“I’m not critical of the people who do psychotherapy. The therapists in the trenches have to face an awful lot of the social, political, and economic failures of capitalism. They have to take care of all the rejects and failures. They are sincere and work hard with very little credit, and the HMOs and the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies are trying to wipe them out. So certainly I am not attacking them. I am attacking the theories of psychotherapy. You don’t attack the grunts of Vietnam; you blame the theory behind the war. Nobody who fought in that war was at fault. It was the war itself that was at fault. It’s the same thing with psychotherapy. It makes every problem a subjective, inner problem. And that’s not where the problems come from. They come from the environment, the cities, the economy, the racism. They come from architecture, school systems, capitalism, exploitation. They come from many places that psychotherapy does not address. Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you: you are the one who is wrong. What I’m trying to say is that, if a kid is having trouble or is discouraged, the problem is not just inside the kid; it’s also in the system, the society.”
James Hillman in an excellent interview with Scott London.
“Alice Walker is known for her fierce, poetic writing and her politically charged ideas. She opened up to a Jungian analyst in front of a live audience at theRubin Museum of Art, one of our partners in the Talk to Me series.
Walker and the Jungian analyst, Harry Fogarty took part in “The Red Book Dialogues,” a series of conversations devoted to an exploration of Carl Jung’s work. Both Walker and Fogarty were serene and thoughtful, fitting for a museum filled with Buddhist art. They talked about faith and politics, as well as the solace Walker finds in nature.” [wnyc]
more photos here
“After Jung died, the book lay in a Swiss bank vault for almost 25 years. The family was loathe to publish it, only releasing a few select images for public consumption. Because of the curtain of silence, legend and curiosity around it grew and thrived. Finally, however, the family had a change of heart and agreed to go to press.”
“You could regard it in part as his spiritual autobiography, in which he tells of how he refound his soul and found meaning in his life, through enabling the rebirth of the image God within his soul.”
“We know the archetype; we cherish the myth. The hero, like the world around him, is in a state of crisis. And in seeking to restore himself and the shattered cosmos, he valiantly passes through a vale of despair, descending into darkness. He risks his life and psyche in perilous encounters with dreams or dragons and finally emerges into the light, spiritually transformed, ushering in a new age.” Full article here.
Fascinating Michael Pollan lecture on our relationship with plants, nature, imagination, and altered states of consciousness. ”What a re-enchantment of the world that would be to look around us and see that the plants, and the trees of knowledge, grow in the garden still.” The video is nearly an hour long, but well worth your time. Thanks to vegetable diaries for the link.
“Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently visited the Rubin Museum to participate in the ongoing Carl Jung exhibit, and thanks to the videos below from Conor McMahon (and a hearty HT to SP.com), you can now see fan video from this fascinating event!”