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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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» Chaos and Creative Expression - The Creative Mind

» Chaos and Creative Expression - The Creative Mind | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Creative people and writers about the creative process often say creative work is a way to release or make use of inner chaos; what is this turmoil?

 

"The very impulse to write, I think, springs from an inner chaos crying for order, for meaning, and that meaning must be discovered in the process of writing or the work lies dead as it is finished." Arthur Miller


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maria taveras's curator insight, March 4, 6:26 PM

"...or the work lies dead as if it is finished."  As far as I understand the creative process phenomenon, the work does go back into the depths of the unconscious, until it resurfaces once more in a different form. For the unconscious keeps on trying to get the "ego" attention for a specific reason.

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Our Modern Cultural Mindset and the Forward Thinking of Carl Jung

Our Modern Cultural Mindset and the Forward Thinking of Carl Jung | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

One of my favorite quotes is this from Carl Jung, which addresses the reality of nature and our loss of contact with it. It also identifies a deep and burgeoning issue for humankind:

 

“Man feels isolated in the cosmos. He is no longer involved in nature and has lost his emotional participation in natural events, which hitherto had symbolic meaning for him. Thunder is no longer the voice of a god, nor is lightning his avenging missile. No river contains a spirit, no tree makes a man's life, no snake is the embodiment of wisdom and no mountain still harbours a great demon. Neither do things speak to him nor can he speak to things, like stones, springs, plants and animals" (The Earth Has a Soul, Sabini, 2005, p. 79-80)

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The disconnect I experience between the ancient, primal knowing carried over from two million years of unity between spirit and matter, the concept that (Click title to continue reading)

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Healing Our Divides by Tending Our Creative Fire -- by Jean Benedict Raffa Ed.D.

Healing Our Divides by Tending Our Creative Fire -- by Jean Benedict Raffa Ed.D. | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

When I started my first psychological book in the fall of 1989, I was near the end of a time of intense struggle with some painful inner conflicts. I had recently discovered Jungian psychology, and with it, my passions for writing and self-discovery. Thrilled to have an outlet for my uncomfortable inner life at last, I began writing a series of memoir-type essays in which I searched for meaning in some of my most puzzling experiences.

 

Essentially, I was re-mything my life from a Jungian perspective.

I’d been working on my dreams for over a year, so I was delighted when they began providing material that often inspired the next day's work.  Then one morning six months into this project I was sitting in front of my make-up mirror when a fairy tale wove its way into my awareness in a spontaneous session of active imagination. (I love the symbolism of the mirror which prompts reflection!) With a sudden insight I realized this story provided the plot, theme, and guiding metaphors for... (Click title for more)

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