"You complete me!" Not really. As a follow up to the last episode on the Shadow, I'm diving into the image of the Magical Other. Let's talk about projections and fantasies in intimate, long-term relationships. And how to grow up. This episode is in my series Stuff that Helps!, where I popularize stuff I've found helpful. This week will be about the work of James Hollis, a Jungian Analyst and author who coined the phrase the Magical Other. According to Hollis the fantasy of the Magical Other is one of the chief sources of suffering in long-term relationships, not to mention a kind of false god in the Western world. Enjoy!
With so much finger pointing and blame right now, let's talk about the shadow and projection. Ken Wilber calls shadow work the great gift of psychology in the 21st century. So what is it? How do we get close to the possibilities and invitations hidden beneath our conscious awareness? Enjoy!
We've lost the plot again! Let's talk about The Apocalypse, which really means "to reveal." With so much anxiety and fear, is there a reason to be hopeful? What does the destruction and renewal symbol have to teach us right now? "No one ought ever love their suffering/but no one ever loves without its pain/as we die we come to wondering/if there was something we could not yet see/that winged Thing that merges with Earth's suffering/to make us what we would otherwise never be." (Rilke)
The last podcast created some controversy, so let's go further. In this episode, I bring in some other voices on the subject of "know thyself" - I discuss the early adolescent tensions of authenticity and social acceptance from the work of Bill Plotkin, the traps of identification according to Cynthia Bourgeault, radical consciousness from Ken Wilber, and the Cosmic Dance of Thomas Merton. Enjoy!
Through the analogy of dreams and how they work on the ego, I argue that parables, because they're archetypal and symbolic, are meant to disrupt, disrobe and dismantle the ego - who we think we are in the world. This week, in my ongoing series on the Bible, I explore how parables can work on us. They're not just clever stories with moral lessons that need to be deciphered or interpreted correctly. Listening on this deeper level does not mean you need to believe the stories, or hold certain views about the Bible, or even believe in God. It's more like we're being invited to open up to the characters, the emotions, the landscape, and images of a parable (or any mythic story for that matter). This way of listening helps reveal the hidden contours of our own psyche - where we need to grow, where we're stuck, the leading edge of change for us. Being worked by parables feels like, "Surprise! You're not who you say you are, or who you think you are. Change your life!" Enjoy!
Stuff I've been pondering - the soul's code and her aims, raising kids, our post truth culture, the underworld pool of memory, "what to remember when waking" (David Whyte), the un-lived life, "concealment of Being" (Heidegger), and the relationship between the past and a new imagination for the future. Enjoy!
Episode 5 in losing the plot, my Biblical series. I'm following the last podcast on Holy Week with a few musings on resurrection. Did Jesus really resurrect? What's the meaning intended by such a radical and complex image? Reflecting on the experiences of Paul and Mary Magdalene, some important patterns emerge that take us beyond the debates about belief and history. Enjoy!
Back with another musing on the Biblical stories. This episode is about Holy Week, the last week of Jesus life, the Sacred Fool, eating the Divine, and one of the more troubling and enigmatic teachings of Jesus to buy a sword. Plus, Peter needs to eat his shadow in order to grow up. Enjoy!
This episode is about our cultural and "spiritual" obsession with safety, the human ego, translative and transformative religion, and whether or not the deeper path of soul and/or God is really all that safe. Enjoy!
Still losing the plot! This week we work backwards from The Tower of Babel to Cain, a few of the darker stories in the entire Hebrew Bible. These ancient stories keep provoking, challenging, inspiring, alluring, much to my surprise. What do you think? Does the Bible still matter?
To my own surprise, I keep returning to the Bible, a book that allures and repulses, inspires and confronts. The archetypes, stories, symbols and metaphors are like a bridge between the transcendent and nameless, and the ordinary and mundane. This week, the polar vortex, Trump tweets, and the Creation story make an appearance in the ways we've lost the plot. Enjoy!
To my own surprise, I keep returning to the Bible, a book that allures and repulses, inspires and confronts. The archetypes, stories, symbols and metaphors are like a bridge between the transcendent and nameless, and the ordinary and mundane. I don't think the Biblical narrative has runs its course when it comes to meaning. In fact, the way we misunderstood, dismissed, derided and ignored the great stories has contributed to more narcissism and nihilism and loss of meaning. We've lost the plot. In this series, I hope to recover some of the ancient wisdom that runs like a mysterious thread of meaning from antiquity to the present.
This week, intro to Bill Plotkin! We'll take a look at Plotkin's nature-based map of human wholeness in his book Wild Mind and why we desperately need this sort of work in the world right now. I hope it helps!
Paul Moore and Kent Dobson have an unscripted conversation about dreams and dreamwork. For both of us, dreams have been an important and surprising part of growing out of our old ways of being in the world. We're not claiming to be dream experts; we're just curious and open. This conversation is more like a 101 introduction. Enjoy!
Paul Moore, Kent Dobson. Two friends chatting about…90’s worship music (really?), shame, the esoteric and exoteric, moments of transcendence, manipulation, learning to swim, and perhaps the universal experience of having been cheated by whatever system we happen to be in.