The Hero Is Us

It’s hard not to think of Joseph Campbell while watching the first film installment of The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien’s renowned fantasy trilogy, which has remained No. 1 at the box office since its opening in December. Underneath the movie’s sweeping spectacle and captivating characters, it’s your basic hero’s story. After a short ...

Georgia on My Mind

Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through. Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind. I’m sayin’ Georgia. Georgia, a song of you comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines. Other arms reach out to me. Other eyes smile tenderly. Still in peaceful dreams I see the road leads back to ...

From the Office of Your Congressman

Though I’m somewhat of a globetrotter, my permanent residence is in Atlanta, GA. I recently contacted my Congressman, Rep. John Lewis, about the outsourcing of American jobs. I was happy to hear that Lou Dobbs was not the only person concerned about this. It appears that Congress is actually taking action on this issue. Below ...

Jungian vs. Clinical

What sets Jungian Psychology apart from clinical psychology is dream analysis. This is a subject that Jung approached seriously. On one occasion an analysand (a patient, or client) came to Jung with a particularly interesting dream. The analysand mentioned that in her dream she went to places in the world that she had never visited. ...

Life Sometimes Gets Pretty Rough

There are rare moments in life when we are aware of what we’re going through. We choose leaving instead of staying put, change instead of comfort, life instead of death. In those rare moments we are given insight into the pain we carry deep into the night. Edward Edinger called this the soul’s nekyia. The ...

The Desert Disappears Beneath the Water

In my dream last night we were both in a very old civilization. I think is was Mayan because of the architecture. It began in a museum though – we were looking at old artifacts. I showed you the snakes that they worships and you were afraid. I made you a couple of traditional necklaces ...

Tear Down the Wall

The main theme shared by Analytical Psychology and Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ is a search for meaning … in a meaningless world. I know that some would argue that Jung did find meaning in the world. I would argue that the entire body of Jung’s work is an attempt to find meaning. Whether he actually ...

White Flag

I checked Dido’s website today just to make sure she was actually human. If I didn’t know better I would have guessed that an angel had fallen from heaven, signed with a record label, and began singing. The only word I can find for her voice is angelic. It doesn’t hurt that her lyrics in ...

Meaningful Coincidences

We’ve all experienced it – a friend calls just as we are thinking of him, or a romantic partner has the same birthday we do. Some coincidences are small, and seemingly inconsequential, but others have the potential to change lives. What causes a coincidence to happen, and what does it mean? Is every coincidence meaningful? ...

Joseph Campbell on the Art of James Joyce

One of the incidents that launched Joseph Campbell down the path of his life’s work was wandering into Shakespeare & Co. in Paris and picking up James Joyce’s newly published Ulysses. Now, just in time for the dual centennials of Campbell’s birth (March 26, 1904) and Bloomsday (June 16, 1904–the day in which most of ...

Jungian Analysis and Biology

Is analytical psychology built upon non-rational or even mystical assumptions? It seems inaccessible to many people, including many psychoanalysts, for just this reason. Noll (1994; 1997) attacked analytical psychology on the grounds that it is based in mysticism. Pietikainen (1998a) said that Jungians defend the theory of archetypes. Stevens (1997a) refuted many of Noll’s points. ...

Rule 4: Never Question Anything

A friend of mine recently recounted a story at her work that sums up Unspoken Business Rule #4 very well: never question anything. She works at a large format printing company. They do things like bus banners and big signs for trade shows. Stuff like that. So, their biggest expenses are paper and ink. Her ...

Rule 1: Use It Or Lose It

In the middle of just about every conference room where budget decisions are made sits a big, fat elephant. People sometimes glance at it or whisper to their peers about it but it gets little airtime. The elephant is named, “Use It Or Lose It.” This is an unspoken business law that drives more business ...

Rule 3: Advantage Business

One of the reasons that the corporation is generally opposed to collective bargaining is because it empowers workers and balances the power equation. Unspoken Business Rule #3 maintains that the business must maintain power over its workers. Employee Salary – A great illustration is the fact that though the company knows what each employee’s salary ...

Rule 2: Mediocrity Is Rewarded

It’s been eight years since I began my life as a professional in the American workplace. Most of my time (95%) has been spent as a management consultant. Management consulting just means providing advice to those in charge of running a business. So, that’s what I do. As a consultant, it is usually my job ...

The of Meaning Dreams

Throughout history, human beings have sought to understand the meaning of dreams. The ancient Egyptians believed dreams possessed oracular power in the Bible, for example, Joseph`s elucidation of Pharaoh`s dream averted seven years of famine. Other cultures have interpreted dreams as inspirational, curative or alternative reality. During the past century, scientists have offered conflicting psychological ...

Enjoy the Moment

I went to Pacifica’s open house. The place was magical and I knew that’s where I wanted to go to graduate school. I slept on campus the first night and woke up early the next morning. There is a great spot, near a big oak tree. The flowers always seem to be in bloom. My ...

Can You Skydive?

There is nothing quite like standing at the edge of an open airplane door at 15,000 feet waiting to jump. The moment of truth. When you’re feet leave the platform and you realize what you’ve done, it’s as close to Zen as you’ll ever experience. For the first time you experience yourself, outside of yourself. ...

Week One

Week one – it’s almost over. After hearing the client call me the overall project manager for their enterprise-wide data warehousing project … I threw up all over her. Well, not really, but I felt like it. Even after the weekend chewing all the nutmeg I could get my hands on and even reading a ...

The Raft of the Medusa

In humanity’s history, we find the deepest lessons to learn. In 1816, the French frigate “Medusa” shipwrecked near Morocco. The remains of the ship served as the only raft that maintained 149 people without direction for more than 27 days. The dramatic experience impelled a painter to carry out a detailed study of the 15 ...

Joseph Campbell: Psychological or Metaphysical

This is a very interesting topic and I find myself wondering exactly where Campbell’s ultimate passions were. The first image that is called to mind is Campbell’s rather amazing recounting of a story he read in a Hawaiian newspaper (source: Power of Myth). It was about a guy on a bridge about to commit suicide. ...

Laughter In the Aisles

Humor is one of the most undiscussed, unexplored, and undocumented everyday phenomena I know of. Bergson was actually one of the few philosophers in history to take up the difficult task of analyzing what makes us laugh. Ironically, his findings are rather dry and philosophical but he does give his readers much to think about. ...