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Pioneered by William James, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Gustav Jung, Depth Psychology is the study of how we dialogue with the Unconscious via symbols, dreams, myth, art, nature. By paying attention to the messages that show up from beyond our conscious egos, we can be guided to greater understanding, transformation, and integration with the world around us, inner and outer. Join the conversation in community at
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In Honor of Halloween...Day of the Dead...Dia de los Muertos: A Journey Into Jung

In Honor of Halloween...Day of the Dead...Dia de los Muertos:  A Journey Into Jung | Depth Psych |

Ghosts and spirits have haunted the Western psyche since its beginning. Jung's writings demonstrate that Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance literature and theology are rich in examples of the ambivalent roles spirits of the dead have played in human experience. The same theme emerges throughout human history: the living struggle to make peace with the dead. In the words of Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D. (2002), "the dead who haunt our dreams in search of release are like the ghosts who haunt our symptoms in search of their stories."

What is the significance of this realm between the living and the dead and why are the dead so intent upon getting our attention?

David Miller (2004) spoke to this in his book Hells and Holy Ghosts. According to Miller the "Holy Ghost" was systematically mistranslated in the King James Version of the Bible in order to reduce the number of references to ghosts. (Click here for full article)

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Vampire, The Archetype

Vampire, The Archetype | Depth Psych |

The vampire myth has appeared over the centuries in almost every culture, beginning with the earliest recorded epic from Babylonia, about 2000 years B.C. Although there are cultural variations in the various legends, there is always one defining trait of a vampire: a vampire sucks blood. It consumes another to sustain it's own life.


Blood stands for life, and blood is also the archetypal symbol of the soul (life energy) . Therefore blood is a central symbol in many religions, including the Christian. The central image of all vampire lore is blood.

The image of the vampire is dark. Like an insatiable void, vampires consume another person and suck away their life energy. The vampire story has been a prime carrier of horror, but a remarkable aspect of this horror is the vampire's lack of violence, and except for some of Hollywood's versions, commonly a lack of overt sex... (Click title for more)

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The Perils of the Unlived Life

The Perils of the Unlived Life | Depth Psych |
The unlived life--those potentials not realized, those dreams not pursued--has a powerful negative impact. How can we find our way back to a life of meaning?


One of the most potent forces upon the psyche of the individual, according to C.G. Jung, is the unlived life of one’s parents. By this he means the potentials of the parents that have remained unrealized and the personal qualities that have never been developed or expressed. 

Jung, however, is not speaking of those things that have been attempted and missed, but rather those things that were never even chanced:

“that part of their lives which might have been lived had not certain threadbare excuses prevented the parents from ever doing so.”... (Click title for more)

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Excellent article on an important topic that affects all of us, whether we are living our vocation or not (yet).

Eva Rider's curator insight, October 21, 2014 12:38 PM

finding meaning in our lives is a uniquely human mandate. If we ignore the call, we miss finding not only fulfillment but our very Selves.

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Jung, Individuation, and Shamanism

Jung, Individuation, and Shamanism | Depth Psych |
According to historian and philosopher Mircea Eliade, shamanism has been around for millennia, practically as long as humans have existed. In recent decades, the archetype of shamanism has experienced a rebirth. With growing consciousness, more and more individuals are recognizing spontaneously and consistently what our indigenous ancestors knew: that there is a divine intelligence at work in the universe, a life force of love andlight, of which, by nature and birthright, we are an integral part. 
Anne Baring (2007), psychologist and author, notes that C.G. Jung himself commented on the capacity of humans to respond to this greater force, saying:
The archetypal image of the wise man, the saviour or redeemer, lies buried and dormant in man's unconscious since the dawn of culture; it is awakened whenever the times are out of joint and a human society is committed to a serious error...These primordial images are … called into being by the waywardness of the general outlook. When conscious life is characterised by one-sidedness and by a false attitude, they are activated…"instinctively" … in the dreams of individuals and the visions of artists and seers... (Click title for more)
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The unconscious arises ~ C. G. Jung

The unconscious arises ~ C. G. Jung | Depth Psych |

"Just as conscious contents can vanish into the unconscious,
new contents, which have never yet been conscious, can arise from it."
~ C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols  

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Jung and The Undiscovered Self

Jung and The Undiscovered Self | Depth Psych |
 In 1957, Carl Jung wrote an essay titled The Undiscovered Self which addresses “the plight of the individual in modern society.” It is a powerful and important work that, in many ways, incorporates and outlines many of the main insights of his whole life’s work.

