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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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The Entire Self As An Ear: Listening Practice

“Now the ears of my ears are awake and the eye of my eyes are open.” –E.E. Cummings “When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.” – Martin Buber, I and Thou Last night as sleep came over me, on…

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The Wizard of Küsnacht: Jung, Magic, and the Mind

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling In the post-industrial world it's hard to imagine any sane adult seriously expecting to shoot fireballs, levitate…

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