Matthew Van Lokeren left a comment for Ed Koffenberger
"Hi Ed,

Thanks.  Haven't heard from many of them in a while, but my time there was most interesting.
Well, I would say Jung is very respected down here, but the unique flavor of consciousness here in Brasil does not necessarily lend itself to…"
Jan 19, 2012

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  • Currently beginning my dissertation process and looking for my committee members. Topic: Souling: Deep Christianity. In gnereal terms, I'm addressing the rather fuzzy concept of the soul in both Jung's work and in Christian understandings (this will include interviews with seminary students/professors and Jungian anayysts).

    Premise is that Soul as a substantive is an incorrect understanding of what is experienced and has led to many misuses and dogmatically held positions within depth psychology and Christianity (esp. when it dropped its Jewish roots to become more Greco-Roman in nature). Soul, a noun, is actually Souling, a gerund, and that such an understanding opens the concept to be an ongoing activated energetic dynamic in human experience. There is a visual mandala I have created to present the idea.

    I've been enjoying my time with the Kabbalah, Process Theology, and going through Jung's Collected Works.

    What has your attention these days?


  • Welcome Matthew,

    Glad you found and decided to join the Alliance. There are a number of Pacifica-ites with us so I hope you will find some of your cohort here along with some interests of yours within the many blogs, forums, and groups. How is the perspective of depth psychology and its concepts accepted in Brazil? Again, welcome and I look forward to your posts.


  • Hi Matthew. Welcome to the online depth community all the way from Brazil. Once you have a chance to explore the site a bit, I think you'll find a dynamic group of likeminded people who are all fascinated by the field of depth psychology. One thing that I really like about it personally is that, while there are many Jungian analysts and clinical psychologists here, our members come from many walks of life--artists, writers, doctors, healing professionals, business people, etc--so there is much knowledge and experience here to be shared.

    Meanwhile, as you probably know, there are lots of Pacifica students, faculty, and alumni here who seem to gravitate to the site so you may meet new people or old friends from Pacifica here.

    On that note, I hope you're finding opportunities to engage as you browse the vast content and interact with others. You may want to consider joining the online book club if you haven’t already—There's a new author each month, and you can jump in at anytime and participate at whatever level you wish. Even if you don't have the book for this month, you can read all the comments that have gone on so far and get a feel for the story--or Feb. 1 will bring a wonderful new book from Jungian Analyst Erel Shalit as well as a special online study group on Astrology with Kathleen Burt.

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