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THE SACRED ART Of ALCHEMY

THE SACRED ART Of ALCHEMY | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Much to his astonishment, C. G. Jung discovered that the ancient art of alchemy was describing, in symbolic language, the journey that all of us must take towards embodying our own intrinsic wholeness, what he called the process of “individuation.”


As Jung wrote, “I had very soon seen that analytical psychology [the psychology Jung developed] coincided in a most curious way with alchemy. The experiences of the alchemists, were, in a sense, my experiences, and their world was my world. This was, of course, a momentous discovery. I had stumbled upon the historical counterpart of my psychology of the unconscious.”


The alchemists, over the course of centuries, had generated a wide range of symbolic images which directly corresponded to the anatomy of the unconscious which Jung had been mapping through his painstaking work with... (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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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

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“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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Climate scientist-turned-psychologist seeks paths toward more compassion for the earth | NCR

Climate scientist-turned-psychologist seeks paths toward more compassion for the earth | NCR | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

In his book Facing Climate Change: An Integral Path to the Future, Kiehl explores the worlds of science, Jungian psychology and Buddhist philosophy in an attempt to offer hopeful ways in which we can change to break free of our old patterns to create a new story filled with compassion for the earth.

At one point in Facing Climate Change, Kiehl discusses the “Earth Destroyer” myth, written more than 2,000 years ago by the Roman poet Ovid in Metamorphosis.

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The myth tells of a man who wants to build the largest house in town. To complete his ambitious project, he cuts down the largest tree in the sacred forest -- an action he took despite a warning from Demeter, the forest goddess, that he would suffer for his deed. Foreshadowing... (Click title for full article)


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The Dis-Ease of the Western Mind

The Dis-Ease of the Western Mind | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Science made great progress by dissecting the outside world into parts and manipulating the parts: this became the basis of modern technology. And the West fell in love with technology, more exactly, with the powers over people and nature conferred by technology. It relegated the felt “inside” world of value, feeling, and spirit to religion and spirituality, to be celebrated on Sundays and holidays. It made the manipulation of the “outside” world its true concern: the woof and wharf of modern economics and politics, the way relations between people, and between people and nature, are decided and conducted.

This historical backdrop might explain how it is that the West ended up with an impersonal, mechanical, atomized world as its “real” world. But it doesn’t say how the Western mind actually operates, why it sees the world as an impersonal, mechanical aggregate of atomistic parts. But cognitive neuroscience can tell us more... (Click title for full article)

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What Screen Time Really Does to Kids' Brains

What Screen Time Really Does to Kids' Brains | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
A number of troubling studies connect delayed cognitive development in kids with extended exposure to electronic media. Have you ever seen a mother chuckle as her baby tries to “swipe” a real photograph, or punch their fingers onto a poster or book as if it were a touchscreen? It may seem cute, but it points to something much deeper in the child’s brain—an internalization that all actions have an immediate effect, and all stimuli elicit a quick response.
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It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are

Emerging trends in psychotherapy are now beginning to point beyond the traumas of the individual to include traumatic events in the family and social history as a part of the whole picture. Tragedies varying in type and intensity—such as abandonment, suicide and war, or the early death of a child, parent, or sibling—can send shock waves of distress cascading from one generation to the next.


Recent developments in the fields of cellular biology, neurobiology, epigenetics, and developmental psychology underscore the importance of exploring at least three generations of family history in order to understand the mechanism behind patterns of trauma and suffering that repeat. (Click title to read the full article)

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DreamTending and the Global Dream Initiative: Dr. Douglas Thomas with Bonnie Bright PhD

DreamTending and the Global Dream Initiative: Dr. Douglas Thomas with Bonnie Bright PhD | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

This video interview features Depth Psychotherapist and Dream Tender, Dr. Douglas Thomas, in conversation with Bonnie Bright, Ph.D..

In this short interview, Dr. Douglas Thomas speaks with Bonnie Bright about Dream Tending, a process created by Steven Aizenstat, Ph.D.,, and it's application to the budding Global Dream Initiative, which engages a world ensouled and considers dreams as the voice of the earth.

Dr. Thomas is demonstrating Dream Tending in action ONLINE on behalf of the Global Dream Initiative at Pacifica Graduate Institute's 40th Anniversary conference, Climates of Change and the Therapy of Ideas, which runs April 21-24, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA.

