May 2015 Blog Posts (13)

Philip Wylie: An Essay On Morals

Philip Wylie was a preacher's son; mainly, a fiction writer in the 40's and 50's. His keen intellect tackled the controversies of his day through the characters in his novels. He was self-educated in that he had no degree, though he'd studied physics and psychology at Cal State and Princeton, "beyond the point at which doctorates are given." He was a critical thinker in pursuit of subjective truth. 

I stumbled onto An…

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Added by Evan Hanks on May 28, 2015 at 11:31am — 6 Comments

The Path of the Universal Shaman: Transforming Our World Through Sacred Living

I would like to introduce the work of my Peruvian shamanic teacher, don Oscar Miro-Quesada, and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition, to this community. Oscar has been a teacher of world religions and a transpersonal psychotherapist in the US. But he left the academic world behind to return to the path of ancient wisdom of traditional curanderismo and Andean shamanism. 

Oscar is a seasoned traveler of the inner realms and is also…

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Added by Edie Stone on May 26, 2015 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

Individuation in a Dream

At The Ravine – “You have to do it yourself” 1/26/2015 Date of Dream

 Leading Meeting – Meeting Cancelled

This dream depicts the  Jungian 'Individuation' concept which was developed by Carl Jung. 'Individuation' is a process in which an…

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Added by Stephen Hennigan on May 24, 2015 at 6:52pm — 1 Comment

Who is Puella?

"The world-side has been violent toward the feminine. Some speak of how we need to return the earth to the feminine, that the masculine energies are destroying the earth. But the feminine always needs the balance of the masculine, just as the masculine needs the balance of the feminine. And it…

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Added by Laura Smith on May 23, 2015 at 7:39am — 2 Comments

Exercise Improves Rhythm of Life...

Depth psychology knows the psyche is a body/psyche. Jung wrote, "Psyche and matter are two different aspects of one and the same thing" (CW 8:418). What effects body effects psyche and vice versa. Life propels us forward when our energy is good. We cooperate with natural rhythms. Exercise improves our ability to be in and remain in natural rhythms of life.

Patients in depth therapy inevitably dream of exercise, diet, body self care. Once trauma/crisis has been…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on May 21, 2015 at 9:10am — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 135: Shock and Awe, Part Two of Two

Part one of this essay, posted as a blog on 5/14/15, described the two main ways in which the media continually re-invigorates the myth of American innocence: fearful images (the shock) and reassuring messages (the awe). Together they contribute to a crazy-making, daily condition of simultaneous denial and distrust they we have long taken for granted.

Even before I was able to post Part Two (on 5/20), we heard of a new, but oddly familiar, news event that exemplified my thoughts. The…

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Added by Barry Spector on May 20, 2015 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Unconscious Cultural Conditioning

How much are each of us unconsciously conditioned by the culture we live in, and how profoundly does it affect us? Sometimes our thoughts, beliefs, values, and behaviors stemming from our individual cultures are so pervasive and embedded that we can't perceive them ourselves...like the old adage about describing water to a fish. 

Researchers who go into other cultures to study them often go in with their own lens to try and find data...and of course,…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on May 15, 2015 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 134: Shock and Awe, Part One of Two

Shock and Awe: Re-invigorating the Myth of American Innocence

Part One

“Shock and awe” is a military doctrine that teaches how to quickly master events on the ground, to “…seize control of the environment and paralyze or so overload an adversary’s perceptions and understanding of events that the enemy would be incapable of resistance…” We first heard the phrase in March 2003, when the U.S. struck Iraq from the air with such overwhelming force…

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Added by Barry Spector on May 14, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

On and Around Jung, Alchemy and the Tree of Life...

The Tree of Life is the mystical path known as the Hebrew Kabbalah. It is so ancient that its origins are not known. It came out of hiding in the middle ages, examined throughout the Renaissance, seemed to disappear from western view and re-emerged at the begiining of the 20th Century.

C.G. Jung integrated its knowledge and wisdom into his work throughout his life. In my…

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Added by Eva Rider on May 13, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Jim Morrison, rider on the storm?



I was re-reading Well of remembrance this weekend. In 1994 Ralph Metzner wrote this magnificent book. It tells you about how the mythology of Europe got integrated in America. You learn about Odin. Odin/Wotan was not only the one-eyed wanderer. He was a shaman. A changeling. He understood the energies of nature and could tape into its source. Traveling…

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Added by Susanne van Doorn on May 12, 2015 at 12:21am — 5 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 133: Affirmative Action for Whites

Question: What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?

Answer: I don’t know and I don’t care!

I’ve posted several essays on white privilege recently, and the events in Baltimore have highlighted the issue — once again. Writers like me feel that we have to keep speaking out about it for just that reason. The media take notice of the vast suffering in the country only when people of color display their anger, when they insist that white America cannot…

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Added by Barry Spector on May 7, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments

The Devil's in the Details

In Christianity, the mystery of coming to consciousness irepresented as the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden. Jung described the serpent as a symbol of nature's transformation in a twilight half-human which gradually came into opposition to itself. It didn't happen suddenly.

Myths contain an ambiguous wealth of unconscious information which can't be explained discursively. The psyche is a diffuse organ of perception whose wider…

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Added by Evan Hanks on May 7, 2015 at 4:40am — 81 Comments

Butterfly Migration and Axiom of Maria

The topic of my dissertation at Pacifica was on the interweaving of psychological, spiritual, and biological migration.  The work began using a medieval Sufi text on birds, but expanded to include among others, a “bird-like” migrant. I am working on a paper about this topic, and would like to share some of the ideas here.

Numerous authors write about the environmental hazards contributing to the decline of the monarch butterfly.  One of the issues for this species is that it migrates…

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Added by Lynn Gordon on May 7, 2015 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

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