Coming Home To Yourself: Depth Psychology and The Symbolic Life, with BonnieBright

As spiritual beings having a human experience, each of us longs for meaning. “Humans are living stories, each imbued with an inherent message and a meaning trying to find its way into the world,” writes mythologist Michael Meade. However, without a sense of calling or capacity to live into the unique gifts we each possess, we can feel ourselves lost, alone, depressed, or despairing, not knowing how we belong in the world.

On the other hand, a depth psychological perspective provides a powerful vehicle to see and understand how we are profoundly interconnected with nature, the world around us, and with each other, making our “living stories” joyful and hopeful as we live into our calling and gifts here in the world. As we each turn our attention to myth, dreams, fairytales, and stories in every form, we begin to discern the stories we are already living, and to tune into the possibilities of enlarging upon or transforming them for our greater good.

In fact, Jung addressed this theme, writing: “The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? That is the telling question of his life. Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we avoid fixing our interest upon futilities, and upon all kinds of goals which are not of real importance.” (Jung, 1989)…

This post is the second of two in support of Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association's annual Coming Home event, happening January 16-19, in person or by Zoom video conference. Learn more at

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