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Book Excerpt: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Ursula King

Book Excerpt: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Ursula King | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

" 'Blessed be you, harsh matter, barren soil, stubborn rock: you who yield only to violence, you who force us to work if we would eat.

 

" 'Blessed be you, perilous matter, violent sea, untamable passion: you who unless we fetter you will devour us.

 

" 'Blessed be you, mighty matter, irresistible march of evolution, reality ever newborn; you who, by constantly shattering our mental categories, force us to go ever further and further in our pursuit of the truth.

 

" 'Blessed be you, universal matter, immeasurable time, boundless ether, triple abyss of stars and atoms and generations: you who by overflowing and dissolving our... (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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Jung, Individuation, and Film — Blog post and audio Interview with Glen Slater, PhD

Jung, Individuation, and Film — Blog post and audio Interview with Glen Slater, PhD | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Ever since I met Dr. Glen Slater in 2008, I have known him to be a particularly passionate and knowledgeable advocate of film. I often see his film reviews in…
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Are you addicted to perfection?—or living with someone who is?—Free Reading Circle

Are you addicted to perfection?—or living with someone who is? How does it affect you?

Join this 5-week reading circle for Jungian Marion Woodman's "Addiction to Perfection"—led by Gary S. Bobroff

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"The Language of Trauma"—Live Video Interview 2/22: Dr. Michael Conforti with Bonnie Bright

Join Jungian analyst Michael Conforti on 2/22 for a free live video broadcast with Dr. Bonnie Bright about “The Language of Trauma" via Depth Psychology Alliance. 

Together, we’ll explore

The wisdom of psyche in communicating the unconscious experiences of traumaWays in which traditional therapy must face its limitations in the domain of traumaHow individuals, in movement towards resilience, experience benevolence which they felt had been lost not only to them, but to the worldHow 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

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Crete Spring: An Appreciation for James Hillman (1926–2011) -...

Crete Spring: An Appreciation for James Hillman (1926–2011) -... | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Before leaving New York, my forage through a book bin on upper Broadway yielded a paperback of James Hillman's Re-Visioning Psychology, a book the author claimed was about "soul-making."  I'd never heard of Hillman, but there were Greek gods on the cover, which augured well.


Decades later, I would have the honor of meeting and hosting James Hillman several times at the literary series I curate for the Los Angeles Public Library. But in the wake of Hillman's death this past fall, at the age of 85, it's the memory of that first, intense encounter with his work on that trip to Crete that re-asserts itself with such insistence.


What better place than Crete to read about archetypal patterns or, in Hillman's words, "Gods affecting our styles of consciousness."  Europa swam back to Crete after being mounted by Zeus in the form of a bull; royal dolphins leap blue waves on murals in the royal palace at Knossos, where King Minos threw Theseus into the labyrinth to face the Minotaur. ... (Click title for more)...

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Excellent read and great insights into the work of James Hillman 

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Eva Rider's curator insight, December 1, 2015 12:34 AM

Beautiful article on the legacy of James Hillman. Thanks to Bonnie Bright for the post.

 

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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.

 

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Synchronicity Means Seeing A Heart-Shaped World —Gary Bobroff

Synchronicity Means Seeing A Heart-Shaped World —Gary Bobroff | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Both Sheldrake and the pioneering Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung noticed the statistical reality of ‘beginner’s luck’ and that with the loss of emotion came a change of luck: “a certain affective condition seems to be indispensable.”


And as with beginner’s luck, feeling (whether it is conscious or unconscious) also seems to be an indispensable condition for synchronicity. Synchronicities are moments where outer events and inner states come together in meaningful parallels that are too explicit to explain away: we were just talking about someone and they call us; we break up with someone and we run into them all over town; we feel it in our heart when someone we love needs us, or ... (Click title for full article)

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The Epoch of Soul Revisited

The Epoch of Soul Revisited | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

