Living between realms: Embodying

embodying

Second in series of three articles ‘Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.’ – Carl G. Jung, from Psychology and Religion: West and East   In the first article, we saw that what Carl Jung viewed as the path of becoming an authentic individual, involves much more than changing our philosophies, beliefs or correcting our ‘errors of thought’. Deep and lasting transformation of our being involves processes that shape us at the core. Such change has to be imprinted on a body level; it has to be embodied to be lasting. We saw that for this to occur, requires that we ‘stay close to […]

On the Nature of the Psyche

Spending time in the company of this ‘old master’ can never be miss-spent. In itself, Carl Jung’s exquisite writing is a delicious experience. Not to mention the profundity and depth of his thought. On the Nature of the Psyche will leave any mindful reader enriched. [More comprehensive review to follow.]

Re-Visioning Psychology

re-visioning psychology

Regarded by some as James Hillman’s magnum opus, Re-Visioning Psychology certainly is a groundbreaking, paradigm-shattering contribution to the field of Psychology. Not only at the time when it was written, which is more than forty years ago, but perhaps even more so today. This is a book that took Hillman to the shortlist for the Pulitzer Prize. The title is not to be taken lightly. Anyone who not only reads, but also deeply digests Re-Visioning Psychology cannot come away from it without being fundamentally shaken up. And realising that at least 80% of what is practiced under the banner ‘Psychology’ is not in fact logos […]

All these names …

names

The imaginal. The unconscious. Nagual. The primordial mirror. Drala. Tao. Underworld. Overworld. Even though it is implied that these names point to the same place, it is important to acknowledge that their differences are not merely arbitrary. Also, not any one of them is ‘right’ while the rest are somehow ‘wrong’. Each of the great minds who perceived the realities to which these names refer, deliberately chose a particular phrase to point to the reality they perceived. There are certain implications inherent to the names chosen. Each name is truly ‘a metaphor’ – a bridge that transfers us, opens us, to ‘another world’. If soul […]

Overworld

overworld

The overworld resembles what is called ‘heaven’ in many traditions. It is the place where beings such as gods, angels, spirits and holy ancestors dwell. In shamanism, the shaman’s soul leaves her body in a state of trance and she travels to either the underworld or the overworld. Usually for the purpose of healing others. In contrast to the underworld, the overworld is a place of brilliant light, ‘high up’, light as a feather, transcendent and spiritual. Many traditions posit these ‘peak experiences’ as the goal, including humanistic psychologies and new-age spiritual traditions. In contrast, the tradition that became modern depth psychology, including Neo-Platonism and […]

Heraclitus

Heraclitus

Heraclitus of Ephesus lived c. 535 – 475 BCE. He was a native of the city of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the Ionian coast. Which is situated in present day Turkey. Although born to affluent parents, he eschewed a life of luxury for a lonely life as a philosopher. Very critical of the lifestyles and cultures adopted by his peers, he was regarded as a misanthrope. He tended towards depression and is also called ‘the weeping philosopher’. He was considered to be a process philosopher and religious philosopher. Also considered both rational and a mystic, he believed flux and change to be the […]