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Pioneered by William James, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Gustav Jung, Depth Psychology is the study of how we dialogue with the Unconscious via symbols, dreams, myth, art, nature. By paying attention to the messages that show up from beyond our conscious egos, we can be guided to greater understanding, transformation, and integration with the world around us, inner and outer. Join the conversation in community at www.DepthPsychologyAlliance.com
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8 Famous Ideas That Came From Dreams (Literally) - Expanded Consciousness

8 Famous Ideas That Came From Dreams (Literally) - Expanded Consciousness | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Inspiration can strike in the most unexpected places, and often, the best creative ideas occur while we’re sleeping. Dreams can be a rich source of inner wisdom, and they can be useful in a variety of contexts, from problem-solving to reducing stress.

 

According to psychoanalyst Carl Jung, our dreams can function on many different levels, from telling us which parts of our psyche are out of balance to anticipating our future needs. He also believed that most dreams operated on the level of stories, myths and archetypes — making them a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration.

 

“All human beings are also dream beings,”...(Click title to read more)

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» Chaos and Creative Expression - The Creative Mind

» Chaos and Creative Expression - The Creative Mind | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Creative people and writers about the creative process often say creative work is a way to release or make use of inner chaos; what is this turmoil?

 

"The very impulse to write, I think, springs from an inner chaos crying for order, for meaning, and that meaning must be discovered in the process of writing or the work lies dead as it is finished." Arthur Miller


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maria taveras's curator insight, March 4, 2015 6:26 PM

"...or the work lies dead as if it is finished."  As far as I understand the creative process phenomenon, the work does go back into the depths of the unconscious, until it resurfaces once more in a different form. For the unconscious keeps on trying to get the "ego" attention for a specific reason.

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Our Modern Cultural Mindset and the Forward Thinking of Carl Jung

Our Modern Cultural Mindset and the Forward Thinking of Carl Jung | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

One of my favorite quotes is this from Carl Jung, which addresses the reality of nature and our loss of contact with it. It also identifies a deep and burgeoning issue for humankind:

 

“Man feels isolated in the cosmos. He is no longer involved in nature and has lost his emotional participation in natural events, which hitherto had symbolic meaning for him. Thunder is no longer the voice of a god, nor is lightning his avenging missile. No river contains a spirit, no tree makes a man's life, no snake is the embodiment of wisdom and no mountain still harbours a great demon. Neither do things speak to him nor can he speak to things, like stones, springs, plants and animals" (The Earth Has a Soul, Sabini, 2005, p. 79-80)

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The disconnect I experience between the ancient, primal knowing carried over from two million years of unity between spirit and matter, the concept that (Click title to continue reading)

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Getting the Conscious and Unconscious Mind Working Together

Getting the Conscious and Unconscious Mind Working Together | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
We are meant to be in relationship with the unconscious, not allow it to run the show while we strip our conscious minds of the faculties that we were gifted with. This is the secret to creativity.

 

We need to get the conscious and unconscious mind to work together in a natural sort of give-and-take. Imagination can be our great ally in this pursuit, as any good teacher of creative visualization would maintain. Most everything that we achieve is preceded by imagination on the conscious level: If we can’t “see ourselves” doing something then it becomes exceedingly difficult to actually do it.... (Click title for more)

 
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Eva Rider's curator insight, June 19, 2015 3:32 AM

finding our roots and growing up. Developing a dialogue with the unconscious.

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Healing Our Divides by Tending Our Creative Fire -- by Jean Benedict Raffa Ed.D.

Healing Our Divides by Tending Our Creative Fire -- by Jean Benedict Raffa Ed.D. | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

When I started my first psychological book in the fall of 1989, I was near the end of a time of intense struggle with some painful inner conflicts. I had recently discovered Jungian psychology, and with it, my passions for writing and self-discovery. Thrilled to have an outlet for my uncomfortable inner life at last, I began writing a series of memoir-type essays in which I searched for meaning in some of my most puzzling experiences.

 

Essentially, I was re-mything my life from a Jungian perspective.

I’d been working on my dreams for over a year, so I was delighted when they began providing material that often inspired the next day's work.  Then one morning six months into this project I was sitting in front of my make-up mirror when a fairy tale wove its way into my awareness in a spontaneous session of active imagination. (I love the symbolism of the mirror which prompts reflection!) With a sudden insight I realized this story provided the plot, theme, and guiding metaphors for... (Click title for more)

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