The Quest: Vision in an age of Crisis. Economic & Financial Crisis. Jungian Psychotherapy
S2 Ep44. The Crisis of our Times. Part 18. Consciousness, Capitalism, and Death Potential

S2 Ep44. The Crisis of our Times. Part 18. Consciousness, Capitalism, and Death Potential

November 14, 2020

This episode explores Death Potential which is not a psychological trait but a mythological and metaphysical category. Moreover, it is archetypal and universal and therefore is not unique to capitalism but exists within our consciousness across its whole history. The immense technological powers of capitalism constellate this Death Potential in the most intense form yet experienced by our species. This distinguishes it from Freud’s notion of the death instinct. I do not believe such an instinct exists in the human psyche but I do believe that mankind has a tremendous fear of death which is repressed, becomes intolerable and is then projected outwards. I also believe that the whole perinatal period, (that is the period around birth: in the womb, actual birth, and immediate post-birth) can be an intimate, dramatic, sometimes traumatic, encounter with the forces of death that can deeply shape human character. In other words our entrance into consciousness is through the gates of potential death. This is projected onto nature,other human beings, and the world. This is our greatest danger.

S3 Ep7. Spanish Language Podcast: Part 7. Carl Jung: Sus contribuciones a la psicoterapia, parte B

S3 Ep7. Spanish Language Podcast: Part 7. Carl Jung: Sus contribuciones a la psicoterapia, parte B

November 1, 2020

En el último podcast esbocé una visión clásica de Jung del proceso de individuación. Cubrí la Persona y la Sombra. En este episodio describo las siguientes dos etapas: el encuentro con el Anima o Animus, y también con los arquetipos.

 

S2 Ep43. The Crisis of our Times. Part 17. Consciousness, Capitalism and Modernity. Part B

S2 Ep43. The Crisis of our Times. Part 17. Consciousness, Capitalism and Modernity. Part B

October 31, 2020

An extensive list is explored  of the changes in consciousness brought about by the development of capitalism. This includes:

The removal from nature. A material view of the world.  The increasingly rational and economic viewpoint. The abandonment of the religious outlook.  More individualism, less individuation.  An economic view of societal relationships.  A legalistic view of relationships.  Rational and bureaucratic systems of control.  Specialisation but fragmentation of knowledge.  Dominance of money relationships.  Greater education.  Wealth creation and enjoyment.  A vast increase in consumerism.  The impact of property ownership.  Technological reliance.  Greater freedom.  A change in the nature of the repressive apparatus within the collective psyche. Increasing dominance of the conscious over the unconscious.  Disenchantment and loss of soul. Nature is viewed as a completely exploitable resource.  The movement to a de-gendered human being. Informational capitalism – in which the consciousness of humanity is becoming fused with digital and virtual realities. The rise of artificial intelligence and the alteration of human nature.

S2 Ep42. The Crisis of our Times. Part 16. Consciousness, Capitalism and Modernity. Part A

S2 Ep42. The Crisis of our Times. Part 16. Consciousness, Capitalism and Modernity. Part A

October 17, 2020

The changes in consciousness engendered by capitalism are outlined. But there is also a light of new vision in the modern age that seems as nothing as compared with the vast forces of global economic development, finance, industrialization, and information technology. These forces that have produced the contemporary alienated, rationalised, increasingly digitalised human being are currently reshaping humanity so that it is even further removed from nature  and seem overwhelming. Yet history shows us that vast changes in consciousness begin like a small light, a vision glimpsed by few, but increasingly felt by many.

There is an emerging vision in the modern age which amazingly has been nurtured out of science itself, that sees the universe as alive and pregnant with meaning and consciousness, that sees nature as holy, that sees the human being as part of a spiritual development out of matter towards higher consciousness, that opposes the forces that are destroying us. Only by such visionary consciousness will we emerge from the precarious ledge we are balanced upon and move upwards to the next stage of our evolution.

S2 Ep41. The Crisis of our Times. Part 15. The Creative Destructive Nature of Capitalism

S2 Ep41. The Crisis of our Times. Part 15. The Creative Destructive Nature of Capitalism

October 3, 2020

The productive forces of the capitalism are immense and without precedent. The continually reshape the relationship between world powers, countries, regions, cities, classes, and individuals.  It also has inherent, inbuilt  tendencies towards crises and even collapse. As well as its transformative power these weaknesess are enumerated briefly in this episode. Yet for all its creativity this power is also demonic and life-destroying.

From Eden cast in fallen state,

To world of death condemned,

Both Eve and Adam tears did shed,

This paradise must end.

