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The Dream: The Vision of the Night

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The Dream: The Vision of the Night

by Max Zeller

A classic in the field of dream analysis, The Dream: The Vision of the Night is a collection of essays, lectures, and vignettes by Max Zeller whose career included a law degree, a brief imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp, study at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, and thirty years of in-depth work as a Jungian analyst.

In the eighteen pieces of this collection, Zeller intersperses theoretical writings, compassionate and incisive case studies, and powerful, almost haiku-like reminiscences of certain incidences in his life, from his meetings with C.G. Jung to his impressions of life in pre-war Nazi Germany.

The Dream: The Vision of the Night is the best example of amplification of Jungian principles that can be found. Neither pure research nor pure memoir, the collection is an affective combination of both, and as such best portrays the spirit of its author: always restless and searching, always compassionate and open-minded, and above all, always fascinated by the mystery and power of our dreams.

About the Author
A long-time pillar of the Jungian community in California, Max Zeller received his legal doctorate in Berlin. After completing his Jungian training in 1938, he and his family were soon forced to flee Nazi Germany. Zeller eventually settled in Los Angeles, where he was co-founder of the C.G. Jung Institute. A warm, witty, and insightful analyst, he continued learning, teaching, and practicing until his death in 1978.

The Dream: The Vision of the Night
Author: Max Zeller
Paperback: 202 pages
Publisher: Fisher King Press (June 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1771690283
ISBN-13: 978-1771690287

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We are pleased to announce that the new issue of Depth Insights™ Journal, the official peer-reviewed publication for Depth Psychology Alliance is out!

From the Editor, Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.:

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When the world seems to be falling apart all around us, depth psychology provides perspectives and tools that can help us make some sense of things, even in some small way. Through the study of the unconscious, we can often get a glimpse of patterns at work, or underlying aspects that help us gain a new understanding of how we are truly supported by something larger—how the boundaries and attachments of our ego selves can soften and give way to soul, which sustains us.
 
In this issue of Depth Insights, we encounter a variety of topics which, when we apply a depth psychological lens, we begin to understand at a deeper layer. Several of these seven compelling essays build on the authors’ personal experiences in order to truly explore the many ways soul reveals itself in our lives and in the collective. Others offer a broad academic view that integrate philosophy or systems science with depth psychology to further enrich the lens by which we might perceive soul at work in the world. ...

 Essays include:

—Stories of Longing: Beaver, Bear, Wolf
—The Space Between Breaths - An Exploration of Grief and Final Threshold Rituals
—The Art of Facing Darkness: A Metal Musician’s Quest for Wholeness
—The Numinosity of Pluralism: Interfaith as Spiritual Path and Practice
On Romanticism in Jung’s Psychology: A Reflection on The Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas
—How Jungian Psychology, Brain Research, Quantum Physics, and Systems Science Lead to Pansystemology and Depth Psychology
—A Child’s Edenic Dream: “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” in The Nutcracker Ballet
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Shiff, Shalit, and The Cycle of Life


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Benjamin Shiff's painting Life  on the cover of The Cycle of Life

A primary tenet of my perspective on the journey through life, as I describe in the newly published The Cycle of Lifeir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1926715500, pertains to the confluence of fate and destiny, and how conscious choice and the unexpected turns of the tide flow together. How do predetermined fate and individual destiny cohabit in one’s life, how does fate determine one’s prospects, and in what ways can the individual determine the course of his or her possibilities? Everything is foreseen, and everything is laid bare, yet everything is in accordance with the will of man, says the Talmud. Likewise, as Jung observed, something that remains unconscious in the individual psyche, may become manifest as external fate. Sometimes, what has powerfully constellated in one’s psyche, yet remains below the level of consciousness, may materialize in physical reality.

Little did I anticipate that this would become apparent in my search for a cover image, the face of the book. I traveled along rivers of time and traversed cultural continents, ending up, so it seemed, with a coverless book in my hands. Then, in a sudden bliss, I remembered a painter whose name was at the tip of my tongue. As I extracted his name, Benjamin Shiff, from the layers of my memory, I was reminded of the balance between lyric harmony and pensive concern, which characterized the dream-like painting I recalled.

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As I traced the pictures on Shiff’s canvas, my eyes fell upon his painting Life (1990). Undoubtedly, I had found the grail. I understood that the frustrations of my journey had not been in vain, but were, perhaps, the psyche’s signs along the road to the picture of life’s transition. The candles’ soft light of life is poised against the painful inevitability of burning out. Yet, as long as they burn, there are shades and colors; there are the distinct faces of transient existence, and there are those of obscurity, hidden in distant nature; there is a lyrical melancholy, as well as a tense harmony. The pain of death and extinction reflects the subtle strength and beauty of life. Only an unlit candle will never burn out. A fully lived life extracts the awareness of its finality. Freud claimed, succinctly, that the ultimate aim of life is death. Mortality as the ultimate boundary of physical existence, serves as the container of human life.