I was beginning to become aware of a movement in the collective psyche that would bring about what I called the Epoch of Soul, but I was still seeing imperfectly. The vision is still not entirely clear, but it is coming into sharper focus. The Epoch of Soul is nearing, but it has not yet arrived, as much as wishful thinking would desire it. Humanity is still somewhat within the confines of what Jean Gebser calls the “mental-rational” mode of consciousness. It is deteriorating, and has been since the rise of perspective during the Renaissance. It would seem that we are in the last throes of the overemphasis on the mental-rational, if events of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries are reliable indicators...(Click title for more)


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The Epoch of Soul - Are we on the brink? What can we do to usher in this era now/

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Rachel Yehuda — How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations

Genetics describes DNA sequencing, but epigenetics sees that genes can be turned on and off and expressed differently through changes in environment and behavior. Rachel Yehuda is a pioneer in.... (Click title for full access)


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Thursday Therapy: a compelling narrative for your misery

Thursday Therapy: a compelling narrative for your misery | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

“The task, for each person, is to figure out what they are, and then heed that call instead of resisting it"

 

This is a radical and humbling way of thinking about psychology. It means that what you think you want from life probably isn’t what life wants from you. And it means that living meaningfully is almost certainly going to screw with your plans, forcing you out of comfort and certainty, and into suffering and the unknown.

 

What does matter... (Click title for more)

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on walking our unique "Destiny line"

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Depth Insights » NEW GRANGE: The Mystery of Speech by John Woodcock

Depth Insights » NEW GRANGE: The Mystery of Speech by John Woodcock | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Inspiration!
Its very sound has a compelling pull on me.
I hear my breath expel softly as the word is spoken. Its sound conveys breathing—mostly breath, with no hard consonant “stops”.
So much like “whisper”.
I look up its meaning although I already know that “spire” means to breathe. This word also has two other meanings: a single turn of a spiral and a tapering, rising to a point, like a church spire. All three meanings, of breath, spiral, and tapering, are now independent of one another in our daily usage. But their sounds echo with one another—an echo of the past?
This preliminary “word work” already triggers a memory.
Spirals and vortices have frequently appeared in my dreams over the years. Part of my subsequent research took me to the Celtic world where spirals of course play a prominent role. I learned that Celtic scholarship could not discover any definitive meaning for the many spirallic forms found... (Click title for more)

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Skip_Conover's comment, August 14, 2015 8:32 AM
Aha! I found it! http://www.newgrange.com
Aladin Fazel's curator insight, August 14, 2015 12:59 PM

But the archeological world of buried facts is not the only “portal” to our spiritual heritage—our dead past. Our spiritual heritage is also buried deep within our language, yes, as the past, but that past still living within our language, or as language’s very within-ness.

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Centre Everywhere Circumference Nowhere video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X92vkE_CCB8

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Depth Insights » Fishing for the Salmon of Knowledge by Catherine Svehla, Ph.D.

Depth Insights » Fishing for the Salmon of Knowledge by Catherine Svehla, Ph.D. | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Some say that when the fairy folk ruled Ireland, they had a well beneath the sea where the nine hazel trees of wisdom grew. At the given hour these nine trees would blossom and fruit and drop their nuts onto the surface of the water, where five salmon waited to eat them. The nuts contained all wisdom, poetic inspiration, and the gift of second sight. Whoever caught one of these salmon and ate the first three bites of its flesh would acquire this wisdom and become a great poet.

Every creative enterprise unfolds in accord with the image that guides it. Sometimes the image is given with the process but it can also be chosen, and attention to the operative metaphors enhances the collaboration with the unseen sought by every artist and poet. My exploration of this relationship began with James Hillman’s suggestion that we “entertain” ideas. For years, I’ve begun most creative projects by... (Click title for full article)

 

 

Photo credit: featured at https://keltickaity.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/animals-in-celtic-designs/

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Creativity and the Celtic Salmon of Knowledge.

