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Lessons of Jung's Encounter with Native Americans

Lessons of Jung's Encounter with Native Americans | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

In Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1973) Jung described his encounter with Native Americans he met in New Mexico in 1925.  This event, though brief, had a profound effect on Jung, and he referred to it many times in his writings. He commented that his experience in New Mexico made him aware of his imprisonment "in the cultural consciousness of the white man" (Jung, 1973, p. 247).


At the Taos pueblo, Jung spoke for the first time with a non-white, a Hopi elder named Antonio Mirabal (also known as Ochwiay Biano and Mountain Lake), who said that whites were always uneasy and restless: "We do not understand them. We think that they are mad" (Jung, 1973, p. 248). Jung asked him why he thought the whites were mad, and the reply was " 'They say that they think with their heads . . . . We think here,' he said, indicating his heart" (p. 248). Impressed, Jung said he realized that Mountain Lake had unveiled a significant truth about... (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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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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Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Guinea

Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Guinea | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

An Interview with Paul D. Coverdell Fellow and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Hilary Braseth


When the Ebola virus broke out in Guinea, West Africa, with Patient Zero, a 4-year-old boy, who came down with the disease, Peace Corps volunteer Hilary Braseth was forced to return to the U.S. after three years of service. 


Once she landed in the very fast-paced, high-tech San Francisco Bay Area, though, it was a rough transition. She didn’t believe she could find a place in U.S. society that would allow her the space or the breathing room to integrate the “very real changes that occurred in the Peace Corps” with her new life in the U.S. More, she suspects many returned volunteers struggle to find meaning and to decide “what’s next.” 


After having just spent so much time serving in a foreign country and making deep, lasting friendships with people so different from one’s self, how do you assimilate back to the “grind” of daily U.S. living, she wondered. Then, something magical happened…  (Click the title to read the full article or listen to the audio interview)

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Emerging Myths, Emerging Archetypes: Everyday Life in the Quantum Universe

Emerging Myths, Emerging Archetypes: Everyday Life in the Quantum Universe | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Audio lecture: Dr. Jean Houston presents Emerging Myths, Emerging Archetypes: Everyday Life in the Quantum Universe at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
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Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Niger—Discussions in Depth Psychology

Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Niger—Discussions in Depth Psychology | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Stephanie Steiner, a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Niger, has many significant memories. At one point, early in her service, she recalls, a woman approached her to ask if she could help the village farmers get some peanuts to plant for the upcoming growing season. As the Peace Corps volunteers were discouraged from giving handouts in lieu of developing sustainable practices that could be duplicated in the future, Steiner initially shrugged off the request. Then she remembered Peace Corps had a gender and development fund for projects involving women and gender equality and education for girls, etc. 


Steiner met with people managing the fund in the city and together, in collaboration with women from the village, they came up with the idea of a peanut savings and loan bank. Any woman could take one or two bowls of peanuts from a starter source provided by an initial grant, but when that woman harvested at the end of the season, she paid back double what she initially borrowed. In this way, the bank could grow exponentially and provide an ongoing stable supply of peanuts for future growing seasons. In addition, each woman paid a small sum of money to join the group, which allowed them to receive training from NGO, Care International, on using micro-credit.

Listening to Steiner’s story, I’m struck by the resilience, creativity and resourcefulness that can arise when people—any of us—are given a break, and also by the generosity of individuals like Stephanie and other Peace Corps volunteers who are doing this kind of work. I’m reminded of a quote from Jung, who stated that anyone who wants to know the human psyche should “put away his scholar’s gown” and “wander with human heart through the world.”...(Click title for full article and to listen to the audio interview)

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A Deeper Relationship with the Mind: Counseling, Creativity, and Transcendence