Banished into endless toil,

Out of primal grace,

The shadow within consciousness,

Then gripped the human race.

Economic systems rise,

But never calm our fear.

Towards the gates of death we go,

If you have ears, then hear

 

S3 Ep6. Spanish Language Podcast: Part 6. Carl Jung: Sus contribuciones a la psicoterapia, parte A

S3 Ep6. Spanish Language Podcast: Part 6. Carl Jung: Sus contribuciones a la psicoterapia, parte A

October 1, 2020

En este podcast comenzamos a explorar las contribuciones de Jung a la psicoterapia. Examinaremos su visión de la estructura de la psique, su función intencional, sus mecanismos compensatorios y de autoequilibrio, el concepto de complejo, el proceso de individuación a partir de la persona y la sombra. En los siguientes podcasts continuaremos con la exploración de su trabajo.

La psicología junguiana continúa creciendo durante el siglo XXI, ya que no solo ofrece un rico conjunto de herramientas para examinar la psique, sino también la conciencia y los métodos para promover su desarrollo e individuación. El pensamiento junguiano instrumenta el acceso a la psique profunda, entra en el tejido vivo de nuestro tiempo, aborda su sentido de alienación y desesperación, y proporciona significado y el camino de transformación no solo a los individuos sino al colectivo.

S2 Ep40. The Crisis of our Times. Part 14. The European Union: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Part C

S2 Ep40. The Crisis of our Times. Part 14. The European Union: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Part C

September 19, 2020

The EU engaged in a exaggerated expansion of its membership. It now creates vast debts in an attempt to bail out States, banks, and even economies. It seems a titanic enterprise. Umm, titanic? The very word strikes an ominous chord in trauma memory. Back in 1912 it was asked how the Titanic, the largest passenger ship of its day, could be sunk by an iceberg. Monetary policy, with its exploding debts and money creations, could well be the iceberg that sinks the European Union.

The general problems of the EU, both external and internal are covered.   The monetary policies of the ECB since the 2008 crash are presented as a series of errors; These policies are desperate attempts to cover up the depths of the crisis and have led the Eurozone on the path of ruin. Only by understanding these polices as defensive and desperate manoeuvres of dubious legality, will one see the seriousness of the situation the EU is facing. And finally the latest stages of capitalism with respect to the balance between free markets and the State are examined.

 

S2 Ep39. The Crisis of our Times. Part 13. The European Union: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Part B

S2 Ep39. The Crisis of our Times. Part 13. The European Union: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Part B

September 5, 2020

The core problem of the European Union lies in its economic arrangements that, should they not be modified, will probably break apart the union as we currently know it.

As well as the deep differences between EU member states there is a lack of economic flexibility that arises from adopting a common currency. The rigid maintenance of the Euro with the absence of flexible exchange rates plus the escalating debts of the union will undermine its coherence, lead to the downfall of the Euro, and provoke a severe banking crisis which will go global and endanger the Union.

Division in the EU has sharpened. Thus, the EU leaders are caught between a rock and hard place. On the one hand, as countries enter into economic crises, there is threat of the breakup of the union and the destruction of the European dream, the great project. A banking crisis would be sure to follow as debts are reneged upon and the lending banks collapse triggering a global financial crisis. On the other hand, the opposite: the road of federalisation, the defence of the Euro, and the placating of weaker member states. The issuing of a common European debt is a milestone on this path.

S3 Ep5. Spanish Language Podcast: Part 5. Carl Jung: Recuerdos, Sueños, Pensamientos. Su Torre y Viajes

S3 Ep5. Spanish Language Podcast: Part 5. Carl Jung: Recuerdos, Sueños, Pensamientos. Su Torre y Viajes

August 29, 2020

Concentramos en los capítulos 8 y 9 de Recuerdos, Sueños, Pensamientos que cuentan primero, la historia de la construcción de su Torre. El escribe:

Nos precipitamos impetuosamente hacia la novedad, impulsados por una creciente sensación de insuficiencia, insatisfacción e inquietud. Ya no vivimos de lo que tenemos, sino de promesas, ya no a la luz del día presente, sino en la oscuridad del futuro, que, esperamos, finalmente traerá el adecuado amanecer. Nos negamos a reconocer que todo lo mejor se compra al precio de algo peor; que, por ejemplo, la esperanza de una mayor libertad se ve cancelada por una mayor esclavitud al Estado, por no hablar de los terribles peligros a los que nos exponen los descubrimientos más brillantes de la ciencia."

