Tag Archives: Individuation

Who are you, really? Gabor Mate, stress, and childhood attachment problems

That’s an interesting question. Sticking a “really” on the end of his question like that suggests that the speaker wants a different answer from the one you are giving. I had tried to explain who I am with descriptions of … Continue reading

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Seeking a Counselor is the last choice

When do we finally call the counselor? James Hollis noticed a pattern in his clients which is worth passing on to any person who feels like his or her life isn’t really working out that well. Of his clients Hollis … Continue reading

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Kari Woodenskirt, the growth of the feminine spirit

There is a Norwegian variant of the Cinderella fairy tale where the heroine wears a wooden skirt. Kari is a princess who escapes from her vicious stepmother by going to be with the cattle in the meadow. There she makes … Continue reading

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The Spiral Dance

The painting below is by my friend Neville Bridgeford.  It is in part conscious and in part an unconscious expression of the artist’s experience leading up to his thirty-first birthday. It was created after a spiritual emergency triggered by the … Continue reading

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The Dangers of the Inflated Masculine

Balloons are inflated with hot air which, being lighter than the surrounding air, cause the balloon to rise. The hot air can be kept that way as long as the source of heat can be controlled. In this way man … Continue reading

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The Caput Aureum and the Medicine Lake

The end product of the alchemical process is the caput aureum, or golden head. This stage of consciousness is also “round, it is the wholeness, and it is transparent stone. Which consciousness is like this, inflexible, hard, detached, immortal, and … Continue reading

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Re-establishing Relationship with the Feminine

Before writing there were stories.  We told one another these stories which preserved our knowledge.  The stories told by our ancestors and passed down to us are their understanding of the nature of the things they experienced, the workings of … Continue reading

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The Soul Family

Group therapy can be beneficial for some clients, at least that’s what we are told and that’s what participants say.  It seems like a relatively inexpensive modality, so why has the Jungian lineage been opposed to it?  Individuation is a … Continue reading

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The Cross of the Understanding and Projection

After several years of observing his patients, Carl Jung noticed there were four basic functions of consciousness. Everyone has these four ways of processing, but some are developed to greater or lesser degrees.  The individual’s reliance on, or preference for, … Continue reading

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The Symbol of the Christmas Tree

Have you ever noticed when you re-read a book that new gems are found, where you didn’t see them the first time?  I have been re-reading Marie-Louise von Franz’ books on the interpretation of fairy tales, turning down corners and … Continue reading

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