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What keeps you in the cave? Archetype of the Zombie

What keeps you in the cave? Archetype of the Zombie | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

The Zombie, which is only increasing its popularity in films, comic books, and classic novel mash-ups, is an image that hardly needs an introduction.  They are dead people returned from the grave, wandering around the land, and groaning after the living.  Side-stepping the gory details, the classic Zombie is easy to recognize:   Insatiable hunger, a monotonously numbing routine, and a lack of individual choice are three primary characteristics of this pattern.  Any act, from voracious spending to pursuing increasing amounts of attention, qualifies as long as what you gain is never enough.

 

This is not consuming for sustenance, but as a temporary fulfillment, stilling any discontent and numbing you to the... (click title for more)

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Laura M. Smith's curator insight, November 1, 2013 5:24 PM

I have experienced zombies in my dreams. They often represent that part of me that is related to how I avoid feeling, how I avoid being in relationship. Mindless, numb, insatiable hunger for <insert your favorite flavor of human flesh>. It can represent a type of dissociation that maybe be prevalent as a version of bardo that keeps us from our higher selves and our connection to the Divine.

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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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The Numinosity of Pluralism: Interfaith as Spiritual Path and Practiceby Jonathan Erickson – Depth Insights

The Numinosity of Pluralism: Interfaith as Spiritual Path and Practiceby Jonathan Erickson – Depth Insights | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Jonathan Erickson presents a unifying expose’ on religious experience and deep questions around spirituality and religion, based on an examination of his own experience of spiritual awakening. (Click title for more)
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How Jungian Psychology, Brain Research, Quantum Physics, and Systems Science Lead to Pansystemology and Depth Psychology – Depth Insights

How Jungian Psychology, Brain Research, Quantum Physics, and Systems Science Lead to Pansystemology and Depth Psychology – Depth Insights | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Nicole de Bavelaere offers a new model to investigate how systems science can address problems highlighted by psychology in this article that explores her revolutionary notion of pansystemology. “How Jungian Psychology, Brain Research, Quantum Physics, and Systems Science Lead to Pansystemology and Depth Psychology” builds on the work of Einstein’s protégé, David Bohm.

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Integration: Chinese Medicine, Somatic Studies, and Depth Psychology

Integration: Chinese Medicine, Somatic Studies, and Depth Psychology | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Chinese medicine is a system that's rooted in nature. Using primary treatment tools like acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and cupping, the practice focuses on maintaining health and preventing illness. As a doctor of Chinese medicine for over six years, Brian Falk has nearly completed his Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with Specialization in Somatic Studies, and he has had a chance to experience a multitude of correlations between Chinese medicine and depth psychology.

Listen to the interview or read a detailed summary article at http://www.pacificapost.com/integration-chinese-medicine-somatic-studies-and-depth-psychology
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Psyche and the Sacred: Interview with Dr. Lionel Corbett

Psyche and the Sacred: Interview with Dr. Lionel Corbett | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Pacifica faculty member Lionel Corbett offers some stories from Biblical myth that exemplify the experience of the sacred, or the holy, as “numinous” and explores how transpersonal, numinous, spiritual experiences observations can take place for “ordinary, everyday people at any time”—and how those experiences are vastly important for both the individual and the collective
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Ancestral Healing: Insights on Animism & Shamanism—Summary Article of an Interview with Dr. Daniel Foor with Bonnie Bright PhD

Ancestral Healing: Insights on Animism & Shamanism—Summary Article of an Interview with Dr. Daniel Foor with Bonnie Bright PhD | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Everyone who is ancestrally disconnected from indigenous culture, can find the possibility of reclaiming animist, earth-honoring, soulful depth level relationship with your own ancestors, practices, and community, insists psychotherapist and teacher/practitioner of practical animism and earth-based spirituality, Dr. Daniel Foor, in an in-depth conversation for Depth Insights™ 


There are literally thousands of intact cultures on earth that continue to maintain daily relationship with their ancestors. We have a natural human capacity to engage in direct, nourishing, helpful relationship. We need the reconnection. 