A Deeper Relationship with the Mind: Counseling, Creativity, and Transcendence | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Counseling Psychology alumnae Adriana Attento reflects on the importance of creating a deeper relationship with the mind, having always been moved by something Carl Jung wrote, which is that “the world hangs by a thin thread, and that thread is the psyche of man.” Having a deeper relationship with mind gives us the chance to get to know who we are, and get to know who we are in the world in relationship with nature and with other human beings, which, in turn, enables us to live our lives differently. It empowers us recognize and prioritize what’s truly important in our lives, a capability that is absolutely critical for the evolution of our species and our culture, in her opinion.
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The Threat of Tyranny - Written by Michael Meade

The Threat of Tyranny - Written by Michael Meade | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
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While the meaning of the word democracy remains a subject of much controversy, as does the practice of it; there is little doubt that democracy stands in opposition to all forms of tyranny. Fear not only causes people to abandon core principles; but it is said to be the parent of cruelty. Long before tyranny comes to rule, there is an escalation of both fear and cruelty. All cruelty comes from weakness and when people become overly fearful they not only support a would be “strong man,” but also become willing to overlook systematic cruelty....
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An excellent piece written on our current political piece in this election year. Gives us an opportunity to view thru the lens of Pattern, Mythology and Archetype. You gotta love the wisdom of Michael Meade....well at least that's the view from my window. 
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MIND over MATTER: 10 Ancient legends about dreams

MIND over MATTER: 10 Ancient legends about dreams | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Dreams have always been one of the prevailing enigmas of humanity. As early as 5,000 B.C., Mesopotamians made a habit of recording their dreams on clay tablets, and every culture in the world has their own interpretation of the realm that lies between wakefulness and sleep... (Click title for full article)
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What would Carl Jung make of 2011? - BBC News

What would Carl Jung make of 2011? - BBC News | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Carl Gustav Jung died 50 years ago today. Alongside Sigmund Freud, he is arguably one of the two people of the 20th century who most shaped the way we think about who we are. But what would he make of the 21st century so far?
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A Conversation with Erel Shalit and Joe Cambray

Joe Cambray and Erel Shalit Introducing the Jung Neumann Symposium, June 24-26 at Pacifica. Click title to go to the video on YouTube.



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ERICH NEUMANN. AMOR AND PSYCHE (1956)

ERICH NEUMANN. AMOR AND PSYCHE (1956) | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Neumann’s interpretation of the Eros [sic] and Psyche myth is influenced by his view of the development of human consciousness which he describes in his major work, The Origins and History of Consciousness. There he traces the stages of human consciousness beginning with the self-contained uroboros (the symbol of the primal dragon that bites its own tail), where there is not yet individual consciousness differentiated from the environment or from the original unconscious matrix. 


Neumann sees the uroboric state expressed in creation myths, especially the myth of the Great Mother. Aphrodite (Venus) is one of the primary mythical figures representing the Great Mother and she is also at the starting point of the “Eros and Psyche” tale. Neumann sees Aphrodite as a symbol of the seductive inertia of nature and the collective unconscious. She is the original, conservative, maternal source of life and her beauty serves the purpose of ... (Click title for full article)

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Dream Animals

Dream Animals | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
“Animals wake up the imagination….I’ve found that animal dreams can do this too. They really wake people up. 
Animal dreams provoke their feelings, get them thinking, interested, and curious. 
As we get more into imagining, we become more animal-like…more instinctually alive.” 


—James Hillman, Dream Animals, p. 2
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Working with dream animals is an important part of the work we do with dreams. We all dream and we all have animals which come to us in our dreams. These animals often carry deeply repressed parts of ourselves...parts of ourselves that can experience the world in a way that is not mitigated by mind. If you have an animal dream you would like to explore, please send it to me! Check out my submit a dream link on my website for a free dream reading. www.archetypaldreamworks.com
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C.G. Jung: A Biography in Books by Sonu Shamdasani - Review by Lance S. Owens MD

C.G. Jung: A Biography in Books by Sonu Shamdasani - Review by Lance S. Owens MD | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

 Using a dazzling alliance of texts and images, all bound up with stunning scholarship, Sonu Shamdasani has concocted the most important biographical study of Jung published in a generation.  And to boot, the book is beautiful – another exemplar of publishing art from W. W. Norton and Mondadori Printing in Italy (who produced The Red Book: Liber Novus).  In sum, C. G. Jung: A Biography in Books radiates a rare quality I can only call “delight.” It will enchant anyone interested in the life and work of Jung.

