… the content of the collective unconscious
is made up essentially of archetypes …Carl Jung
Recently there have been a number of Jungian portals opening up that feature many valuable resources for any one interested in Jungian or depth psychology and its many facets. Many of you may not be aware of this gold mine or if you are you may like an update on a few features and ways to access some of what is offered online.
It is wonderful to travel to one of the many analytical institutes or training centers around the world. However, for many of us, being able to access online resources from the comfort of our home provides us with another choice about ways to explore our dreams, our inner gods and demons.
Dream play and active imagination offer riches that help us along the road to a fulfilling life. Now that we have access to repositories of symbols and teachings from around the world via online learning our choices have expanded. Take any image from a dream, with salt being an example, and amplify that image with stories and information. Let your curiosity guide you as you explore salt’s origins, its impact on world trade, and global health issues. If you dream of fishing there are many opportunities to learn about different types of fish, their habitats, fishing boats, methods of fishing, environmental concerns, our oceans and much, much more.
What are your common dream images? Have you explored those images in depth?
Who are your teachers? Do you live in “I know” or “I don’t know” [but I can find out more]
What questions do you ask of your dreams? What do your dreams ask of you?
Below are a few resources that may be helpful:
1. The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS): http://aras.org/
“The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human history.” Years ago I would make my way to the San Francisco Jung Institute and while there go through the slides and printed commentary of the ARAS collection that was available at that time. Now there is an online repository accessible to any individual for educational purposes after paying a small annual fee. Joseph L. Henderson, M.D., Co-author with Dr. Carl Gustav Jung, et. al. of Man and His Symbols, Consulting Analyst to ARAS, wrote:
To fathom ARAS’s depth and richness, allow yourself to wander, to linger, and to ponder. Do not be afraid to get lost, as your meanderings may yield surprising delights of imagery and meaning.
2. Depth Psychology Alliance, founded by Bonnie Bright, A global gathering place for circumambulating the field of Depth Psychology and engaging the world through soul. http://www.depthpsychologyalliance.com/
Bonnie Bright began this new website devoted to expanding the field and discussion of depth psychology through online and social media connections. Bonnie has done a remarkable job in connecting a diverse, interdisciplinary group of participants on the site that is growing rapidly.There are many choices that are available on the website for participating in a large number of lively discussions that are ongoing and co-creative. There is no charge for being a member of this online community.
3. The Asheville Jung Center: Offering online Jungian seminars to a diverse Jungian community. http://ashevillejungcenter.org/
This online-focused Jungian center has developed a program of online seminars that are easily accessible as real time programming or as recordings. Asheville’s focus is online learning making it possible to share the teaching of Jungian analysts to a larger audience world-wide.
4. The Jung Center of Houston, a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to the continuing education of the human spirit through psychology, the arts and the humanities. http://www.junghouston.org/default.htm
“…the ways in which we reflect upon our inner life have direct bearing on how we create community.”
The Jung Center of Houston offers a diverse array of educational opportunities providing “opportunities for psychological, artistic and intellectual development based on the psychology of Dr. Carl Jung” – a psychology that invites us to personal growth and a deepening commitment to the community. The Jung Center website now offers audio recordings of a number of lectures from the Jung Center’s lecture series.
5. Jerry Ruhl, PhD is the director of the Jung Center in Houston. He has co-authored three books with Jungian analyst, Robert Johnson. You can learn more and read book excerpts from Balancing Heaven and Earth and Contentment: http://www.jerryruhlrobertjohnson.com/
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