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Living a Symbolic Life in a Technological Age. Our digital age presents unique challenges for the practice of the inner life. What can the insights of Jungian Psychology offer for dealing with these challenges? In this series, we explore Carl Jung's idea of "the symbolic life" through the lenses of depth psychology, mythology, fairy tales, poetry, religion, and more. We focus on three core questions: 1. What is the symbolic life? 2. Why do we need a symbolic life? and 3. How can we cultivate and live a symbolic life? This is a companion podcast to the book 'Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life' by Jungian analyst Jason E. Smith.

Digital Jung Jason E. Smith

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Living a Symbolic Life in a Technological Age. Our digital age presents unique challenges for the practice of the inner life. What can the insights of Jungian Psychology offer for dealing with these challenges? In this series, we explore Carl Jung's idea of "the symbolic life" through the lenses of depth psychology, mythology, fairy tales, poetry, religion, and more. We focus on three core questions: 1. What is the symbolic life? 2. Why do we need a symbolic life? and 3. How can we cultivate and live a symbolic life? This is a companion podcast to the book 'Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life' by Jungian analyst Jason E. Smith.

    Learning To Say 'No'

    Learning To Say 'No'

    In this episode:
    I explore the idea of everyday asceticism, the art of setting limits for ourselves in order to stand more firmly and authentically in our lives. 
    Let's make this a conversation:
    Do you have a comment or  question about this episode, or about something you would like me to address in a future episode? Please contact me on Instagram (@digital.jung), Facebook (facebook.com/jungiananalyst), or Twitter (@Jason_E_Smith)

    Or: Subscribe to the Digital Jung Newsletter (https://digitaljung.substack.com/)

    For more on living a symbolic life:
    Please check out my book, Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, available from Chiron Publications.

    Sources for quotes and more:
    Americans Must Say 'No'  from 'CG Jung Speaking' edited by William McGuire S2, Ep. 17: Recovering The Spirit: The Seven Ravens, pt. 2 S3, Ep. 3: Receiving One's True Name S3, Ep. 4: Imagining Our Proper Life-Task 'Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life'  by Jason E. Smith 'A Dwelling Place For Wisdom' by Raimon Panikkar 'The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety' by Alan Watts The Fisherman and His Wife from 'Grimms' Tales For Young and Old' 'Mysticism' by Evelyn Underhill 'Thoughts in Solitude' by Thomas Merton
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    Imagining Our Proper Life-Task

    Imagining Our Proper Life-Task

    In this episode:
    I discuss the idea of vocation -- what Jung calls “our proper life-task” -- and explore the challenges that come with taking up such a task in our own lives.
    Let's make this a conversation:
    Do you have a comment or  question about this episode, or about something you would like me to address in a future episode? Please contact me on Instagram (@digital.jung), Facebook (facebook.com/jungiananalyst), or Twitter (@Jason_E_Smith).

    Or: Subscribe to the Digital Jung Newsletter (https://digitaljung.substack.com/)

    For more on living a symbolic life:
    Please check out my book, Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, available from Chiron Publications.

    Sources for quotes and more:
    'Letters, vol. 1' by C.G. JungMysterium Coniunctionis in 'Collected Works, vol. 14' by C.G. Jung The Holy Men of India in 'Collected Works, vol. 11' by C.G. Jung'A Life at Work' by Thomas Moore Psychology and Alchemy in 'Collected Works, vol. 12' by C.G. Jung'Memories, Dreams, Reflections' by C.G. Jung 'The Way of the Dream' by Marie-Louise von Franz The Orphan Boy and the Elk Dog in 'Favorite Folktales From Around the World' edited by Jane Yolen The Development of the Personality in 'Collected Works, vol. 17' by C.G. Jung Is Analytical Psychology a Religion? in 'C.G. Jung Speaking' edited by William McGuire The Golden Key, fairy tale by George MacDonald
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    "Dreaming Days," "Slow Vibing," and "The Return" by Ketsa are licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0



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    • 29 min
    Receiving One's True Name

    Receiving One's True Name

    In this episode:
    We explore the symbolism of “one’s true name” and the challenges that we meet in learning how to hear it.
    Let's make this a conversation:
    Do you have a comment or  question about this episode, or about something you would like me to address in a future episode? Please contact me on Instagram (@digital.jung), Facebook (facebook.com/jungiananalyst), or Twitter (@Jason_E_Smith).

    Or: Subscribe to the Digital Jung Newsletter (https://digitaljung.substack.com/)

    For more on living a symbolic life:
    Please check out my book, Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, available from Chiron Publications.

