I once had a well-known psychic tell me, “your life is like a quilt with many different pieces. It will come together a piece at a time.”
That image has been helpful. I often get confused when I’ve finished a piece of the quilt (it’s been stitched in and…Continue
Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on November 19, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism…I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents. – General Smedley Butler
I laughed to myself… “Here we go. I’m starting a war under false pretenses.” – Admiral James Stockdale, on the Gulf of Tonkin incident
I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are. –…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on November 11, 2017 at 4:15pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on November 8, 2017 at 5:48pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on November 8, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments
It’s one thing to get well; it’s quite another to stay well and thrive. The psyche is such a confluence of negative and positive dynamics. One day we’re set on healing, the next instant we’re working against ourselves.Self care, its stabilization and furtherance, I’ve come to believe after nearly forty years as a depth psychologist, is the most challenging aspect of psychotherapy and personal healing and…Continue
The heroine in “Beauty and the Beast” could have easily believed she was a victim. Beauty’s mother died when she was young. When her father lost all of his fortune they left the city, where she was free to read and do as she pleased all day, and moved to the country. Beauty then had to do all…Continue
Added by Pamela Alexander on October 25, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments
Metaphors function to stimulate and catalyze inner transformations.
These are eleven key metaphors for change that are present in the literature of all world cultures*:
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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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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.
Added by Brigitte Hansmann on September 28, 2017 at 11:37am — No Comments
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
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments