"My patients brought me so close to the reality of human life that I could not help learning essential things from them." - Carl Jung, 1962, p.145
In a Jungian approach, the dream is central to psyche's developing sufficient wisdom to form a relationship with the self through the portal of fantasy.
Respect for psyche makes it possible to find religious, aesthetic, humanistic, philosophic, spiritual and social attitudes where new perspectives are born. The foundation of psyche is emotion. Jung's Analytical Psychology method begins with the discovery of where psyche is tethered. Exploring issues through memories, dreams and reflections allows psyche to open up to what may be holding back the body, mind and soul from becoming wholly itself. The irrational, illogical, and instinctive images in the unconscious seek a new voice to work through symptoms appearing as:
Moods, Chronic Ailments and General Malaise, Loneliness, Loss, Lack of Concentration, Reoccurring Dreams, Health Crisis, Emptiness, Addiction, Abuse, Creative Blocks, Fertility Issues, Anxiety, Depression, Loss of Soul, Lack of Meaning, as well as coming to an Identity Crossroad, Longing for Relationship, Connection, Community. Or perhaps you find yourself in a Mid-life Crisis. In Analytical Psychology symptoms have meaning and purpose. The quest follows the curious mind and heart.
Meaning Making ~
What is the body saying that can't be expressed any other way? The answer will be both particular to the individual while also resonating with the archetypes of the collective unconscious.
If the problem were a dream what would the message be? Dreams are one pathway toward a dynamic connection between the unconscious and the conscious.
Why am I feeling this way? Our work together may also include active imagination, guided visualization, drawing and psychological typology using John Beebe's 8 Function Model of type and archetype. I have membership in the British Association of Psychological Type(BAPT).
Questioning Myths ~
The way through what ails you may challenge myths you have unknowingly lived by. Your purpose in an individuated journey may take you down spiritual, soulful, practical, mythological, teleological, historical and Transpersonal paths to bring new light into old dark places. Learning what an adaptation to culture would mean for you is process of distillation.
Learning to identify what your true feelings and thoughts are from those you've always believed about you and the world you live in, is often a first step in considering destiny over fate.
"Emotion is the alchemical fire whose warmth brings everything into existence and whose heat burns all superfluities to ashes…emotion is the moment when steel meets flint and a spark is struck forth, emotion is the chief source of consciousness. There is no change from darkness to light or from inertia to movement without emotion." Jung (1938)
Thoughts about frequency ~
It's important to find the right pace to any therapeutic work that allows for processes of opening and closing to incorporate new experiences and build upon them. Some issues may benefit from short work. But in the main work at depth needs frequency of at minimum twice a week, which over time has been found to build a foundation for resilience in the face of life's challenges. Some acute impasses may require higher frequency.
Suggested Background Reading:
Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1962), by C.G. Jung
Confronting Cultural Trauma, by Grazina Gudaite and Murray Stein
Knots and their Untying, by Ann Belford Ulanov
Mirrors of The Self, by Christine Downing
The Inner World of Trauma, by Donald Kalsched
The Middle Passage: From misery to meaning in midlife, by James Hollis
In Midlife, by Murray Stein
An Introduction to Meaning and Purpose in Analytical Psychology, by Dale Mathers
When the Body Speaks, by Mara Sidoli
The Myth of Analysis, by James Hillman
Alchemy and Psychotherapy, edited by Dale Mathers
The Feminine in Fairy Tales, by Marie Louise von Franz
The Handbook of Jungian Psychology edited by Renos Papadopoulos
The Wounded Woman, by Linda Leonard
Women & Desire, by Polly Young-Eisendrath
Hags & Heroes by Polly Young-Eistendrath
For New Readers and those who think they've read almost everything:
C.G. Jung The Basics, by Ruth Williams
The Jung Reader, by David Tacey
He; She; and We, by Robert Johnson
The Drama of the Gifted Child (or The Drama of Being a Child), and The body never lies, by Alice Miller
Blessings on your continued journey,
"Construct" by Joanne de Mauriac Leaman, artist