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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
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Depth Insights » God as Intimate Soul by Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D.

Depth Insights » God as Intimate Soul by Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. | Depth Psych |

The idea of practical spirituality emerged out of an alchemical mix of William James and Carl Jung, and their respective psychic perspectives on the soul. As a clinical psychologist in private practice for the past 30 years specializing in depth psychology and psychology and spirituality, I have treated scores of individuals in the midst of making their way across the dark and troubled waters of the unconscious mind.


Serving as therapist and guide, a Hermetic dynamic at work within the treatment relationship, we frequently witness the emergence of a natural and immensely practical spirituality that nourishes the soul. It is of course, a vital relationship with the Self that supplants old, outer, religiosity.


In developing this relationship, William James (2006, p. 24) hit upon a revolutionary idea: God as intimate soul. Transformative numinous experience is nourished as we cultivate intimacies with soul


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Circumambulating the Alchemical Mysterium

Circumambulating the Alchemical Mysterium | Depth Psych |

A L C H E M Y  may be described, in the words of Baudelaire, as a process of ‘distilling the eternal from the transient’. [1] As the art of transmutation par excellence, the classical applications of alchemy have always been twofold: chrysopoeia and apotheosis (gold-making and god-making)—the perfection of metals and mortals. In seeking to turn ‘poison into wine’, alchemy, like tantra, engages material existence—often at its most dissolute or corruptible—in order to transform it into a vehicle of liberation. Like theurgy, it seeks not only personal liberation—the redemption of the soul from the cycles of generation and corruption—but also the liberation (or perfection) of nature herself through participation in the cosmic demiurgy. In its highest sense, therefore, alchemy conforms to what Lurianic kabbalists would call tikkun, the restoration of the world.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, September 3, 2:32 PM

Alchemy - the transformation of  what was unconscious lead into illuminated Gold is the essence and goal of Soul Making, the discovery of the eternal in the transitory, the imagination made manifest in Beauty.

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The author discusses the interesting etymology, such as Egyptian, of alchemy. However, there is also, as raised by Gershom Scholem, a possible Hebrew origin (see Enemy, Cripple, Beggar, p. 202f.).

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Finding deeper meanings in the language of mental health

Finding deeper meanings in the language of mental health | Depth Psych |

A word is like a promise; a failure to deliver a kind of betrayal.  What does the language of mental health promise?

PSYCHOLOGY “study of the soul” (ψυχή, psukhē, meaning “breath”, “spirit”, or “soul”); and (-λογία -logia, translated as “study of” or “research”)


An essential part of the “scientific” training for young psychology/psychiatry/counseling grad students is a total denial of the spiritual (implicitly or explicitly, the message is that a true scientist must, by definition, be an atheist, and that faith is a foolish and primitive superstition).  You’d be hard pressed to find a mainstream mental health professional willing to call himself a “soul healer” or a “student of the soul” in English, though in Greek the claim is proudly printed on their business cards. .. (Click title for more)


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Mother World: splitting, integration & evolution in the mother archetype

Mother World: splitting, integration & evolution in the mother archetype | Depth Psych |

Carl Jung speaks of the human soul’s “longing to attain rebirth through a return to the womb, and to become immortal like the sun” (CW5, para. 312). In biblical terms rebirth is associated with entrance into Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the holy city, as image of the holy mother.


Jung says, “the Old Testament treats the cities of Jerusalem, Babylon, etc. just as if they were women” (para 303). While Jerusalem is an image of the holy mother, Babylon is the unholy mother. In Jung’s words: “Babylon is the symbol of the Terrible Mother” (Jung, para 315).


From a Kleinian perspective, the infant splits the mother image into two primitive forms: a ‘bad and persecuting’ form and a ‘loving and gratifying’ form. These two representations are internalized and become part of the psychic world.... (Click title for more)

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Memories, Dreams, Reflections: A Rare Glimpse Inside Iconic Psychiatrist Carl Jung’s Mind

Memories, Dreams, Reflections: A Rare Glimpse Inside Iconic Psychiatrist Carl Jung’s Mind | Depth Psych |
"…the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being."


In the spring of 1957, at the age of 84, legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung (July 26, 1875–June 6, 1961) set out to tell his life’s story. He embarked upon a series of conversations with his colleague and friend, Aniela Jaffe, which he used as the basis for the text.


