Depth Psychology
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Depth Psychology
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. Follow depth psychology oriented articles and interviews at, or visit the online depth community at <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>
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Carl Jung Depth Psychology

Carl Jung Depth Psychology | Depth Psychology |

You saw that the alchemists used the term "scientia" in a very wide sense, and that they regarded it as something exceedingly mysterious. 

The same is true of the "sapientia", which even appears personified as a highly mysterious figure. 

Wisdom is personified as early as the book of the "Wisdom of Solomon" (Apocrypha]. 

In Gnosticism wisdom appears as the famous Sophia, sometimes represented as the youngest daughter of the creator of the world, or as the feminine counterpart of Christ, and sometimes as 
the virgin of light. 

The sapientia appears in a very substantial form in alchemy. 

Wisdom is attained, so the alchemists say, through the union of chemistry and theosophy.... (Click title for more)

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Sophia: Gnostic Archetype of Feminine Wisdom

Sophia: Gnostic Archetype of Feminine Wisdom | Depth Psychology |

The Gnostics recognized the condition of exile as more than an event in history.  They saw it as having a profound cosmic and even transcosmic dimension.  The human spirit, they held, is quite literally a stranger in a strange land.  "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child," laments the American spiritual.  The Gnostics would have agreed and might have been tempted to replace "sometimes" with "always".

The exile may indeed find himself in a dark land, but his very awareness of the darkness can also reveal a light on the path to freedom.  So also, the awareness of our alieness and recognition of our place of exile for what it is are the first great steps on the path of return.  We begin to rise as soon as we realize that we have fallen.
The predicament of exile and alienation is not confined to humanity nor does it originate at the human level.  Long before there was a cosmos as we know it, a great drama of exile and return was played out in the story of the divine feminine being named Sophia.  Having resided in the lofty height of eternal Fullness... (Click title to read full article)

Bonnie Bright's comment, February 11, 2014 3:39 AM
Truly excellent telling of the story...I really understood Sophia and gnosticism on a new level by reading this!
Kati Sarvela's curator insight, March 9, 2014 11:50 AM

My Inner Wisdom was called Sophia in my self-reflective journaling process :D!


Eva Rider's curator insight, February 27, 2016 6:41 PM

This book is at the top of the list.