The others, the not-human ones, miss us, and we desperately need to get our framework for how to live and how to relate well with the others back on track”—not just spiritually but politically and culturally, as well. (Click title for more)

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Sandplay as a Healing Modality

Sandplay as a Healing Modality | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
SandPlay as a Healing Modality An Interview with Jungian Analyst and Professor, Jorge de la O. When Jungian analyst and professor, Jorge de la O, was first introduced to sandtray therapy, he was completely taken by it. "It was magical," he reports. The founder of Sandplay (and author of the book by the same name), Dora Kalff, saw Sandplay as a free and open space where individuals create images in the sand using miniature figures and icons. It is a nonverbal form of therapy which allows psyche to come to the surface, much like Jung’s practice of active imagination. Click title to access thaw full interview
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Where Politics, Psyche, and Community Converge

Where Politics, Psyche, and Community Converge | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Where Politics, Psyche, and Community Converge: An Interview with Andrew Samuels and Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.
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Holding the Tension: One Woman’s Journey from Immigrant to Therapist

Holding the Tension: One Woman’s Journey from Immigrant to Therapist | Depth Psych | Scoop.it


Part of the challenge for Naris Kesheshe, who immigrated from Iran to the U.S. when she was 13, was her desire to maintain her original cultural identity and roots, while at the same time living in a society that held very different values.


When she ultimately discovered depth psychology, she was thrilled to realize there was a field which allowed her to approach her own experience through “unspoken words,” and which could also be extremely helpful to a larger immigrant community of individuals whose experiences were recognized and validated through a depth psychological approach. Kesheshe’s story about her journey to becoming a licensed psychotherapist is arguably a “hero’s journey” in the way that Joseph Campbell described it.


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Dionysus as God of Drama, Psychology, and Transdisciplinarity: Depth Psychology and the Arts

Dionysus as God of Drama, Psychology, and Transdisciplinarity: Depth Psychology and the Arts | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Changing society requires changing our ideas about education, specifically about disciplines including science, the arts, psychology, and religion. The idea of transdisciplinarity enables us to make connections among ideas, and to honor other ways of knowing...Click title for more
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David Bohm, Implicate Order and Holomovement | Science and Nonduality

David Bohm, Implicate Order and Holomovement  |  Science and Nonduality | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
“Space is not empty. It is full, a plenum as opposed to a vacuum, and is the ground for the existence of everything, including ourselves. The universe is not separate from this cosmic sea o
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Disconnected from the suffering of others

Disconnected from the suffering of others | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

We are living in times where unimaginable evil is perpetrated every single day in our world, Dr. David Ragland suggests. Some people live lives disconnected from the suffering of others. By not taking a stance against evil, by not making the effort to eradicate it, we become complicit… 


Read this summary article and get the full audio recording of David Ragland's presentation at Pacifica's landmark conference Response at the Radical Edge: Depth Psychology for the 21st Century. (Click title for more)

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The Art of Transformation: Images, Dreams, and Alchemy

The Art of Transformation: Images, Dreams, and Alchemy | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
The Art of Transformation: Images, Dreams, and Alchemy—An Interview with Jungian Analyst, Stanton Marlan. A Guest Blog Post by Bonnie Bright, PhD.
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Trauma and the Soul: Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Inner World

Trauma and the Soul: Psychoanalytic Approaches to the Inner World | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
An Interview with Jungian Analyst Donald Kalsched --- Nightmares can be an effort by the psyche to help us integrate some of disowned material from previous trauma. In what Kalsched has termed the “self-care system,” a system of defense which is made up of both protective and persecutory inner objects, individuals who have been abused or neglected may sometimes be tyrannized by archetypal figures in their dreams...(click title for more info to read or listen)
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Mark Winborn's curator insight, May 26, 1:27 PM
Insights from Don Kalsched - endorser of "Shared Realities: Participation Mystique and Beyond" edited by Mark Winborn.
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Mythological and Archetypal Perspectives on Childbirth in Contemporary Culture

