Alchemy and Psychotherapy: Post-Jungian Perspectives by Dale Mathers

By Dale Mathers

Alchemical symbols are a part of pop culture, so much lately popularised within the Harry Potter books. Alchemy intrigued Carl Jung, the founding father of analytical psychology. It encouraged him as he wrote ‘the purple Book’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He dedicated a lot of his lifestyles to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious techniques. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the problem of alchemy within the consulting room and its software to social and political matters. This e-book argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - medical materialism - and for the invention of non secular meaning.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:

‘Alchemy and meaning’ - appears to be like on the background of alchemy, relatively the logo of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing relationship.

'The symbolic attitude’ - explores operating with goals, fairytales, astrology and the physique: each one of that is a symbolic language.

‘The spirit and the typical world’ - discusses the concept that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the magical features of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of image formation.

‘Clinical Applications’ - exhibits alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender identification, in anorexia and in ‘social healing’ - atonement and restorative justice - which follow the assumption of the coniunctio.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with scientific examples, alchemical photographs and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an artistic artwork and a technological know-how. Bringing jointly members from quite a lot of disciplines, Dale Mathers and individuals exhibit that treatment is either artwork and technological know-how, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their learn is their artistic engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy should be a important source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and inventive, art-based remedies and for artistic practitioners (in movie, literature and acting arts) who draw on Jung’s rules.

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Toronto, Canada: Inner City Books. —— and Hillman, J. (1975) Jung’s Typology Zurich: Spring Publications. White, V. (1949) Some Notes on Gnosticism. London: Guild of Pastoral Psychology, Lecture pamphlet no. 59. —— (1952) G-d and The Unconscious. Zurich: Spring Publications. 26 2 MYSTERIUM CONIUNCTIONIS Fabric of Life Catherine Bygott Oh mask of man, From what deep source do you draw your voice? (Catherine Bygott) Introduction Alchemy reveals what is shrouded in mystery. It mirrors deep life processes, providing a symbolic language of perception for some and a vehicle through which to engage with mystery for others.

And analysis/therapy/ counselling is hierarchical. Power is skewed. We do the magic, they do the work and get dirty. If this were not so, it would be like trying to teach a person to cook by never letting them near a saucepan. Medieval alchemy was hierarchical, secretive, ‘tainted with the black mud of occultism’. Yet the true power did not rest in the adept (the one), the soror (the two) or the vessel (the third), but in the shared, mysterious, hidden fourth – the magic of ‘what is going on in the retort’.

1980) Envy and Gratitude and Other Works 1946 to 1963. London: The Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psycho-Analysis. Klossowski de Rola, S. (1973) Alchemy: The Secret Art. London: Thames and Hudson. Segal, R. E. (1992) The Gnostic Jung. London: Routledge. Solomon, H. (1991) ‘Archetypal Psychology and Object Relations Theory’, Journal of Analytical Psychology, vol. 36, 3, pp. 307–341. Tuby, M. (1982) The Search and Alchemy. London: Guild of Pastoral Psychology, Lecture pamphlet no. 210. von Franz, M.

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