Leslie Birleson commented on Mara Schaeffer's blog post Dealing with Resistance to Dream Work
"Interesting fun fact, Robert Johnson's birthday is the same as C,G, every year in San Diego they would have a get together in a local park. Robert would always tell a great story, the shortest line between two points of course is a crazy circle. He…"
Feb 13, 2015
Leslie Birleson commented on klemens swib's blog post Analytic Talk Therapy Technique in Jeopardy
"  silly little happy person, of course you're right. B happy!"
Feb 12, 2015
Leslie Birleson commented on Mara Schaeffer's blog post Dealing with Resistance to Dream Work
"Another pearl of wisdom I heard fall from the lips of Robert Johnson.
( for every one step I take forward I slide back two, but since I was heading in the wrong direction anyways! it all works out).
Feb 10, 2015
Leslie Birleson commented on klemens swib's blog post Analytic Talk Therapy Technique in Jeopardy
" Interesting to note,
 Machines, are mechanical. The word from Greek,( mechanical) means to trick! a machine may or may not be owner operated, they have the potential to become autonomous like a complex. With the potential to operate even outside of…"
Feb 10, 2015
Leslie Birleson replied to Mats Winther's discussion The Self in Historical Light -- Iamblichus versus Porphyry
"Hello Mat,
 I read your paper "the self in historical light" about a week ago. Utterly fascinating! I was looking forward to rereading it, I've finally after two or three years of mulling around the idea of your model" The complementary self" have…"
Feb 10, 2015
Leslie Birleson left a comment for Evan Hanks
"Hi Evan,
My before dinner response.
Your paper (Mysticism Re-examined) resonated with me on a number of levels.
You see the most bazaar aberrations manifest today in such destructive ways by the collective, it would seem were in the midst of a real…"
Feb 1, 2015
Leslie Birleson left a comment for Mats Winther
"Hey Mat,
 Just a heads up, I wanted to reread your paper on the self ( utterly fascinating by the way) but was unable to logon to any of your websites on Google, very strange! you might want to take a look. Will comment at a later date.
Jan 30, 2015
Leslie Birleson left a comment on Art and Psyche
"It's been awfully quiet in this part of the woods, I would like to post a possible suggestion for discussion.
Jungian Analysts and the danger of identification with the artist archetype.

        From the Red Book Readers addition, introduction page…"
Jan 30, 2015
Leslie Birleson left a comment for Leilani Smiler
"You might want to read this article before attending the web seminar by Craig Hamilton I think you find it very enlightening in its own way.Integral Abuse, Andrew Cohen and the Culture of Evolutionary Enligh..."
Apr 23, 2014
Leslie Birleson replied to Denita Benyshek's discussion Reconnecting with the Source of Artistic Expression in Art and Psyche
"Nice paintings! You certainly have a natural facility and gift for this media, thanks for sharing. Did I read that correctly you just started painting in 2011, wow don't stop!
Aug 25, 2013
Leslie Birleson replied to Denita Benyshek's discussion Reconnecting with the Source of Artistic Expression in Art and Psyche
"I'm not an analyst, but it seems like there are so many other mitigating factors that could cause a block. A block might not be a bad thing so to speak, if we don't try and circumvent it with trickery there is the hope of the transcendent function…"
May 17, 2013
Leslie Birleson replied to Denita Benyshek's discussion Reconnecting with the Source of Artistic Expression in Art and Psyche
"I just read this discussion today May 14.
 I would like to throw in a few comments on a few topics touched upon here. Ed's interesting comment about ( the elephant in the room) brings up quite a few questions. Is it possible for an artist to be an…"
May 14, 2013
Leslie Birleson left a comment on Art and Psyche
"Hi Roberta,
Yes maybe you're right it would be more appropriate to dialogue in length about works of art, thoughts, etc. in the discussion forum. I've been reading the Red Book readers edition with the introduction by Sonu Shamdasani. Absolutely…"
Apr 27, 2013
Leslie Birleson left a comment on Art and Psyche
" Glad to see someone posting new artwork here! Interesting painting Roberta.
 Given the depth of field it looks as if you're working on paper?
Apr 25, 2013
Leslie Birleson left a comment for Kerry Dennehy
"Hi Kerry,
Do you mean my website? I just moved back from Hawaii a few months ago, I am now in Sacramento California trying to get organize so I haven't paid any attention to websites. I just realized that this website is hook up to my old e-mail!…"
Apr 25, 2013
Leslie Birleson replied to Mats Winther's discussion Hilding Linnquist (1891-1984) in Art and Psyche
 Hello Mats,      (This article might be of interest to you!)
 We dialogue a long while ago a…"
Dec 1, 2012

