Eavesdrop on three Jungian analysts as they engage in lively, sometimes irreverent conversations about a wide range of topics. Join them for discussion of news events, family dynamics, personal issues and more as they share what it’s like to see the world through the depth psychological lens provided by CG Jung. Half of each episode is spent discussing a dream submitted by a listener. Lisa, Joseph and Deb went through their Jungian training together, becoming friends and developing working partnerships. Now they are engaged in a new creative venture with a spirit of adventure and hope you will join them.
Time & Truth About Its Use
Guest Oliver Burkeman states in his new book, Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals, that “outrageous brevity is life’s defining problem.” At age 80 you’ll have had a paltry 4,000 weeks. Such brevity is breathtaking, so we create defenses against the reality of finitude. We distract ourselves with the belief that fulfillment lies in the future, that plans and goals prove purpose.
The Cosmic Meaning of Consciousness
In Answer to Job, Jung states, “Whoever knows God has an effect on him.” If, as Jung claims, individual human consciousness affects God, what we are matters in a monumental way. Pursuing individuation not only sets our personality in right order, it permits our personal experiences to enrich the collective unconscious.
Although the concept of archetypes has philosophical ancestors, Jung’s theory was developed over time and rested on a foundation that was scientific and empirical. Research and experiment enabled Jung to establish the autonomous activity of the unconscious.
Paying Attention: What Are You Spending It On?
We plainly pay attention, using the finite currency of time and energy issued in the 24-hour increments that add up to a life—well spent? We have choices and constraints about how we allocate our attention, and today’s world competes fiercely for it in unprecedented ways. No wonder, for power is the ability to command or hijack attention, even if it warps reality with untruths
Letting Go: When Is It Time?
In the first half of life we strive to develop ego strength and achieve our dreams. To want, will and work is worthwhile and adaptive--until a life dream, relationship, or identity fades or fails. Should we hang in and hang on--or let go? When does perseverance become pointless, or hope turn rancid in refusal to accept disappointment, defeat, or depression?
Threshold: Moving Between the Realms
In medieval times, the threshold was a plank that kept barnyard “threshings” outside the house. In the sciences a threshold is the limit of magnitude or intensity that must be exceeded for a definitive change to occur. In human development life stage thresholds are marked and recognized through ritual. In psychoanalytic work the symbol is the threshold—a visible but not literal representation that calls consciousness to apprehend a larger, unseen reality.
Both beautiful and erudite
Such a glorious podcast. I appreciate the expertise and humanity that all three analysts bring to their conversations, illuminating so skilfully different aspects of the human condition. My new must-listen.
Topic request: psychedelics
Firstly — this podcast is brilliant.
It’s very balanced wit and humour, with a rigour and a contemplative quality that I love.
I have a topic request to put out — psychedelics. Somebody in my family has recently got into Ayahuasca and on one hand it seems to be connecting her to a spiritual side of herself and on another is disturbing to see because she makes all sorts of claims about it — it’s indigenous medicine and is therefore sacred, it’s not addictive yet she keeps going back for more, she has to keep her body pure because it makes you purge so she’s on a “better” — highly restrictive— diet etc.
Also organisations like Santo Daime have sprung up to legitimise the spirituality of it but it looks to me a lot like a cult.
Reading up on this, people seem to talk about Ayahuasca being a route to an “archetypal feminine” and use all sort of Jungian terminology, even quoting Jung, and yet I doubt the rigour of this quotation.
I’m not completely closed to the idea that psychedelics can open up one’s inner experiences in sometimes beneficial ways, but I looks to me that this is a dangerous ground to tread.
What’s your take — and what might Jung have said about it if he saw this stuff today?
My favourite podcast
This podcast has really enhanced my life and I am so grateful for Deb, Joseph and Lisa. Thank you