My first JSSS Conference​ workshop!

I’m so excited that my workshop proposal for the JSSS conference this summer was accepted!! It will be my first time attending and first time presenting my creative workshop at a conference. What is JSSS? The Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies was founded in 2002 by an interdisciplinary group of academics seeking opportunities for scholarly discourse on…

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Intelligent serpent dream unites opposites

Life is a beautiful mystery with infinite potential. Its changing nature is expressed in creative ways, like dream paintings, that reach past perceived limitation. The world, in 2016, is a place where ideas, from bliss to despair, circulate the globe in seconds. However paradoxically, digital communication is suspected of distancing, as opposed to connecting people.…

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Bothersome birds & fairy nest

Started two new paintings tonight. The images of bothersome birds and fairy nest are based on dream images. I’ve been reading Jung’s Red Book and feeling inspired to explore my own darker nature or shadow self in art. The birds are transformed from three sequential nightmares of figures that I choose to explore through the…

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A self-experiment

The overall theme of the book is how Jung regains his soul and overcomes the contemporary malaise of spiritual alienation. (Jung, 2012, Location 892-893). In 1913, Carl Jung began, what he called, a self-experiment that lasted for 17 years (Jung, 2012). The commitment to his experiment, it terms of the time alone, is an extraordinary…

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The Grey Muses and The Complex Nature of Inspiration

The Greys are gathering to create a new temple. Their community lives all over the world, and knowing what pattern to look for is key in identifying the members. This paper looks at visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey and presents a pattern for connecting with creative inspiration through the lens of depth psychology concepts.…

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Possessed by a Flower God

About a decade ago, I became aware of some tendencies in my creative process that were both confusing and disturbing. In this paper, I attempt to explain a mysterious pattern in my creative experience by using a few concepts articulated by the psychologist Carl Jung. By analyzing my creative behaviors through the lens of Dr.…

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The Sphere of Earth, Artist and Healer

The earth is my home and she provides everything. I need her to be healed so I can thrive. I wonder if I can do something to help save the planet from pollution. Demeter (Da meter), my spirit guide, comes to answer my concern. She is a Greek goddess whose name means earth Mother (Downing,…

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My Creative Relationship with Dark Energy

I invited dark energy to come and visit me so I could see if we could have a relationship. Nine 15-second digital collages were the product of our meeting. It took persistence on my part to get something satisfying out of the exchange, because at first our dialog seemed one-sided. Because of my recent connection…

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Liberty and Death: Connecting Washington and Shakespeare Through a Short Film

My film, Earth Mother, Sky God Weep for Tragic Love, is an animated story inspired in general by Shakespeare’s tragic love stories and specifically by the final scene of Romeo and Juliet. The film I made speaks about love and death in a new way by comparing Shakespeare’s drama to American art history and asking…

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Active Imagination Technique and how it helps the creative process.

“In his creative work the artist is dependent on sources and resources deriving from the spiritual unconscious.”  ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning Active imagination was devised as a therapeutic practice, by Carl Jung, to help patients that were depressed or had a lot of bad feelings. In the practice the goal is to grow relationships…

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