Thursday, October 25, 2012

Tantra: J.R. Haule and C.G. Jung

Just Published - John Ryan Haule's 
Tantra and Erotic Trance in two volumes.

Tantra and Erotic Trance
Volume One - Outer Work
Human sexuality is a problematic thing.  It gets us into trouble, breaks our hearts, involves us in painful compulsive relationships, even transmits deadly diseases.  It would surely scare us off, if it were not for its siren call to higher forms of union and moments of bodily bliss.  When examined more closely, however, and especially when we turn our gaze inward to see what sexual arousal is doing to our consciousness, we find we are in an altered state—a form of “erotic trance” that reveals dimensions of ourselves, our partner, and possibilities for human life that otherwise would not have been discovered.

Procreative sex forms the foundation of the nuclear family and the glue that holds society together—what we might call the “horizontal” potential of sex.  Tantra, however, is about its “vertical” dimension—about “tuning” our awareness to bring higher, spiritual realities into focus. It all begins by mastering our bodily reflexes.  This first volume of Tantra and Erotic Trance deals with the preliminary stages of mastery and the transformations of consciousness that they make possible.  The whole project is imagined as a ladder with its feet on the earth and its top leaning into Indra’s heaven.  Each rung represents a new level of awareness, a mastery of what just the rung below had appeared to us as a poorly understood gift.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Pregnant Darkness

The Pregnant Darkness: 
Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness
by Monika Wikman

Author, psychologist, and astrologer Monika Wikman has worked for decades with clients and their dream symbols and witnessed the presence of the divine hand at work in the psyche. In The Pregnant Darkness, Wikman shows readers that the best way to cope with their darkest hours is by fostering a connection to the deeper current of life, those mysteries that give life form and meaning. Wikman’s analysis of dream material leads readers into a practical explanation of alchemical symbolism. Far from being a quaint, ancient practice, The Pregnant Darkness shows that alchemy is at work in contemporary, everyday life. Alchemical symbolism, properly understood, can be applied to unraveling the meaning of visions in meditation, active imagination, and dream work. Wikman shows how readers can participate in the divine energies to help miraculous changes occur in their lives.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Eros Lecture Series

Ken Kimmel has developed a number of lectures and seminars based on chapters in Eros and the Shattering Gaze, focusing on such topics as:
  • "The Burn-Wound of Eros: Transcending Narcissism"   
  • "Predator Beneath the Lover" 
  • "The Grail Wound"
  • "Men's 'Split-Feminine' - Mother, Lover, Virgin, Whore"
  • "Saturn's Wounded Eros"
  • "The Capacity To Love: Transcending the 'Heat-Death' of Eros 
If your society or institute is interested in planning a program, contact Ken at for a formal proposal and resume.

This timely book reveals the pervasiveness of a culturally and historically embedded narcissism underlying contemporary men's erotic and romantic fantasies, that distorts their understanding of what it really means to love. The book is filled with tales of love and loss, from ancient myth, medieval legend, Western classical literature, and contemporary film. Its template derives from "The Tale of Psyche and Amor", and poignant clinical vignettes and dreams from Ken's thirty years of practice bring to life the major themes of narcissism and its transcendence.

Elizabeth Clark-Stern's Play: Out of the Shadows

Jung Society of Atlanta Presents

Out of the Shadows 
A Story of Toni Wolff and Emma Jung - play performed by Lucie Magnus and Nancy Qualls-Corbett

July 21, 2012 Saturday Lecture 7:30 pm
members: free; non-members $20; students $10

Please join us for a reading of Elizabeth Clark-Stern's story of the stormy, triangulated and ultimately transformative relationship between Emma Jung, wife of Carl Jung and Toni Wolff, his analyst, muse and mistress.

The play opens in 1910, as Sigmund Freud and his heir-apparent, Carl Jung, are changing the way people think about the mind and human nature. Emma, the twenty-six-year-old mother of four, aspires to heip her husband develop the science of psychology, but when twenty-two-year-old Toni Wolff enters the heart of this world as Jung's patient, her curious mind and devotion to Jung threaten Emma's aspirations. As Toni and Emma explore both their antagonism and common ground, they struggle to know the essence of the enemy, the "Other", as well as the power and depth of their own natures. The play follows Toni and Emma's rivalry over forty years while charting the parallel course of the field of psychology and some of its major players. —Press Release, C. G. Jung Society of New Orleans

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Cry of Merlin: Jung, the Prototypical Ecopsychologist

