May 2017 Blog Posts (11)

Trauma and the Soul: Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Inner World—An Interview with Donald Kalsched

We are all more or less traumatized, affirms Donald Kalsched, a Jungian analyst and trauma specialist who wrote Trauma and the Soul. Kalsched avows that reality confronts us with “things that break our hearts,” noting that there’s also a huge amount of unacknowledged terror in all of us.

Nightmares can be an effort by the psyche to help us…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on May 24, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Arrival: How the Feminine Saves the World

Life in the 21st century is challenging for all of us. We are living in a globally interdependent world, where time has accelerated, learning challenges are constant, and it is difficult to keep up with the pace of change and not feel overwhelmed. On top of that, physicists tell us…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on May 15, 2017 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Finding the Gold in the Mud: Integrity is the key to Individuation

I will never forget the day that I was presented to the concept of integrity. It was early in my analysis. For several years, I had been tipping toeing around a core issue. That morning, I woke up resolved to come clean about a nasty and unpleasant side of myself – or at least that is what I thought. As I climbed the rickety old wood stairs leading to my analyst’s 3rd floor office, the shame intensified with each step. By the time, I sat in the chair, I needed to muster all my courage to…

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Added by Christina Becker on May 15, 2017 at 7:19am — No Comments

Silenced Voices, Story Telling, and Sacred Lives: A Call for People-Powered Truth in “Unholy” Times of Racism and Cultural Violence

Society has short-term memory and is silent on issues of identity, says David Ragland, Ph.D., Co-founder and Co-director of The Truth Telling Project. Racism and causes of police violence are historical, are deeply rooted in our society, and are even an aspect of intergenerational trauma.  …

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Added by Bonnie Bright on May 13, 2017 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Synchronous Soul Seeds . . .

Unexpected life circumstances, synchronous events, hold seeds of growth. Opening our eyes to the possibilities that surround us daily can startle us as events and encounters take us by surprise. They soulfully speak to us. They, in a split second or over time, tell us something we need to know. And, it all happens without planning or expectation.

Once we're aware of this, we can tap into vital experiences. They nourish the soul. Answers to problems can come…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on May 9, 2017 at 8:21am — 3 Comments

The Poetic Language of the Soul

Bird-Egg-Fish

I had the following dream in my twenties:

A group of us are being held hostage by several men. We all lay on the deck at the front of a cottage in the middle of a field. The men sit inside watching us. We have to jump up and catch a transistor flying through the air when no one is looking to gain our freedom. I do this and am released. I walk toward the woods.

Dreams come for the benefit of the soul, not the mind. They speak in the soul’s…

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Added by Pamela Alexander on May 5, 2017 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Cultivating, Counseling, and Stories from Cameroon

The first thing Courtney McCubbin did when she landed in Cameroon for the Peace Corps was start a tree nursery, which then required her to build a fence around it to protect it from rodents. Once she began getting…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on May 5, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

RESTATING JUNG

I enjoy and make use of a great many of the ideas of Carl G Jung. And I cannot confidently say whether the current Jungian ideas I have issues with are ideas Jung would have espoused, or merely the interpretation of his ideas by other people. But, I wish to raise some issues I have with views expressed by a number of people I know who identify themselves as Jungians. I do because I see how things relating to the conscious existence of humans can so easily be muddled and obscured by our…

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Added by John R. Brusseau on May 5, 2017 at 10:25am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 205: Funny Guys, Fake News and Gatekeepers

I’m just a comedian. – Jon Stewart

This is a revised and updated version of a blog I posted in early 2013. I enjoyed watching Jon Stewart preaching to the choir as much as anyone. However, I never expected any authentic, radical commentary from him, for three reasons. First, the fact that he never mentioned the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (regardless of whether Republicans or Democrats were in office) indicated the limits of his criticism of American policies that have been…

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Added by Barry Spector on May 4, 2017 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Paradoxical Nature of Beliefs

Beliefs are curious things;  we make them up and they form the bedrock of how we live our lives. They form the structure of our complex. 

This blog post covers the source of our beliefs and how hard it is to find them. 

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Added by Christina Becker on May 2, 2017 at 5:26pm — No Comments

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