    By the evocative act of turning the first pages of this book, Shamdasani magically conjures us into Jung’s private library for an extraordinary session of show andtell.  We sit by Jung’s desk.  He pullsvolumes from the shelves and opens long locked drawers full of private notebooks and manuscripts.  He lays them before us, lets us thumb them....(Click title for full article)

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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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Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Jamaica

Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Jamaica | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Peace Corps Meets Pacifica: Stories from Jamaica An Interview with Paul D. Coverdell Fellow and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ross Dionne. The first night Ross Dionne and his wife spent with their host family in Jamaica, they were served chicken foot soup, he remembers with a laugh—probably on purpose so the family could see their reaction. Making the effort to try the food was one of the best things they could do to build connections with people—something Dionne appreciated very much over the course of the two years he spent in the Peace Corps. Now pursuing a Ph.D. In Depth Psychology with a specialization in Community, Liberation and Ecopsychology, he's thrilled to be in a field that looks at the psychological well-being of individuals in relationship with the health of communities, environments, and cultures. It not only gives us the context of what our role is in the world, it also provides a lens through which we can begin to question not only our individual role in certain events, but also the role of our country and of the culture we were born into.
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Depth Psychology and the Creative Arts: Theater, Therapy, Individuation

Depth Psychology and the Creative Arts: Theater, Therapy, Individuation | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Among the most potent ideas depth psychotherapist and theater maker Lisa Schouw has encountered in depth psychology is archetypes, patterns that repeat across cultures and time. Understanding the power of archetypes has provided her with tools to help clients and students begin to realize what’s at work in their lives. Through an archetypal lens, we can start to grasp that we are each part of a much larger story, and that can be profoundly liberating. Each of us is part of an integral net that can “hold” us, allowing us to relax and release into something we can’t fully inhabit if we’re only focused on our own lives, she insists. For anyone who struggles with loneliness, grief and disconnection, integrating the narrative that we are part of something larger can provide support.. (click the title to read more or listen to the interview )audio ainterviewand healing.
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Tonight in Dreamland: a New Play co-written by Award-Winning TV Writer Cheri SteinKellner & Visionary Jean Houston

By writing characters for a play (or letting them write her), award winning writer/producer Cheri Steinkellner, reports, she has also had the opportunity to explore those undiscovered parts of herself that have not been previously honored or explored. As she notes, these characters in her new play co-written with Jean Houston have chosen to do one thing and do it very well—but have sacrificed other aspects of themselves that they “didn’t have the time or bandwidth for.” It’s never too late to play with those parts of yourself that you have never had the chance to play with before, she insists, and we witness that in the play as it unfolds.
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Soul-centered Action

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Soul-centered Action: A Call to the Collective Belief in the Possible Human and the Possible World An Interview with Dr. Jean Houston
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"We have arrived on earth at the time of great recreation; a place of reinvention, for the culture, the government, ecology, and even ourselves. We are experiencing a time of potential new destiny where our finest creations, opportunities, understanding, ideas, and deeper purpose are increasingly coming alive and available. What this moment requires, then, is “a whole new order of problem solving and exploration of purpose.” "
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William Stafford - What Happens When You Get Lost

"The speck of stardust implanted in each of our souls is another and perhaps deeper way to consider the old statement of 'dust thou art, and to dust tho

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How Fairy Tales Heal

How Fairy Tales Heal | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Fairy tales are a rich storehouse of psychic patterns. They provide is with an inexhaustible supply of images that catalog emotional states and life experiences with endless subtlety. Metaphor provides a powerful bridge between the amygdala and the more conscious parts of brain.