Y luego,  la historia de sus viajes donde él, por un lado, va buscando un significado fuera de sus propias raíces europeas y, por otro, se encuentra fascinado, pero también atemorizado de ser totalmente absorbido por la cultura indígena. Jung buscó en sí mismo el otro lado de la mente europea y osciló entre una severa crítica del punto de vista europeo y la necesidad de mantenerse en estas raíces porque estaba en peligro de ser engullido, tragado por otras culturas. Su inmersión en ellas tuvo sobre él una tremenda atracción magnética y en consecuencia tuvo que resistirla para mantener su sentido de identidad. Fue capaz de experimentar las dimensiones espirituales de culturas completamente distintas e incorporarlas a la Psicología Analítica, además de ofrecerlas a Occidente para su contemplación.

S2 Ep38. The Crisis of our Times. Part 12. The European Union: Between a Rock and Hard Place. Part A

S2 Ep38. The Crisis of our Times. Part 12. The European Union: Between a Rock and Hard Place. Part A

August 22, 2020

The conflicts and contradictions of the European Union are explained, in particular the manner in which its monetary policy breaks the treaties of the Union. Populists and nationalist reactions in the "north" are explained in this context. The episode ends with a poem by W.B.Yeats The Second Coming:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Part B will follow in the next episode which examines the centripetal and centrifugal  forces acting on the  EU government and the member states. It will examine the idea that contrary to the centralising tendency of the EU government it might be that the abandoning of the Euro (and therefore the currency union) is the only way of saving the European Union.

References:

1.The Bitcoin Standard (2018) by Saifdean Ammous. especially chapters 4-7;

2. The blog of Tuomas Malinen on the www.gnseconomics.com website; also youtube videos;

3. Fredrick Hayek’s classic 1944 book: The Road to Serfdom.

S2 Ep37. The Crisis of our Times. Part 11. Capitalism and the Soul

S2 Ep37. The Crisis of our Times. Part 11. Capitalism and the Soul

August 8, 2020

Why do I juxtapose economic and financial theory, policy and practice on the one hand, and spiritual matters on the other. The answer is that it is only in theory and specialisms that such things are separated. In practice the human psyche consists of many parts, but it is a fundamental drive within us to unify them, to make ourselves whole instead of being conflicting parts.

At first glance economic and monetary policy along with poetry and mysticism seem strange bedfellows. But I am suggesting more than this – that the evolving emergencies have at least ten dimensions – and undoubtedly many more. I am suggesting a multi-dimenional crisis. Never with more urgency do we need a spiritual vision of the planet, which unites economics politics, climate, our treatment of all life and so on. On a purely practical note, we need to put spirit and ethical values into the economy and our political system and our relationship to nature. Our philosophies, theories, specialism and knowledge systems have been tremendously creative but unless there is a radical paradigm shift our species will be profoundly self-traumatised and possibly extinguished. Since we bear responsibility for all life on earth and now, we realise, for the planet itself, this is the moment of our truth.

S3 Ep4. Spanish Language Podcast: Parte 4. Carl Jung: Recuerdos, Sueños, Pensamientos

S3 Ep4. Spanish Language Podcast: Parte 4. Carl Jung: Recuerdos, Sueños, Pensamientos

August 1, 2020

Recuerdos, Sueños, Pensamientos, el más accesible y popular de los escritos de Jung, sirve de introducción inspiradora al turbulento mundo interior que subyace al exterior burgués de un visionario extraordinario.

Aquí, en esta breve charla, seleccioné aquellos detalles que ilustran mi tesis principal: a saber, que Jung luchó intensamente con sus propias tendencias desintegradoras y tuvo que encontrar una solución creativa para ellas, para él y para el colectivo.

Los años en que perseguía mis imágenes internas fueron los más importantes de mi vida: en ellos se decidió todo lo esencial. Todo comenzó entonces; los detalles posteriores son solo suplementos y aclaraciones del material que brotó del inconsciente y al principio me inundó. Fue la prima materia para el trabajo de toda la vida ... "    Carl Jung.

 

Este mini-serie sobre Jung es hecho por el equipo del Quest:

el escritor, Alan Mulhern;   la traductora, Maria;   la locutora, Beatriz.

S2 Ep36. The Crisis of our Times. Part 10. World Crisis and the Search for Soul

S2 Ep36. The Crisis of our Times. Part 10. World Crisis and the Search for Soul

July 23, 2020

I am a psychotherapist with an interest not only in the individual psyche but also that of the collective. The malaise of civilization has become increasingly my focus in these podcasts; the evolving multidimensional crises of the 21st century is my backdrop; the ten horseman (or crises) of the apocalypse are the drivers of my argument. These are the economic, political, climatic, military, technological, spiritual, clash of ideas, pandemic, financial, and social.

