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Zombie Apocalypse: a symbol of collective transformation

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Given a plethora of television shows and films about zombies, what is a Jungian to see but a collective attempt to dream the unsayable.  Carl Jung showed that what cannot be worked through at the conscious level is often worked through at the unconscious level, in symbolic fantasy (CW 5, para 4-45).

 

 Encountering that for which there is yet no fantasy, we confront the limits of sense.  For the collective social body, film and art are an unconscious attempt to work through collective transformation at the limits of reason and sense.  In the case of zombie movies and the growing zombie apocalypse movement, we may be seeing an attempt to dream ‘apocalyptic’ change.

 

Zombie are the  ‘Undead’: not living, not dead, driven yet not alive, the zombie images emerge from the recesses of the collective unconscious.  Animated yet with out life, they move.  Driven, yet without desire, they seek. ....(Click title to read more)


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T.V. Shows about Zombies and movies about being alone and adrift in the world, in the cosmos, in the stratosphere. We are floating and stranded between worlds. As systems break down, dissolve and transform. We find our old mythologies have lost their meaning and the new ones have not yet been formed. We are in an epoch of unprecedented change stretching the limits of our imaginations in our seeking for reanimating Body and Soul.

 

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A psychological explanation for the literary world's current obsession with zombies. The zombies are US!

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Soul Spelunker » Treasure of the Unfathomable

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Everything we empirically experience is myth and metaphor. All that we experience with the senses points to a parallel archetypal reality. As above, so below. The universe we experience everyday hints at the universe within. This is why, say in Zen Buddhism, for example, one can learn more about Truth by pondering a flower than by taking all the psychology courses in the world. There is more Truth in a tree than in all the science textbooks in all the universities in the world. But we must remember. The Ars Memoriae provides us with a methodology whereby we can do just that.


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"Everything we empirically experience is myth and metaphor. All that we experience with the senses points to a parallel archetypal reality. As above, so below. The universe we experience everyday hints at the universe within. This is why, say in Zen Buddhism, for example, one can learn more about truth by pondering a flower than by taking all the psychology courses in the world. There is more truth in a tree than in all the science textbooks in all the universities in the world. But we must remember. The Ars Memoriae provides us with a methodology whereby we can do just that.

The psyche is a vast universe populated with innumerable images, just as the universe we gaze out upon everyday holds innumerable planets, stars, and galaxies. The ancients called this thesaurus inscrutabilis, or “treasure of the unfathomable.”"

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The Gnosis of Dr. Rupert Sheldrake - Reality Sandwich

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Dr. Sheldrake maintains that there is a morphic field outside the bounds of the material world that contains a collective memory. (RT @gdrtweets: I interviewed Dr.

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Soul-Making and Spiritual Cliche' Busting: James Hillman: Postmodern Romantic Reductionist, and Trickster

Soul-Making and Spiritual Cliche' Busting: James Hillman: Postmodern Romantic Reductionist, and Trickster | Jungian Depth Psychology and Dreams | Scoop.it

  For more than a decade James Hillman has been my favorite writer and most influential teacher. I discovered him in 1996 when The Soul's Code was published, which I devoured, or perhaps more rightly stated, which devoured me. My ideational world was turned inside out. From The Soul's Code I went on to read Hillman's opus,Re-Visioning Psychology.

 

It is no exaggeration to say that the Ideas from this Pulitzer Prize nominated book changed practically everything about the way I viewed psyche, religion, myself, others and the larger world--specifically through the four main chapters titled Personifying, Pathologizing, Psychologizing, and Dehumanizing, which the author describes as "four ideas necessary for the soul-making process" (ix).

