Star Wars — The Force Awakens
The Emergence of the Archetypal Feminine and Discovering a Personal Access to the Force
Dennis Merritt, PhD, Jungian Analyst and Ecopsychologist
2. A PBS Frontline program “The Secrets of the Vatican” offers an excellent expose of the problems with sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/secrets-of-the-vatican/
3. My numinous dream of a typical Wisconsin meadow helped place and ground my psyche in the Midwest (Merritt 2012a, p. 3,4). It became the inspiration for developing the field of Jungian ecopsychology as articulated in the 4 volumes of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe—Jung, Hermes, and Ecopsychology. The dream and writings gave me the opportunity to integrate my background in entomology (a PhD from Berkeley in insect pathology, microbial control of insect pests) with my Jungian training and practice as a Jungian analyst. Volume 4 of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide—Land, Weather, Seasons, Insects—An Archetypal View illustrates how one can deeply connect to a region, seasons, and a life form (insects) using a combination of science, myths, symbols, dreams, Native American spirituality, imaginal psychology and the I Ching.
4. For a summary of complexity theory and its application to basic Jungian concepts and using this to describe how sacred places are created and maintained, see my article “Sacred Landscapes, Sacred Seasons—A Jungian Ecopsychological Perspective.” (Merritt 2008) Until I get this reprinted next year in A Jungian Bouquet (in preparation) I can send the reader a pdf of the article. Email your request to DennisMerritt4@hotmail.com
5. For examples of using the I Ching in conjunction with dreamwork and the psychoanalytic process see “Use of the I Ching in the Analytic Setting” on my website EcoJung.com. The article has been translated into Chinese.
6. In a 2014 Founder’s Day lecture sponsored by the C. G. Jung Institute of Chicago I presented a complex series of dreams from a man in analysis with hexagrams given in the dreams or with suggestions to cast a hexagram about an issue in the dream. On two occasions the dreamer remembered the line numbers as the hexagram was cast in the dream by a mysterious anima figure of the caliber of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne.” The hexagrams helped guide the dreamer through the analytic process and showed a remarkable connection to the developing theme in the dream sequence. The analysand’s intent was to develop a deeper connection with his anima, his inner feminine side, and the dream/hexagram combination illustrated how this occurred, demonstrating a profound link between a Western psyche and a central conceptual system in Chinese culture. Meditation and neurobiology are also part of the gestalt in the dreams.
The video of this presentation can be downloaded from the Chicago Jung Institute website for $5.99 for my individual talk in the program: http://jungchicago.org/store/index.php?route=product/product&path=65_68&product_id=288 It is complex and has to watched at least twice to understand the many dimensions of the material. This is by far the most complex, intricate, and orderly sequence of dreams I have worked with in my 32 years as a Jungian analyst specializing in dreamwork from an ecological perspective.
8. Neihardt interviewed Black Elk in 1930 at age 67 that was 30 years after he had converted to Catholicism and become a leading figure for converting Indians to Catholicism. By 1930 Black Elk realized that Christians were not living up to Biblical teachings in the way they were treating the Indians. He knew the old ways were powerful and healing and wanted to have his life experience recorded for posterity. The Catholic Church was deeply upset that he displayed some of his old pagan powers when it rained atop Harney Peak during his visit there with Neihardt. (DeMaille 1984, p. 58)
9. Jung was committed to the idea of an emerging paradigm shift in Western culture that he labeled a “new age” and “the age of Aquarius.” Three years before he died he carved an image of himself as a woman into the side of his retreat on lower Lake Zurich. She is reverently reaching out to milk a mare. The description of this carving presented on the cover of The Cry of Merlin: Jung, the Prototypical Ecopsychologist reads like this: “Jung's relief carving on the side of his Bollingen Tower, a place he associated with Merlin. The inscription reads, ‘May the light arise, which I have borne in my body.’ The woman reaching out to milk the mare is Jung's anima as ‘a millennia-old ancestress.’ The image is an anticipation of the Age of Aquarius, which is under the constellation of Pegasus. The feminine element is said to receive a special role in this new eon. Jung imagined the inspiring springs that gush forth from the hoof prints of Pegasus, the ‘fount horse,’ to be associated with the Water Bearer, the symbol of Aquarius.”
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2012a. Volume 1: Jung and Ecopsychology
2012b. Volume 2: The Cry of Merlin: Jung, The Prototypical Ecopsychologist.
2012c. Volume 3: Hermes, Ecopsychology, and Complexity Theory.
2013. Volume 4: Land, Weather, Seasons, Insects: An Archetypal View
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