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27 February, 2014

Alchemical Psychology: Why does it matter?

By |2017-01-17T13:51:32-05:00February 27th, 2014|Carl Jung, Myth and Meaning|46 Comments

One of Hillman’s last gifts to us before his death, Alchemical Psychology, is perhaps one of the most important contributions to Jungian thought because it sheds light on the importance of alchemical metaphors for the soul’s journey. For many followers of Jung, myself included, the difficulty of penetrating the alchemical mysteries in order to grasp [...]

30 November, 2013

Holding the Tension of the Opposites

By |2017-01-17T13:51:32-05:00November 30th, 2013|Carl Jung, Self Awareness|6 Comments

You know when you know you just KNOW something? And it doesn’t matter what other people’s opinions are. In fact, further discussion just feels like a spinning of the wheels. Have you ever looked back and wondered about this? Sometimes you can angst over something for a very long while….waffling back and forth, weighing pros [...]

26 September, 2013

Lament of the Dead: Psychology after Jung’s Red Book – A Discussion, Part 1

By |2017-01-17T13:51:32-05:00September 26th, 2013|Carl Jung|61 Comments

A very important book, which sheds valuable light on Jung’s Red Book, has recently been published. Sonu Shamdasani, the editor who worked for years on The Red Book, entered into conversation with the late James Hillman, Jungian analyst and author of Archetypal Psychology and Re-Visioning Psychology among many others.  Their documented conversation about The Red [...]

15 July, 2012

Projection: The Bitter Pill of Psychology And why it matters.

By |2017-01-17T13:51:34-05:00July 15th, 2012|Carl Jung, Relationships, Self Awareness|7 Comments

  Although a great deal has been said about the nature of projection in the current discourse of pop psychology, it is nevertheless a concept that seems to cause a lot of confusion. The idea behind it is that things, people and events that we are interested in carry meaning, feeling or energy to the [...]

1 June, 2012

Self Help or Transformation?

By |2017-01-17T13:51:34-05:00June 1st, 2012|Carl Jung, Self Awareness|3 Comments

How about another self-help book? Maybe Ten Ways to Improve your Love-life or Seven Essential Tips for Losing Weight? Or Become a Leader with these 10 Important Steps? Or how about Seven Tips on How to Lose Friends and Gain Enemies? All joking aside, we live in a culture that is obsessed with self-improvement. The [...]

3 May, 2012

The Value Of Suffering

By |2017-01-17T13:51:34-05:00May 3rd, 2012|Anxiety and Depression, Carl Jung, Grief and Loss, Self Awareness|Comments Off on The Value Of Suffering

“It sucks!” This was the valuation of a young person recently who was commenting on a life situation she was finding particularly difficult. I had to agree. But the part she was missing, was the lesson or learning that was embedded in the experience. When someone is suffering, the last thing they usually want to [...]

10 April, 2012

The Snake Pit

By |2017-01-17T13:51:35-05:00April 10th, 2012|Carl Jung, Relationships, Self Awareness|7 Comments

  In an earlier blog I referred to the duality inherent in life. Too bad we couldn’t just all wait for Grace and know that it would happen! Well, actually if we really trusted that it would, it would. The trouble is that a hoary thing, called the complex, which is the polar opposite of [...]

30 March, 2012

Waiting For Grace

By |2017-01-17T13:51:35-05:00March 30th, 2012|Carl Jung, Self Awareness|15 Comments

In my last blog entry I talked about the importance of asking for help from a higher power. In Jungian parlance, this is often referred to as the Self, the divine presence within all of us. Others imagine or conceptualize God in their own way. I think the key thing is having that connection open [...]