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Robert Bly writes that "Fishing is a kind of dreaming in daylight, a longing for what is below." www.archetypaldreamworks.com

 
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The Myth of Persephone - Greek Goddess of the Underworld

The Myth of Persephone - Greek Goddess of the Underworld | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

The myth of Persephone is one of the oldest of all Greek myths. Her story is a personification of some of the most universal concepts about life and death. In her youth, Persephone represents the powerful bond between a mother and a daughter and the often difficult transition from maidenhood to marriage. As the Goddess of Springtime and Rebirth, she is eternally connected to the cycles of the earth, which lies barren in her absence and bloom again each spring with her return. And her initiatory experience in the realm of the dead is such a powerful experience that it changes her life forever. It is after this transformation that we remember her most for her role as the Greek Goddess of the Underworld.

As the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone is often portrayed as a force to be feared. In Homer's Iliad (written c. 750-725 BCE) she is described as... (Click title for the full article)

 

Image credit: Soni Alcorn-Hender, http://bohemianweasel.com/2013/12/10/of-persephone-and-pomegranates/mythology-persephone-2013/

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Lilith, First Wife of Adam

Lilith, First Wife of Adam | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

According to the Midrash*, Lilith, first wife of Adam, was born from the same mud and clay at the same time as Adam in the Garden of Eden and thus they were equal. Lilith refused to be submissive to Adam. The ensuing argument in which Adam, and God, refused to see Lilith’s side of the story caused her banishment by God for her blasphemous rage to the depths of the Red Sea to be never seen or heard of again.

 

But she does re-appear, from her exile, in the guise of the serpent who offered Eve the apple. Lilith, as serpent, was instrumental in Adam and Eve’s exile. In contemporary psychological terms, this banishment is referred to as the ‘Rise’ of man, and not the ‘Fall’ as it was seen as necessary, Fate, for them to move from unconsciousness and to strive for consciousness.

 

This meant leaving Paradise and its unity, into a world of duality, where pain and pleasure, light and dark, life and death, temporal and eternal, into a world of opposites with which to contend, and to experience... (Click title for more)


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Skip_Conover's curator insight, June 17, 2015 12:04 PM

3rd in a cycle of 5 Essays by Susan Scott @Susan Scott

Eva Rider's curator insight, June 18, 2015 3:46 PM

This is a timely and article of import and fascination: Lilith, the wife of Adam as the Serpent...this unfolding saga of western human psychological history is reexamined  through a lens that frees the feminine and humankind... The fall; not a curse, the expulsion,; our destined journey home to consciousness.

 

Eva Rider's comment, June 18, 2015 3:51 PM
Thank so much for this timely and rich series, Skip.
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Depth Psychological Approaches to Suffering—Audio Interview & Blog post with Dr. Lionel Corbett

Depth Psychological Approaches to Suffering—Audio Interview & Blog post with Dr. Lionel Corbett | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
We are all intimately familiar with suffering. And, while we might wish it away when it is painfully present, it is a normal part of human life, Dr. Lionel Corbett, M.D., Jungian analyst and professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute reminded me when I recently sat down for a depth discussion with him on the topic.
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Does it pay to know your type?

Does it pay to know your type? | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

In this infographic, you'll get an overview of the 16 types to give a sense of how these bigger-than-life personalities fit in the Myers-Briggs philosophy. The official test is based on Carl Jung’s work in psychological typology.

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Gabor Maté: How to Build a Culture of Good Health

Gabor Maté: How to Build a Culture of Good Health | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Physical well-being depends on more than keeping our bodies fit. Emotions and the people who come into our lives matter just as much.

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Michael Goodman's curator insight, November 28, 2015 10:53 AM

Via Angelica S, thank you for posting this article. For those not familiar with the work of Gabor Mate, MD, this is a good time to touch in on his brilliance.

Jeff Hutner's curator insight, November 29, 2015 8:46 AM

So true...

Eva Rider's curator insight, November 29, 2015 4:49 PM

Another important article written by Gabor Mate, explores the link between early childhood trauma, addiction and emotional components of illness.

Thanks to Michael Goodman for posting another wonderful article.

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Halloween, Masks and Your Shadow: What’s Jung Got To Do With It?

