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Magic, Religion, and Jungian Thought: An LDS Perspective, Part 1

“Far away, across the fields The tolling of the iron bell Calls the faithful to their knees To hear the softly spoken magic spell” - Pink Floyd: “Breathe (Reprise),” Dark Side of the Moon Christianity has an uneasy relationship with magic, to greater or lesser degrees among its branches. Mormons…

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Travel and Individuation

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” - T.S. Eliot When I return home from traveling, my house always looks different. Intellectually I know that everything is just as…

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The Wizard of Küsnacht, Part II: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Carl Jung’s experiences with the unconscious in 1913-1914 can be, and have been, called by many names, which could include “magic.” But despite their strangeness and power, Jung chose to engage them from the standpoint of his profession as a psychologist. He did not to present them as prophetic revelations…

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Facing Shadow: Jungian Thought and the Japanese Myth of Umibōzu

Several weeks back while perusing a favorite internet site as I sipped my morning brew I happened upon an allegory for the work day ahead, a day of therapy sessions likely to be filled with emotional monsters of all kinds.  The tale was of the Umibōzu, the Japanese Sea Monk,…

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Individuation and the Unlived Life of the Parents

“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.” - C.G. Jung My dad has always existed for me in the space between "here" and "gone." He was always around, but only rarely has he been truly present in my…

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