The Quest: Vision in an age of Crisis. Economic & Financial Crisis. Jungian Psychotherapy
S2 Ep61. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 4. The Emergence of Science and the Challenge to Religion.

S2 Ep61. The Spiritual Crisis of our Time. Part 4. The Emergence of Science and the Challenge to Religion.

October 23, 2021

We examine in chronological order:

1. The difficulties with the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages;

2. The Renaissance and its spiritual and imaginative possibilities;

3. Protestantism, religious wars, vast colonial conquest;

4. The rise of the Scientific Enlightenment and the Industrial revolution.

Capitalism has demanded considerable freedoms in order to function including freedom from Church and excessive State intervention. A brief overview of the history of Astronomy is given, followed by the emergence of the life sciences - all based on a materialist-reductionist world view.

God is, at first, the clock-maker, who winds up the cosmic clock and then retires to let it run by its own mechanical laws. Later he is made redundant and then rumoured to be dead. But will he rise from the dead – as the scripture have foretold?

S2 Ep60. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 3. Separation of Church and State

S2 Ep60. The Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 3. Separation of Church and State

October 2, 2021

The decline of religion and magical ways of thinking is often attributed to the  scientific enlightenment but the battle between Church and State was fought for many centuries in the Middle Ages prior to the scientific enlightenment, in which the role of the Church was diminished and that of the State was augmented. This dramatic history, sometimes bloody and treacherous, was played out in many countries but it was well documented in England. The roles of the Renaissance, Protestantism and Humanism are also discussed.

But as the scientific and industrial revolutions gained force the very idea of the soul began to disappear in the West except for a few outposts such as Romanticism and mysticism. But is science lending itself in the late 20th and early 21st centuries to a renewed spiritual vision of the cosmos?

S3 Ep 18. El Secreto de la Flor de Oro.  Part 2.  La Influencia del Taoísmo en la Psicología Junguiana. Spanish Language Podcast

S3 Ep 18. El Secreto de la Flor de Oro. Part 2. La Influencia del Taoísmo en la Psicología Junguiana. Spanish Language Podcast

October 1, 2021

La intención de El Secreto de la Flor de Oro es describir la experiencia central de la meditación:

El método al que se aspira es el mantenimiento del “centro entre las condiciones y la circulación de la luz que reside en la frente, entre los ojos”. Es un movimiento de retroceso, es decir, un retorno al Ser alejado de las externalizaciones que son las ataduras del mundo.

Sólo en la quietud absoluta, la conciencia celestial se abrirá espontáneamente y la inteligencia espiritual alcanzará el Origen. Este método es simple pero "no se puede lograr fácilmente". “Quien busque la vida eterna debe buscar en el lugar donde la naturaleza humana y la vida surgieron".

S2 Ep59 The Spiritual Crises of our Times. Part 2. Command economies; Laissez Faire capitalism; their impact on spirituality and religion

S2 Ep59 The Spiritual Crises of our Times. Part 2. Command economies; Laissez Faire capitalism; their impact on spirituality and religion

September 11, 2021

This episode examines the two major economic paradigms of Laissez Faire capitalism on the one hand and the command economy on the other typified by the early communist experiments in Russia and China. It will point to the dangers of extreme Laissez Faire capitalism and also to the central reasons why a communist command cannot work. It will also explore the decline of religion and spirituality under both these systems.

S3 Ep17. La Influencia del Taoísmo en la Psicología Junguiana. El Secreto de la Flor de Oro.  Part 1. Spanish Language Podcast

S3 Ep17. La Influencia del Taoísmo en la Psicología Junguiana. El Secreto de la Flor de Oro. Part 1. Spanish Language Podcast

September 1, 2021

Parte 1 comienza con el trasfondo, la metafísica, la visión de la condición humana en El Secreto de la Flor de Oro. Exploramos cómo entró este texto en Occidente. Cuales fueran las influencias que El Secreto de la Flor de Oro tuvo.

"La Flor de Oro, es la Luz, y la Luz del Cielo es el Tao. Allí se encuentra la vesícula germinal donde esencia y vida son todavía una unidad. El nacimiento del proceso alquímico tiene lugar, cuando lo oscuro da nacimiento a la Luz”.   Carl Jung 

 

S2 Ep58. Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 1. Collective and individual dimensions of this crisis

S2 Ep58. Spiritual Crisis of our Times. Part 1. Collective and individual dimensions of this crisis

August 21, 2021

First in a series on the contemporary spiritual crisis, this episode outlines the collective and individual dimensions of this crisis. It explains the metaphysical  position and personal experiences underlying this series. It ends with a poem from The Sower and the Seed entitled The Goal of Humankind.