 

His view ofpathologizing was especially revolutionary, helping me to make room for emotional suffering and psychic fragmentation in a culture obsessed with chronic emotional well being and wholeness. ... Click title for more


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Soul Spelunker » Impediments to Soul-Making

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The soul’s tendency to pathologize, to fall apart, is absolutely crucial to soul-making. In our culture, with its positive thinking, extreme fitness advocates, diet fads, and pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstrap philosophy, you would think we were the healthiest and most blessed people in the world. But it’s just the opposite. We fall apart just like every other human being. Our culture views pathology as evil in some sense, to be shunned. Let’s be truthful, however. Pathologizing is as much a part of our lives as waking and sleeping. We see ourselves as failures if we fall into calamity of some sort, be it ill health, financial ruin, or a bout of depression. In reality, pathologizing occurs in all of our lives at one time or another.


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A Skin for the Imaginal

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My interest in the psychological function of the skin began when several years ago I was doing research into Jung's infancy and childhood, and the impact that this had upon the evolution of his psychology (Feldman 1992).

 

In Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Jung 1961), Jung's autobiography, written when he was eighty-three years old, he talks about his infancy and childhood with a great deal of candour and insight. When Jung was three years old his mother was hospitalized for what appears to have been a severe depression. She was hospitalized in a Swiss psychiatric hospital for several months, and Jung says that her hospitalization was related to difficulties that were surfacing in the parental relationship.

 

During his mother's absence he was taken care of by a maid. He also developed a severe skin disorder, eczema that he connected with the separation of his parents and his mother's hospitalization.

I thought it probable that Jung's severe eczema was linked to the sense of psychic catastrophe that he experienced upon his separation from his mother. It was as if he was unable to contain tortuous and painful emotions within himself and they burst out in a somatic form as a severe skin disorder... (Click title for more)


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In the Beginning Were the Archetypes

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The word archetype comes from Greek and it denotes the first-moulded, original pattern. I see it as a divine mould, which gives birth to universally recognized symbols, images, myths and stories. We are attracted to them because we sense deep inside that they are not of this world, that they come from the divine source, from the primordial waters that were at the beginning of all creation. The fact is that the creation of all matter was possible only thanks to the existence of archetypes. Therefore archetypes shine through all matter, and even the most mundane everyday objects can be treated as sacred. Naturally, archetypes  speak to us the most distinctly and the most powerfully when they are encountered through myths and symbols.

 

 


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Snake Symbol Significance in Dreams

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The ouroboros, the snake forever swallowing its own tail, is a famous alchemical symbol of transformation. Jung saw the ouroboros much like he saw the mandala, as an archetypal template of the psyche symbolizing eternity and the law of endless return. Instead of looking at life as a finite game played between the bookends of birth and death, the ouroboros symbolizes a dynamic state of change and purification.

 

A literal ouroboros isn’t necessary for a dream to have its symbolic meaning. Since waking life snakes routinely shed their skins, they are ready made symbols for change and transformation. Dreams where snakes shed skin or seeing snake skins in a dream also symbolize change and transformation. Old, outgrown behavioral patterns, relationships, or even... (Click title for more)


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Carl Jung Depth Psychology: [T]here is in the unconscious an archetype of wholeness that manifests itself spontaneously in dreams...

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Wholeness then, arises from a synthesis and transformation of the opposites. Metaphor, symbol and image constitute the bridge.

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fassinating issue,,: the Unconsciousness!!

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Soul Spelunker » The Blue Soul

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Transformations of the soul, according to alchemy, pass through several different colors. Originally, there were four colors that were described by alchemists as indicating the four primary phases of the process that result in the lapis philosophorum.These are nigredo (black), albedo (white), citrinitas (yellow), and rubedo (red). Other transitional colors were also mentioned, with various meanings.

 


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meditating on Blue...in a myriad of expressions and it all begins with reflection and the possibilities in light...

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This is very interesting...I have many dreams where the color blue was very prominent. I did a painting of one such dream which you can see here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29730008@N03/6690955301/

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Carl Jung Depth Psychology: Carl Jung: I have no theory about dreams; I do not know how dreams arise.

