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… Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on October 14, 2017 at 3:30pm —
We are pleased to announce that the new issue of Depth Insights™ Journal, the official peer-reviewed publication for Depth Psychology Alliance is out!
Added by Depth Alliance on October 6, 2017 at 7:30pm —
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… Continue
Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on October 6, 2017 at 1:30pm —
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… Continue
Added by Pamela Alexander on October 6, 2017 at 9:02am —
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 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). When Jorge saw the trays and the work Oaklander was… Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on October 3, 2017 at 8:07pm —
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 —
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?… Continue
Added by Colin Robinson on September 19, 2017 at 2:00pm —
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… Continue
Added by Paul DeBlassie III on September 19, 2017 at 10:33am —
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, … Continue
Added by Depth Alliance on September 11, 2017 at 6:20pm —
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… Continue
Added by Barry Spector on September 10, 2017 at 12:57pm —
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… Continue
Added by Barry Spector on September 9, 2017 at 4:00pm —
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.… Continue
Added by Depth Alliance on September 3, 2017 at 10:30am —
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.… Continue
Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 23, 2017 at 9:54pm —
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,… Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on August 21, 2017 at 8:00pm —
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.… Continue
Added by Paul DeBlassie III on August 15, 2017 at 8:00am —
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 … Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on August 14, 2017 at 10:41pm —
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: … Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on August 7, 2017 at 12:00pm —
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… Continue
Added by Marilyn S. Steele, Ph.D. on August 4, 2017 at 12:46pm —
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… Continue
Added by Barry Spector on July 30, 2017 at 2:51pm —
…Shall in these confines with a monarch’s voice
Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.
– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato,
knock the crap out of ’em, would you? Seriously. Okay?
Just knock the hell…I…
Added by Barry Spector on July 30, 2017 at 2:48pm —