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Rewilding Our Hearts: Maintaining Hope and Faith in Trying Times

Compassion begets compassion and there's actually a synergistic relationship, not a trade-off, when we show compassion for animals and their homes.

 

Humans are a force in nature. We're all over the place, big-brained, big-footed, arrogant, invasive, menacing, and marauding mammals. No need to look for mythical Bigfoot: we're here! We leave huge footprints all over the place and have been rather unsuccessful at solving urgent problems. Robert Berry fears we're simply "running out of world." We're also runnng out of wildness and wilderness. 

I'm always looking for ways to remain positive and hopeful in challenging times. And I know how difficult it can be when it seems that so many things are going wrong. For a book I'm... (Click title for more)

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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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Ancestral Healing: Insights on Animism & Shamanism—Summary Article of an Interview with Dr. Daniel Foor with Bonnie Bright PhD

Ancestral Healing: Insights on Animism & Shamanism—Summary Article of an Interview with Dr. Daniel Foor with Bonnie Bright PhD | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Everyone who is ancestrally disconnected from indigenous culture, can find the possibility of reclaiming animist, earth-honoring, soulful depth level relationship with your own ancestors, practices, and community, insists psychotherapist and teacher/practitioner of practical animism and earth-based spirituality, Dr. Daniel Foor, in an in-depth conversation for Depth Insights™ 


There are literally thousands of intact cultures on earth that continue to maintain daily relationship with their ancestors. We have a natural human capacity to engage in direct, nourishing, helpful relationship. We need the reconnection. 


The others, the not-human ones, miss us, and we desperately need to get our framework for how to live and how to relate well with the others back on track”—not just spiritually but politically and culturally, as well. (Click title for more)

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Sandplay as a Healing Modality

Sandplay as a Healing Modality | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
SandPlay as a Healing Modality An Interview with Jungian Analyst and Professor, Jorge de la O. When Jungian analyst and professor, Jorge de la O, was first introduced to sandtray therapy, he was completely taken by it. "It was magical," he reports. The founder of Sandplay (and author of the book by the same name), Dora Kalff, saw Sandplay as a free and open space where individuals create images in the sand using miniature figures and icons. It is a nonverbal form of therapy which allows psyche to come to the surface, much like Jung’s practice of active imagination. Click title to access thaw full interview
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Where Politics, Psyche, and Community Converge

Where Politics, Psyche, and Community Converge | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Where Politics, Psyche, and Community Converge: An Interview with Andrew Samuels and Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.
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Holding the Tension: One Woman’s Journey from Immigrant to Therapist

Holding the Tension: One Woman’s Journey from Immigrant to Therapist | Depth Psych | Scoop.it


Part of the challenge for Naris Kesheshe, who immigrated from Iran to the U.S. when she was 13, was her desire to maintain her original cultural identity and roots, while at the same time living in a society that held very different values.


When she ultimately discovered depth psychology, she was thrilled to realize there was a field which allowed her to approach her own experience through “unspoken words,” and which could also be extremely helpful to a larger immigrant community of individuals whose experiences were recognized and validated through a depth psychological approach. Kesheshe’s story about her journey to becoming a licensed psychotherapist is arguably a “hero’s journey” in the way that Joseph Campbell described it.


Includes link to a free audio interview. Click on the title here for more details or to read the detailed summary article

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Dionysus as God of Drama, Psychology, and Transdisciplinarity: Depth Psychology and the Arts

Dionysus as God of Drama, Psychology, and Transdisciplinarity: Depth Psychology and the Arts | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Changing society requires changing our ideas about education, specifically about disciplines including science, the arts, psychology, and religion. The idea of transdisciplinarity enables us to make connections among ideas, and to honor other ways of knowing...Click title for more
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David Bohm, Implicate Order and Holomovement | Science and Nonduality

David Bohm, Implicate Order and Holomovement  |  Science and Nonduality | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
“Space is not empty. It is full, a plenum as opposed to a vacuum, and is the ground for the existence of everything, including ourselves. The universe is not separate from this cosmic sea o
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Disconnected from the suffering of others

Disconnected from the suffering of others | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

We are living in times where unimaginable evil is perpetrated every single day in our world, Dr. David Ragland suggests. Some people live lives disconnected from the suffering of others. By not taking a stance against evil, by not making the effort to eradicate it, we become complicit… 


Read this summary article and get the full audio recording of David Ragland's presentation at Pacifica's landmark conference Response at the Radical Edge: Depth Psychology for the 21st Century. (Click title for more)

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The Art of Transformation: Images, Dreams, and Alchemy

The Art of Transformation: Images, Dreams, and Alchemy | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
The Art of Transformation: Images, Dreams, and Alchemy—An Interview with Jungian Analyst, Stanton Marlan. A Guest Blog Post by Bonnie Bright, PhD.
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Trauma and the Soul: Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Inner World