At times, so powerful was his drive for expression that he wrote entire chapters by hand. He continued to work on the manuscript until shortly before his death in 1961. The result was Memories, Dreams, Reflections — a fascinating peek behind the curtain of Jung’s mind, revealing... (Click title for more)

Eva Rider's curator insight, June 21, 12:47 AM

This is Jung's only autobiography and it continues to live and deepen our understanding into the humaness that was Jung and offer solace for those of us who seek meaning to the mysteries of the soul throughout life and beyond. I have it at my fingertips always.


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“The Red Book” by Carl Jung: A Primer For Healing Madness In A Mad World

“The Red Book” by Carl Jung: A Primer For Healing Madness In A Mad World | Depth Psych |

Through his meticulous design of The Red Book, Carl G. Jung interwove his experience of madness with the collective suffering of his era. Such syntheses are rare — and just what the current mental health field desperately needs. In what follows, I look at how The Red Book became Jung’s journey out of madness as well as the foundation for his analytical psychology. Even today, over 50 years after his death, Jung’s analytical psychology is a relevant, non-pathologizing method for transcending madness, while also relating individual suffering to the larger collective.

The Ways of Jung’s World

In the early twentieth century, when Jung was “flooded” with “an enigmatic stream” that threatened to break him, the field of psychology was just beginning to make a science of the study of madness. Practitioners still acknowledged the wisdom of artists, novelists, and poets with regards to the nature of the human psyche. The soul was still in need of cure, and hearts were broken as much as brains. There were perhaps five diagnoses in use...(Click title for more)



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Jungian Erel Shalit on Psyche, Culture, and Civilization

Jungian Erel Shalit on Psyche, Culture, and Civilization | Depth Psych |

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A legend tells us that at the very moment the children of Israel went into the Red Sea, Mount Moriah began to move from its place, along with the altar for Isaac that had been built upon it. The whole scene had been arranged before the creation of the world. Isaac was bound and placed upon the altar, and Abraham raised his knife. Read more

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Soul-Making and Spiritual Cliche' Busting: The Relationship of New Age Spirituality to Depth Psychology

Soul-Making and Spiritual Cliche' Busting: The Relationship of New Age Spirituality to Depth Psychology | Depth Psych |

For depth psychology, a sort of working distinction is sometimes made between soul and spirit—soul takes a person into the depths while spirit raises a person into the heights. Soul is a way of referencing human fragmentation and spirit refers to wholeness. Soul takes us into the darkness of hades while spirit takes us into the heavenly light and so forth.

Soul is often associated with the negative emotions of depression, panic, fear, sorrow, etc. Spirit on the other hand leads us into feelings of ecstasy, tranquility, courage and joy. Soul is often associated with death and disintegration while spirit is associated with life and integration. Soul’s depths are at the center for the depth psychologist; Spirit’s heights are at the heart of the New Age religions.

Using a popular New Age bestselling book as an example, we might say the New Age is about the spiritual Law of Attraction, while depth psychology is about the soulful Law of Subtraction... (Click title for more)

Eva Rider's curator insight, April 14, 4:07 PM

These are key distinctions between New Age Philosophy and Depth Psychology.

Soul can be seen as mediator between Spirit and Matter; integrating and synthesizing both in order to live with awareness of the above and below. Living from soul is no easy task. It demands that we be awake and aware of bringing  light into matter. In alchemical terms, we are creating gold from lead. For this to happen, a disintegration of dark, unconscious, old material is paramount to the process of transformation into a larger expanded experience of the Self. Ego surrenders and expands to open and receive the light of Spirit and identifies with Soul

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Hillman: Wounds and the Wounded Healer

Hillman: Wounds and the Wounded Healer | Depth Psych |

“Building the psychic vessel of containment, which is another way of speaking of soul-making, seems to require bleeding and leaking as its precondition. Why else go through that work unless we are driven by the despair of our unstoppered condition?


The shift  from anima-mess to anima-vessel shows in various ways: as a shift from weakness and suffering to humility and sensitivity; from bitterness and complaint to a tastefor salt and blood; from focus upon the emotional pain of the wound – its causes, perimeters, cures – to its imaginal depths; from displacements of the womb onto women and “femininity” to its locus in ones own bodily rhythm…


We have said that each symptom brings the archetypal condition of woundedness. Although the wound may be experienced through a symptom, they are not the same. A symptom belongs to diagnosis, pointing to something else underlying. But the wound, as we have (Click title to keep reading)

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For the past quarter century James Hillman has been creating a new vision of psychology, one in which psychology becomes a "supreme discipline" concerned not only with the psyche of humanity but the "soul" which is at the heart of the world. Vilified by some, he has been called brilliant, explosive and poetic by others. His ideas, through their popularization in the writings of the best selling author, Thomas Moore (1992, 1994), have reached millions, yet he is unheard of by many professional psychologists.

