Tag Archive for ‘Depth Psychology’

Mystics and the Mind

Can mysticism save the world? That is one of many questions I discussed in my recent talk at the Vancouver School of Theology. Please, click on the word “talk” above. Read and reflect on this blend of personal narrative, depth psychology, biblical interpretation, and social commentary. Thank you so much!

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Letting Go of Literalism

A Biblical story, from parshat hashavua: The king of Moab approaches the prophet Balaam, hoping to hire Balaam to curse the Israelites (Numbers 22:2-24:5). After dreaming that God tells him to take the job, Balaam sets out with his donkey. Inexplicably, God becomes angry with Balaam for accepting, and sends an angel to block the path. Balaam does not see the angel, but his donkey does. When she refuses to walk […]

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Falling Apart

  Falling apart is a kind of strength. At least, that’s what I’m learning as I reflect this week on the meaning of “strength.” During the seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuot, Jewish tradition invites us to sefirat ha’omer. Literally, it means “counting of the measure” of barley. And, in ancient Israel, for seven weeks people took daily account of the ripening of the grain. But in medieval, urban, diaspora Europe, […]

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Knowing the Unknowable

How do you speak about the unsayable? Represent the unrepresentable? Make conscious what is, by its nature, unconscious? Here is a short proposal for an academic research project reaching in that direction. Scholar alert: Read on if you aren’t afraid of APA-style citations. Don’t worry about jargon: all technical terms are eventually defined. *** The purpose of this hermeneutic study will be to explore and understand C.G. Jung’s concept of […]

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