In the paintings of Benjamin Shiff, the contrasts are subtle, and the opposites often blend into a tense yet congruent whole. Contrasting elements of identity, of earthly and heavenly, matter and spirit, float into each other, combining into one whole; together, yet distinct, united, yet separate - is this perhaps the human condition, as rendered in Shiff's exceptional self-portrait, 'my condition as a human'?




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Sometimes the pain is hidden behind a crucified smile. What is crucial emerges from within outward appearance; conflict and struggle blend into harmony and tranquility. In one of his paintings, crucified love hovers over the wide-open mouth of anguish. Elsewhere, the light of innocence and naïve faith is contrasted with the complexity and fragmentation of knowledge.

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In the aesthetics of Shiff’s paintings, light and hope merge with pensive sadness. The ordinary becomes thoughtful reflection, in which dream-like interiority finds tangible expression. There is always something hidden,secretive and elusive – a riddle, like a dream we do not understand, which calls us back, to search, to reflect and look ever deeper.

I came across Benjamin Shiff’s painting Life in May 2011, only to learn that he died in March. As it turned out, not only did we live but half an hour apart, but his daughter, Orit Yaar, is also a Jungian analyst. I knew Orit, but had no idea that she was Benjamin Shiff's daughter. With the sadness of having lost the possibility of meeting Benjamin Shiff, the “sad optimist,” in life, I hope that his painting Life, which provides The Cycle of Life with its face, will serve as a candle honoring and reflecting upon his life and work.

I wish to thank Shosh Shiff, who granted permission to feature this profound painting on the cover of The Cycle of Life.

The Cycle of Life can be ordered directly from Fisher King Press, from your local bookstore, and from a host of online booksellers, including amazon.comir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1926715500.

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Four Eternal Women: Toni Wolff Revisited - A Study in Opposites
Four Eternal Women
Toni Wolff Revisited - A Study In Oppositesir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1926715314
By Mary Dian Molton and Lucy Anne Sikes
ISBN 978-1-926715-31-5
320 pages, Bibliography, Index

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Toni Wolff was at first the patient, and later the friend, mistress for a time, long-term colleague and personal analyst of Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung. In addition to her work as the founder, leader and teacher for the Psychological Society in Zurich which led to the establishment of the world-renowned C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich/Kusnacht, she published a seminal but little known work called “Structural Forms of the Feminine Psyche” (“Der Psychologie”, Berne, 1951). This treatise, certainly one of the first studies in Analytical Psychology, has been the subject of the authors’ investigation, attention, research and study for the past twelve years. Toni Wolff’s original outline of her four archetypes barely filled fifteen pages of the journal, and was written in the academic style of professional journals of that period, sans illustration or commentary.

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Toni Wolff circa 1920's
While Wolff’s work has been mentioned in short form in the work of several writers, Four Eternal Womenir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1926715314 is the first full and serious archetypal delineation of her original thesis, and examines each of her four feminine archetypes from several perspectives:
  •  Wolff's Own Words
  •  An Overview of History and Myth
  •  Familiar Characteristics
  •  Lesser known (Shadow) Possibilities
  •  Career Inclinations
  •  Relationships to Men
  •  Relationships to Children
  •  Relationships to Each of the Other Types
The tension of the opposites set up by Wolff’s own diagrammatic representation of these archetypes provided an additional dynamic to this study. Those who have followed Jung’s individuation path will recognize aspects of Jung’s Transcendent Function. All readers may well become personally sensitized to discover their own type preferences, and how some aspects of shadow may be present in their ‘opposite’ partner.

About the Authors

Lucy Anne Sikes, MS, ARNP, is a Senior Diplomate Jungian Analyst and is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. She is in private practice of Analysis and Psychotherapy in Prairie Village, Kansas, close to Overland Park, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. She currently serves as a lecturer in Jungian Theory and Practice and is past Coordinator for the Kansas City - St Louis Training Seminar of the InterRegional Society of Jungian Analysts.

After her retirement in 1983 from a full career as an educator and later an executive for the Public Broadcasting System, Mary Dian Molton began her Jungian studies and took an advanced degree in clinical social work. She has studied at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, has trained extensively in psychodrama, and has worked as a Jungian psychotherapist since 1987. She also holds a BFA in Fine Arts, and an MS Ed. with a specialization in Secondary Theater Education. For several years she wrote, produced and chaired a weekly television series which showcased creative teaching.