The heart of Jung’s thesis is that the dignity of the individual and, consequently, his or her capacity to experience meaning in life, are becoming buried in what he calls “mass-mindedness.”

The most obvious example of this mass-mindedness was the rise of the totalitarian states, which, at the time Jung was writing, had many people concerned that they would spread across the whole... (Click title for more)

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finding meaning in the 21st centurey

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Inner Wakefulness by Rumi

Inner Wakefulness by Rumi | Depth Psych |

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

then death comes like dawn and you wake up laughing

at what you thought was your grief

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

and he dreams he's living in another town

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

he believes the reality of the dream town

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

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Understanding Synchronicities: Jungian Psychology

Understanding Synchronicities: Jungian Psychology | Depth Psych |

Synchronicity is a concept developed by the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung. It refers to a meaningful connection between events that are not causally related. More exactly, it describes a meaningful co-occurrence between an inner psychological state or process, and an outer event which parallels or reflects it. For example, if I am experiencing an inner conflict over a decision I must make and at the same time an argument breaks out between my neighbors in the apartment next door, that is a synchronicity. My inner conflict is symbolically reflected in the outer world, though the two events are not causally connected.


If your psychological process involves the development of a new role or orientation to life, and around the same time you also happen to lose your wallet, this is a synchronicity. Your wallet is where you keep your driver’s license and other cards that identify yourself to the rest of society. The loss of your wallet symbolically reflects your inner process of letting go of (or the need to let go of) an outmoded identity in favor of... (Click title for more)

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More on synchronicity; meaningful coincidence and the dance between; where the inner and outer worlds of psyche intersect.

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Michael Meade: Why the world doesn't end

Michael Meade: Why the world doesn't end | Depth Psych |

The world as we know it is awash with profound problems and puzzling changes and beset with seemingly endless conflicts.


To be alive at this time means to be exposed to the raw forces of nature as well as the rough edges of culture. Increasingly, it does seem that everything might come to a screaming end, that it could happen at any moment, and that it might happen from a mistake of culture or from a catastrophe of nature.


When the balance of the world slips towards chaos, nightmares of apocalypse can rise to the surface and affect even the most rational of people. Periods of great uncertainty and radical change can stir our deepest forebodings and awaken the darkest corners of our souls, where fears of catastrophe and apocalyptic endings reside and have always resided. For fears of the end have been with us from the very beginning.


Tales of apocalyptic endings can be found in most...(Click title for more)

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Marion Woodman on How We See Ourselves...

Marion Woodman on How We See Ourselves... | Depth Psych |

In the below YouTube clip, Jungian analyst, Marion Woodman talks to us about how we see ourselves and how this determines what happens in our lives... 


From Marion: "One of the biggest catastrophes in life is to not see ourselves as we truly are. When we don’t know our true nature, it is the cause of much suffering.


Anxiety, addiction, depression, eating disorders and relationship problems are just some of the concerns that are a consequence of poor self-worth and a lack of unconditional love for ourselves.

What I love most about psychotherapy, is the journey as we awaken to our true selves; the self-realisation of who we really are.


The process as the true self unfolds, is one that may take some time. In order to get our needs met, we may have been identified with and lived from a false self, or from one or more of our subpersonalities; for example, the survivor, people pleaser, perfectionist, victim... (Click title for more)

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At first let's have a look at our own! 