While some psychologists have applauded Hillman's call for a return of the soul to a central place in psychology (Elkins, 1995), others have been put off by the fact that Hillman's own writings are critical of the humanist tradition, highly provocative and occasionally... (Click title to read more)
Jane Brody's curator insight, January 1, 2013 4:03 PM

Absolutely unbelievably good response to Hillman.  By the way, I saw him tap dance at a conference, he was so full of joy and love, that he gave the dance to us all as a sort of kiss.


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The search for the soul is alive and well.

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About Joseph Campbell

About Joseph Campbell | Depth Psych |

Over one hundred years ago, on March 26th in 1904, Joseph John Campbell was born in White Plains, NY. Joe, as he came to be known, was the first child of a middle-class, Roman Catholic couple, Charles and Josephine Campbell.

Joe's earliest years were largely unremarkable; but then, when he was seven years old, his father took him and his younger brother, Charlie, to see Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. The evening was a high-point in Joe's life; for, although the cowboys were clearly the show's stars, as Joe would later write, he "became fascinated, seized, obsessed, by the figure of a naked American Indian with his ear to the ground, a bow and arrow in his hand, and a look of special knowledge in his eyes.”

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Inner Wakefulness by Rumi

Inner Wakefulness by Rumi | Depth Psych |

This place is a dream, only a sleeper considers it real

then death comes like dawn and you wake up laughing

at what you thought was your grief

A man goes to sleep in the town where he has always lived

and he dreams he's living in another town

in the dream he doesn't remember the town he's sleeping in his bed in

he believes the reality of the dream town

the world... (See the rest of the poem by Rumi by clicking the title)

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Terrapsychology: "The Environment" is You!

Terrapsychology: "The Environment" is You! | Depth Psych |

Isn’t it odd that most of our psychologies treat the mind as entirely separate from the living world? That our standardized concepts of mental health make no reference to the health of our surroundings?


Scientific research makes it plain: the ecological health of the planet is not only a political or financial issue, but a mental health issue as well. Urban sprawl, air pollution, toxic waste, and sheer architectural ugliness have been shown to impact mental health.


Anxiety and depression, rage and crime, family violence, and lost productivity at work and at school do not exist in a vacuum. Health and hope fail when landfills and refineries go up in neighborhoods too poor to fight back. We suffer a global warming of collective consciousness, an eroded capacity for holding our fire.


However, the relationship between self and world runs much deeper than measurement can tell... (Click title for more)

Laura Smith's curator insight, August 7, 8:09 PM

Such an important concept. The archetypes that comes in our dreams are often so deeply related to the earth, animals, plants, creativity and our own connectedness to the primal energy that is our planet.

Carol Sherriff's curator insight, August 8, 5:05 AM

I had not come across Terrapsychology before so a fascinating read with a slightly different take on how we are one with the world.

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Image is Everything: Mythology, Hillman, and Jung

Image is Everything: Mythology, Hillman, and Jung | Depth Psych |

Nothing could be more mistaken than to assume that a myth is something ‘thought up.’ It comes into existence of its own accord, as can be observed in all authentic products of fantasy, and particularly in dreams. It is the hybris of consciousness to pretend that everything derives from its primacy, despite the fact that consciousness itself demonstrably comes from an older unconscious psyche.” *


When Jung observes that “image is psyche,” (CW 13, §75), or James Hillman writes in this context that “According to Jung, the sine qua non of any consciousness whatsoever is the ‘psychic image,’” (Anima: An Anatomy 95), both men are not just saying that “image is everything” but also that “everything is image.” At any moment we are surrounded by language, images, and motifs created by the unconscious fantasy or myth-making mind (a.k.a. the “psyche” or soul) in its need to understand, make order out of, and create meaning for everyday existence... (Click title for more)

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Soul-Making and Spiritual Cliche' Busting: James Hillman: Postmodern Romantic Reductionist, and Trickster

Soul-Making and Spiritual Cliche' Busting: James Hillman: Postmodern Romantic Reductionist, and Trickster | Depth Psych |

  For more than a decade James Hillman has been my favorite writer and most influential teacher. I discovered him in 1996 when The Soul's Code was published, which I devoured, or perhaps more rightly stated, which devoured me. My ideational world was turned inside out. From The Soul's Code I went on to read Hillman's opus,Re-Visioning Psychology.

It is no exaggeration to say that the Ideas from this Pulitzer Prize nominated book changed practically everything about the way I viewed psyche, religion, myself, others and the larger world--specifically through the four main chapters titled Personifying, Pathologizing, Psychologizing, and Dehumanizing, which the author describes as "four ideas necessary for the soul-making process" (ix).

