One of the primary mythic patterns informing and giving shape to what is collectively playing out on the world stage—as well as within the human psyche—is the archetype of the "wounded healer." To quote C. Kerenyi, a colleague of Jung who elucidated this archetype, the wounded healer refers psychologically to the capacity "to be at home in the darkness of suffering and there to find germs of light and recovery with which, as though by enchantment, to bring forth Asklepios, the sunlike healer." The archetype of the wounded healer has to do with discovering the healing encoded within our wound, as if we are finding light that is hidden within the darkness. We have all been wounded, which is to say that we are all potentially wounded healers in training.
Almost a hundred years ago, as if peering into a crystal ball and predicting the future, spiritual teacher and clairvoyant Rudolf Steiner prophesized that the most momentous event of modern times was what he referred to as the incarnation of the etheric Christ.
“And just as for the individual a time of dissociation is a time for sickness, so it is in the life of nations."
If viewed as a single macro-organism, humanity has fallen ill.
“Truly, I live in dark times! An artless world is foolish.” - Bertolt Brecht
In my family I became what is known as “the identified patient.”
I’ve just come back from Salem, Oregon to watch the recent solar eclipse.
In 1981 I was sitting in meditation when, just for an instant, a bolt of lightning flashed through my mind.
I can only imagine.
There are as many rainbows as there are observers; each observer is seeing their own private rainbow.
How does anyone possibly express in words the state of collective madness that humanity has fallen into at this time in our history? As if in a hypnotic trance, our species is enacting a mass ritual suicide on a global scale, rushing as fast as we can towards our own self-destruction.
The Standing Rock protest is a sacred ceremony being performed on the world stage.
How would it change our experience to interpret our experience as if we really were in a dream?
There is something terribly wrong in our world.
The truth of our situation, simply put, is that we are geniuses with amnesia.
“He was so efficient and convincing a liar that I view all of his supporters…as victims of his pathology.”
Wilson was waking up to the psychic parasites that were within not only himself, but all of humanity
We ourselves are an essential part of the mystery that is being unveiled through quantum physics.
Studying quantum theory is like ingesting a mind-altering, time-release psychedelic.
As artists, we are continually re-creating both our world and ourselves anew at each and every instant.
As if living in a never-ending “war-time,” the war drums are once again fast approaching on the horizon.
The whole of creation is a cosmic text thirsting for interpretation.
Wetiko is undoubtedly one of the most important discoveries ever made.
Each shard entrapped a portion of divine light, seemingly separating this primordial light from its source.
The innocent part of ourselves was murdered in cold blood in that Sandy Hook school.
“For our only reality is psyche, there is no other reality.” -Jung
A life-transforming event happened within the very first minute of my being admitted to my very first psychiatric hospital.
The teacher called on me, and as I was about to answer her question, my world changed forever.
The abuse I suffered at the hands of the psychiatric community, which was true psychological violence in the flesh, is so beyond my comprehension that I’m now just beginning to even find the words. I struggle because the abuse was truly “unspeakable,” a form of torture.
On the surface, the two scenarios with the psychiatrist and my father were quite different.
“Everyone knows nowadays that people ‘have complexes.’ What is not so well known, though far more important theoretically, is that complexes can have us.”
Wounded healers access their gifts when they realize that their wound is itself the source of divine creativity.
It is only by being willing to face, consciously experience and go through our wound do we receive its blessing.
There is an age-old imagination that there exists a miraculous substance that enlightens the universe
How our wound manifests is an unmediated, direct expression of our level of dissociation from our wholeness
A light that doesn’t go out, the lumen naturae pervades, infuses and animates the physical world.
A little while ago, someone forwarded me an interesting email response to an article I had written...
The alchemists were dreaming big.
As I worked with the son, I noticed that there were two distinct parts of him.
How we understand what is happening in Gaza depends upon where we start looking in time.
How do we best serve who we have now discovered ourselves to be?
Jung caught the beetle in his hand, handed it to her and said “Here is your scarab."
ligning with the dream, we become open channels for a more refined “order” to incarnate itself through us.
Do we create our God-image? Or does our image of God create us?
In 1981 I spontaneously went into such an ecstatic state that I was hospitalized by what I call the “anti-bliss patrol.”
Wondering who he was, I asked him and he replied, "I'm Dr. Montague Ullman."
My parents told me about the rabbi being fired, and asked me, totally incredulous “How did you know”?
Paradoxically, the dreambody is continually revealing itself to us in its very veiling of itself.
Is something being revealed to us when people are triggered by the mere mention of the word “evil?”
We are not the master of our own house.
Just like in mythology, when we know the “demon’s” name, we strip it of its power.
The underlying source of what is playing out on the world stage is the unconscious psyche of humanity.
Our species is endlessly re-creating the same mythic, archetypal process, as if we are having a recurring dream.
PadmaSambhava is the supreme alchemist and exorcist: the greater the negativity, the greater his power of transmutation.