INDIVIDUATION

Formulating a post Jungian view of individuation, a perspective which integrates both personal and collective consciousness as critical elements.

  • Secret in Individuation. Taken from a series of talks given in Mexico City and Johanesburg in 2001 and 2002. Explores the psychology of the secret through the myth of King Arthur and personal and organizational case history.
  • The Uses of Adversity: Intentional Pain, the Body and Individuation. Presented at the 13th annual congress for analytic psychology, 1995 and published in their proceedings. Considers the dynamic relationship between pain, particularly rituals of intentional pain in a variety of cultures, and the development of individual and collective consciousness.
  • The Ramp and the Pit from the beautifully illustrated book Centered on the Edge (available from Fetzer Institute) describes the concept of ecstatic darkness and how its exploration might further collective change.
  • The Dark Estatic and Collective Wisdom. Growing out of The Ramp and the Pit, this article defines the concept of the dark ecstatic and discusses its critical role in the development of individual and collective consciousness.
  • Music and the Psychology of Pacifism: Benjamin Britten’s Requiem. Explores the individuation of composer Benjamin Britten and his collective interpretation to post war Europe and the United States through an analysis of his War Requiem.
  • The Final Analysis. Second in a series of lectures on individuation given in Mexico City.
  • Depth Consultation. In the important book Psyche at Work, edited by Murray Stein and John Hollwitz (Chiron Press 1992) a theory and method of consulting to groups and organizations based on depth analysis and the paradoxical idea of “the individuation of a collective.” Two case histories are included.

Most important to me is a renewed commitment to the psychological development of the collective, its individuation, for surely that is where our individual futures, as members of the human collective and the planet’s collective, must lie.

Consciousness demands a commitment of self in the world, to one’s truth acted in the world, the kind of truth and action that Gandhi and Mother Theresa have modeled best as this century’s Saints.