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September 6, 2016

To be a visionary is no longer the work of a few mystics. The language of soul is being spoken by so many in fields as diverse as quantum physics, literature, religion, shamanism, art, and psychotherapy, to name a few. IMAGINAL FIGURES IN EVERYDAY LI...

September 2, 2016

In soft whispers and quiet evocations
we are called by soul to seek the depth of a thing,
to wonder what else, or who else is present
in the cavernous mystery of lived experience. 
-MARY HARRELL-

Through personal and cultural stories, I open my read...

March 25, 2016

Mary Harrell's Imaginal Figures in Everyday Life is an amazing, beautiful book which explores complex ideas and renders them in a manner such that the reader is able to relate to those concepts and ideas. Henry Corbin first coined the term "imaginal"...

March 8, 2016

 

In soft whispers and quiet evocations

we are called by soul to seek the depth of a thing,

to wonder what else, or who else is present

in the cavernous mystery of lived experience.  

- Mary Harrell

March 5, 2016

After teaching for 40 years, and having a full time psychotherapy practice, I now have much more time for writing. 

That would ordinarily be a very good thing, and it is. BUT there are some difficulties. For instance, the following problems haven't...

February 25, 2016

Some have wondered why a psychologist might share personal beliefs and affective states when describing encounters in the mundus imaginalis, that subtle world between the material domain and the ideas of the rational mind.  

 

Jung knew...

February 11, 2016

 

 

 

 

"As I read [Imaginal Figures in Everyday Life], I felt I was in the company of a wise, compassionate friend whose human suffering resonated so much with my own.  Mary's courage, deep looking and astute insights shine a light for our own healing j...

February 6, 2016

 

At Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association's Authors Spotlight last weekend (January 28-31, 2016), invited authors gathered in a circle warmly constellated by the authors themselves, their books, and those who would celebrate their accomplish...

February 5, 2016

To touch the participatory rhythms of an in-between, enchanted world and, to engage with the many figures that dwell there, requires only the desire to do so.  C G Jung has said that to stay with the image is the first step in coming to terms with th...

February 5, 2016

 

 

It is surprising to many people that imagination in Jung's analytical psychology is a real experience and not something one "makes up."  The adjective which describes experiences in which this kind of imagination is discussed is imaginal, not to be...

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