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The Art of Love: The Craft of Relationship

A Practical Guide for Creating the Loving Relationships We Want
by Bud and Massimilla Harris
ISBN 978-1-926715-02-5


The Art of Love: The Craft of Relationship presents the profound principles that form a loving relationship in an easily accessible manner. Using a deceptively simple approach, it will help people shift their attitudes and provide them with skills to create a loving, long-lasting partnership. There are so many titles in print on change because it is an ongoing challenge for most of us. So are relationships. With many years of experience working with couples, Bud and Massimilla Harris share vital information, lessons, and insights. Engaging, and easy to read, The Art of Love: The Craft of Relationshipir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1926715020ir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1926715020 is packed with wisdom, skills, and ideas that can open the door to a new era of fulfilling relationships.

This Fisher King Press publication brings complex material and common sense into a format that is carefully constructed to achieve results by being communicative and consistent, enjoyable and hopeful. Unlike the textbook appearance of many self-help books that include psychological jargon, case examples and exercises, The Art of Love uses stories and dialogue to teach valuable skills for handling problems in a way that builds love and trust.

The Art of Love: The Craft of Relationship is for:
  • Singles and couples who seek self-improvement, who want to enrich their relationships, and who desire practical advice for helping love and trust grow.
  • Singles who are frustrated with their current relationships or have difficulty staying in long-term relationships, and who want to find and develop a more supportive and interactive partnership.
  • Couples who need to learn how to understand each other better in order to have their uniqueness affirmed without threatening their relationship.
  • Couples who are experiencing relational difficulties and who need to improve their communication with each other and learn how to handle conflicts in a way that brings them closer together.
  • Divorced individuals who need support in understanding why their marriages failed and who need encouragement in seeking to get their needs met again.
  • People who are interested in cultivating love and closeness in a way that supports individual growth.
  • Therapists and counselors who seek an accessible resource for their clients, and for readers who wish to explore the most recent perspectives on relationship dynamics.
  • Groups of people, whether religious or educational, who are concerned about the state of their relationships. People who are seeking to understand them and discover the promises of love and joy that being in life together can bring.

Massimilla and Bud Harris are diplomates of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich and co-authors of Like Gold Through Fireir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=0981034454. Bud Harris is also the author of several other publications including Resurrecting the Unicorn, The Father Questir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=0981034497, Sacred Selfishnessir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1930722516, and The Fire and the Roseir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1888602422.
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“the psychological problem of today is a spiritual problem, a religious problem . . .”
—C.G. Jung, C.G. Jung Speaking: Interview and Encounters,
“Does the World Stand on the Verge of Spiritual Rebirth?”

A psychological and spiritual reckoning, Farming Soulir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1926715012 questions theories and assumptions that date back to the early 1900’s and the days of Freud, assumptions which have too often separated spirituality from psychology. Suffering the trials of her own individuation process, Patricia Damery finds answers through a series of unconventional teachers and through her relationship to the psyche and to the land—answers that are surprisingly deeply intertwined.

One strand of Farming Soulir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1926715012 is about redeveloping a relationship to the land—Mother Earth—being rooted in a particular place and being guided by the tenets of Rudolf Steiner’s Biodynamic agricultureir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1855841487. Another strand is about Patricia Damery’s professional path of becoming a Jungian analyst, which includes the exploration of four aspects of the body: the physical, the etheric, the astral, and the mental. We are acquainted with and have similar assumptions about the physical body, but we are mostly unfamiliar with the three supersensible bodies. Jung and two of his closest and well-respected colleagues, Marie Louise von Franz and Barbara Hannah, address the subtle body in their writings, but analytical psychology (and psychology in general) has avoided this aspect of Jung’s work.

Farming Soulir?t=wwwmalcolmclc-20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=1926715012 is a courageous offering that will help to reconnect us to our deeper selves, the often untouched realities of soul, and at the same time ground us in our physical relationship to self and Mother Earth.

Patricia Damery is an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and practices in Napa, CA. She grew up in the rural Midwest and witnessed the demise of the family farm through the aggressive practices of agribusiness. With her husband Donald, she has farmed biodynamically for ten years. Her chapter, "Shamanic States in Our Lives and in Analytic Practice" appeared in The Sacred Heritage: The Influence of Shamanism on Analytical Psychology, edited by Donald Sandner and Steven Wong, and her articles and poetry in the San Francisco Library Journal, Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, Psychological Perspectives, and Biodynamics: Working for Social Change Through Agriculture.
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