harvard, Mark Shrime gets a very special kind of spam in his inbox: every day, he receives at least one request from an open-access medical journal promising to…

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Added by klemens swib on January 28, 2015 at 11:19am — 11 Comments

Decisions Make The Soul...

We can hide from pain. A person told me, "I stayed in a  bad relationship because I could hide there. I didn't have to face what got me into it to begin with. I didn't have to face what kept me in it. I hid out so I didn't have the light I needed to get out and live my life."

CG Jung wrote, "There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on January 28, 2015 at 9:22am — No Comments

Outside vs. Inside: A Depth Psychological Perspective on the Planetary Crisis and the Psyche/Nature Split

If the “outside,” as we in modern western cultures generally consider the physical world, is manifesting rather worrisome phenomena in the form of conflict, destruction of nature and home places, and racial and income inequality, we can draw a connection from what is occurring in the physical world to what must be…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on January 27, 2015 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Carl Jung's observation on why people create "stone idols with human features"

"Easter Island Monolith comes to Baltimore"
Sarah Doherty, an artist in Baltimore, created and installed a large replica of one of the monoliths
erected on Easter Island. Shown above is a picture I took of her and her work on the day of its installation.…

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Added by William Angel on January 27, 2015 at 12:12pm — 4 Comments

Dreamwork and the 12 Steps Post #01

The second post in the Recovery Chronicles series about how dreams can support 12 step recovery work with addiction or within the frame work of Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12 step programs.…

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Added by Laura Smith on January 27, 2015 at 7:33am — 4 Comments


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"natural individuation is arrested during neurosis"

Max Winther quote from his essay, The Happy Neurotic Island of Modernity and Technology

http://mlwi.magix.net/beastrev.htm

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well this one line from Mats could ultimately launch a thousand books. The power and potential embedded within a mere six words is stunning. This is the future of Jungian Psychology

Added by klemens swib on January 26, 2015 at 10:37pm — No Comments

Visual Imagery Related to a Dream Mentioning both Jesus and a Clown

Display in the Window of a Used Bookstore Evil Clown Looking Out of an Upstairs Window

A young woman posted a dream of hers to the…

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Added by William Angel on January 26, 2015 at 1:27pm — No Comments


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The Masters Voice

"Jung did not want to establish trainings and societies and was once heard to say while attending a meeting in Zurich of analysts interested in his ideas: ‘Thank God I am not a Jungian !"  http://www.thesap.org.uk/michael-fordham

hmmm there is obviously a context for his statement but it is interesting never the less..

Added by klemens swib on January 25, 2015 at 2:17pm — 3 Comments

Urban Terrapsychology and Creative Placemaking (13)

My previous posts have discussed various elements that provided me with terrapsychological insight during the early 1990s.  Today I will outline an experience that was more unusual than those I've previously recounted - a relationship with a kind of meditative mandala that seemed to open my consciousness to archetypal dimensions of the region where I live.  And synchronistically, it was this mandala that led to my most successful and influential project as a city planner, which I will…

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Added by Mark VanderSchaaf on January 25, 2015 at 6:23am — No Comments

Powerful Photos Depict Veterans Who Use Art Therapy To Heal

A quote from Carl Jung on the subject of "masks":

The persona, for Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, was the social face the individual presented to the world—"a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual".

One wonders what Jung would have thought about the masks created by these veterans (see link below) as their intent in creating them was to reveal, rather than…

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Added by William Angel on January 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Dreamwork and the 12 Steps

Find out how dreams can support 12 step recovery work...This post is the first in a series about dreamwork and the 12 steps.

Archetypal D…

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Added by Laura Smith on January 21, 2015 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Hope, not Hell: Musings on Therapy

When I was actively serving in the ministry, I leaned more to the Universalist side of Unitarian Universalism. Theologically, I was more drawn to the idea that Love overruled Thought, that universal salvation, the belief that no one is condemned to hell is better…

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Added by Silvia Behrend on January 20, 2015 at 2:34pm — 2 Comments

Looking For God In All The Wrong Places...

People are looking to find their way spiritually. I used to believe that religious guilt and fear were the primary culprits in thwarting spiritual growth. Now, as I've treated hundreds of individuals who've freed themselves from oppressive religious pasts, I see that one thing really holds people back from spiritual freedom: inertia.

Religious nightmares bolt a stuck psyche out of inertia. A patient reported, "I've gone to the same old church, listened to the same old dogma, and it's…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on January 20, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments

Urban Terrapsychology and Creative Placemaking (12)

As the year 1994 began I was prepared to translate the lessons I had learned from depth psychology into my work as a city planner in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Perhaps the single most important lesson I had learned was to reframe the question that city planners first ask when embarking on a project.  That question had already evolved during the course of my lifetime in a positive way.  (Warning: Huge generalization coming.)  In my youth the question typically had been "What do experts think is…

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Added by Mark VanderSchaaf on January 18, 2015 at 8:14am — 1 Comment


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Coming Home: Writers/Media Day Thoughts

Words from Aaron Kipnis

Your Readers are Waiting!

 

After receiving Pacifica’s first Ph.D., my heavily revised dissertation was published by Jeremy Tarcher, Inc. Knights Without Armor was well received and opened the doors to four more books: Gender War Gender Peace, What Women and Men Really Want, Angry Young Men and, most recently, The Midas Complex.  Many chapters, articles, films and speaking engagements also resulted from…

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Added by Dianne Travis Teague on January 16, 2015 at 8:13am — 1 Comment


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PGIAA Announces Poster Session Presenters

Coming Home 2015: Poster Session Presenters

 

Ginger Swanson, MA (Depth, 2010)

The Other Woman: A Journey to the Whole Woman

Although she has been with us for eons, the other woman’s true identity has been all but…

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Added by Dianne Travis Teague on January 14, 2015 at 10:03am — No Comments


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Author? Classmate? Guess Who's Coming Home?

Guess Who's Coming Home?

Your Classmate-Authors!




Here are the Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni that have

answered the call and are confirmed for our Alumni-Authors

Book-Signing…

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Added by Dianne Travis Teague on January 13, 2015 at 1:47pm — No Comments

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