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By Dale Mathers

Alchemical symbols are a part of pop culture, so much lately popularised within the Harry Potter books. Alchemy intrigued Carl Jung, the founding father of analytical psychology. It encouraged him as he wrote ‘the purple Book’ - the magazine of his voyage of inner discovery. He dedicated a lot of his existence to it, utilizing alchemical symbols as metaphors for subconscious approaches. Alchemy and Psychotherapy explores the problem of alchemy within the consulting room and its software to social and political concerns. This e-book argues opposed to the dominant discourse in modern psychotherapy - medical materialism - and for the invention of non secular meaning.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy has 4 major sections:

‘Alchemy and meaning’ - seems on the heritage of alchemy, rather the emblem of the coniunctio - sacred marriage - a metaphor for the healing relationship.

'The symbolic attitude’ - explores operating with goals, fairytales, astrology and the physique: each one of that's a symbolic language.

‘The spirit and the usual world’ - discusses the concept that of 'burn out' - of therapists, our ecological assets, the paranormal elements of quantum physics and the philosophical underpinning of image formation.

‘Clinical Applications’ - exhibits alchemy’s use with sufferers of abuse, these suffering to safe gender id, in anorexia and in ‘social healing’ - atonement and restorative justice - which observe the assumption of the coniunctio.

Alchemy and Psychotherapy is illustrated all through with medical examples, alchemical photos and poetry which emphasise that alchemy is either an artistic paintings and a technology. Bringing jointly individuals from quite a lot of disciplines, Dale Mathers and individuals exhibit that remedy is either paintings and technological know-how, that the consulting room is the alchemical laboratory, and that their examine is their artistic engagement. Alchemy and Psychotherapy should be a invaluable source for practitioners, scholars in any respect degrees of psychotherapy, analytical psychology, psychoanalysis and inventive, art-based treatments and for inventive practitioners (in movie, literature and acting arts) who draw on Jung’s rules.

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Wondering why he was sightless, Gerhard Adler answered, ‘he is blind because he is the collective unconscious which does not promote consciousness. ’ To which Jung answered: I think that would be the most concise answer to my question. This figure quite certainly represents the collective unconscious, and the fact that the unconscious is blind, that it does not see, is in its definition. If the unconscious could see, there would be no unconscious, and we would be entirely superfluous. Everything would be foreseen, we would have predestination with no freedom whatever, no chance of free will.

The modernist discourses have a second problem: infinite regress . . if we define a creative choice as one caused by an act of will, then if acts of will are themselves choices, they too were caused by a previous choice, and so on. If ‘it’s your mother . ’, then ‘it was her mother . ’, and so on. If ‘it’s your brain . ’, then ‘it’s all brains before yours . ’, leading to ‘milk causes crime because criminals drank milk as babies’. 5 DALE MATHERS Alchemy, of course, is spectacularly fond of serving both errors, far earlier, sauced with magical thinking.

The decaying and putrefying continues seemingly without end until a stage begins which may or may not actually be visible. The tiniest speck of light appears in the black followed by the appearance of many colours. This is called cauda pavonis, ‘the peacock’s tail’. It is comparable to the Christian story of the night sky in Bethlehem at the moment of the birth of Jesus and the Christian ritual of Advent, a ritual process leading up to Christmas. Each day gets darker and darker until all the light is gone.

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