Trauma and the Soul: Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Inner World | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
An Interview with Jungian Analyst Donald Kalsched --- Nightmares can be an effort by the psyche to help us integrate some of disowned material from previous trauma. In what Kalsched has termed the “self-care system,” a system of defense which is made up of both protective and persecutory inner objects, individuals who have been abused or neglected may sometimes be tyrannized by archetypal figures in their dreams...(click title for more info to read or listen)
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Mark Winborn's curator insight, May 26, 1:27 PM
Insights from Don Kalsched - endorser of "Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond" edited by Mark Winborn.
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Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Cultivating, Counseling, and Stories from Cameroon

Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Cultivating, Counseling, and Stories from Cameroon | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Cultivating, Counseling, and Stories from Cameroon An Interview with Paul D. Coverdell Fellow and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Courtney McCubbin --- | --- Returned Peace Corps volunteer Courtney McCubbin, now training to be a therapist, is acutely aware of lessons she learned when she was “on the other side” of therapy as a client and in the rainforests of Cameroon. While focusing on agroforestry, she built a farm with a protective fence so she could grow new seedlings for farmers. While in therapy, she worked on creating boundaries and nurturing her psyche. As a therapist or counselor, she is developing the capacity to provide fertile ground so that something new can grow within the psyche of the clients she sees…
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The Power of Self-Actualization Revealed by Historical African-American Leaders

The Power of Self-Actualization Revealed by Historical African-American Leaders | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
One of the benefits of depth psychological traditions is that they can be applied to understanding what it means to be a self or soul in this world, and to think about others who have led the way. When clinical psychologist William James Jones assessed the biographical lives of the three historical figures, he didn't find as many peak experiences as he thought he would. Instead, he uncovered many of what Maslow termed “nadir experiences,” which refer to profound growth that comes through emotional pain, turmoil, or even tragedy. These kinds of experiences can create new perspectives, sometimes even creating significant shifts in attitudes, insight, or understanding.
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Interview: Jeffrey Kiehl with Bonnie Bright, Wholeness & the Environmental Crisis

Dr. Jeff Kiehl has been a climate scientist for almost 40 years—but he has a unique take on the challenges we face on the climate front, because he is also a Jungian Analyst, focused on the study of the unconscious. (Click title for full access)
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The Dream and its Amplification on YouTube

The Dream and its Amplification on YouTube | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
The Dream and Its Amplification unveils the language of the psyche that speaks to us in our dreams. We all dream at least 4-6 time

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Jung and Alchemy—Video Replay of an Introductory Lecture by James Newell Ph.D.

Jung and Alchemy—Video Replay of an Introductory Lecture by James Newell Ph.D. | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung explored the unconscious in ways that had never been attempted prior to his ground breaking efforts. One area of study which he felt put his work on a solid historical footing was his exhaustive study of the ancient practice of alchemy. 


Jung’s understanding of the unconscious as expressed through the imagery and texts of the alchemists has far reaching implications for modern people, from personal inner work, to environmentalism, to modern pharmacology, to feminism, and more.


 For Jung, ancient alchemical texts provide us with a wealth of symbolic insight into the human mind and human behaviors that continue to be vitally relevant today. (Click title for more)

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The Mystic Fool: Masks & Mirrors of the SELF in Tarot—Intro Lecture by Eva Rider

The Mystic Fool: Masks & Mirrors of the SELF in Tarot—Intro Lecture by Eva Rider | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

The Archetypal Images of the Tarot's Major Arcana serve as a guide through the alchemical changes that initiate us to reclaiming the Self. In a time of vast planetary changes, polarities, transitions, quickening and metamorphosis, it’s easy to find ourselves caught in grief, fear and despair.

We are on a journey of initiation to learn to inhabit our role as creator, mediator and steward of the gods. Through close examination of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, we find that ancient archetypal pathways reveal the masks and mirrors of ourselves and the initiations we undergo on our path to consciousness.


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In an era when anthropologists have referred to the past five or six decades as “The Great Acceleration” during which key human activities such as telecommunications, energy consumption, technology...

In an era when anthropologists have referred to the past five or six decades as “The Great Acceleration” during which key human activities such as telecommunications, energy consumption, technology... | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Horses, Hestia and Guinevere: Mythological Perspectives for Everyday Life: An Interview with Janet Bubar Rich
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Dreams, Calling, Suffering, and Individuation: Finding Light in the Darkness

Dreams, Calling, Suffering, and Individuation: Finding Light in the Darkness | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Working with dreams allows us to tap into the psyche, which leads us in a certain direction in the process of becoming more whole, a process Jung referred to as individuation.Jung often focused on how individuation was about leading us back into the collective. With depth psychology, you learn that the way out is through, says Jungian analyst Fanny Brewster…. Listen to the audio interviw or read a detailed summary article, "Dreams, Calling, Suffering, and Individuation: Finding Light in the Darkness"— An Interview with Jungian Analyst Fanny Brewster (Click title for more)

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Dreaming as Response: The Global Dream Initiative

Dreaming as Response: The Global Dream Initiative | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
When we are dreaming, what is it in response to? When you work with dreams from an animated point of view, notes Stephen Aizenstat, who pioneered the process of DreamTending, it brings the dream to life. When one comes into a relationship with the image, it allows the image its own innate intelligence, and it can speak to us what it knows Aizenstat founded the Global Dream Initiative™ , whose vision it is to “unite individuals and organizations in listening to the landscapes and creatures of the world as they speak through the images of dream.” The vision of GDI also suggests that “through the intelligence of dreams, we aspire to listen to the voice of the earth and serve as a source of education, orientation, and support for dreamers worldwide.”
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The Core Complex of a Traumatized Psyche

The Core Complex of a Traumatized Psyche | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Trauma is an injury to our capacity to feel. When our capacity to feel is injured, we cease to be able to imagine, because imagination depends on emotional literacy. 