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In the Beginning…

In the Beginning… | Depth Psych |
…was the Word One of the insights gathered from studying and attending to the nature of language is to see how close to the body and physical senses everyday language and speech is.

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Circumambulating the Alchemical Mysterium

Circumambulating the Alchemical Mysterium | Depth Psych |

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

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

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

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Death By Synchronicity & The Life Of Pi

Death By Synchronicity & The Life Of Pi | Depth Psych |

C. G. Jung recognized that in the moment of their greatest creative expression, the artist is an unconscious vehicle for something beyond themselves. At these times, their pen carries the unspoken voice of the collective whole of their culture. Like a medium or indigenous healer, what comes through them at this time can be a curative–healing comes as we hear the unspoken thing, as the needed but rejected quality in us comes into consciousness. Here the shadow’s waiting gift is born into our hearts.


Psyche’s roots are webs connecting us all. And more than that, the deepest place inside of us touches somewhere beyond time and space. Jung witnessed innumerable examples of our extending around these bounds in his client’s lives and dreams and in his own. He saw how often we do this, often only recognizing it later, sometimes when it’s too late. ‘Déjà vu’–French for ‘seeing again’–references this part of our cultural experience... (Click title for more)

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I loved the movie, The Life of Pi. Such a powerful message on the human struggle for integration of the powerful forces that live within us. That we must consume the flesh of Salome as Jung did in The Red Book.


"Mr. Patel's is an astounding story, courage and endurance unparalleled in the history of ship-wrecks. Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger." quote from the report read about Patel's survival.


Does this not speak to our own journey when in the presence of the truths about who we are? The tiger in us, the zebra, the hyena, and the orangutan. Dying to self is a series of small deaths, in each we learn and integrate and still we are more than the sum of our parts.


At the end it seems as if Pi has lost Richard Parker, as if he does not know that Richard Parker lives on in him.


If you haven't read this incredible book, you need to!



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Halloween Special: C. G. Jung’s Spine-Chilling Nights in a ‘Haunted House’

Halloween Special: C. G. Jung’s Spine-Chilling Nights in a ‘Haunted House’ | Depth Psych |

The following excerpts are from a report originally contributed by Carl Gustav Jung to Spuk. Irrglaube oder Wahrglaube? (chapter 5, Baden: Gyr, 1950), a study of hauntings and poltergeist cases by the zoologist Fanny Moser (1872-1953). The below is extracted from C. G. Jung, Psychology and the Occult(London: Routledge, 1982, pp. 174-183; I’m grateful to Sonu Shamdasani for informing me of the existence of an English translation) and can be read as a footnote to my previous post on the malleability of interpretations of ‘poltergeist’ phenomena. Jung’s report is unusual in so far that other published cases tend to be more dramatic – but far less scary!


Jung writes that in the summer of 1920 he was invited by a colleague (whose identity he protects by calling him ‘Dr. X.’) to give lectures in England. In expectation of Jung’s visit, ‘Dr. X.’ had found a suitable place for the weekends, “a charming cottage” in Buckinghamshire, at “a ridiculously low price”. After giving detailed information about the layout of the house and his room, Jung reports:


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Cave Paintings Dating to 6000 Years Ago Depict Otherworldly Beings and a Permeable, Layered Cosmological Map

Scattered across the Cumberland Plateau, a portion of the Appalachian Mountains, are drawings created by pre-historic people depicting possible shamanic journeys into other realms. One 14th century cave painting found in Tennessee, for example, illustrates a standing bird with arms and hands grasping ceremonial weapons with blades and axes coming from its face.


Other beings are depicted with less aggressive postures. “The art sites, predominantly found in caves, feature otherworldly characters, supernatural serpents and dogs that accompanied dead humans on the path of souls,” the archaeologists tell us. The images of the ‘lower world’ are also principally painted in black, a color associated with death. Many of these images may correspond to Tibetan depictions of the afterlife, called bardo. Death is not seen as a final destination by this culture, but an important opportunity for spiritual development.



