An added feature of the book are writing meditation responses from participants who have been part of the author's writing retreats in both the United States and Europe. Their power and authenticity attests to the strong desire and need of each of us to explore what myth guides us, what terms it does so within and what one can learn to become more conscious of those deep forces in the psyche that seek expression in all we do and are.
Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D., has been teaching for 42 years, the last 17 in the Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology and Depth Psychotherapy programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 18 books and over 300 essays on scholarly and cultural topics as well as book and film reviews that have appeared in books, magazine, journals and newspapers.
Developed in the spirit of C.G. Jung, and extended by the work of James Hillman, Depth Psychology: Meditations in the Field grows directly from the soil of the Romantic Movement of the 19th century, itself a rebellion against the legacy of Enlightenment fundamentalism, which emphasized the literal reality of the world, and feasted on Measurement and the quantification of all knowledge.
These essays build on the observation outlined by Jung in his provocative introduction to The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature:
"Since it is a characteristic of the psyche not only to be the source of all productivity but, more especially, to express itself in all the activities and achievements of the human mind, we can nowhere grasp the nature of the psyche per se but can meet it only in its various manifestations". (p 85)
We believe the essays in this volume honor the spirit of Jung’s regard for the psyche’s diverse expressions.
Introduction: Pacifica Graduate Institute – Unfolding a Dream
A Note from the Editors
Chapter 1: The Contemplative Self – The Spiritual Journey and Therapeutic Work
by Charles Asher
Chapter 2: Creativity as an Archetypal Calling
by Dianne Skafte
Chapter 3: Psyche’s Silent Muse – Desert and Wilderness
by Dennis Patrick Slattery
Chapter 4: Sigmund Freud’s Mythology of Soul – The Body As Dwelling Place of Soul
by Christine Downing
Chapter 5: A Depth Psychological Approach to the Sacred
by Lionel Corbett
Chapter 6: Religious Pluralism in the Service of the Psyche
by Patrick J. Mahaffey
Chapter 7: The Challenge to Stay Open – Buber and Bion
by Avedis Panajian
Chapter 8: Dreams are Alive
by Stephen Aizenstat
Chapter 9: Telling Our Stories – Making Meaning from Myth and Memoir
by Maureen Murdock
Chapter 10: Divinities of Marriage
by Ginette Paris
Chapter 11: The Chrysalis Experience – A Mythology for Times of Transition
by Hendrika de Vries
Chapter 12: Look Out – Three Occasions of Public Excitation
by James Hillman
Chapter 13: ‘A Myth is as Good as a Smile!’ – The Mythology of a Consumerist Culture
by David L. Miller
Chapter 14: Yes, Indeed! Do Call the World The Vale of Soul Making – Reveries Toward an Archetypal Presence
by Robert Romanyshyn
Chapter 15: Seeding Liberation – A Dialogue Between Depth Psychology and Liberation Psychology
by Mary Watkins
Chapter 16: The Presence of Absence: Mapping Postcolonial Spaces
by Helene Shulman Lorenz
Chapter 17: Prisoners of our Imagination – The Boys Inside the American Gulag
by Aaron Kipnis
--Peter C. Phan, Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University.
Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, Ph.D., is an artist and professor at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and faculty in the Humanities Program, Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her artwork appears on numerous book and journal covers.
Forced to carry the cross of Jesus, Simon of Cyrene, a little known biblical figure, reluctantly yields to his task. At the same time, Simon struggles with personal loss and a fiery desire for revenge. In Simons story, the vulnerability of our own journeys is laid bare as we cross paths with a simple wooden cross and a redemptive twist of fate.
In Simons Crossing, this ordinary man, from Cyrene, steps boldly out of the pages of the Bible. He senses that his own life depends on the Nazarene staggering just ahead of him. Persuaded by sacrificial love, we too discover what it is like to cross over into the imaginal power of a story well-told, where salvation lies close at hand. Simons story compels us to carry on as well.