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 —
Sharing a summary article of a talk by Susan Rowland, Ph.D., at the "Response at the Radical Edge: Depth Psychology for the 21st… Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on July 20, 2017 at 12:59pm —
There is a Celtic legend called the Cauldron of Changes that you can read on the website, Chalice Centre. I would like to discuss one aspect of this story that pertains to the knowledge of Soul and its transformative effects on human… Continue
Added by Mark Dotson on July 17, 2017 at 8:43am —
Bald-headed Old Man, by Rembrandt
What we colloquially call the human "spirit," is among the archetypes of the unconscious. Jung says the spirit archetype usually appears in dreams as a "wise old man," who gives "decisive convictions, prohibitions, and wise counsels" (Jung 214). This motif also shows up "in dreams in the guise of… Continue
Added by Mark Dotson on July 14, 2017 at 8:01am —
Last night my wife, Kate and I were watching a television series we've come to enjoy, Jack Taylor. He's an Irish detective, a rogue rough-and-tough guy. He lives hard, barely gets by, but has some real depth to him He quoted Emerson saying that what matters most is not the past or the future but what's inside a person.
Kate and I… Continue
Added by Paul DeBlassie III on July 13, 2017 at 7:51am —
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Added by Mark Dotson on July 13, 2017 at 6:06am —
When you work with dreams from an animated point of view, notes Stephen Aizenstat, who pioneered the process of DreamTending, it brings the dream to life. When one comes into a relationship with the image, it allows the image its own innate intelligence, and it can speak to us what it knows.
Through this process, we develop a community of soul figures which become… Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on July 13, 2017 at 2:13am —
One of the best stories from the Land of Nowhere concerning the rainbow is the Norse saga of Bifröst. Bifröst is the bridge that links Asgard, the home of the gods, with Midgard, the world of humans. The gods traverse Bifröst on horseback, moving between earth and heaven. The Rainbow Bridge stretches… Continue
Added by Mark Dotson on July 12, 2017 at 12:30pm —
Trauma is an injury to our capacity to feel. When our capacity to feel is injured, we cease to be able to imagine, because imagination depends on emotional literacy, says Dr. Donald Kalsched, who for 20 years has been crafting a model of the dissociating psyche.
This model describes various unconscious archetypal powers arranged in a dynamic system of defense that… Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on July 10, 2017 at 5:30pm —
When there is wounding in our culture, there is wounding to the of the world. Many may be feeling “world weary” at this moment in our modern world, but this mood of despair has happened before, suggests mythologist . A distortion in the culture, whenever it occurs, weighs on everyone in the culture—but people have… Continue
Added by Bonnie Bright on June 28, 2017 at 10:00pm —