Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story

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Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story is a both a theoretical as well as interactive book on the nature of personal myth. Its intention is to offer participants who wish to explore further the terms and structure of their personal myth over 80 writing meditations that are spread throughout 9 chapters in order to guide the readers-writers on a pilgrimage into the deepest layers of their personal myth.

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.

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About the author

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. 

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Fisher King Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 2012
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Pages
230
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ISBN
9781926715773
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Language
English
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Genres
Psychology / Creative Ability
Psychology / Movements / Jungian
Self-Help / Creativity
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Dennis Patrick Slattery

We need a sense of myth for our individual and collective equilibrium. Sanity itself may be tied to having some kind of lively imagination so that one can feel the strange fantasies that continue to insist themselves into consciousness in both waking and dreaming states....

– from the Foreword by Robert Sardello

The essential paradox is this: Myth points to a baseline that can never be fully drawn; there exists no lowest layer for myth.

– from the Introduction by Glen Slater and Dennis Patrick Slattery

... rituals in fact do not require complementary myths to ’explain’ them, nor is ritual a ’re-enactment’ of myth, but that rituals speak eloquently in their own right.

– from Chapter 3, “Rambu Solo’: the Toraja Cult of the Dead and Embodied Imagination,” by Laura Grillo

A myth occurs when the objective reality confuses itself with a subjective reality. The myth is, so to speak, a montage, and montages can lie – but they can inspire as well. A myth can support either revolution or the status quo; it can provoke enthusiasm or repression.

– from Chapter 7, “How is Psychology a Mythology?” by Ginette Paris (Pacifica Institute)


Contents

Foreword by Robert Sardello

Introduction by Glen Slater and Dennis Patrick Slattery

Religion

1. The Myth of Biblical Monotheism by Christine Downing

2. The Heart of Hindu Mythos: Yogic Perspectives on Self-Realization by Patrick Mahaffey

Ritual and Symbol

3. Rambu Solo’: the Toraja Cult of the Dead and Embodied Imagination by Laura S. Grillo

4. Mandala of the Naropa Dakini: Archetypal and Psychological Commentary by V. Walter Odajnyk

Literature and Film

5. Oedipus at Colonus: Pilgrimage from Blight to Blessedness by Dennis Patrick Slattery

6. Aliens and Insects by Glen Slater

Psychology and Philosophy

7. How is Psychology a Mythology? by Ginette Paris

8. Légende-Image: The Word/Image Problem by David L. Miller

Dennis Patrick Slattery

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.

(Pacifica Institute)


Contents

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

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