    Sources for quotes and more:
    Symbols of Transformation in 'Collected Works, vol. 5' by C.G. JungThe New Name in 'Unspoken Sermons, vol. 1' by George MacDonald Psychological Types in 'Collected Works, vol. 6' by C.G. Jung'The Way of the Dream'  by Marie-Louise von Franz The Development of the Personality in 'Collected Works, vol. 17' by C.G. JungThe Journey, poem by Mary Oliver 'Crossing the Unknown Sea' by David Whyte 'Letters to a Young Poet' by Rainer Maria Rilke The Symbolic Life in 'Collected Works, vol. 18' by C.G. Jung Homer's The Odyssey, translated by Robert Fagles 'The Hero With A Thousand Faces' by Joseph Campbell Names, poem by Rumi in 'The Soul is Here For Its Own Joy' edited by Robert Bly
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    "Dreaming Days," "Slow Vibing," and "The Return" by Ketsa are licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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    • 29 min
    The Temptation of Inflation

    The Temptation of Inflation

    In this episode:
    We discuss one of the dangers inherent in the symbolic life — the ever-present specter of inflation.
    Let's make this a conversation:
    Do you have a comment or  question about this episode, or about something you would like me to address in a future episode? Please contact me on Instagram (@digital.jung), Facebook (facebook.com/jungiananalyst), or Twitter (@Jason_E_Smith).

    Or: Subscribe to the Digital Jung Newsletter (https://digitaljung.substack.com/)

    For more on living a symbolic life:
    Please check out my book, Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, available from Chiron Publications.

    Sources for quotes and more:
    'Letters, vol. 1' by C.G. Jung'Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology' by Marie-Louise von Franz S3, Ep. 1: Invoking the Imagination'Ego and Archetype'  by Edward Edinger The Relations Between the Ego and the Unconscious from 'Collected Works, vol. 7' by C.G. JungThe Swan Maidens, from 'Europa's Fairy Book' by Joseph Jacobs 'The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property' by Lewis Hyde 'Practical Mysticism: A Little Book for Normal People' by Evelyn Underhill
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    "Dreaming Days," "Slow Vibing," and "The Return" by Ketsa are licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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    • 28 min
    Invoking the Imagination

    Invoking the Imagination

    In this episode:
    We look at the question of how to begin -- that is, what preparations are needed to begin the work of the symbolic life?
    Let's make this a conversation:
    Do you have a comment or  question about this episode, or about something you would like me to address in a future episode? Please contact me on Instagram (@digital.jung), Facebook (facebook.com/jungiananalyst), or Twitter (@Jason_E_Smith).

    Or: Subscribe to the Digital Jung Newsletter (https://digitaljung.substack.com/)

    For more on living a symbolic life:
    Please check out my book, Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, available from Chiron Publications.

    Sources for quotes and more:
    Individual Dream Symbolism in Relation to Alchemy from 'Collected Works, vol. 12' by C.G. Jung'The Gods of the Greeks' by Karl KerényiThe Swan, poem by Mary Oliver from 'House of Light''Biographia Literaria'  by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 'Hymn to Delos' by Callimachus The Aims of Psychotherapy from 'Collected Works, vol. 16' by C.G. Jung
    Like this podcast?
    Please consider leaving a review at one of the following sites:
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    Music:
    "Dreaming Days," "Slow Vibing," and "The Return" by Ketsa are licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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    • 27 min
    Season 3 Announcement

    Season 3 Announcement

    In this episode:
    I announce the start of Season 3 of Digital Jung
    For more on living a symbolic life:
    Please check out my book, Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, available from Chiron Publications.

    Subscribe to the Digital Jung Newsletter (https://digitaljung.substack.com/)

    Sources for quotes and more:
    "Already the ripening barberries" - poem by Rainer Maria Rilke (Translated by Robert Bly)The Soul and Death by C.G. Jung, from 'Collected Works, vol. 8.'

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    ...or support the show with a donation at Buy Me a Coffee (link below)


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55 Ratings

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Amazing Surprise

Randomly stumbled upon this show and was floored by the quality and the care clearly put into it- it quickly became my favorite Jung podcast. Thoughtful, insightful, and fully acclimated to the 21st century, which not many public discussions of Jung’s work can boast. Thank you so much for your work!

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This is by far my favorite podcast. I often listen to episodes multiple times to soak it all in.

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A calming refuge in stressful times

Digital Jung is one of only a few podcasts I look forward to, and miss during its seasonal pauses. The topics are never complicated, but give me something to think about. It’s almost like a secular sermon. Jason’s soothing voice, and the background music has become a comfort food for me.

I can’t say it’s helped me. In my life, but I always enjoy it.

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