• May 24, 2017
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  • “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”   Winston Churchill Age offers us the possibility to look back over our lives and discern its repeating patterns; a long time must pass for these to emerge, usually decades. In facing the distress and insight that detecting and accepting such insights entail, we become wiser. We can consider: why do my friendships always start and/or end in the same way? Why am I only attracted to a man/woman …

Voula Grand

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”   Winston Churchill Age offers us the possibility to look back over our lives and discern its repeating patterns; a long time must pass for these to emerge, usually decades. In facing the distress and insight that detecting and accepting such insights entail, we become wiser. We can consider: why do my friendships always start and/or end in the same way? Why am I only attracted to a man/woman …

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A friend of mine, a man in his early sixties, went to a school reunion. He was shocked to discover that he found half his school friends to be old, and half were young, even though they were of course all the same age.  The “old” ones talked of what they used to do and what they used to be, speaking only of their past.  The “young” ones spoke of what they were going to do and what they were …

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“Between the dreams of night and day there is not so great a difference.”     Carl Jung   There was once a boy, a foundling, who lived in a farm cottage in Wales. After sixteen years of moving between a variety of children’s homes and foster homes, he wanted to live a quiet secluded life of hard physical labour and plenty of sleep. His two up, two down abode was the first place that felt like home, and he had …

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“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” Carl Jung I awake to a world of red.  Glorious, vibrating crimson. Strange shapes drift past me. I reach out to touch a fragrant red rose.  A crown, encrusted with rubies, drifts above me, and settles lightly on my head.  I am queenly.  A pulsing heart, trailing a stream of viscous blood, floats by, and a phoenix spreads dark red wings and takes flight.  My spirit lifts to …

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The Alchemy of dreams: Sunlight….

“Wisdom is never violent: where wisdom reigns there is no conflict between thinking and feeling.”    Carl Jung  Sunlight caresses my skin, through to my bones, warming me.  I breathe in slowly, and out.  I want to forget now, the black and the white, the lead and the silver, the dark and the wet. A faint smell reminds me of my mother; I remember her making soothing food, boiled eggs,  for her troubled child. I feel her phantom hand now, …

 

The alchemy of dreams: Moonlight…

“Deep down, below the surface of the average man’s conscience, he hears a voice whispering.” Carl Jung  I’m not dead. I slightly open one eye.  A sliver of light has penetrated the gloom. Am I dreaming? Can I live? I carefully open both eyes, downcast, too frightened yet to see what’s in front of me.  I’m on the edge of a vast lake, crystal water lapping around my small white feet. I walk into the sparkling water, up to my waist, …

 

The alchemy of dreams: Nightmare!

“The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens into that primeval cosmic night” Carl Jung. I’m in the deepest darkest dark, blacker even than the inside of my eyelids.  There’s no light here. No shadow. I am lost, abandoned.  I call out, then spit and heave as slime fills my mouth.  An eerie echo mocks me, and I cringe, trembling. Blind, I try to move forward, slowly, in the …

 

The alchemy of dreams: a blog series

“The rediscovery of the principles of alchemy came to be an important part of my work as a pioneer of psychology.” Carl Jung Regular readers will be familiar with my fascination with dreams from this earlier blog. Over the next few months I’ll be blogging on dreams in more depth. As so much has already been written about dream symbols and their interpretations, I’m going to do something a bit different, looking at  dreams quite broadly. If you’re keen to …

 

Guest Blog: Cinders in her stocking: what my grandmother taught me about transgenerational trauma

I am delighted to host a guest blog from my Twitter friend Anne Goodwin, who writes fiction, short and long, and blogs about reading and writing, with a peppering of psychology. Her debut novel, Sugar and Snails, was published last month by Inspired Quill. Like me, Anne is both a psychologist and a novelist, with a special interest in trans generational inheritance, as her blog below illustrates.  Because of  our common interests and experiences, I read Sugar and Snails with …

 

Hope: nature or nurture?

“Hope is a talent, like any other” Storm Jameson. In times of struggle, symbols of hope, the swallow for example, can motivate people to keep going.  In times gone by, sailors facing the power of the ocean had a swallow tattooed on their arm before setting out on a voyage, and then another swallow tattoo upon their return to port. It was also said that if the sailor drowns, swallows would carry their soul to heaven. As swallows never traveled …

 

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