Dorene Mahoney
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Cool Quote #1 on Psychological Type

Started Jan 18, 2017 0 Replies

“[B]alance does not refer to equality of two [functions]or of two attitudes . . .[I]t means superiorskill in one, supplemented by a helpful butnot competitive skill in the other . . .Perception…Continue

Using Jung's Typology to Navigate the Individuation Journey

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christopher Chayban Jan 15, 2017. 3 Replies

As promised in our free introductory class to the 6-week course, here is a list of wonderful resources on the subject of psychological type that follow our lineage of Jung > Briggs > Myers >…Continue

Themes from Today's Let's Talk Work! The Practical and the Sacred

Started Mar 4, 2016 0 Replies

What do you do when the work you carefully chose--and have loved--for decades no longer inspires you, or brings satisfaction? You are an expert in your field, and you have a secure future, a handsome…Continue

News from the Front--First Airing of "Let's Talk Work!"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dorene Mahoney Mar 2, 2016. 2 Replies

The interest last night was primarily focused on transitioning from one career to another at midlife. As always for me, work is a tool for individuation, so I thought about mid-life transition in…Continue


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Jungian Psychology, Archetypal Psychology, Somatic Psychology, Dreamwork, Shamanism
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Sonoma State University
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While it has been important to me to thrive in the "practical," material world into which I was born, I am also loyal to the mysterious, non-rational, symbolic insight available to me in dreams, active imaginations, and somatic experiences. I have shifted my first loyalty to the invisible realm of Psyche. This community brings me into contact with other like-minded people.
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Article on Ritual Collage (Dreams Made Manifest)

"The wordless occurrences which are called forth [from the unconscious] demand to be individually shaped in and by each man’s life and work. They are images sprung from the life, the joys and sorrows, of our ancestors; and to life they seek to return, not in experience only, but in deed. Because of their opposition to the conscious mind they cannot be translated straight into our world; hence a way must be found that can mediate between conscious and unconscious reality. (Collected Works 7, para. 120.)"

C. G. Jung coined active imagination as a broad term for any number of individual practices one might use to tap into non-rational and unconscious material and access the liminal space between conscious and unconscious reality. Guided meditation is one method of active imagination—it helps to quiet the mind and access a deeper level of awareness. Like meditation, creating a collage can take one to a place outside of our logical thinking.

As a non-rational medium, collage is also effective at expressing feelings that one may be aware of, but which are difficult to articulate, or what is unconscious but intrudes in day-to-day life experiences. For example, when one is unable to logically understand his or her feelings—or feelings are beyond one’s capacity for words—a simple collage is very effective at revealing those feelings. In imaging them and expressing them onto paper (i.e., getting them outside of oneself), the feelings are transformed in some important way.

Requirements to create a ritual collage:

1. Magazines, scissors, glue sticks.
2. Genuine curiosity and openness to the process—it is not art; it’s process.
3. Expectation that something potent will emerge, without attachment to what that might be.

A finished collage is rich with symbolism and tells a vivid story of something that wants to be born into consciousness at this time.

Creating a Ritual Collage:

1. Notice how your body feels. Wherever in your body you feel tension, release it. Follow your breath in and out, relaxing a little more with each exhale.

2. Choose a magazine and turn the pages, pulling any images that evoke a response in your body—that draw or repel you. When you finish with a magazine, take another.

3. Work silently, as if the activity were sacred, but with no agenda other than to create a collage from the pictures you cut.

4. When you feel a sense of impatience, or boredom, or completion, leave the magazines and select a backing.

5. Trim the images in a way that feels right to you.

6. Move the images you have chosen around on the backing until you feel satisfied with the arrangement. Then, glue them down.

Engaging with Your Collage:

Once finished, place your collage someplace where you will see it often. Each day, spend a few minutes looking at and journaling about your collage: notice its tone, color scheme, shapes and image themes, and possible messages or interpretations captured in the collage.

 What feelings are evoked in you when you gaze upon the imagery; what insights do you notice and what connections become evident?

 Does your collage exhibit synchronicities between your feelings and other arenas of your life?

 What might your collage be saying about you today and in the future?

 Do you recall dreams that might be mirroring the messages in your collage?

 Does the meaning or tone of your collage transform over time? What wants to emerge—be born—from your unconscious at this time?

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At 3:51am on November 6, 2017, lori baker said…

Thank you.

At 8:41am on November 11, 2016, Jodey Castricao said…

Just found your welcome message, Dorene. Thanks! I'm really glad to joined. DPA is a great resource!

At 4:56pm on September 1, 2016, Mary Harrell said…

Hi Dorene.  Thank you for the great welcome.  I LOVE your suggestion on a book group around IMAGINAL FIGURES IN EVERYDAY LIFE: STORIES FROM THE WORLD BETWEEN MATTER AND MIND.  I would love to host such a group.  Can you give me some guidelines on how we could take the idea further?  I'm all in. 

At 9:12am on July 17, 2016, Kelly Lydick said…

Thanks a bunch for your warm welcome! I look forward to becoming more involved...learning to navigate the site....Just signed up for the Grof webinar. Will hope to teach a workshop in the future as well.  Hope you are having a beautiful weekend!

At 10:59pm on April 6, 2016, Sylvia Zofia Hartowicz said…

Really happy to join this community. Thank you for the warm welcome! :-)

At 7:25am on April 6, 2016, Katherine R Bell said…
Thanks for the welcome! I especially appreciate you pointing out members in my area. I hope to attend you work call in clas on Tuesday.

Question: how do I flip my profile photo?? When I click on edit, I get the option to crop but not rotate.

Best, Katherine
At 12:18am on April 6, 2016, Colin E. Davis said…
Dorene, we see what you mean :-) thanks for the message! Good example of a package and pricing. :-)
At 2:46pm on April 5, 2016, David Ancheta said…


Thanks for the warm welcome. I'll check out the online events.

At 2:12pm on April 5, 2016, Sarah Klein said…

Hi Dorene, 

Thanks for the welcome!

My site is not yet up and running. We are still in the process of getting it all together! I'm excited to be a part of the community! I'll let you know when Old Soul Clinic is up on the web and you can check it out!



At 11:35am on March 29, 2016, Robin Krzysiek said…

Hi Dorene,

Thank you very much for welcoming me to the community and for letting me know about the online events. I hope to join in!

Take care,



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