Tag Archives: Symbols

James Hollis on recovering a mature spiritual life

James Hollis was concerned with recovering a mature spiritual life in our very materialistic culture. In his book Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up (2005) he said, “In order to recover, or … Continue reading

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The Trauma Vortex

When the US Army veteran gave me a crystal filled pyramid inscribed with a spiral, I put it in my car. Months later I was using it as a paper weight. It held my appointment book open, so the wind … Continue reading

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The Vinegar Tasters

Stephen Karcher asks us to imagine an ancient Chinese scroll painting in his introduction to Ta Chuan: The Great Treatise (2000). Here’s what he says, Three men are shown grouped around a large open cask where vinegar is fermented. They … Continue reading

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St. Niklaus, the Reformed Berserker

When I mentioned to my friend that Saint Nick’s was going to be celebrated on the 6th of December, he said “Niklaus, the Swiss saint?” “No, Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, the one who evolved into Santa Claus. They are … 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 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 Dream Dictionary I Always Wanted

Finally someone has written a good introduction to dream interpretation with a dictionary of dream symbols.  This dictionary will replace (hopefully) the 19th century best seller (Miller 1901) which was given to me by well intentioned friends for last year’s … 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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