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Publisher Description

Every book has a biography and every collection of essays a collective history. This first harvesting of essays from many of the faculty who teach at Pacifica Graduate Institute is witness to how Depth Psychology has established itself as its own unique field of study with its own ontological awareness of the human person. 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

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