The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap. - Novalis

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hillman's Alchemical Psychology is now available

(Uniform Edition Vol. 5)

All of James Hillman's papers on the alchemical imagination from 1980 to the present: "Therapeutic Value of Alchemical Language"; "Silver and the White Earth I & II"; "Alchemical Blue and the Unio Mentalis"; "Salt: A Chapter in Alchemical Psychology"; "Rudiments: Fire. Ovens, Vessels, Fuel, Glass"; "The Imagination of Air and the Collapse of Alchemy"; "The Yellowing of the Work"; "White Supremacy"; "Concerning the Stone: Alchemical Images of the Goal"; "The Azure Vault: Caelum as Experience."

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fertility Figure - Chalcolithic, Cyprus, 3000 - 2500 B.C.

One of the best things at the spectacular Getty Villa in Malibu, California.
Worth the trip to CA for this alone (but don't miss La Super Rica).

Friday, October 15, 2010

Shamdasani on the Red Book

I actually haven't gotten to it yet, but I have it on very good authority that Sonu Shamdasani's talk at the Library of Congress on Jung's Red Book is well worth hearing. The webcast can be found here: Carl Gustav Jung and the Red Book (part 1). Shamdasani's talk begins about 16 minutes into the recording. I suspect that it's true as some have said that Shamdasani knows more about Jung than anyone ever has. He is the premier scholar in the field. I've been busy with other things, but high on my reading list is his Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Music & Psyche

Spring Journal and Spring Journal Books
Spring Journal Books
(the book publishing imprint of Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, the oldest Jungian psychology journal in the world)
Music and Psyche
Music and Psyche
Contemporary Psychoanalytic Explorations
Paul W. Ashton & Stephen Bloch, Editors
ISBN: 978-1-935528-04-3
325 pp.
Price: $ $26.95
Available for shipment on October 27th
The diverse contributors to this volume—from Jungian and other analysts, to performing artists, to music therapists—all share a thoughtful and loving involvement with music, from Beethoven and Schumann, to twentieth century compositions, to blues and contemporary song (samples are provided on the accompanying CD).

Interviews with senior analysts Michael Eigen and Mario Jacoby complement the papers, providing a lively sense of analytic minds in engagement and reflection.
Praise for Music & Psyche
A wonderfully creative exploration of the interface between music and psyche as mediated through analytic understanding. The book covers a wealth of topics, from individual transformation, to new findings from neuroscience, to the healing powers of music’s spiritual dimensions, marvelously enhanced by a CD and a complete discography of musical references. This book opens new vistas for Jungians and non-Jungians alike interested in the nature of music’s impact and resonance in the psyche, and with psyche’s self-expression through music.
This beautiful and important book (and CD) restores sound to its essential place within the symbolic language psyche uses to express, communicate, and heal. The wide-ranging, wisely chosen contributions play off one another, reverberating to enrich the reader-listener’s understanding while inviting us to refocus on listening and being heard as essential dynamics in all relationships. We gain an auditory kaleidoscope of themes that resonate in the non-verbal, emotionally vital depths between infant and mother, client and analyst, composer and audience, individual and society. For psychotherapists in particular, the emphasis on the language of auditory data rebalances the usual focus on visual symbolism to enrich our understanding of attachment dynamics and mystical states in which emergent consciousness is directly linked into the unconscious. This is a volume I will cherish and share.
Preface Paul Ashton and Stephen Bloch
Introduction Paul Ashton
1. The Third in Mahler's Ninth Melinda Haas
2. The Voice of the Anima in Popular Singing John Beebe
3. The Innate Transformational Properties of Beethoven’s Passion Music Helen Anderson
4. An E-Mail Interview with Mario Jacoby Paul Ashton
5. The Matrix of Music and Analysis Patricia Skar
6. Creative Torment or Tormented Creativity: Robert Schumann and Nineteenth-Century German Romanticism Laurel Morris
7. "I wrote what I heard": Late Thoughts on The Rite of Spring Kevin O’Connell
8. Music, Mind, and Psyche Paul Ashton
9. In You More Than You: The Lacanian Real, Music, and Bearing Witness Lawrence A. Wetzler
10. An E-Mail Interview with Michael Eigen Stephen Bloch
11. The Music of Unthinkable Anxiety and Nameless Dread Lawrence A. Wetzler
12. "Night Is a Sound": The Music of the Black Sun Stephen Bloch
13. Can Music Save the World? Melinda Haas
14. Bonfire of the Vanities: Music, Playback Theatre, Xenophobia and Trauma in a South African Township Chris Wildman
15. Abandonment, Wish, and Hope in the Blues William Willeford
16. Mercy: The Unbearable in Eigen’s Writings and John Tavener’s Prayer of the Heart Stephen Bloch
17. Song and the Psyche: Whispers of the Mind Nóirín Ní Riain
About the Editors:
Paul Ashton is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in private practice in Cape Town, where he lives with his wife and youngest daughter. He is the author of a monograph From the Brink: Experiences of the Void from a Depth Psychology Perspective (Karnac, 2007), and editor of and contributor to Evocations of Absence: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Void States (Spring Journal Books, 2007). He has published various reviews and articles and lectured about music, art, literature, and the Void. He is a member of the South African Association of Jungian Analysts and is the editor of Mantis, the journal of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts.
Stephen Bloch is a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst in private practice in Cape Town, South Africa. He has published the chapter "Music as Dreaming" in Evocations of Absence (Spring Journal Books, 2007) and seminars on other aspects of music and psychoanalysis as well as on ethics. He is a founding member of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts (SAAJA) and has served on SAAJA’s Executive Committee as well as on its Assessment and Review, Ethics, and Library Committees.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

On Monday I  am off for a week to London, Canterbury and Oxford to give three talks on Henry Corbin and generally enjoy myself. My debt to the Temenos Academy is beyond measure.

Friday, October 1, 2010

the angel lost in our bodies

Haunted Importantly  

It was in the transept of the church, winter in
the stones, the dim light brightening on her,
when Linda said, Listen. Listen to this, she said.
When he put his ear against the massive door,
there were spirits singing inside. He hunted for it
afterward. In Madrid, he heard a bell begin somewhere
in the night rain. Worked his way through
the tangle of alleys, the sound deeper and more
powerful as he got closer. Short of the plaza,
it filled all of him and he turned back. No need,
he thought, to see the bell. It was not the bell
he was trying to find, but the angel lost
in our bodies. The music that thinking is.
He wanted to know what he heard, not to get closer.

 - Jack Gilbert