His view ofpathologizing was especially revolutionary, helping me to make room for emotional suffering and psychic fragmentation in a culture obsessed with chronic emotional well being and wholeness. ... Click title for more

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from Michaelbolgar Blog spot on James Hillman and Soul Making.

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The Art of Focus

The Art of Focus | Depth Psych |
The secret to winning the internal battle against distraction is not to say “no” to trivial things but to say “yes” to powerful longings.

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Robert Romanyshyn, a Man in Touch with the Soul of the World

Robert Romanyshyn, a Man in Touch with the Soul of the World | Depth Psych |

Healing of the heart broken in grief begins in reverie,” Robert Romanyshyn declares in his moving, soul-evoking book, The Soul in Grief: Love, Death and Transformation, “and not in our efforts to interpret our tragedies.”


I am blessed a hundred fold for having read this small treasure. It reads like poetry and touches your soul like a silken whisper. Romanyshyn went on to marry again and to take up the challenge of speaking for and witnessing to all that is precious and marginalized and passing away: “Each of us has a vocation to become a spokesperson for all that is fading but, at this moment, endures.” It is necessary, he believes, for each person to become an “apostle of grief” who by his or her witnessing presence refuses to contribute his or her energies to the destructive dreams of the culture.

He calls for an ethical epistemology that would “speak the aesthetic appeals of the world.” “We live in an an-aesthetic time, in a time we are benumbed in our feeling function and insensitive to the plight of the world... (Click title for more)

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Do Not Lose Heart: Awakening Women - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Do Not Lose Heart: Awakening Women - Clarissa Pinkola Estes | Depth Psych |

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times.

Do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I’ve heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered, concerned about the state of affairs in our world right now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.


You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. 

For years, we’ve been learning, practicing, training and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement. I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able crafts in the waters than there are... (Click title to read entire article)

Eva Rider's curator insight, April 14, 11:24 PM

Marvellous and inspiring article! Take heart; sailors on the Soul Journey! "Show you soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times".



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Returning Soul to Astrology

Returning Soul to Astrology | Depth Psych |

I would contend that soul's absence denotes a loss of depth, meaning, and attachment. In a society driven by disposable consumerism, we have lost a deep understanding of lack, of doing without, of making do, of abstinence, celibacy, solitude, restraint, and limitation. Americans tend toward expansive, growth-oriented, manic, Jupiterian lifestyles and leave no place for Saturnine melancholia. In an effort to increase the levity and leisure in our lives, we have neglected the gravity of existence. We move restlessly about, disposing of dwellings, vehicles, relationships, possessions; changing our beliefs, families, and lifestyles as easily as changing undergarments; and pursuing the fantasy of growth and progress.


We are by no means materialists as some would clamor, but rather we are spiritists who have little or no appreciation for the material world, while believing in the abstraction or idea of things with no attachment to the things themselves. We live in counterfeit and artifice... (click title for more)

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Produits Universaliss Bank....Produits Universaliss Laboratory  ;
Eva Rider's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:36 PM

A refreshing look at  meaning of gravity and materialism. The qualities of Saturn that help us to steer through limitation and obstacles. When the road narrows, the path reveals itself as the only one. This is of evident in our process of aging, revealing Saturn's profound role as teacher. As we shed what is uneccessary in our lives, we discover the true gold on the other side of Saturn.

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Poetry Education as "Soul-Making" Method

Poetry Education as "Soul-Making" Method | Depth Psych |

When I tell people that I am a poet and poetry teacher with a depth psychological perspective, someone inevitably asks, “Did you say depth? What is depth psychology?” Without getting into a lengthy academic discussion about the theories of Freud, Jung, and Hillman, this isn’t an easy question to answer.

Yet, like everyone who practices in this rewarding field, I try, usually by offering the following: “Depth psychology is the study of the unconscious, the world of dreams, archetypes, complexes, and imagination that exists below the surface of our lives, and which informs and influences our surface experiences.

Through my work over the last two years as a teacher and facilitator of poetry discussion groups, however, I’ve come to understand that depth psychology isn’t only about depth--the mostly unseen and mysterious realms of psyche. Rather, depth psychological... (click title to continue reading)

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Remything Our Lives With Our Own Symbols

Remything Our Lives With Our Own Symbols | Depth Psych |
The symbols and themes of dreams, legends, fairy tales and myths address realities that the soul understands, even if the conscious mind does not. For example, the legend of King Arthur features a walled city.
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