August 2016 Blog Posts (11)

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New Interview: "Encountering Sabina Spielrein: Forging Paths To and Through Powerful Women in Depth Psychology

Check out a new interview and blogpost from Bonnie Bright: "Encountering Sabina Spielrein: Forging Paths To & Through Powerful Women in Depth Psychology" with Angela Sells, who is teaching on the topic this Fall at Meridian University!

Thanks, Angela, for a fascinating conversation!

In 2011, Sabina Spielrein became something of a household name due to the debut of a mainstream film called A Dangerous Method, starring well-known actors including Michael…


Added by Depth Alliance on August 29, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Being Profoundly Moved by the Creative

Many years ago I sat on a stool in the Art barn at Esalen Institute painting a paper mache mask. I'd originally signed up for some sort of contemplative workshop, but found it too cerebral and ended up here.

I painted the mask magenta and then decided to paint a vine of flowers on the side. As I slowly drew a long vine down…


Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on August 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

There's a Message in Mental Pain...

In depth therapy we know there's a growing openness to people seeking to heal from mental pain. Many know they don't have to throw drugs at everything - there are alternatives. Therapeutic listening to psychic pain reveals not only the source of the trouble but avenues for transformation. There's a message in pain, and if that is listened to people can heal. 

A recent news article reported, "Some of the voices inside Caroline White’s head have been a lifelong…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on August 18, 2016 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Statistics and the Subjective Mind

"The individual is the only real carrier of life." -- Carl Jung

The undeniable fact that the body is regulated by nature, along with the absurd idea that humans had otherwise freed themselves from the bondage of instinct, dominated psychology throughout most of the last century. That view loosely fit together certain facts while ignoring others. Such self-inflated notions were not seen as projections of a split condition -- nor are they much more acknowledged…


Added by Evan Hanks on August 17, 2016 at 9:31am — No Comments

Creative Activities in Being...

To be real is to be creative. Something nurturing can come out of a lived experience. There's a zest that takes hold when we immerse ourself in lived reality. We feel better once we've faced what we need to face, the real taken in and internalized as truth in a given situation.  

The father of American depth psychology, William James, wrote that real creative activities in being must be lived experiences (A Pluralistic Universe p.185). Dreams point to such…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on August 10, 2016 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Activating Your Soul’s Erotic GPS

Have you ever wished you had the equivalent of a map, handbook, or GPS that would help you know what to do and where to go to be happy? Or, have you ever felt envious of those who always seemed to know what decision to make to enhance their personal fulfillment? And, have you ever fallen in love with a person, a place, a home, a field of study, a potential new job, a cause, a spiritual path, or even a product of some sort and then felt horribly disappointed when you faced its reality? I know…


Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 9, 2016 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Science and Religion in a World of Confusion

"The emotional confusion generated by... a major shift in values is only enhanced today by a profound lack of introspectionThe “suprapersonal factors” embodied in religious images are intended to orient us inwardly; to center and protect us from being swept away by mass contagion. Our ideas of religion are changing, and there is no return to the old ways. Deep in the throes of unseen psychic forces, consciousness is being pushed in a new direction. The possibilities for…


Added by Evan Hanks on August 8, 2016 at 11:18am — No Comments

Opaque Translucent Transparent considered as Psychologicial Phenomenon

A Consideration of Human Primate Existence 

Axiom 1

The Exclusivity of Human Primate Personal Consciousness (C. Jung…


Added by Wayne Terry on August 7, 2016 at 4:00am — No Comments


Smithing, in its most limited sense, is the art of working metals into useful objects or forms with aesthetic value. This sense of the artful use of something takes the word beyond the province of metal work and into forms such as “wordsmithing” and “songsmithing.” In this post, I want to focus on the idea of “dreamsmithing.”…


Added by Russell Lockhart, Ph.D. on August 6, 2016 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

Remembering the Role of the Body in Culture, Trauma, and Everyday Dynamics: An Interview with Dr. Rae Johnson

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

― Joseph CampbellThe Power of…


Added by Bonnie Bright on August 6, 2016 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Inclusion Exclusion



Added by Wayne Terry on August 5, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

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