Halloween, Masks and Your Shadow: What’s Jung Got To Do With It? | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Psychologist and Spiritual Philosopher Carl Jung developed the theory of “The Shadow”. The shadow is the monster inside of us, and the darker part of ourselves that is hidden from the world and ourselves - and we all have shadow selves. Aspects representing the shadow do not “fit” with parts of our psyche, therefore we repress them as they remain tucked into a deep corner of our mind.


Jung taught that by denying these shadows hidden deep within ourselves, we project them onto others, therefore using them as scapegoats instead of facing our own unacceptable depths. Typically, this is followed by criticism and blame towards others or external systems, diverting our attention away from those unwanted parts of ourselves we would rather not ... (Click title for more)

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Human Ambitions: Contrasting Perspective from Elon Musk and Robin Wall Kimmerer

Human Ambitions: Contrasting Perspective from Elon Musk and Robin Wall Kimmerer | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Human ambitions have brought our civilization to literally unprecedented heights -- but with great damage to the world we live in. Where do we go next?
To Mars, argues Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk, who's created a remarkably successful space company and an electric car company, and so much more. Joining us is Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Ashlee Vance, who is the author of "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for Fantastic Future."
But in an approach that's literally more down to earth, one botanist suggests that Native American heritage can guide us to a better coexistence with nature, if we can understand gratitude and generosity.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a professor at the State University of New York and founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, and the author of "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants".... (Click title for video)

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What About the Feminine? How Patriarchal Value Systems Affect Consciousness

What About the Feminine? How Patriarchal Value Systems Affect Consciousness | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

None of the countless issues we face on this planet today can be resolved by our current way of thinking and being, based on our established, mainly masculine, value systems. So far as our current state of consciousness is concerned, there can be no paradigm shift without honouring and implementing the feminine principle equally on all levels of society.

 

This gradual implementation of a patriarchal, masculine (value) system, which is too complex in its many strands to describe in one article, has brought us much by way of material, scientific and cultural riches, but has now reached a point where the destructive outweighs the benefits, where it cannot serve us any longer. Basic attributes of the feminine principle, the life-giving, life-sustaining, the nurturing, the emotional, the intuitive, the inclusive and connective... (Click title for full article)

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Eva Rider's curator insight, September 14, 2015 10:55 PM

Valuable article, however it neglects to speak about how women neglect to honour, respect and support each other. It is important to remember that masculine and feminine in this context do not describe the patriarchy which has gained a hold of both genders.

Christiane Windhausen's curator insight, September 15, 2015 4:06 AM

Es ist unglaublich, wie tief die Werte der patriarchalen Ära im Bewusstsein verankert sind - auch bei uns Frauen. Für mich zeigt sich das vor allem an der inneren Rangordnung der Werte: Erst Denken, dann Fühlen. Erst Wollen, dann Dienen. Erst Fakten, und dann Intuition. Wir wissen längst um den Wert des Weiblichen. Aber die Rangodnung zu ändern (im Bewusstsein, in der Gesellschaft, im Miteinander) braucht unsere bewusste Wahl - und immer wieder mutige Entscheidungen.

Laura M. Smith's curator insight, September 29, 2015 7:28 AM

Those who work with dreams will discover that deep within lies this feminine consciousness. She often comes in the dreams as a young girl. She is all of what is described in this article and more. She represents vulnerability and innocence in relationship to Other and yet her vulnerability is held in the fierceness and passion of the masculine. We need both and yet she is lost to so many.  She is so buried in the unconscious that many, both men and women, do not remember her. How can we come back to all she has to offer? The dreams can help guide us to her. She is the whale rider, the Hush Puppy girl who lives in each of us. Vulnerable and innocent is not what we think. We project our ideas of vulnerability and innocence onto the feminine, but her innocence puts her outside constructs of human morality. It is She before the fall. Read my blog post to discover more about The Girl as she appears in dreams. http://www.insearchofpuella.blogspot.com/2015/05/who-is-puella.html

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Where Our Soul Goes When We Dream, According To Native Americans

