April 2014 Blog Posts (13)

Healing and Archetypes


Added by Patricia Damery on April 29, 2014 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

The Bird and the Spider

Transformation is not linear. Imagine it like a mandala forming, but if you were looking at it from above, it might appear as a boiling caldron, each bubble blooming into existence to form a place in the mandala. The moment of the blooming is an awareness flooding, a new feeling opening, or perhaps alchemy happening. The mandala as transformation, becomes the love. Like…


Added by Laura Smith-Riva on April 28, 2014 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 91: Porn, Part Two

As I write this essay (April, 2014), I read that even though the Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that it is unconstitutional to bar consensual sex between adults, twelve of the fourteen states that had anti-sodomy laws at the time have refused to repeal them(…


Added by Barry Spector on April 25, 2014 at 5:29pm — 2 Comments

2014 Newsletter, Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Ecopsychology in MA/PhD Depth Psychology Program, Pacifica

Here at the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology  Specialization of 

Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Depth Psychology Program, we would like to share with you the current work

of our students and faculty in our annual newsletter:…

Added by Mary Watkins on April 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Waves of Awareness

Waves of Awareness

II recently had the good fortune of standing at the shore of the Pacific Ocean.  The water was crystal…


Added by Silvia Behrend on April 23, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 90: Porn, Part One

Have I got your attention? Are there any other one-syllable words in American English that can provoke such strong – yet mixed – emotions? Some hear the word and anticipate private pleasure, immediate gratification or opportunities for male bonding, but may be unaware of shameful feelings that lie just below the surface, while others who express disgust, anger or condemnation may well be covering up a sense of titillation. It’s all so complicated…

Indeed, opinions about pornography do…


Added by Barry Spector on April 22, 2014 at 2:38pm — 2 Comments

The Wise Inner Wisdom of the Fairy Tale

One way to enter into the deep symbolic language of our soul is through a fairy tale. When we write a fairy tale, the words “Once upon a time” opens up a portal to another world. We have stepped into shamanic terrain.


Every fairy tale is psychologically significant. The narrative and images that show up are metaphorical, not literal. These metaphorical images are powerful, because they’re working on all levels at once. They will show you perspectives and doors that you wouldn’t…


Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on April 21, 2014 at 2:25pm — No Comments

Goethe and the Art of Seeing

After the Tucson lecture and workshop, April 4-5, 2014, Friends of Jung, Tucson, Arizona ,

The Environmental Crisis: Birth of a New Consciousness?…


Added by Patricia Damery on April 15, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The Incest Taboo - in therapy and in life

In my story of how after nine months of some pretty intense psychotherapy my patient and I decided to end our therapeutic relationship for a more emotionally and spiritually honest coupling that leveled the playing field, even in its telling, I break…


Added by Jane Platko on April 15, 2014 at 7:16am — No Comments

Any thoughts on Depth Psychology and New Science perspectives on 'ghosts'?

I'm interested in alliance members' thoughts on the phenomena of ghosts - especially from Jungian and Groffian perspectives that are influenced by Quantum physics (I.e. post classical science). I recall somewhere that some Jungians theorise both an internal collective unconscious AND a kind of objective external imaginal dimension in which matter and mind coalesce ... the psychoid realm perhaps? Apparently Pauli the physicist and Jung discussed such issues and Jung saw the third coniunctio…


Added by Ian Irvine (Hobson) on April 9, 2014 at 12:18am — 7 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 89: Blaming the Victim (Part Three)


I’ve been speaking about our beliefs about wealth and poverty, the foundations of our domestic issues. But the same thinking has undergirded our foreign policies since the very beginning. This is how Americans have always resolved the contradiction of living in a society that raises freedom and equality to the highest values while simultaneously enslaving millions, murdering other millions and consuming vast areas of the Earth and its resources. It is…


Added by Barry Spector on April 8, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 88: Blaming the Victim (Part Two)

John Calvin was the primary theoretician of Puritanism. He put a new emphasis on the very old doctrine of predestination that goes all the way back in Christianity to St. Augustine.

In this theology the unknowable, transcendent deity had decreed long before that a tiny minority – the elect – were already saved. Thevast majority would never rise above their sinful nature. One was either in a state of grace or not. “Therefore,” wrote Martin Luther, “We… deny free will…


Added by Barry Spector on April 4, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

Primitive Aspects of Mind--Prelude to Change!

To hit on lethal aspects of mind scares the beejeezus out of people! We've all got them lurking there inside us. They're the destructive emotions that hurt people, hurt ourselves, maim or destroy one potentially healthy relationship after another. They're primitive psychic energies that we need to come to terms with or else they'll inflict themselves onto and into our lives whether we like it or…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on April 1, 2014 at 1:25pm — No Comments

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