This group will gather monthly (we hope) to discuss archetypal, imaginal and spiritual psychology.
These discussions will include considerations of published works, videos and blogs by post-Jungian thinkers like Robert Sardello, James Hillman, Mary Watkins, Paul Kugler, and Stephen Simmer, among many others.
Central to this multivariant movement is an attempt to rethink psyche as soul.
The main influence on the development of archetypal, imaginal and archetypal psychology is Carl Jung's analytic psychology. Writers like Hillman, Watkins, Sardello and others have been strongly influenced by Classical Greek, Renaissance, and Romantic thought. Influential artists, poets, philosophers, alchemists, and psychologists include Nietzsche, Henry Corbin, Gaston Bachelard, Keats, Shelley, Petrarch, and Paracelsus.
Though all different in their approaches to psychology, they appear to be unified by a common concern for the psyche understood as soul.
Writing inLoose Ends: Primary Papers in Archetypal Psychology(1975) James Hillman sketches a very brief lineage of archetypal psychology:
By calling upon Jung to begin with, I am partly acknowledging the fundamental debt that archetypal psychology owes him. He is the immediate ancestor in a long line that stretches back through Freud, Dilthey, Coleridge, Schelling, Vico, Ficino, Plotinus, and Plato to Heraclitus—and with even more branches yet to be traced (p. xvii).
Another common element found among these writers is a concern for practical psychology. These approaches to living are not intended for the therapist's office but rather calls us to live conscious soul lives. And how do we live a conscious soul life? By learning how to hold opposites together without resolving them.
Soul gives depth and resonance to encounters which swing between attraction and repulsion, allows us to be open to the spiritual realms, and permits us to carve out an artful middle ground between the physical and the spiritual.
The image of the Grail is central, too, and balances soul (in the sense that Jung intended it) and spirit. And central to all stories of the Grail is the quest or journey, as well as the cultivation of double-consciousness -- an ability to live in the borderlands between world and soul/spirit, the living and the dead, destiny and fate.