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  • Hi Leslie,

    Thank you so much for your response. Of course, I agree with everything you stated. Physicists and scientists in general, despite their confidence (and sometimes because of it) are as uncertain in their hearts as anyone -- but who can promote themselves today based on an honest uncertainty? I'm afraid I'm not very good at it either, though I try to address it when I'm able to fight through my own projections. But, it seems that we're all so small and insignificant that we have more need to deny it than accept it. I think that's one of the conscious purposes of theology; where our self-appointed notions of divinity come from. By that, I mean that I think we share in a divine nature, but we seem convinced that it's somehow more divine in us than the rest of nature; this, I think, is not only the major obstacle in connecting with our divinity but diminishes it greatly.

    One of the reasons Jung's work is so important to me is that it gives me an opportunity to look at both sides in ways I couldn't have done without it. Your statement also resonates with me: "An event happens! as we move through time and grow older with multiple perspectives and experiences a historical event actually changes..."

    I don't think we'll ever "hit the target", but I think we can view more of the richness of the painting nature draped over our eyes with a little more awareness of our own natures. The religious right, the Middle East, politics in general, and our current commercial trends frighten me -- but not as much as it scares me to think about where my daughter (and her children) may end up through an accelerated consciousness whose aims are even more ill-defined and dangerous (in my humble opinion) than at any time in the past. For those reasons, I consider Jung's psychology to have been a very synchronistic event in human history.

    Thanks again, Leslie, and please stay in touch!

    P.S. Have you ever read Erich Neumann's, Art and the Creative Unconscious?

  • Thanks Leslie…Oh My Golly…thank you for looking out for me :)

  • Hi Leslie. Loved the description of your evolution into Jung and how it has and continues to impact your art, which by the way sounds fascinating.  Regards, Judith Harte
  • Hi Leslie: Thanks so much for your willingness to share a video in the Ritual Space group. Since it's on a technical topic, rather than responding to your question there, I'll answer you here and maybe others can also benefit from reading about the process.

    You may already know all of this so please forgive if I'm being redundant.

    Unfortunately, posting videos on the Alliance--as on many web sites--is not optimal due to the size of the videos. This is really the reason sites like YouTube exist and specialize in hosting video because they have the capacity to do so.

    Thus, currently the best (and only) way to post a video on the Alliance anywhere is to to use "embed" code to do so. That means, yes, it needs to first "live" somewhere on the web in a video service like YouTube, Vimeo, or Hulu. They each offer those embed codes for the purpose of placing them elsewhere.

    I'm very sorry it's so limiting--and I hope you find a way to post your video on YouTube and then embed it here. I'd really love to see it. You can post by going into the group, clicking "Add a discussion" at the bottom of the discussion forum, and then click on the tiny icon that looks like movie film above the discussion box that opens. When you click that icon, it offers a place to past the embed code. Once you're done, the video image appears IN the discussion box. Then you can comment and save below. 

    I hope that's of help. Please don't hesitate to ask any other questions, and thanks for your efforts!

  • Wonderous work (the photo).

    As to Zurich, Interesting that what many think of as the "home place" would be the more "liberal" site.

    Also interesting in the German/American stance. I hear Freud/Jung decrying the American emphasis on "practical usage" of psychological practice. My naive image of Germany is not much different.

  • Hi Leslie. Greetings, and glad you've found the online depth community. I would like to add my welcome to Ed's. As you can see, the Alliance is a dynamic and growing group of people who understand the power of connecting around critical topics and the fact that we are a global community allows us to meet and learn from others in a multitude of ways.

    What an amazing opportunity you've had to attend those lectures in Zurich! I hope you'll find much to intrigue you as you begin to browse the vast content here and interact with others. It looks like you're already off to a good start, and I hope you'll continue to actively engage. Posting links to resources that are meaningful to you or entering discussion by commenting on others' posts are a good way to contribute.

    In case you need detailed help on navigating the site, please use the following link-- http://www.depthpsychologyalliance.com/page/navigating-the-site --and please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions at all! I look forward to seeing you around the community~Bonnie Bright, Founder

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  • Welcome Leslie,

    Do you have a picture of the work you speak of? I know it will not be near the level of power "in the small" but if you can, I'd enjoy seeing it. Also, you state that you are not sure what you can add to the Alliance. Even your answers to the introductory questions have added much to my enjoyment of the Alliance. Your insights into Jungian thought and art/architecture are fascinating and I, along with others, would gain by your shared wisdom. Again, welcome to the Alliance and I look forward to your posts.


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