The lower world was depicted by darkness and peril and was associated with death, transformation and renewal. The inclusion of creatures such as... (click title for more)

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Patterns and Jungian Depth Psychology

Patterns and Jungian Depth Psychology | Depth Psych |

"The reason Jung says anima/animus is the most difficult piece you are going to come into on your journey to self is because it is so foreign and so remote from how we ordinarily conduct our lives that we can’t see it operating. We’re looking at one reality. It reminds me of a microscope where you are seeing one reality and then you fix on something else and “oh here’s another reality” as you move it up and down.  So the anima in this reference is constantly operating.  She constantly weaves all of the information both seen and unseen and transforms it into appearances.  And, interestingly, she is so good at the variations that 28 people watching an event in a room are experiencing it differently. Not one is experiencing the same reality.  She weaves it in infinite variation.


I am mentioning these patterns because they are part of what is called the eternal and the deeper you go in your journey and the more you can pick up a pattern and recognize pattern, you have access to not only time/space, by time/space I’m talking about doing jumps of time, because patterns are not in time and space as we know it.  They are operating through it.


This is why I keep emphasizing dream work, being able to read pattern.  To read the pattern that you are moving through at this time is to see an eternal pattern emanating in your life about which you have absolutely nothing to say.  So it is best to put yourself into accord.  It serves a larger mystery.


Life’s energy is not devoted to the ego.  It’s devoted and serves your soul.  It doesn’t matter which pattern you discover you are operating in, you always want to catch a glimpse.  It is one tree in the forest of your own interior.  And it always has its complement.  The abandoner is in love with the abandoned.  When it is taken all the way over to an extreme, it is very hard to see the other side.  In fact most of us operate in the extremes of one-sidedness and cast out the other part, which is called projection.  We cast out the unseen part onto everyone or everything else.  It can’t be me.  You’re wrong. 


As you move more and more into the awareness of the heart center, it is way beyond the personal.  You really do catch the suchness of things.  It’s not being viewed through biases and preferences.  It’s being viewed through suchness and this is what gives you the ability to not only see clearly but it gives you the ability to respond clearly"...W.Brugh Joy, MD

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Working with Dreams: Depth Psychology Techniques of Carl Gustav Jung and James Hillman

Working with Dreams: Depth Psychology Techniques of Carl Gustav Jung and James Hillman | Depth Psych |

Dream work is ancient, it’s long tradition evidenced in the temples of Asclepius in Greece where individuals went to be healed through their dreams. Dreams have been an important aspect of many spiritual traditions, and even Freud considered the study of dreams to be his most important work. There are many methods of dream analysis. When working with dreams, it can be helpful to intentionally assess them from various aspects, including mythical, archetypal, alchemical, and collective, and to pay attention to which resonate most strongly emotionally and elicit even a physical response in order to begin to understand what insights are being gifted through your unconscious.


In The Dream and the Underworld, James Hillman prefers to allow the dream and dream symbols to remain what they are, and not to analyze and interpret them but to simply interact with them and see what comes about. However, Hillman’s method of seeing focuses far more on an artistic view than from a therapeutic or results-oriented standpoint. As such, when it comes to dreams and symbols, he stays... (click title for more)

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Dreams: Jung and Hillman

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Holotropic Breathwork: New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Self-Exploration (Stan Grof)

Holotropic Breathwork: New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Self-Exploration  (Stan Grof) | Depth Psych |

In the last few decades, Western therapists have rediscovered the healing potential of breath and developed techniques that utilize it. Deliberate increase of the pace of breathing  typically loosens psychological defenses and leads to a release and
emergence of unconscious (and superconscious) material.