S3 Ep16 Gnosticismo: una fuerza viviente en nuestro tiempo. Parte E. Spanish Language Podcast

S3 Ep16 Gnosticismo: una fuerza viviente en nuestro tiempo. Parte E. Spanish Language Podcast

August 1, 2021

La experiencia gnóstica que tan profundamente influyó a Carl Jung está disponible en las profundidades de la psique para toda la humanidad. Este ultimo episodio de Gnosticismo es en parte sobre mi experiencia personal. Me vienen a la mente las palabras de William Blake en su libro El matrimonio del cielo y el infierno que dice lo siguiente:

Si las puertas de la percepción fueran depuradas, todo aparecería a los hombres como realmente es: infinito. Pues el hombre se ha encerrado en sí mismo hasta ver todas las cosas a través de las estrechas rendijas de su caverna.”

S2 Ep57. Contemporary views on  the economic, financial, pandemic, and climatic crises

S2 Ep57. Contemporary views on the economic, financial, pandemic, and climatic crises

July 22, 2021

Five articles and reports from very traditional and respected sources are examined. They all point to the extreme seriousness of the economic, financial, pandemic, and climatic crises that are upon us. These articles  are:

Ruchir Sharma, “The two big reasons to doubt the global boom”. FT. 19th July 2021

Tuomas Malinen: “Inflation is here to stay, and it should worry everyone”. GNS blog: 15 July 2021

Martin Wolf “Why further financial crises are inevitable”. FT. March 19. 2019

Martin Wolf “The G20 has failed to meet its challenges”. FT. 13 July 2021

The Office of Budget Responsibility for the UK. Fiscal Risks Report to Parliament, July 2021

 

S3 Ep15. La Psicología Analítica y su deuda a Gnosticismo.   Jung y Gnosticismo. Parte D. Spanish Language Podcast

S3 Ep15. La Psicología Analítica y su deuda a Gnosticismo. Jung y Gnosticismo. Parte D. Spanish Language Podcast

July 1, 2021

Jung explico como muchos conceptos de gnósticos prefiguraron la Psicología Analítica. Por ejemplo, que tenían un concepto como el inconsciente, que se puede acceder lo a través del arteque tenían símbolos de integración, y muchos mas.

La confrontación creativa de Jung con el inconsciente entre 1913-1917 combinó el ritual de descenso y renacimiento de las religiones de misterio con la búsqueda de un conocimiento superior de los gnósticos. Si bien esto puede no ser parte de la psicoterapia normal, es parte del núcleo místico de la Psicología Analítica que a su vez ha entrado en nuestros propios tiempos. Esta combinación de los misterios, gnosis y la Psicología Analítica ofrece un camino del alma en el siglo XXI.

S2 Ep56. Technology as system of creation and destruction. The Crisis of our Times. Part 29. Technology and Consciousness. Part F.

S2 Ep56. Technology as system of creation and destruction. The Crisis of our Times. Part 29. Technology and Consciousness. Part F.

June 30, 2021

The double-edged nature of technology is presented as well as its intense dialectic with human nature.  In conclusion to this mini-series on technology a mythological image comes to mind of the Nataraja, the dancing Shiva of Hindu mythology, who in an iconic statue is poised in a Yoga position with one hand holding the drum bringing creation into existence and the other the fire that destroys it. Shiva is standing on the mighty dwarf, the ego, which as well as having reason as it compass is ruled by the passions – fear, greed, sexuality, power and so on. Could this be a message about the creative-destructive nature of our technologies as well as our mind? Will it be only when we can overcome the dominance of the mighty dwarf and consciously realise the great opposites that dominate the cosmos and our psyche that we will pass beyond this stage of our evolution?

Graphs and images mentioned in this episode are to be viewed in the philosophy section of www.alanmulhern.com

Martin Wolf's article Humanity is a cuckoo in the planetary nest  can be found in the Financial Times 21st March 2021. 

The Economics of Bio-diversity: the Dasgupta Review can be viewed in its entirety at  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/final-report-the-economics-of-biodiversity-the-dasgupta-review

S2 Ep55. The Transhumanist Agenda. The Crisis of our Times.  Part 28. Technology and Consciousness. Part E.