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Dreaming the Earth: Earthing the Dream—Depth Psychology and Appreciative Nature Practices with Dr. Pat Katsky

Dreaming the Earth: Earthing the Dream—Depth Psychology and Appreciative Nature Practices with Dr. Pat Katsky | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
How can we use appreciative nature practices to reconnect with the earth and the images from our dreams asking us to step out into nature?
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Spirit, Soul, and the Secular: An Interview with Thomas Moore

Spirit, Soul, and the Secular: An Interview with Thomas Moore | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
In order to have a soulful life, we need to have a sense of the holy... Best selling author Thomas Moore, who was friends with archetypal psychologist James Hillman for 38 years, shares insights into spirit, soul and the secular in our current culture in this interview with Bonnie Bright, PhD (click title to read the full article and get the link to listen)
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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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Depth Insights » The New Myth by Deborah Salomon

Depth Insights » The New Myth by Deborah Salomon | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Ancestral wisdom incorporates two distinct ideas:


1) a connection to the wisdom and values of traditional peoples who lived in harmony with the land, engaged in seasonal celebrations and rituals, and honored the needs of the community over the desires of the individual; and


2) a connection with one’s own ancestral lineage. In the paragraphs below, I explore how ancestral wisdom can inform and deepen our democratic practices.


Here, I will discuss how ancestral wisdom can transform our psychological understandings and our relationship with the natural world... (Click title to read the full article)

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Technology As Symptom And Dream by Robert D Romanyshyn « Book Review

Technology As Symptom And Dream by Robert D Romanyshyn « Book Review | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Technology as Symptom & Dream is another matter. Nearly two decades old now, for the most part it reads to me as a freshly revelatory unfolding of ideas and perspectives about the “big story” of technology. 


Being concerned with this deeper view of technology’s entanglements with human history, it suffers not one bit from the dazzling tech advances that have come to light since its publication. Indeed, while a 21st century postscript to a new edition might be of interest, such a move may actually detract from the impact of the book’s central thesis. 


Romanyshyn examines sci-fi futurology with enough insight and attention, and taps deeply enough into the roots of technology’s role in human culture to make any net- and biotech-era “updates”, if not irrelevant, at least unnecessary. (Click title to read the full review)

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What Depth Psychology Can Teach Us About Vocation and Why it Matters with Dr. Jennifer Selig

Jennifer Leigh Selig, Ph.D. is core faculty in Pacifica's Jungian & Archetypal specialization of the M.A./Ph.D. Depth Psychology program. Dr. Selig teaches ...

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Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition: Mircea Eliade and Carl Jung

Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition: Mircea Eliade and Carl Jung | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

The relationship between Mythology and the Religious traditions is an intricate weaving of metaphor. Both Mythology and Religion have the similar function of relating lived experience to a universal purpose... (Click title for more)


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Alchemy is symbolic of figurative functions within the psyche as revealed by a variety of myths found in visions, myths and symbols.
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Scientists Discover People Who Are Awake Can Influence Dreams Of Sleeping People Using Telepathy

Scientists Discover People Who Are Awake Can Influence Dreams Of Sleeping People Using Telepathy | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Dream telepathy suggests that human beings have the ability to communicate telepathically with another person while they are dreaming. This isn’t a new concept, scientific interest in telepathy dates back to the fathers of the psychoanalytic movement. Freud, for example, looked at the implications of telepathy on psychoanalytic thought. He also considered dream telepathy, or the telepathic […]

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“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

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FREE: Earth, Climate, Dreams: Online Panel and Community Conversation

FREE: Earth, Climate, Dreams: Online Panel and Community Conversation | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Everywhere you look, our beautiful earth seems to be in peril. Our culture is in decline and potentially in danger of collapse. In ancient times—and even still today—earth-based peoples tended dreams as the voice of the earth. These dreams provided insight and understanding into how to be stewards of the earth and are a powerful modality that may yet serve as our best hope to overcome the apathy and give us guidance and direction about how to best proceed. Click title for more about this free online panel
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Confronting Signs of a Society in Decline

Confronting Signs of a Society in Decline | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
As a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Chris Hedges carries with him nearly two decades of experience reporting from war-torn countries like Yugoslavia, El Salvador, and also Gaza and South Sudan. In this capacity, he has witnessed the decline and disintegration of multiple societies, a perspective which has surely influenced his capacity regard the decline and potential destruction of our own modern culture that seems severely out of order. There is a psychological mechanism by which people seek to blind themselves... (Click title for more)
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