The extraordinary healing power of holotropic states — which  ancient and native cultures used for centuries or even millennia in their ritual, spiritual, and healing practices — was confirmed by modern consciousness research conducted in the second half of the twentieth century. This research has also shown that the phenomena occurring during these states and associated with them represent a critical challenge for current conceptual frameworks used by academic psychiatry and psychology and for their basic metaphysical assumptions. The work with Holotropic Breathwork thus requires a new understanding of consciousness and of the human psyche in health and disease. The basic principles of this new psychology were discussed in another context (Grof 2000, 2007). (Click title for more)

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Wonderfully illustrated piece on holotropic breathwork as a psycho-spiritual healing practice...piques my curiosity to bring this into my work with dreams, specifically focusing on trauma as opened by the dream and where it's held in the body.

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Carl Jung on How Symbols Arise in Dreams to Explain the Unconscious

Carl Jung on How Symbols Arise in Dreams to Explain the Unconscious | Depth Psych |

"Just as conscious contents can vanish into the unconscious, new contents, which have never yet been conscious, can arise from it," wrote Carl Gustav Jung, pointing to the critical importance of translating the symbols which show up in our lives through dreams, art, mythology, film, literature and dozens of other sources.


In Man and His Symbols, Jung spoke eloquently about the way symbols communicate the contents of the unconscious to us, saying...


"Because there are innumerable things beyond the range of human understanding, we constantly use symbolic terms to represent concepts that we cannot define or fully comprehend. This is one reason why all religions employ symbolic language or images . But this conscious use of symbols is only one aspect of a psychological fact of great importance: Man also produces symbols unconsciously and spontaneously, in the form of dreams.... (Click title for more)

Viviana Puebla's curator insight, October 16, 2014 9:14 PM

Is  important to pay attention to symbolic language of the dreams, even if it displeases us like the nightmares we may have from time to time. They can teach us ways to understand better how we came to be and why we  choose to walk like this in the path of conscious life.


In the middle of the night ,covered by the protection of the dream world,  we tend to re-live those feeling who never acquire the proper wording so they never came to be in the light of the concious world.


Sometimes because they were dismissed , others, because we forget about what we don´t like  to disturb us  in the speedways of our existence.

But they are not forgotten by our inner self so they must acquire a voice of their own to be Heard by us in our life.



The painful feelings of loss and betrayal  re-lived in our dreams can affect our moods and preconceptions of our daily conscious life.


And by these the veils of the uncertainty of what is was and what is real now.

We start to re-enact those feelings searching for the clues of how they came to be unespected as we think they are, unwanted as they start to overthrow our world of day light : We become suspicious, sadder and angrier lossing ourselves in the mistranslations of the deeper meaning of this sensations. Affecting our relationships and our ability to function in life


Paying attention to the languaging of our dreams, tending the dreamworld means to start to understand this feelings and sensations in the ligth of the inner reaches of our unconcious , turning inwards to the symbolic, not outwards searching  scaping goats of our past experiencies.


Keeping us from the shadows of others but taking the toll of a live half lived. Until we decide to look and face this uncertainties as ours and because of that , looking for the way to make the sound of this symbolic language our way to converse and reach out the deeper meaning of our existence


Nightmares can effectively gallop wildly,  trembling the path of our existence, or if we learn to listen with attention and care to their symbolic languaging,  become our best friends and wise counsellors in the dawn of  our waking life


Dreams and symbols became the treasure map to our inner Gold.

Working towards a soul full life is an unexpected  and extraordinary journey. 


In order to Achieve complete fulfillment in life we must Become whole  again , to be able to recapture the discarded parts of ourselves entails the wisdom of hearing  the sounds and whispers of the language of  the life of the symbols in dreams  that give us the ability to Voice our Soul.


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Alchemy - Seven Stages of Alchemical Transformation

Alchemy - Seven Stages of Alchemical Transformation | Depth Psych |

Emerald Tablet: Alchemy for Personal Transformation - the Seven Stages of Transformation


The alchemists believed that the univeral formula contained in the Emerald Tablet was the basis for a spiritual technology first introduced on the planet in ancient Egypt more than 10,000 years ago. This formula consists of seven consecutive operations performed on the "matter" - whether it be of a physical, psychological, or spiritual nature.


