Personal Transformation: Your best-selling book, "The Soul's Code," not only introduces, but documents, through fascinating anecdotal stories, the idea that a unique, formed soul is within us from birth, shaping us as much as it is shaped. While this is not a new myth, the possibility that we are fated, or called into life with a uniqueness that asks to be lived, is rejected by our culture. This myth is described as the acorn theory. Let's begin with a discussion of the acorn theory.
James Hillman: It is a worldwide myth in which each person comes into the world with something to do and to be. The myth says we enter the world with a calling. Plato, in his Myth of Er, called this our paradeigma, meaning a basic form that encompasses our entire destinies. This accompanying image shadowing our lives is our bearer of fate and fortune. The acorn theory expresses that unique something that we...
Treating one disease by causing another is actually a pretty mainstream therapeutic strategy in medicine - and especially psychiatry. The idea is to use a milder or temporary disease to treat a more severe or permanent one.
Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions.
Lisa Hyaenidae's insight:
"Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions. He illuminates new research that could lead to targeted psychiatric medications -- that work better and avoid side effects. How's he doing it? For a start, by making a bunch of fruit flies angry. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)"
We can turn to the image of the rock and roll iconoclast: that brooding, suffering, romantic troubadour. No matter how he styles his hair- and during whichever decade he appears- he lives the myth of deaf Ludwig van Beethoven banished to liminal space. He is cursed to create music he can never hear. To him everything is suspect. Nothing can be trusted, not even himself. The surface always lies and shadow is his dwelling. He cannot suspend disbelief because he is the illusion. He intuits the other side and seeks to unveil it, exposing himself in the process. What seems good is actually bad. What seems bad is actually good. This is the punk rock dissident’s gift. It allows, encourages and requires that he maintain an acute capacity for forgiveness and doubt. Because when nothing is firm, and everything bends- when black can be molded into white, yes into no, and right into wrong- judgment is necessarily suspended.
Yet wishing can't take away the fact that guns are a powerful presence in American life -- and an equally potent symbol in the American psyche. In search of an outside perspective, I turned to Italian Jungian psychoanalyst Luigi Zoja.
Uncle Sam's older, classier sister Columbia fell out of favor after women got the vote. Maybe it's time to bring her back.
Lisa Hyaenidae's insight:
"... t turns out, is that Uncle Sam had a much older and classier sister named Columbia, the feminine historic personification of the United States of America, who has since the 1920s largely fallen out of view."
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