Where Our Soul Goes When We Dream, According To Native Americans | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Dreaming was an extremely important part of the Native Culture.  It was woven deep into their tradition and their spiritual practice.  Children would be taught to remember their dreams from an early age so that they could decode them and extract guidance from them. But... (Click title for more)


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Laura M. Smith's curator insight, August 12, 2015 7:42 AM
But according to Native Americans, we have 3 souls.  First is the ego-soul, which is embodied in the breath.  The second is the body-soul, which gives the body energy and life force during the waking state.  And the third is the free-soul which is the soul that leaves the body during dreams and trances. - See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/where-our-soul-goes-when-we-dream-according-to-native-americans/#sthash.3K7ijaru.dpuf
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DroughtAction: Call for Submissions-Art, Poetry, Essays, Video on the Theme of "Drought"

DroughtAction: Call for Submissions-Art, Poetry, Essays, Video on the Theme of "Drought" | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Call for Submissions: Art, Poetry, Essays, video or other modality for a free public 2-Day webinar and online showcase focused on exploring the theme of “Drought” to help us make meaning of this archetypal (and literal) condition.

Deadline: September 6, 2015

 

Submit your art, poetry, essay or other contribution by September 6. All submissions will be featured online; some contributors will be invited to present or discuss your work during free community webinars/roundtables on September 22 and 23. When submitting, please designate the category your contribution best falls under: Science, Business, Politics or Spirit.... Join us! (CLICK TITLE ABOVE for more details)

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The Transcendent Function: A Mediating Force Described by C.G. Jung

The Transcendent Function: A Mediating Force Described by C.G. Jung | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Jung says that holding the tension of the opposites is essential to bridging the gap between ego-consciousness and the unconscious. If the tension between the opposites can be held long enough without succumbing to the urge to identify with one side or the other, the third, completely unexpected image, one that unites the two in a creative new way, comes into view. 

The transcendent function has important implications for an ecological psychology because it can serve as a bridge between rational thinking and archetypal sensibility, thus facilitating a renewed connection between the human psyche and the natural world... (Click title for full post)

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Depth Insights » A Soul Unleashed: The Archetype of Partnership, Dangerous Beauty and the Art of Relationship

Depth Insights » A Soul Unleashed: The Archetype of Partnership, Dangerous Beauty and the Art of Relationship | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Toni Wolff, Carl Jung’s colleague, wrote about the need to add the fourfold structure of the feminine psyche to Jung’s theories of introversion/extraversion and the four functions. A woman’s psyche, as we all know, is different from a man’s, even when it is shaped by patriarchial tools like competition and ambition. Women, when free, are shaped to constantly reach deeper, for soulful love and wholeness, because soul is where we give birth to Spirit.

 

 "A woman…is by nature conditioned by the soul and she is more consistent in that her spirit and her sexuality are coloured by the psyche. Thus her consciousness is more comprehensive but less defined. . ." (Click title for more)

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Depth Insights » Becoming Real: Seeing Through the Eyes of the Velveteen Rabbit By Marta Koonz

Depth Insights » Becoming Real: Seeing Through the Eyes of the Velveteen Rabbit By Marta Koonz | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

From one vantage point, The Velveteen Rabbit appears a tale for children, a story that brings to mind beloved toys and childhood dreams. But if we shift our view just a bit, we can see that the words hold truth and meaning for children of all ages, young and young-at-heart. A further shift and an imagining into these very words brings us to a place where the Velveteen Rabbit himself is able to explain the intricacies of Hillman’s archetypal psychology. By gently holding both the children’s storybook and the story of archetypal psychology side by side, we will consider the four aspects of this psychology, looking at each in turn through the eyes of the Velveteen Rabbit.


My argument is simple: The story of the Velveteen Rabbit, when read from the imaginal and reflective perspective of soul, not only provides us with an opportunity to observe a “deepening of events into experiences” (Hillman, 1975, p. xvi), but also engages
us, the readers, in the very act of soul-making itself. As we consider... (Click title for full article)

 

Image credit: Rob Woodrum, https://robwoodrum.wordpress.com/2008/01/10/the-velveteen-rabbit/

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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.