Mythological and Archetypal Perspectives on Childbirth in Contemporary Culture | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

When childbirth educator Britta Bushnell works with soon-to-be parents, she uses mythological stories and archetypes to offer a map for the rite of passage—the transformation that happens during the process of moving from being an individual to being a parent. Stories can help us locate ourselves within the context of something bigger than ourselves, believes Bushnell... (Click title for full article or link to listen to the interview)

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Stories of Longing: Beaver, Bear, Wolf – Depth Insights

Stories of Longing: Beaver, Bear, Wolf – Depth Insights | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
In the most recent issue of Depth Insights Journal, Monica Dragosz explores our relationship with nature through her own riveting accounts of a sense of participation mystique in a series of close encounters with animals in “Stories of Longing: Beaver, Bear, Wolf"
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Cosmology, Ritual, and Ecology: A Message from the Kogi Indians about Earth-An Interview

Cosmology, Ritual, and Ecology: A Message from the Kogi Indians about Earth-An Interview | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
The Kogi Indians of Colombia have long referred to themselves as the “Elder Brothers.” According to their cosmology, they serve as caretakers of the world, helping to maintain a balance of harmony and creativity. Now, the Kogi are speaking out about the ways we are harming the earth, and showing us how we can change. Photo courtesy of Lisa Maroski. (Quick title for more, and to get the link to listen to the interview)
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Photography and Writing: Into the Heart of Traditional Cultures in Times of Global Change

Photography and Writing: Into the Heart of Traditional Cultures in Times of Global Change | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
An Interview with Writer and Photographer, Michael Benanav, M.A. A Guest Post by Bonnie Bright, Ph.D. After writing about his experiences with one of the world’s last working camel caravans in the Sahara desert, and penning a poignant story of how his own grandparents survived the Holocaust during World War II, Michael Benanav, a critically-acclaimed writer and photographer, has written Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life. In these compelling works, Benanav recounts how his travels in India with a tribe of nomadic water buffalo herders and elsewhere have led him to some astute observations about ecological crises, cultural differences, and archetypal themes of power.
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Jung and Alchemy—Video Replay of an Introductory Lecture by James Newell Ph.D.

Jung and Alchemy—Video Replay of an Introductory Lecture by James Newell Ph.D. | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung explored the unconscious in ways that had never been attempted prior to his ground breaking efforts. One area of study which he felt put his work on a solid historical footing was his exhaustive study of the ancient practice of alchemy. 


Jung’s understanding of the unconscious as expressed through the imagery and texts of the alchemists has far reaching implications for modern people, from personal inner work, to environmentalism, to modern pharmacology, to feminism, and more.


 For Jung, ancient alchemical texts provide us with a wealth of symbolic insight into the human mind and human behaviors that continue to be vitally relevant today. (Click title for more)

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The Mystic Fool: Masks & Mirrors of the SELF in Tarot—Intro Lecture by Eva Rider

The Mystic Fool: Masks & Mirrors of the SELF in Tarot—Intro Lecture by Eva Rider | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

The Archetypal Images of the Tarot's Major Arcana serve as a guide through the alchemical changes that initiate us to reclaiming the Self. In a time of vast planetary changes, polarities, transitions, quickening and metamorphosis, it’s easy to find ourselves caught in grief, fear and despair.

We are on a journey of initiation to learn to inhabit our role as creator, mediator and steward of the gods. Through close examination of the Major Arcana of the Tarot, we find that ancient archetypal pathways reveal the masks and mirrors of ourselves and the initiations we undergo on our path to consciousness.


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In an era when anthropologists have referred to the past five or six decades as “The Great Acceleration” during which key human activities such as telecommunications, energy consumption, technology...