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It is humbling and reassuring to remember that we are always beginning from the place of not knowing when we approach dreams. We can only follow the dream itself.
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Imagination as the Path of the Spirit John O' Donohue - YouTube

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John O'Donohue - What a blessing his life and legacy continues to bestow..

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This is an amazing lecture by
John O' Donohue. I never tire of listening to this towering, humble man who was a philosopher, a poet a mystic and much more. For those on a spiritual or enlifenment journey this man is an experience not to be missed. 

 

Change is almost only going to take place when the prospect of not changing is more painful than changing.

 

Are you Awakened or not....? 

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Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what | Video on TED.com

What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)? In this quietly moving talk, writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents -- asking them: What's the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?


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Andrew Solomon - A Sage and a Poet for our time.

 

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Andrew Solomon (born 30 October 1963) is a writer on politics, culture and psychology who lives in New York and London. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Travel and Leisure, and other publications on a range of subjects, including depression, Soviet artists, the cultural rebirth of Afghanistan, Libyan politics, and deaf politics. His book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression  won the 2001 National Book Award, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, and was included in The Times list of one hundred best books of the decade. [Wikipedia]

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The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

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The defining features of the human condition can all be traced to our ability to stand back from the world, from our selves and from the immediacy of

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Jungian Depth Psychology Quotes & Images

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Psyche, matter, & meaningful coincidence: a conversation with Gary Bobroff

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I’m thrilled about the upcoming Synchronicity: Matter and Psyche Symposium that will take place at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center September 12-14th. C.G. Jung gave us the concept of synchronicity, ...

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THE WOUNDED HEALER

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One of the deeper, underlying archetypal patterns which is being constellated in the human psyche that is playing itself out collectively on the world stage is the archetype of the “wounded healer.” To quote Kerenyi, a colleague of Jung who elucidated this archetype, the wounded healer refers psychologically to the capacity “to be at home in the darkness of suffering and there to find germs of light and recovery with which, as though by enchantment, to bring forth Asclepius, the sunlike healer.”

 

The archetype of the wounded healer reveals to us that it is only by being willing to face, consciously experience and go through our wound do we receive its blessing. To go through our wound is to embrace, assent, and say “yes” to the mysteriously painful new place in ourselves where the wound is leading us. Going through our wound, we can allow ourselves to be re-created by the wound.

 

Our wound is not a static entity, but rather a continually unfolding dynamic process that manifests, reveals and incarnates itself through us, which is to say that our wound is teaching us something about ourselves. Going through our wound means realizing we will never again be the same when we get to the other side of ... Click title for more


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Looking to the placement  of Chiron in the astrological chart, offers both clues and keys to healing inner Chiron , the wounded healer in us all.

 

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C.G. Jung - the Power of Imagination - YouTube

Jung talks about the reality of mental images and how they create the visible world. G.I. Gurdjieff calls this energy "pentoëhary" or "piandjoëhary" which is... (C.G.

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The reality of Imagination...where it all begins.

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Pomegranates: symbolism in mysticism and dreams

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Last night I dreamed of pomegranates...

 

Carl Jung saw a garden of pomegranates when he was near to death: "“I myself was, so it seemed, in the Pardes Rimmonim, the garden of pomegranates, and the wedding of Tifereth with Malchuth was taking place. Or else I was Rabbi Simon ben Jochai, whose wedding in the afterlife was being celebrated. It was the mystic marriage as it appears in the Cabbalistic tradition. I cannot tell you how wonderful it was. I could only think continually, “Now this is the garden of pomegranates! Now this is the marriage.. (Click title for more)


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The Pomegranate: Symbol of the fruit of the Underworld and perhaps,  thus signifying the marriage of the above and below. Tifereth (Beauty) and its married to Malkuth (kingdom). Love redeemed and made manifest in Matter. Lovely!

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Memories, Dreams, Reflections: A Rare Glimpse Inside Iconic Psychiatrist Carl Jung’s Mind

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"…the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being."