To guide us through this process, we are going to make use of a tool actually used by the alchemists - a meditative mandala first published in 1759 as an illustration for the book "Azoth of the Philosophers" by the legendary German alchemist Basil Valentine.


At the center of this remarkable drawing is the face of a bearded alchemist at the beginning of the Work. Like looking into a mirror, this is where the initiate fixes his or her attention to meditate on the mandala.

Within the downward-pointing... (Click title for more)

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a profound and remarkable map of the journey through the alchemical processes we encounter on the way to self discovery


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The Red Book and Beyond - The Red Book of Carl G. Jung: Its Origins and Influence

The Red Book and Beyond - The Red Book of Carl G. Jung: Its Origins and Influence | Depth Psych |

Jung described the process that led to the creation of the Red Bookas “my most difficult experiment.” He was referring to his sustained response to a series of “assaults” from his unconscious that he feared might overwhelm him. These experiences began after Jung’s break with Sigmund Freud. Jung recorded them in a series of notebooks that he later used as the basis for the Red Book.


As he recalled in the autobiographical Memories, Dreams, Reflections: “An incessant stream of fantasies had been released . . . . I stood helpless before an alien world; everything in it seemed difficult and incomprehensible.’ Amidst this psychic turmoil, Jung resolved to “find the meaning in what I was experiencing in these fantasies”—a process that required him both to engage with and distance himself from their effect— and to describe, comprehend, and transform them for a constructive purpose.

The material in the Red Book came from Jung’s exploration of his unconscious and his encounters with the works of many cultural figures, including the... (Click title for more)

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Nice summary with references to other great works from The Library of Congress...

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"The Consciousness Revolution" by Graham Hancock

"The Consciousness Revolution" by Graham Hancock | Depth Psych |

Consciousness is one of the great mysteries of science – perhaps the greatest mystery. We all know we have it, when we think, when we dream, when we savour tastes and aromas, when we hear a great symphony, when we fall in love, and it is surely the most intimate, the most sapient, the most personal part of ourselves.


Yet no one can really claim to have understood and explained it completely. There’s no doubt it’s associated with the brain in some way but the nature of that association is far from clear. In particular how do these three pounds of material stuff inside our skulls allow us to have experiences?

 ... True, if you damage certain areas of the brain certain areas of consciousness are compromised, but this does not prove that those areas of the brain generate the relevant areas of consciousness. If you were to damage certain areas of your TV set the picture would deteriorate or vanish but the TV signal would remain intact. (Click title for more) 

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Scientists Demonstrate Remarkable Evidence Of Dream Telepathy Between People

Scientists Demonstrate Remarkable Evidence Of Dream Telepathy Between People | Depth Psych |

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, considered telepathy and the implications of it with regards to psychoanalytic thought.


He also considered dream telepathy, or the telepathic influence of thought on dreaming on multiple occasions. Carl Jung believed in the telepathic hypothesis without question, and even developed a theoretical system to explain “paranormal” events of this nature. (2)


All great minds seem to encourage the study of various types of non-physical phenomena... (Click title for more)

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Carl Jung - BBC: In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the extraordinary mind of the psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung. In 1907 Sigmund Freud met a young man and fell into a conversati...

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This was the start of a fascinating and short lived relationship between two creative minds. 


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Notes on Hermeticism by R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz

Notes on Hermeticism by R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz | Depth Psych |

I T   M A Y   B E   O F   I N T E R E S T  to have a look at the meaning and purpose of what is today commonly called hermeticism or alchemy. Without going into its Arabic and before that surely Egyptian etymological origins, the word ‘alchemy’ (in the commonly adopted sense) signifies the means of transmuting base metals into silver or gold. To this is attached a still more important meaning: that of ‘universal panacaea’, i.e. the means of simultaneously combating all evil and rejuvenating humankind (or at least conserving its health). To these marvels one may add those affirmed by the mystical alchemists—in addition to health, alchemy promises the means of acquiring illumination or wisdom: the key to all knowledge.

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