46 min

How to escape the "nothing but"-- practices and gifts of the symbolic life with Rohini Walker Myth Matters

    • Philosophy

In the last podcast, we talked about the crisis of a life of "nothing but" and the inherent dangers in what C.G. Jung called "the one-sidedness" of Western consciousness. The overly rational person is psychologically crippled, and vulnerable to what is repressed in the unconscious. This is also true of cultures, and we are living with the ills and effects of this one-sidedness right now.
So, how do you become a healthier person, and a better citizen in a saner world? You learn to live the symbolic life, decolonize your soul, liberate your consciousness, and keep the mystery alive.
It doesn't take a lot of time or money or specific expertise, and you don't have to "believe" in anything. You don't need to go on retreat or take a leap off the deep end. You don't have to give up facts and buy the woo-woo. Opportunities are all around, every day, to cultivate a soul-full perspective and a different type of attention, to cultivate what James Hillman called " a poetic state of mind."
I'm joined by writer, poet and colleague, Rohini Walker, who lends her insight to this episode. Rohini is the Editor and Creative Director of Luna Arcana, an arts and literary print publication based in Joshua Tree, CA, and much more. She mines myths and metaphors, and like me, is a perpetual student in the arts of soul. I am so grateful to Rohini for being part of this podcast.
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In the last podcast, we talked about the crisis of a life of "nothing but" and the inherent dangers in what C.G. Jung called "the one-sidedness" of Western consciousness. The overly rational person is psychologically crippled, and vulnerable to what is repressed in the unconscious. This is also true of cultures, and we are living with the ills and effects of this one-sidedness right now.
So, how do you become a healthier person, and a better citizen in a saner world? You learn to live the symbolic life, decolonize your soul, liberate your consciousness, and keep the mystery alive.
It doesn't take a lot of time or money or specific expertise, and you don't have to "believe" in anything. You don't need to go on retreat or take a leap off the deep end. You don't have to give up facts and buy the woo-woo. Opportunities are all around, every day, to cultivate a soul-full perspective and a different type of attention, to cultivate what James Hillman called " a poetic state of mind."
I'm joined by writer, poet and colleague, Rohini Walker, who lends her insight to this episode. Rohini is the Editor and Creative Director of Luna Arcana, an arts and literary print publication based in Joshua Tree, CA, and much more. She mines myths and metaphors, and like me, is a perpetual student in the arts of soul. I am so grateful to Rohini for being part of this podcast.
Support the show

46 min