Our experience with Naomi Lowinsky

Wanted to share with everyone how wonderful our event was this weekend. The lecture spun us deeper and deeper into exploration of our connection to nature, the environment, and relationship to Pachamama, or Mother Earth. This was a soulful type of environmental consciousness versus a divisive political debate. It was about nurturing deeper consideration based in poetry and song.

The workshop took us deep into our own untapped connection to Pachamama through active imagination and writing exercises. The group was supportive and kind, and all of us were able to take the risk to write from the heart, and share these musings with one another.

Our next program is November 21st and 22nd with Sandra Miller. The subject is Shame and the Evil Eye. I've had the opportunity to look at the content of the lecture and plans for the workshop. They seem amazing for both clinicians and anyone from our wonderful Cleveland community interested in finding out the difference between guilt and the devious actions of shame. We would love to see you!!! Details to come...

Thank you to all of our participants this weekend. I think we each left with a desire to do what we can to renew relationship with the environment.

Hallie Durchslag, LISW-S

Phenomenal event with another on the way January 17-18, 2014!

We had a wonderful event last weekend which featured Connie Romero, a Jungian analyst from New Orleans, LA. Connie has a special interest in theater and our creativity was sparked as we explored how drama, from ancient Greece to our modern culture, serves as a connection to the deep, resonating layers of archetypal human emotion and experience. Wonderful! We had over 40 attendees for the Friday lecture, and the workshop on Saturday allowed all of us to connect to these archetypal energies through the arts.

Save the date for our next event, January 17-18, 2014 with Paul Kugler, a Jungian analyst from Buffalo, NY. More details to come!

What is “DEPTH Psychology?”

Last week, we re-affirmed that the roots of psychology rest within an attention to soul and the “invisible” essence of life that breathes within and around us. 

This desire to somehow bridge connection between mind and the invisible is an ancient philosophical dilemma, beginning with Western philosophers from the time of Aristotle!  However, the scientific revolution of the Renaissance and Enlightenment ushered in a new era, and era that would split the invisible from the visible.  A culture of Cartesian dualism (mind vs. matter) took its strong-hold. From that point forward, if there were to be any attention to this invisible, soulful realm, it would be through the church, not through science.  Psychology followed suit with one exception: Dr. Sigmund Freud. 

A psychiatrist, trained in medicine, Freud noticed that his clients manifested physical symptoms that could not be explained through medicine and physiology, nor could clients control these various physical compulsions.  After careful evaluation of his cases, Freud posited that there must be some unseen force, not body and not conscious will, which drove these symptoms.  He termed this unseen force the unconscious, and with that, depth psychology was born.

At its simplest, depth psychology means “psychology of the unconscious.”  When we speak of depth psychology we are speaking of a family tree that began with Freud and grew outward once Jung’s convictions about the unconscious parted from Freud’s.  Today, depth psychology consists of both psychoanalysis (Freud’s legacy) and analytical psychology (Jung’s legacy).  Next week, we’ll take a brief look at what finally split Jung and Freud.  Much has been said about this split between the founders of depth psychology – books written, movies made – but next week we will look at the theory alone: different theories of what the unconscious is and how it manifests itself.  Have a wonderful week!

Hallie Beth Durchslag, LISW