For a woman whose whole life has been characterized by feeling misunderstood, demeaned, or unseen, the words “excluded,” “unappreciated,” or “despairing” have the ability to contain aspects of her experience. But if that same person and I begin to discuss her experience in terms of the Hans Christian Andersen tale “The Ugly Duckling,” we suddenly have access to a greatly enriched repertoire of language and image with which to describe her experience. The chicken in the farmhouse disparages and berates the young swan for his love of water, and because the swan has always been cut off from his own kind — his “tribe” — he doesn’t realize that he is being measured by inappropriate standards. Alone and full of despair, he is nearly frozen to death, immobilized in the ice. Many of us have surely had moments where we felt like that.

Images and language can contain strong feelings and allow us better access to our thinking functions to evaluate potential responses. But it also does one other thing... (Click the title for the full post)

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How Dreams Helped Human Spirituality And Religion Evolve

How Dreams Helped Human Spirituality And Religion Evolve | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Jung noted that while most dreams are fuzzy in our memory and quickly forgotten, others remain imprinted in our minds for months or even years. So why do we intensely remember a few striking, symbolic dreams?

In his new book “Big Dreams: The Science of Dreaming and the Origins of Religion,” dream researcher and theologian Dr. Kelly Bulkeley picks up this inquiry where Jung left off. Bulkeley scientifically explores these types of vivid, imaginative dreams as a “primal wellspring of religious experience,” and argues that they play a universal role in the evolution of spirituality and religion across cultural contexts.  

Dreams represent a “neurologically hard-wired capacity” for greater self-awareness, creativity and insight into the spiritual dimensions of life, according to Bulkeley. By integrating the scientific and spiritual aspects of dreaming, therefore, we might be able to learn more about why we dream and what our dreams tell us about the imaginative powers of the mind.... (Click title for full article)

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Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors

Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias...

Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop. 

Scientists have long assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on by teaching later generations or through personal experience. However, new research has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA.... (Click title for more)

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Depth Psychology of Art

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The transformative powers of artistic expression are found in diving into the depths as well as the reflections of its surfaces. 

In this time of activity-driven approaches, interventions and evidence-based protocols, how do we help individuals not only find reparation, but also find wellness through exploring the deeper terrain within the human experience? 

According to Shaun McNiff, the arts are one pathway and the media of depth psychology. His seminal book, Depth Psychology of Art, written nearly thirty years ago, reminds us that art making is not only a manifestation of the psyche, it is also "a deep and psychologically intelligent process" that occurs with spontaneity and surprisingly transformative outcomes. 

And paradoxically, as McNiff notes, depth is also on the surface of creation, a more immediate reflection of what is... (Click title for more)
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When I began painting images that came from my dreams, I experience a kind of solitude that I hadn't known and deep gratitude and joy in the creative adventure that had previously been unexplored. I encourage dreamers I work with, if they feel called to do so, to work with dream images in this way...to open them more fully, to be with themselves and the image, to explore the feelings, colors, textures of the dream...to let the dream work its alchemy as we bring the depths of ourselves to the surface.
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Depth Insights » REVIEW of Carol S. Pearson’s “Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within. Using the Power of Story to Transform Your Life” by Dennis Patrick Slattery

Depth Insights » REVIEW of Carol S. Pearson’s “Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within. Using the Power of Story to Transform Your Life” by Dennis Patrick Slattery | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Many years ago in a section entitled “Altruism and Ecstasy” in The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By, Carol Pearson was already seeding the underworld of mythic consciousness with the figure named in her new study, Persephone. 


She wrote in her earlier volume, which has undergone numerous printings, that “The Greek Eleusinian mysteries explained the origin of the seasons through the myth of Demeter, the grain goddess, and her daughter, Persephone” (Pearson, 1998, p. 125). She goes on to relate the consequences of Persephone’s abduction by Hades and her mother’s grief, which led to a barren earth and a famished population. 


Zeus finally had to intervene to return Persephone to the upper world, but with the proviso, since she had eaten one pomegranate seed in the land of her abductor, that she would spend part of each year in Hades’ precinct... (Click title for more)

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