June 30, 2012

Just Published by Fisher King Press

The Cry of Merlin: 
Jung, the Prototypical Ecopsychologist

The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe Volume II

by Dennis L. Merritt

Carl Jung can be seen as the prototypical ecopsychologist. Volume II of The Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe explores how Jung’s life and times created the context for the ecological nature of Jungian ideas.  It is an ecopsychological exercise to delineate the many dimensions of Jung’s life that contributed to creation of his system—his basic character, nationality, family of origin, difficulties in childhood, youthful environment, period in Western culture, and his pioneering position in the development of modern psychology. Jung said every psychology is a subjective confession, making it important to discover the lacuna in Jung’s character and in his psychological system, particularly in relation to Christianity. Archetypically redressing the lacuna leads to the creation of a truly holistic, integrated ecological psychology that can help us live sustainably on this beautiful planet.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Just Published - Montreal IAAP Congress Proceedings

Montreal 2010

Facing Multiplicity:
Psyche, Nature, Culture

Edited by Pramila Bennett

illustrated, 240 pages in print + 1789 pages on CD (included with book, not available separately) ISBN 978‑3‑85630‑744‑8, $ 41 / Sfr 35 / GBP 30 - Order directly from the Publisher: Daimon Verlag

Jungian analysts from all over the world gathered in Montreal from August 22 to 27, 2010 for the 18th Triannual Congress of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (I.A.A.P.). The 11 plenary presentations and 100 break-out sessions attest to the complex dynamics and dilemmas facing us in present-day culture. The Pre-Congress Workshop on Movement as Active Imagination papers are included, as are the opening address of Joe Cambray and farewell address of Hester Solomon.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kamerling & Gustafson's Lifting the Veil

Lifting the Veil
by Fred Gustafson & Jane Kamerling

The following is the foreword by Thomas Singer, MD

In her chapter “The Symbol of the Veil,” Jane Kamerling writes in this book of her seeing an Arab woman standing alone on top of a hill as night approached in the desert forty-five years ago: “Hidden under the robes that concealed her body was a world unknown to me.” This becomes the central, symbolic image of the authors’ quest of Lifting the Veil. Many meanings of this multivalent and potent symbol emerge in the journey to unveil to Westerners the foreign world of Arab Muslims. There is one potential, perhaps unintended, meaning of “Lifting the Veil” that occurred to me while reading this unique study. Could it be that the title of the book also boomerangs back onto the long veiled Jungian tradition of only looking at the world through our own very particular point of view—which is frequently quite blind and deaf to what is happening around us?


Shirley Ma provides a Jungian perspective on the Chinese tradition of footbinding and considers how it can be used as a metaphor for the suffering of women and the repression of the feminine, as well as a symbol for hope, creativity and spiritual transformation.

Drawing on personal history, popular myths, literature, and work with clients, Footbinding discusses how modern women still symbolically find their feet bound through this ancient practice. Detailed case studies from Western and Asian women demonstrate how Jungian analysis can loosen these psychological bindings allowing the client to reconnect with the feminine archetype, discover their own identity and take control of their own destiny.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Jung and Ecopsychology - New Publication

Just Published!

The Dairy Farmer's Guide to the Universe:
Volume 1, Jung and Ecopsychology

Paperback & eBook editions

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"Western man has no need of more superiority over nature, whether outside or inside. He has both in almost devilish perfection. What he lacks is conscious recognition of his inferiority to nature around him and within him. He must learn that he may not do exactly as he wills. If he does not learn this, his own nature will destroy him. He does not know that his own soul is rebelling against him in a suicidal way."  — C.G. Jung
Carl Jung believed there had to be a major paradigm shift in Western culture if we were to avert many of the apocalyptic conditions described in the Book of Revelation. He coined the terms ‘New Age’ and ‘Age of Aquarius’ to describe a change in consciousness that would honor the feminine, our bodies, sexuality, the earth, animals, and indigenous cultures. Jung deplored the fast pace of modern life with its empty consumerism and the lack of a spiritual dimension.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Hijacked by Eros


A Jungian analyst’s picaresque adventures in the pleroma with
“The Eros Aspect of the Eye” by A.R. Pope


This final volume in The Eros Trilogy is all one might expect from the author who coined the term “Jungian romance.” Sharp and his rogueish side-kick Razr jostle for position, adroitly balancing Logos and Eros, puer and senex. Overall, it is both heady and hearty.

A bonus here is the inclusion of a long-lost scholarly essay by the late A. R. Pope of Zurich, “The Eros Aspect of the Eye,”

DARYL SHARP, M.A., B.Sc., B.J., is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich and the author of many other books.

ISBN 9781894574358.
Index. 128 pp. 2012.
Price: $25.00