S2 Ep55. The Transhumanist Agenda. The Crisis of our Times. Part 28. Technology and Consciousness. Part E.

June 5, 2021

Precursors of Transhumanism in mythologies and religions, especially Christianity, are outlined. 

The dangers of technology and its impact on a profoundly altered human nature are given in numerous novels, sci-fi films, books, and articles.

The dangers of humans being replaced altogether (the singularity) are mentioned.

The Transhumanist agenda is explained.

"What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?"  Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2

 

S3 Ep14. La gran relevancia del gnosticismo en la psicología junguiana.  Jung y Gnosticismo. Parte C. Spanish Language Podcast.

S3 Ep14. La gran relevancia del gnosticismo en la psicología junguiana. Jung y Gnosticismo. Parte C. Spanish Language Podcast.

June 1, 2021

Jung se identificó con los gnósticos por varias razones. En primer lugar, tenían un intenso sentido espiritual de alienación; en segundo lugar, ofrecían una crítica radical del judaísmo y del cristianismo oficial; y tercero, encontraron una ruta hacia el dios desconocido, su redención que, para Jung, se convertiría en el arquetipo del Self. Por todas estas razones, el gnosticismo y la psicología junguiana también son de gran relevancia para el mundo moderno que carece de guía espiritual en la crisis de nuestro tiempo.

S2 Ep54. Traditional, Modern, Postmodern, and Jung‘s view of technology. The Crisis of our Times. Part 27. Technology and Consciousness. Part D.

S2 Ep54. Traditional, Modern, Postmodern, and Jung‘s view of technology. The Crisis of our Times. Part 27. Technology and Consciousness. Part D.

May 15, 2021

Firstly this episode explores the broad phases in social and cultural epochs emphasizing the critical determining role of technology and economic structures. Those most mentioned by social theorists are: Traditional, Modern, Post-modern to which is added the Post-human - the period we are now potentially entering.

Secondly it examines various viewpoints of Carl Jung expressed in Memories, Dreams, Reflections:

A. His anti-technology views.

B. His belief that one should live close to one's ancestors and past generations - that their unresolved questions needed answering in the present.

C. His conviction that other cultures lived closer to archetypal reality than the modern European.

D. That the modern white man and woman were archetypally and mythically impoverished.

E. That contemporary issues in his day related to sexuality and gender roles were leading to a future goal - the prevention of reproduction.

References in the podcast include:

Cushman, P. (1990) Why the self is empty: American Psychologist vol. 45, no.5.

Frosch, S. (1991) Identity Crisis: Psychoanalysis and the Self.

Gergen, K.J. (1991) The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life.

Giddens, A. (1991) Modernity and Self Identity.

Jung C.G. (1962) Memories, Dreams, Reflections.

S3 Ep13.  Los Siete Semones a los Muertos.  Jung y Gnosticismo. Parte B. Spanish Language Podcast

S3 Ep13. Los Siete Semones a los Muertos. Jung y Gnosticismo. Parte B. Spanish Language Podcast

May 1, 2021

En este episodio vamos a enfatizar el impacto personal del gnosticismo sobre Jung.

Lo haremos a través de su escrito llamado: los Siete Sermones a los Muertos. Es este un texto sumamente personal y esotérico. Nuestro argumento es el siguiente: Jung experimentó una iniciación en su confrontación con el inconsciente; fue el espíritu gnóstico y la voz gnóstica lo que lo poseyó en su descenso durante los años 1913-1917.

Los gnósticos vivían una tradición mística muy poderosa y tenían diversas ideas metafísicas y mitológicas que formaban un puente hacia los aspectos transpersonales de la psicología analítica. También su influencia personal sobre Jung fue inmensa, ya que él experimentó la gnosis a través de su espíritu.

S2 Ep53. The thoughts of two major thinkers - McLuhan and Mcgilchrist. The Crisis of our Times. Part 26. Technology and Consciousness. Part C.

S2 Ep53. The thoughts of two major thinkers - McLuhan and Mcgilchrist. The Crisis of our Times. Part 26. Technology and Consciousness. Part C.

April 29, 2021

This episode outlines the thoughts of two major thinker on the subject of Technology and Consciousness.