 

In the spring of 1957, at the age of 84, legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung (July 26, 1875–June 6, 1961) set out to tell his life’s story. He embarked upon a series of conversations with his colleague and friend, Aniela Jaffe, which he used as the basis for the text.

 

At times, so powerful was his drive for expression that he wrote entire chapters by hand. He continued to work on the manuscript until shortly before his death in 1961. The result was Memories, Dreams, Reflections — a fascinating peek behind the curtain of Jung’s mind, revealing... (Click title for more)


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This is Jung's only autobiography and it continues to live and deepen our understanding into the humaness that was Jung and offer solace for those of us who seek meaning to the mysteries of the soul throughout life and beyond. I have it at my fingertips always.

 

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Soul Spelunker » Search for the Gods

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The old alchemists used various ores in their work. They considered “metals as seeds” (Hillman 2522), lead being a seed of Saturn, copper a seed of Venus, silver a seed of the Moon, etc. These ores were not understood as objects separate from the imaginative minds of the observers. Just like seeds, they visualized them as possessing “encoded intentionality” (Hillman 2527), the innate tendency to fulfill their destinies, metamorphosing into what they were intended to become. These metals were viewed as ensouled entities, or what I would refer to as animaterial entities.


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From Saturn to the Sun; Lead into Gold and all the rich nuance connecting the properties of alchemical metals to planetary energies. what feast for the archetypal astrologers and depth psychologists.. alchemists of the 21st C.

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Jungian Fairy Tale Interpretation

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Who hasn’t remembered the experience of listening to a fairy tale as a child? Why were we so enthralled by these tales? Are these stories for adults or children? How do they differ from myths, legends and sagas?

 

I am going to interpret this fairy tale using a Jungian approach, and, as I do, try to explain some of the reasoning behind what I am doing. There are particular issues to bear in mind as we do this together : the whole tale is a description of the psychodynamics of an individuation process in one psyche, and, all characters in the tale represent structures in the psyche.

 

One thing I do know having worked with, and taught fairy tale interpretation, is that strong emotions are stirred up by our interaction with tales. People’s complexes and typology are constellated in uncanny ways through this work. The most common error one can make is to take a fairy tale character and expect human or... (Click title for more)

 


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Fairy tales really are incomparable teaching tools for us about the personal complexes and how they interface with the collective. The bridge matter and spirit via the cultural imagination. What is most extraordinary, I find, exploring them now, as an adult, is how precisely fairy tales detail the alchemical processes that point us towards Individuation and the redemption. They are a imagination's blueprint for the soul journey.
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People’s complexes and typology are constellated in uncanny ways through fairy tales

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The Body as a Receptor and Communicator of Healing Energy

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amandaseesdreams:Please enjoy this wonderful post from Fran Kramer that speaks to the importance of witnessing and honoring the sacred energy found in the body, meditation and in dreams….basically, all of my favorite things!

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Re-Visioning the Masculine and Feminine Side of Men and Women

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A core Jungian concept proposes that men develop their feminine side (anima) and women their masculine side (animus); this constrictive terminology confines us to rigid ideas of gender.

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Stepping into evolving paradigms

 

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The Way of the Dream 1.7 - Epilogue

Marion Woodman brings her special magic to this final piece from "The Way of the Dream".  This amazing DVD has Marion's brother interviewing Marie von Franz.  What a gift. 


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Marion Woodman's synopsis in the  Epilogue "On the Way of the Dream", 16 Interviews by her beloved brother Fraser Boa with the renowned Marie Louise Von Franz. Now, an invaluable course on Dreams. They are all now available on You Tube.

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Shadows & Light. Interview with Bonnie Bright, Founder of ...

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Jungian James Hillman, founder of archetypal psychology and one of the greatest depth psychologists in contemporary times (he just died last year in 2011), points out how absolutely critical it is that we engage in the journey ...

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An introduction to the Global Internet forum for Depth Psychology and its emergence into the 21st century with founder and creator, 

Bonnie Bright.

 

 

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