Excerpt from a powerful new post by Jungian analyst and climate scientist, Jeffrey T. Kiehl:

“If we are stumbling into an era of dictators, Caesars, and incarnated States, we have accomplished a cycle of two thousand years and the serpent has again met with its own tail. Then our era will be a near replica of the first centuries A.D., when Caesar was the State and a god, and divine sacrifices were made to Caesar while the temples of the gods crumbled away. You know that thousands in those days turned their eyes away from this visible world, filled with horror and disgust, and adopted a philosophy which healed their souls.”—C.G. Jung CW (18, par. 1342)

...Jung wrote the above quoted words in 1936, a time when many Caesar’s were appearing in the world, a time when nationalism was on the rise in Germany, Russia, and Italy. Here he observes that the appearance of dictators occurred in the past and a common response for some in such times was a turning away to find a way to heal the soul. Such soul-based philosophy requires a turning within in order to transcend the materialistic poverty of the outer world. In reaction to the outcome of the US election there is a call for immediate action. I do not deny action is essential, but of equal importance is taking the time to look quietly within, which opens us to healing our wounded souls.

At such pivotal points we need to balance ‘doing’ with ‘being’ so that our actions come from a deeper place within us, a place rooted in consciousness, connectedness and caring. At this pivotal point in our history we are in need of soulful approaches for working with our highly fragmented world. Depth psychology roots us in the varied dimensions of psyche and provides us with skillful means for exploring shadow and light in imaginative ways.

How did we get here? Earlier in his 1936 essay Jung (CW 18, par. 1330) says that,

“Nations in a condition of collective misery behave like neurotic or even psychotic individuals. First they get dissociated or disintegrated, then they pass into a state of confusion and disorientation.”

Here in the US we have felt this state of confusion and disorientation for a while. There is dis-ease in... (Read the full post on Jeff's site)

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Comment by Dorene Mahoney on December 6, 2016 at 2:40pm

Thanks for this, Jeff. Even while I sign petitions on a daily basis, I have felt the need to turn inward to find in myself echos of the shadow that has been revealed in the bright lights of the election.

Comment by Jeffrey Kiehl on December 2, 2016 at 12:29pm

Dear Skye... Thank you for your comment. It is good to hear about your group in Bellingham. We need more groups like yours in the world. All the Best, Jeff

Comment by Skye Burn on December 2, 2016 at 10:04am

Jeff, I agree and resonate deeply with the need for "soulful approaches for working with our highly fragmented world." I believe that deep soul work can be a form of social activism when, and if, the principles and practices inform interventions in the collective psyche. Where I live, in Bellingham WA, there is already a group of practitioners coalescing to share wisdom and explore what soul work in the collective psyche might look like and it might be implemented. Skye 

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