Firstly, Marshall McLuhan, a prophet of technology of the 1960s. who argues that technologies profoundly change our consciousness.

Secondly, Iain Mcgilchrist, the author of The Master and his Emissary. An account of the different hemispheres of the brain is given and their impact on the changing nature of consciousness during the development of civilizations. Especial emphasis is placed in this episode on the connection between technology and the left hemisphere and the impact of this one-sided development.

S2 Ep 52.  The role of evolution and historical change. The Crisis of our Times. Part 25. Technology and Consciousness. Part B.

S2 Ep 52. The role of evolution and historical change. The Crisis of our Times. Part 25. Technology and Consciousness. Part B.

April 11, 2021

This episode considers our emergence as a species and the deep entanglement with technology from the beginning especially its interaction with the changing genetic structure and therefore with developing consciousness of the homo genus or lineage.

Technologies also alter human identity by deeply influencing the psychology of distinct periods of the history of civilizations.

S3 Ep12. Jung y Gnosticismo. Parte A. Spanish Language Podcast.

S3 Ep12. Jung y Gnosticismo. Parte A. Spanish Language Podcast.

April 1, 2021

Jung dijo que el origen de todo su trabajo radica en los años en que persiguió las imágenes internas, cuando el inconsciente lo inundó y amenazó con quebrarlo. Lo que descubrió en su descenso al inconsciente fueron los gnósticos. Este espíritu fue el que habló a través de él. El siguiente grupo de episodios explorará cómo los gnosticos son componentes de la fundacion de la escuela de psicología de Jung.

S2 Ep51.Deep history and our entwinement with technology.  The Crisis of our Times. Part 24. Technology and Consciousness. Part A.

S2 Ep51.Deep history and our entwinement with technology. The Crisis of our Times. Part 24. Technology and Consciousness. Part A.

March 26, 2021

Of the ten horsemen of the apocalypse,  the pandemic, the financial and economic crises have been described. The technological crisis is now examined, in particular the relationship between technology and our consciousness, a matter of enormous importance to our own age. This will take more than one episode.

This episode  will have a nDeep history and our entwinement with technologyumber of items for exploration:

Technology is and has always been deeply entwined with our consciousness and our human nature. They are systemically intertwined, mutually influencing, catalytically interconnected.

Hominids that existed long before our species (Homo sapiens) and their technologies.

Early humanity and its technology.

The Agricultural Revolution.

Capitalism, the most technological of all economic systems - the Kondratiev technological waves that are its motor. We are in the fifth characterised by a fusion of technologies of unprecedented power and danger.

 

 

S2 Ep50.  The Financial Crisis part B. The Crisis of our Times. Part 23.

S2 Ep50. The Financial Crisis part B. The Crisis of our Times. Part 23.

March 8, 2021

Financial collapses have been at the heart of all major economic crises of capitalism and examples from the 1890s and 1990s are given, observing that they are growing in intensity and frequency. Examples from early presidents of the United States, Jefferson and Jackson, are given,  both of whom spoke loudly against banking interests believing that they were inimical to democracy. It is argued that financial crises have been severe since the deregulation of the banking system in the 1980s and 1990s. Since the Great Financial Crisis of 2007-2008 things have gone from bad to worse.

The present situation is that the major economies are not only hiding their chronic economic difficulties behind a financial façade of money creation and debt, they are also hiding their financial chaos and instability behind the same façade. You may ask then where is this infamous financial crisis that is so feared. The answer should be no surprise by now. We are already in it and have been so for a long time but its full force is yet to be revealed.

S3 Ep11. Carl Jung: Sus contribuciones a la psicoterapia, parte F.  Spanish Language Podcast.

S3 Ep11. Carl Jung: Sus contribuciones a la psicoterapia, parte F. Spanish Language Podcast.

March 1, 2021

En este episodio se describen los siguientes puntos de la psicología junguiana:
La relación entre el terapeuta y el paciente.
La importancia relativa no absoluta de la transferencia.
Imaginación activa: la relación directa y creativa con figuras del inconsciente.
Terminología esotérica junguiana y tradiciones de sabiduría: Opus, Telos, Nigredo, Hierosgamos, Coniunctio oppositorum, Enantiodrama, Entelechy.
Una interpretación psicológica de amplio espectro de la mitología.
La importancia de la sincronicidad.
Arquetipos, ritos de paso, rituales, técnicas ancestrales.

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