Dale Mathers's Alchemy and Psychotherapy: Post-Jungian Perspectives PDF

By Dale Mathers

ISBN-10: 0415682045

ISBN-13: 9780415682046

Alchemical symbols are a part of pop culture, so much lately popularised within the Harry Potter books. Alchemy intrigued Carl Jung, the founding father of analytical psychology. It encouraged him as he wrote ‘the purple Book’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He committed a lot of his lifestyles to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious methods. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the difficulty of alchemy within the consulting room and its software to social and political concerns. This e-book argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - clinical materialism - and for the invention of religious meaning.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:

‘Alchemy and meaning’ - appears on the heritage of alchemy, fairly the emblem of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing relationship.

'The symbolic attitude’ - explores operating with desires, fairytales, astrology and the physique: each one of that's a symbolic language.

‘The spirit and the traditional world’ - discusses the concept that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the paranormal features of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of image formation.

‘Clinical Applications’ - indicates alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender identification, in anorexia and in ‘social healing’ - atonement and restorative justice - which observe the assumption of the coniunctio.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with medical examples, alchemical photos and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an artistic artwork and a technological know-how. Bringing jointly individuals from a variety of disciplines, Dale Mathers and members express that treatment is either paintings and technological know-how, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their learn is their artistic engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy can be a invaluable source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and artistic, art-based remedies and for artistic practitioners (in movie, literature and appearing arts) who draw on Jung’s principles.

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What she could not see was how the dream indicated that, on a much deeper level, a process had commenced, an initiation, the start of a rite de passage back into life. From the depth and blackness of the sewer, from the dung and excrement of ten million people, new life was offered. Now there was a compost heap, rotting could commence and who knows what beautiful flowers it might later grow. Her unconscious offered her the hope and promise of new life from the shit. This is what alchemists called putrefactio: exactly as in this dream, vile and disgusting, repulsive and putrefying with so utterly foul a stench no one can bear to be anywhere near it.

White, V. (1949) Some Notes on Gnosticism. London: Guild of Pastoral Psychology, Lecture pamphlet no. 59. —— (1952) G-d and The Unconscious. Zurich: Spring Publications. 26 2 MYSTERIUM CONIUNCTIONIS Fabric of Life Catherine Bygott Oh mask of man, From what deep source do you draw your voice? (Catherine Bygott) Introduction Alchemy reveals what is shrouded in mystery. It mirrors deep life processes, providing a symbolic language of perception for some and a vehicle through which to engage with mystery for others.

Calleman, 2001, p. 97) Materialistic philosophy extends well beyond the bounds of science to many aspects of life. As a social collective, we are enthralled by the miraculous feats of technology. From birth, our skills, perceptions, expectations and self-reflections are developed within a collective mindset which gives preference to the intellectual and conceptual over the imaginal and symbolical. There is a basic assumption that the ego and its life in the world, our capacity to orient ourselves in relation to time, place, person and the ‘here-and-now’, are synonymous with the greater objective psyche.

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