Bonnie Bright's Blog (124)

Spiritual Implications of Psychosis: How a Spiritual Perspective Can Provide Health Benefits to Mind and Body

Is schizophrenia a “severe mental disorder,” as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO)? How might changing the perspective of the traditional western medical model, which labels certain symptoms as strictly pathological, ultimately transform those who are suffering? The Hearing Voices Movement (HVM) which originated in Europe teaches people with schizophrenia…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on May 30, 2018 at 5:46pm — 3 Comments

A Revision of One’s Calling: A Journey through Embodied Experience

At age six, Elizabeth Wisniewski was diagnosed with a rare eye disease, and when her retina detached at 14, she lost vision in her right eye. At age 21, while undergoing her 30th eye surgery, everything went terribly wrong, and she lost almost all her vision in her left eye as well.

Though she was devastated by her future without…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on May 11, 2018 at 6:06am — No Comments

Normalizing Non-Ordinary Experiences: An Interdisciplinary Approach—An Interview with Ann Taves, Ph.D.

In her research, Ann Taves, Ph.D., professor of Religious Studies at The University of California at Santa Barbara, explores non-ordinary experiences and the way different disciplines might diagnose the same experience, such as hallucinating, from different perspectives—including psychology, psychiatry, religion, or spirituality. For example,…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on May 7, 2018 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Love and Relationships as a Spiritual Path in the 21st Century: A Jungian Perspective

In her forthcoming book, Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path, Jungian analyst, Polly Young-Eisendrath, expresses hope about love in the 21st century, but she also feels significant concern due to the enormity of the challenge we are facing.

Personal love—that is, love that we feel within—has changed over time, according to Polly.…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on April 18, 2018 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Depth Psychology: Empowering Multicultural Women in the Wider World

As a Latina and a self-made media mogul who has produced hundreds of television shows, headed a TV network, and generated a significant amount of income, Nely Galán ironically felt an odd sense of relief when the economy crashed in 2008, bringing many of her projects to a halt. In hindsight, Galán believes she had been feeling incongruent in her career because she…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on April 5, 2018 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Illness, Identity, and the Archetype of the Exile: Finding Meaning and Vitality through Depth Psychotherapy

C. G. Jung viewed mid-life, the time midway between entering adulthood and the end of life, as a critical time of transition. Dr. Brad Chabin, a depth psychotherapist with a practice in West Hollywood, California, had his own experience of a spontaneous and powerful mid-life transition. It involved…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on March 20, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

Inside and Outside: How the Unconscious Reveals Itself Through Art—An Interview

As an artist, Margeaux Klein has always approached her art from an imaginative direction and produced works in her studio that felt like they originated deep within her heart and soul. Now she has begun to understand how to “read into” her work using a depth psychological lens.

Reflecting back on some of her favorite works, Margeaux…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on March 2, 2018 at 6:12am — No Comments

Symbolism of the Black Madonna: A Jungian Perspective—Interview with Judy Zappacosta

Sandplay therapist, Judy Zappacosta, MFT, first became interested in the Black Madonna at a suggestion from Dora Kalff, founder of Sandplay therapy, to visit one of the mysterious iconic figures in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. Zappacosta was immediately drawn into the “silence and dark interiority of the Black Madonna,…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on February 23, 2018 at 6:33am — No Comments

Epigenetics, Ancestors, and Living Your Calling

Sharing my new audio interview and article....

Jungian analyst, Robert Johnson’s work on “Living your Unlived Life “has been deeply inspirational to Heather Beck, author of “Take the Leap: Do What You Love 15 Minutes a Day and Create the Life of Your Dreams.” Beck is also earning a Ph.D. in the Somatic Studies program at…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on February 22, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

From Information to Inspiration: An Interdisciplinary Career Based on Myth, Music, Depth Psychology, and the Arts

As a cultural historian, Kayleen Asbo has crafted a fascinating career by weaving together mythology, depth psychology, music, literature, and women’s studies. The work of bringing together so many different fields stems from her burning…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on February 13, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Depth Psychology, Art, and the Archetype of the Walled Woman—Interview & Summary Article

Immurement, the concept of confining people inside walls, is a historical reality. Women, especially, have been victims and sacrifices of this macabre practice.

For Tracy Ferron, a conceptual artist and student of depth psychology, the archetypal theme of “walled women” first surfaced in a powerful dream. At the time, she was deeply engrossed in…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on January 25, 2018 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Now Available to the Public: 12 Interviews for "Earth, Climate, Dreams: Depth Psychological Reflections in the Age of the Anthropocene"

Dear Depth community. Warm greetings for a happy new year.  

At this time last year many of us were preparing to launch the Earth, Climate, Dreams online symposium, which was a program consisting of 12 recorded interviews with some of the expert scientists, psychologists, Jungian analysts, and educators who are providing some of the most critical thinking about the topics.

Now, in…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on January 10, 2018 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Mythological and Archetypal Perspectives on Childbirth in Contemporary Culture

When yoga teacher Britta Bushnell first became pregnant, it was natural for her to add prenatal yoga to the yoga classes she was already teaching. This move eventually led to her training with childbirth specialist, Pam England, the author of the classic birth book, Birthing from Within[1]. England had already formulated a remarkable method…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 24, 2017 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Cosmology, Ritual, and Ecology: A Message from the Kogi Indians of Columbia—An Interview with Lisa Maroski

Perhaps you’ve heard of a mysterious tribe of Native Indians who live high in the mountains of Colombia, speaking only their own original language, and having little contact with the outside world. These people, the Kogi Indians, have long referred to themselves as the “Elder Brothers,” as they carry the responsibility of being caretakers of the world, helping to…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 20, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Psyche and the Sacred: New Interview with Dr. Lionel Corbett

The psyche is primed with an innate, organic wish to connect with something spiritual, something beyond the ordinary—something “numinous,” suggests Dr. Lionel Corbett, who is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and professor, as well as the author of “Psyche and the Sacred,” among other…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 8, 2017 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Photography and Writing: Into the Heart of Traditional Cultures in Times of Global Change—Interview with Writer/Photographer Michael Benanav

In the wilderness, Michael Benanav, a critically-acclaimed writer and photographer, often runs into nomads. Their profoundly archetypal lifestyles inevitably appear in Benanav’s work which features archetypal themes of home, ancestors, and tradition.

After writing about his experiences with one of the last working camel caravans…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on November 8, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments

"Immigration, Art, and Healing through Trauma"—New Audio Interview and Article

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…
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Added by Bonnie Bright on October 14, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Sandplay as a Healing Modality: Interview with Jungian Analyst Jorge de la O

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[1] 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)[2]. When Jorge saw the trays and the work Oaklander was…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on October 3, 2017 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Horses, Hestia and Guinevere: Mythological Perspectives for Everyday Life

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,…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on August 21, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

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