Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation
From the Editor — Kathryn Madden
Summer is a time when rising temperatures cause a lightening, even a lessening, of clothing. We become more aware of our bodies and, as we do, perhaps become aware of now-broken resolutions made in January to get into better shape by June or July. In the spirit of body–mindfulness, the summer issue of Quadrant presents the contributions of authors with something to say about how our physical natures reveal and/or hide our identities, mediate emotional awareness, or even produce the experience of the numinous.
Numen of the Flesh — Cedrus Monte
Keywords: numen, body, movement, electron psyche
According to Jung, the experience of the numinous is primary to healing. The numen is often understood as a spiritual agent arising outside of the individual, as in the descent of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles. The author posits a parallel approach: Because of the nature of matter, as seen through particle physics, molecular biology, and physiology, matter can also be a source of the numinous experience; this, in particular reference to the matter of the body. The author conducts courses in movement from which case material is here included
We Must All Breathe: an Interview with Arnold Mindell, Ph.D., at 61
Keywords: bodywork, process work, unconscious, Jung, groups
This interview with Arnold Mindell includes how he came to analytical psychology; his views of the unconscious, Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, marriage and divorce, spirituality, typology, groups, and 9/11. He also discusses his notions of bodywork and processwork.
Naming the Unnameable, Part Two of a Two-Part Article — Gary D. Astrachann
Keywords: Artaud, death of God, Dionysos, Hölderlin, madness, names, naming,
In Part One of this paper, the topic of names and naming was explored as the topos, the place and space of sublime artistic and analytical reflection and endeavor. What is a name? What is it to name? In attempting to respond to these questions and to forge an ongoing relationship with the unconscious, the uncanny “other” of representation, we continue in Part Two to examine naming as the quintessential human activity par excellence. Naming is thus seen as a crucial modality of individuation or soul-making, particularly via its capacity for critical and creative poiesis. The depths of language plumbed in this process contain, however, their twin temptations of madness and death. Hölderlin, Nietzsche, and Artaud are discussed in this context as exemplary signposts and warnings of both the rapture and the suffering that awaits one in performatively undertaking the perilous descent to the unnameable.
A Jungian Reading of J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace — J. M. Furniss
Keywords: Coetzee, disgrace, Jung, anima, post-colonial
Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee's 1999 novel, Disgrace, is a casebook study in what C. G. Jung terms anima possession. The novel's protagonist, David Lurie endures a transforming psychic crisis that renews the flow of unconscious material into consciousness and allows for the resumption of psychic growth. Lurie's story also provides fantasy material that contributes to the construction of a new attitude for collective consciousness. Jungian psychology helps us read Disgrace as a hopeful story for post-colonial South Africa.
The Last Time I Saw Isis — James Hall
One last lone lingering lady waits
Reflections on “The Phantom of the Opera” Bernice H. Hill
Do Jungians get more pleasure from movies than most people? Picture this: on an early winter's morning, a cloaked woman moves slowly through a timeless cemetery. Mist drifts through the stark black trees, intermittently revealing the snow capped mortuary statues. Huge winged angels emerge silently, to be then obscured and replaced by shrouded saints, each frozen testimony to some departed spirit. The woman slips quietly down the path until she finds the crypt of her father; a crypt engraved with the family name “Daae” (pronounced “die”). Now there is symbolism: a young woman caught in the death of her father-daughter projection! …
Book Reviews — Matthew J. Greco, Book Review Editor
The Roots of War & Terror — Anthony Stevens. Continuum Books.
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