Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation
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The Natural Life: An Endangered Species?
In 1928, Jung made the following provocative remark to a dream seminar: "Matter in the wrong place is dirt. People got dirty through too much civilization. Whenever we touch nature, we get clean." You may not associate such earthy wisdom with Jung, but as early as 1912 he voiced objection to the hurried pace of modern life, the overvaluation of reason, and the loss of mythic reality. At the Polzeath seminar given in Cornwall in 1923, he named four elements that had been repressed in Western civilization. According to Barbara Hannah, Jung identified nature as the first of four integral parts of the psyche to have undergone the most serious repression in civilized people, the other three being animals, primal man, and creative fantasy. Analytical psychology contributes well to the restoration of creative fantasy; nature, animals, and primal man await the same differentiated treatment. …
In the Eyes of the Beholder: Recollection and Reflection in Wim Wenders’ film Paris, Texas (Part 1)— Gory D. Astrachan
In his beautifully crafted 1984 film Paris, Texas, the German director Wim Wenders reveals to us through a variety of cinematic techniques, narrative content and imagery, a richly evocative myth of origins, a tale of our own individual and archetypal uman beginnings. The film provides, in fact several different kinds of creation myths for our time. …
Dreaming the father: A Son’s Bereavement in Archetypal Perspective — Greg Mogenson
A father's death is a singularly momentous event in the life of a son. This is especially so in the case of a son who has not yet completely come of age, a son, that is to say, who has yet to incarnate for himself the archetypal possibilities which his father mediated for him during the course of their lives together. For such a son, the father is for the most part a subjective phenomenon or self-object in Kohut's sense of that term; his inner representation in the son's psyche is an admixture of the archetypal expectations to which the son has been subject and the actual characteristics of the empirical father. There is a sense in which every son, if he is to become a man, must recognize the distinction between the actual and archetypal aspects of the father-image even as Jesus, teaching the elders in the synagogue at twelve years of age, recognized such a distinction between his earthly and heavenly fathers when he said to his mother that he must be about his (heavenly) father's business. The son who has not made this recognition, who has not discovered his creative source in the father archetype, his creative source in God, may, in the last weeks and months of his father's life, or in his subsequent bereavement, finally take up the business of the father archetype through what he at first experiences as unfinished business with his personal father. …
On Finding One’s Male Identity in “Father’s Body” — Robert C. Ware
About two years ago I increasingly began to notice how in my analytical psychotherapies, particularly with men, I was being cast physically in a father role and function. Since I have extensive training in body psychotherapy and work with a strong body orientation, this is not as exceptional as it might sound. Often in the transference-countertransference relationship a patient uses me as a "father-body," a real palpable presence, that holds and can be held onto, that supports and confronts and challenges, and that can be challenged and even attacked as a real father would be. These experiences have led me to reflect more on the "forgotten parent," i.e., the Father. …
Book Reviews — Jean Hess Green, Editor
"Pass in, pass in," the angels say. / "In to the upper doors, / Nor count compartments of the floors, / But mount to paradise / By the stairway of surprise." To my mind, Emerson's words provide a context for linking the matter undertaken by the following reviews. The common matter is angels — their being and psychological manifestations. I have chosen five representative books on the topic because of the current resurgence of serious interest in angels …
Talking with Angels: A Document from Hungary. Transcribed by Gitta Mallasz. English rendition by Robert Hinshaw assisted by Gitta Mallasz and Lela Fischli. Einsiedeln, Switzerland: Daimon Verlag, 1992. Reviewed by Astri Hognestad.
Angels: The Role of Celestial Guardians and Beings of Light. — Paola Giovetti. Translated by Toby McCormick. York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, 1993 and
The Origin of Satan — Elaine Pagels. New York: Vintage Books Edition, 1996. Reviewed by Louise Cowan.
The New Gnosis — Roberts Avens. Dallas: Spring Publications, 1984. Reviewed by Daniel C. Noel.
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