"The Language of Trauma" —Jungian Michael Conforti in Dialogue with Bonnie Bright PhD

In this depth dialogue Jungian analyst Dr. Michael Conforti and Bonnie Bright, Ph.D., take a depth psychological look at trauma in a live video episode* of "Dinner & Depth."

"The Language of Trauma" is the topic of a 9-month certificate program offered by Assisi Institute starting March 7, 2016.

Together, Dr. Michael Conforti and Dr. Bonnie Bright explore:

—The wisdom of psyche in communicating the unconscious experiences of trauma
—Ways in which traditional therapy must face its limitations in the domain of trauma
—How individuals, in movement towards resilience, experience benevolence which they felt had been lost not only to them, but to the world
—How therapy needs to return to its origins as a spiritual journey in order to help the individual live with the pain while opening to the archetypal experience of benevolence

Dr. Michael Conforti is a Jungian analyst and the Founder/Director of The Assisi Institute. He has been a faculty member at the CG Jung Institute Boston, the CG Jung Foundation of New York and in graduate programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England. A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti has presented his work to a wide range of audiences, including the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich & Jungian organizations in Venezuela, Denmark, Italy and Canada. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche (2002). Dr. Conforti maintains a private practice in Mystic, CT and consults with individuals and corporations around the world.

Bonnie Bright, Ph.D. is the founder of Depth Psychology Alliance, of Depth Insights, which produces a scholarly journal, radio podcasts, and educational webinars; and of Depth Psychology List, a free-to-search database of Jungian and depth psychology-oriented practitioners. She holds M.A. degrees in Psychology from Sonoma State University and in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, where she also earned her Ph.D. She completed a 2-year trainings with African elder Malidoma Somé and in Archetypal Pattern Analysis via Assisi Institute, and has trained extensively in the Enneagram and in Holotropic Breathwork.

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Comment by Steve Staniek on January 10, 2020 at 7:13am

Thank you both for a heart guided look into the field of traumas, and how we become locked into our wounds. Taking ownership of our pain is essential to healing if indeed healing is possible, because some childhood traumas will not heal.

But there is a danger in taking too much responsibility for our lives, and the old saying: "All I am is of my own making"...is probably unrealistic since there are hidden forces working against our sovereignty. Loss of personal sovereignty means we are not completely free to make good choices for ourselves. Looking across the human landscape, we see how widespread this problem seems to be, and it looks like our internal navigation system that guides our choices has been tampered with, because so many of us make bad choices, 

We have not been taught, or have not learned the most important basic life lesson....what is good for us, and what is not.

Comment by Mary Harrell on September 1, 2016 at 7:56pm

Such a rich hour.  Michael's work on trauma fields is critical in the world today. Looking at the archetypal presence within the field offers the potential to free a person or culture  from pain as the only reality, Looking at, and for, the gifts that may accompany the trauma, or result from it, is brilliant. 

Comment by Pearl Gregor on May 12, 2016 at 12:43pm

I missed the part where the care of therapists had, sorry, done nothing! It was books, meditation, journal writing, a supportive husband and a good education. And so, to see that many recognize the limitations of "traditional secular therapy is beyond good. We need both.

Comment by Pearl Gregor on May 12, 2016 at 12:41pm

I am deeply grateful for your inclusion of the response to therapy as a spiritual journey. I accessed the unconscious unwittingly through meditation and through that journey discovered the deep roots of my "clinical depression". I had been in both psychological and psychiatric care. I will be ever so delighted when man understands our deepest psyche is spirit...in whatever manner of words one wishes to use. Thanks again.

Comment by Linda AK Thompson, PhD on February 25, 2016 at 8:39am

Good morning Michael + Bonnie - so grateful you made this discussion available by audio and video.  I just finished listening to the audio...the collective words...broke ground and we are out cultivating this field!  Specifically, Michael loved the part, your sharing regarding the primary [reality frame] world...the numinous...the currents of life...the deeply embedded... And low and behold - the universe delivered the sound of a siren in your background at exactly the right moment...How cool is that synchronicity!  

The other words you used regarding the generative feminine power needed...the precious...the unimaginable...for us to be present...and then, you said this word grouping...  "eclipse... life... discernment."

And all I can say is a deep heart-felt thank you...so totally spot on!!!  Peace + Love Linda

Comment by Michael McKnight on February 23, 2016 at 8:27pm
This was very well done and i enjoyed listening to Michael Conforti and Bonnie. Excellent discussion! Thank you!

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