In an era when anthropologists have referred to the past five or six decades as “The Great Acceleration” during which key human activities such as telecommunications, energy consumption, technology... | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Horses, Hestia and Guinevere: Mythological Perspectives for Everyday Life: An Interview with Janet Bubar Rich
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Dreams, Calling, Suffering, and Individuation: Finding Light in the Darkness

Dreams, Calling, Suffering, and Individuation: Finding Light in the Darkness | Depth Psych | Scoop.it

Working with dreams allows us to tap into the psyche, which leads us in a certain direction in the process of becoming more whole, a process Jung referred to as individuation.Jung often focused on how individuation was about leading us back into the collective. With depth psychology, you learn that the way out is through, says Jungian analyst Fanny Brewster…. Listen to the audio interviw or read a detailed summary article, "Dreams, Calling, Suffering, and Individuation: Finding Light in the Darkness"— An Interview with Jungian Analyst Fanny Brewster (Click title for more)

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Dreaming as Response: The Global Dream Initiative

Dreaming as Response: The Global Dream Initiative | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
When we are dreaming, what is it in response to? When you work with dreams from an animated point of view, notes Stephen Aizenstat, who pioneered the process of DreamTending, it brings the dream to life. When one comes into a relationship with the image, it allows the image its own innate intelligence, and it can speak to us what it knows Aizenstat founded the Global Dream Initiative™ , whose vision it is to “unite individuals and organizations in listening to the landscapes and creatures of the world as they speak through the images of dream.” The vision of GDI also suggests that “through the intelligence of dreams, we aspire to listen to the voice of the earth and serve as a source of education, orientation, and support for dreamers worldwide.”
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The Core Complex of a Traumatized Psyche

The Core Complex of a Traumatized Psyche | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
Trauma is an injury to our capacity to feel. When our capacity to feel is injured, we cease to be able to imagine, because imagination depends on emotional literacy. 

For 20 years, Jungian Analyst Donald Kalsched has been crafting a model of the dissociating psyche, which describes various unconscious archetypal powers arranged in a dynamic system of defense that attempts to protect a sacred, innocent psyche from further violation. In order to leave this enclave, we need to become emotionally literate, Kalsched suggests, one of the major goals of the work depth psychologists take on. This includes working through grief and despair. 

 This self-care system and all its constituents is invisible, Kalsched points out. The only way we can engage is by looking for the “tracks” they leave in dreams, in the imagination, or in the practice of active imagination advocated by Jung.

The constituents may show up in opposing forms: as a “devil” related to violence, adversary, accuser, critic, or tyrant which can lead to innate distress such as hatred, loathing, or shame; or as a “bright angel,” which suggests essential goodness, safety, bliss, hope, and love. 

 Learn more: Click the title above to read a summary article or listen to the full recording of Kalsched’s keynote address at the recent “Response at the Radical Edge” conference, courtesy of Pacifica Graduate Institute: http://www.pacificapost.com/the-core-complex-of-a-traumatized-psyche
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When hate breaks the containers, love is the first to leave and the result is despair, and that’s front and center as to where we are as a country, Kalsched suggests. He points to wisdom offered by C. G. Jung, who said that we must continuously develop an “imagination for evil,” so that we can move into a deeper place of understanding.
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Touching the Soul of the World: A Mythological and Soulful View of Chaotic Times

Touching the Soul of the World: A Mythological and Soulful View of Chaotic Times | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
“When there is wounding in our culture, there is wounding to the soul of the world…”---Summary and audio file of Michael Meade's presentation Touching the Soul of the World: A Mythological and Soulful View of Chaotic Times at Pacifica's landmark conference Response at the Radical Edge: Depth Psychology for the 21st Century.
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The Psychological Hero

The Psychological Hero | Depth Psych | Scoop.it
"The Hero-myth is the central myth of Jungian psychoanalysis, because for Jung the hero’s 'grand opus' concerns the relations with the unconscious." Jungian analyst Erel Shalit

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