For 20 years, Jungian Analyst Donald Kalsched has been crafting a model of the dissociating psyche, which describes various unconscious archetypal powers arranged in a dynamic system of defense that attempts to protect a sacred, innocent psyche from further violation. In order to leave this enclave, we need to become emotionally literate, Kalsched suggests, one of the major goals of the work depth psychologists take on. This includes working through grief and despair. 

 This self-care system and all its constituents is invisible, Kalsched points out. The only way we can engage is by looking for the “tracks” they leave in dreams, in the imagination, or in the practice of active imagination advocated by Jung.

The constituents may show up in opposing forms: as a “devil” related to violence, adversary, accuser, critic, or tyrant which can lead to innate distress such as hatred, loathing, or shame; or as a “bright angel,” which suggests essential goodness, safety, bliss, hope, and love. 

 Learn more: Click the title above to read a summary article or listen to the full recording of Kalsched’s keynote address at the recent “Response at the Radical Edge” conference, courtesy of Pacifica Graduate Institute: http://www.pacificapost.com/the-core-complex-of-a-traumatized-psyche
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When hate breaks the containers, love is the first to leave and the result is despair, and that’s front and center as to where we are as a country, Kalsched suggests. He points to wisdom offered by C. G. Jung, who said that we must continuously develop an “imagination for evil,” so that we can move into a deeper place of understanding.
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Touching the Soul of the World: A Mythological and Soulful View of Chaotic Times

Touching the Soul of the World: A Mythological and Soulful View of Chaotic Times | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
“When there is wounding in our culture, there is wounding to the soul of the world…”---Summary and audio file of Michael Meade's presentation Touching the Soul of the World: A Mythological and Soulful View of Chaotic Times at Pacifica's landmark conference Response at the Radical Edge: Depth Psychology for the 21st Century.
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The Psychological Hero

The Psychological Hero | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
"The Hero-myth is the central myth of Jungian psychoanalysis, because for Jung the hero’s 'grand opus' concerns the relations with the unconscious." Jungian analyst Erel Shalit

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Racism, Cultural Violence, and Conscious Change: How The Truth Telling Project is Transforming Society

Racism, Cultural Violence, and Conscious Change: How The Truth Telling Project is Transforming Society | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Society has short-term memory and is silent on issues of identity. Storytelling helps us reach out and connect with who we perceive as the "other” and empowers us to action. Every community has its own stories, which ultimately amount to its culture, even becoming, at times, a culture of violence… (click title for more)
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Ancestral Soul Work: A Conversation with Sandra Easter, PhD

Ancestral Soul Work: A Conversation with Sandra Easter, PhD | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
NEW! *Read a written transcript of this interview here. In this interview, Sandra Easter, Ph.D., author of "Jung and the Ancestors: Beyond Biography, Mending the Ancestral Web," speaks movingly about how developing a relationship with our ancestors and ancestral past can help us heal, both individually and collectively.
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Tending Soul with Military, Veterans, and First Responders: A Depth Psychological Approach

Tending Soul with Military, Veterans, and First Responders: A Depth Psychological Approach | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
From a depth psychological perspective, this kind of transformation can be initiated through a psycho-mythic journey to warriorhood, believe Ed Tick and John Becknell, who offer archetypal and depth psychological frameworks for military, veterans, and first responders. (Click title for more)
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Reclaiming a Sense Wholeness Amidst the Environmental Crisis —An Interview with Dr. Jeff Kiehl

Reclaiming a Sense Wholeness Amidst the Environmental Crisis —An Interview with Dr. Jeff Kiehl | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Dr. Jeffrey T. Kiehl has been a climate scientist for almost 40 years—but he has a unique take on the challenges we face on the climate front, because he is also a Jungian Analyst, focused on the study of the unconscious. In this short interview for Depth Insights™, Dr. Kiehl speaks with Bonnie Bright about his upcoming daylong workshop, “Reclaiming a Sense Wholeness Amidst the Environmental Crisis," which he’ll deliver at the C.G. Jung Psychology and Spirituality Conference taking place in Santa Fe, NM, June 9-11, 2017 In the conversation, Dr. Kiehl offers an exclusive preview of his workshop by sharing ways we can each reconnect with a sense of the numinous and with nature in our daily lives, and the benefits that process can provide. We also discuss the unique, experiential format for this exciting Jungian conference. WATCH the INTERVIEW HERE (approx. 22 mins)
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