Alison Vida left a comment for Gary S Bobroff
"Hi Gary
I guess I haven't checked in here for many months! I am actually now in Zürich - no Pacifica connection, but we do share the shores Salish Sea. Thanks for making contact.
Nov 16, 2011
penelope jane fields commented on Alison Vida's blog post Autism as Shadow

Thank-you for this opening door.
Someone said that when we individually and/or our culture tend toward polarizing in a particular way or tend to a particular preference, the opposite force is constillated, magnified, manifest. Control and chaos…"
Apr 1, 2011
Alison Vida left a comment for Genevieve Jacobs
"happy to connect, Genevieve!"
Feb 23, 2011
Alison Vida replied to Lilan Laishley's discussion Sharing our Passions with Each Other
Thank you so much for drawing my attention to your work. Reading your latest post on last night's full moon was as refreshing as standing under a cascade of sparkling clear water, as were your lyrical description of the events in Egypt. I…"
Feb 18, 2011
Alison Vida commented on Alison Vida's blog post Autism as Shadow
"Genevieve - stunning video, thank you."
Feb 13, 2011
Alison Vida commented on Genevieve Jacobs's blog post Autism and Typology
"My off-the-top-of -my-head guess is that we are looking at introverted intuition using sensation as a way of relating to the outside world. But wow - doesn't she use 'our' language beautifully!
And I love this from the point of view of language. How…"
Feb 13, 2011
Genevieve Jacobs commented on Alison Vida's blog post Autism as Shadow
Feb 12, 2011
Alison Vida replied to Bonnie Bright's discussion Contra Naturam in Dream Patterning
"Some random thoughts re: "opus contra naturam," the alchemist's Art . . . it's so tricky, I think. On the one hand Jung says the drive to individuation is instinctual, and on the other, the purely natural man who driven by instincts is…"
Feb 11, 2011
Alison Vida left a comment for Holly Friesen
"thanks for the request, Holly. I am awed and moved by the photos of your paintings - powerful and beautiful.
Feb 10, 2011
Alison Vida commented on Bonnie Bright's blog post The Roots of Culture: An Ethno-Depth-Psychological Inquiry into the Role of the Nile in Ancient & Contemporary Egypt
"Bonnie, I am devastated by what you have so eloquently described. I did not know the real story of the Aswan Dam - though if I had thought about it, I probably could have imagined this scenario as true in Egypt as it is in virtually every part of…"
Feb 10, 2011
Alison Vida commented on Alison Vida's blog post Autism as Shadow
"Thank you, Melissa Jane and Bonnie, for your responses - giving me much to consider.
I am intrigued to reflect on "mercury" : its obvious connection to Mercurius, his role in the evolution of consciousness, and the place of suffering in the healing…"
Feb 9, 2011
Alison Vida left a comment for Eleni Levidi, MS, BC-DMT, LPC
"Dear Soul Dancer, Eleni,
How wonderful to find you here - I am a very recent member myself, and appreciate the community, living in this northern outpost as I do. Warm greetings to you -
Feb 8, 2011
Bonnie Bright commented on Alison Vida's blog post Autism as Shadow
"Hi Alison: Thank you so much for this thought-provoking and I think, highly significant, post which you have written in a beautiful and sensitive way. It evokes a number of things for me. First, I am in a training with Stan Grof at the moment and he…"
Feb 8, 2011
Melissa Jane commented on Alison Vida's blog post Autism as Shadow
"I think autism is an expression of our culture's shadow on a variety of levels. Those who suffer with autism are like canaries in the coal mine: they are warning us of the great costs of our dissociation from the Earth, our bodies, and our emotional…"
Feb 8, 2011
Alison Vida left a comment for Ed Koffenberger
"thanks for your welcome, Ed. In the little I've looked around here, I can say it feels good to be among kindred souls.
Jan 19, 2011

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  • Dear Alison,

    How wonderful to hear from you here! I have thought of you many times and wondering how you are and about your plans. I am responding very late to your comment and only just to send a quick note now.... I haven't been able to revisit this site again since I registered - juggling many things at the moment. Hoping sometime soon to exchange more with you.

    much warmth to you,



  • Thanks kindly Alison. I am very drawn to your beautiful moon avatar, lovely image.
  • Welcome Alison,

    Sounds like the sections on ecopsychology and dreams will be to your liking. There are many good folks seeking a better understanding and a better world in the Alliance. Glad you are with us.


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Autism as Shadow

I was reading into Edward Whitmont (The Symbolic Quest) this afternoon, inspired to go there after listening to Bonnie Bright’s evocative conversation with Craig Chalquist. ( And I was fascinated by his discussion, in the first chapter, about autism.


After describing autism, as Jung did before him, as subjective, image-directed and associatively logical (as opposed to causally logical), he points out the strong…

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