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Feminine Symbols for God

Although Jesus was a man, the Christ is beyond gender. Continue Reading Feminine Symbols for God

A Great Story

Carl Jung A Great Story Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Father Richard continues to explore how archetypes connect us to the story of God and the universe. The small self is intrinsically unhappy because it fundamentally lacks reality. To use a philosophical word, its nonbeing means it does not exist “ontologically.” It will thus always be… Continue Reading A Great Story

The God Archetype

Carl Jung The God Archetype Monday, November 22, 2021 Father Richard shares the importance of archetypes for the soul’s encounter with God, which Jung explored in great depth. Depth psychology tells us that our lives are guided by subconscious, ruling images which Jung calls archetypes. Jungian archetypes include the father, the mother, the eternal child,… Continue Reading The God Archetype

Stories Are Essential

A New Story Stories Are Essential Sunday, January 10, 2021 It doesn’t matter how old we are; we all need stories to believe in. If there’s no storyline, no integrating images that define who we are or that give our lives meaning or direction, we just won’t be happy. It was probably Carl Jung (1875‒1961)… Continue Reading Stories Are Essential

Becoming Who You Are

Shadow Work Becoming Who You Are Monday, September 9, 2019 I have learned much from the Swiss psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961). Jung brought together practical theology with good psychology. He surely was no enemy of religion; in fact, I would call him a mystic. Late in his life, when asked if he “believed” in… Continue Reading Becoming Who You Are

The Deep Feminine

Feminine Incarnation The Deep Feminine Tuesday, June 11, 2019 I think Christians of the first thousand years understood Mary as the feminine incarnation on an intuitive and allegorical level. But by the time of the much-needed Protestant Reformation, all we could see was “She is not God.” This is entirely true, but we lost the… Continue Reading The Deep Feminine

The First Incarnation

Feminine Incarnation The First Incarnation Monday, June 10, 2019 In mythic imagination, I think Mary intuitively symbolizes the first incarnation—or Mother Earth. I am not saying Mary is the first incarnation, only that she became the natural archetype for it. Carl Jung believed that humans produce in art and story the inner images the soul… Continue Reading The First Incarnation

Archetypal Feminine

Feminine Incarnation Archetypal Feminine Sunday, June 9, 2019 Pentecost I know I am taking some risks writing about Feminine Incarnation. There are certainly limitations to the construct of binary genders. God and Christ are beyond gender, and all humans are a blend of masculine and feminine traits. But because Western Christianity and culture have primarily… Continue Reading Archetypal Feminine

Absolutes

Judaism Absolutes Wednesday, August 29, 2018 God reveals the essence of divinity to Moses: ehyeh asher ehyeh, most often translated as I AM what I AM [Exodus 3:14]. A more accurate Hebrew translation would be “I will be whatever I will be.” In either case, the Hasidic understanding of the text is the same: God… Continue Reading Absolutes

Shamanism

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Shamanism Monday, August 6, 2018 Hiroshima Day Some of the earliest evidences of human expression—dating over 40,000 years ago—can be found in the caves of Indonesia, France, and Spain. While the original meanings of these paintings are unknown to us, many anthropologists suggest “shamanism” or what we might call mystical consciousness… Continue Reading Shamanism

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