I have suggested a road map of the evolving crises: 1. Approaching storm; 2. Storm hits; 3. Policy response; 4 Economic and financial chaos;  5. Great Global Depression; 6 Civil disturbance, political radicalism, dangers of war; 7 Fallout and emergence in a radically changed world.

We are now passing from stage 3 to 4. Immense money creation and government intervention can postpone the crisis but only intensify it later. 

Yet visionary responses are possible. These begin with a reorientation of consciousness outside the ego. The poem The Sower and the Seed  is presented as an example. Its subject is the formulation of a creation mythology which is always the foundation of a radical paradigm change, in this case from a materialist to a spiritual cosmic view, which is the essence of the pilgrim's quest. 

S2 Ep35. The Crisis of our Times. Part 9. Capitalism and Changing Consciousness

S2 Ep35. The Crisis of our Times. Part 9. Capitalism and Changing Consciousness

July 11, 2020

For the next group of episodes, there will be a mini-series providing an overview of the driver of our global civilization – the capitalist system. What distinguishes this presentation from the many other authors on this topic  is its focus on the changes in consciousness that capitalism has brought about - the changes to the evolving human being that has been and is being created by this process.

By way of contrast, each episode will also continue the poems and commentaries of the Quest that illustrate an archetypal template of the spiritual and psychological journey of healing and spiritual illumination. No matter what the movement of the collective in its technological and materialist developments there is always the option of personal, emotional, and spiritual development regardless of the age one lives in – for this is the eternal quest of humanity.

There will also be an update on the evolving series of crises of our times.

S3 Ep3. Spanish Language Podcast: Las Crises de Nuestro Tiempo. Parte 3. La Pandemia en America Latina

S3 Ep3. Spanish Language Podcast: Las Crises de Nuestro Tiempo. Parte 3. La Pandemia en America Latina

July 6, 2020

La tesis central de esta serie es que el mundo en el siglo XXI enfrenta una crisis multidimensional: política, económica, financiera, militar, climática, tecnológica, espiritual, de salud, social, ideológica. Los llamo los 10 jinetes del apocalipsis por razones que serán con cada episodio más claras. Estos solo pueden entenderse de manera sistémica, es decir, como un sistema de interacción. Por lo tanto, no se puede hablar sobre la situación de pandemia de salud sin referirse a la crisis económica y financiera. Mi intención es explorar todas estas dimensiones y mostrarlas como una crisis interactiva.

Su propósito es cambiar completamente la visión del mundo. Puede sacarnos de nuestras preocupaciones subjetivas. También nos ayudará a entender el mundo interior, nuestra propia psique y ayudarnos a encontrar una respuesta visionaria a los problemas de nuestro tiempo y a nuestras crisis personales. En los episodios por venir exploramos respuestas visionarias a estas crisis incluidas las de Carl Gustav Jung, quien desde lo más profundo de su propia psique proporcionó una respuesta a la crisis spiritual de nuestro tiempo.

S2 Ep 34. The Crisis of our Times. Part 8.  The Wake-up Call

S2 Ep 34. The Crisis of our Times. Part 8. The Wake-up Call

June 27, 2020

My wake-up call in March 2020 was that this unfolding series of crises, long in the making, had already passed its tipping point. The house of cards was already falling. What has happened since then is that most major economies have covered up and disguised the economic and financial crisis by creating vast debt and money creation and pretending this is fine, pretending they are in charge. But they are merely postponing the crisis while it becomes larger.

Accordingly, I have said clearly that a Great Global Depression has already begun and that the financial crisis is unfolding in front of us. I have given a road-map in episodes 27 and 30 which outlined the stages of the crisis – the sequence and timing could be different but all stages will be experienced. 

I described in episodes 27 and 30 the great fault lines in the world system in the decade leading up to 2010 and have called the different parts of the multidimensional crises the 10 horseman of the Apocalypse because they will take humanity to the brink of extinction and constitute a great unveiling or revelation. So beyond the economic, health and financial we have a number of dimensions that stretch all the way to the conflict of ideas of our times and the spiritual crises, besides the ones that are glaringly more obvious such as the climatic and the military. Less obvious is the crisis of our subservience to technology especially as human nature itself is becoming profoundly altered by this force, one might say this is the god that we worship. We simply are incapable of resisting it, questioning it, or putting any ethical dimension around it. It is shaping us. We are not in control of it.

This episode continues with the poetry readings from the last part of The Sower and the Seed (2015) which via the metaphors of the pilgrimage and  mountain ascent tell the archetypal story (the myth) of spiritual transformation. No matter what the crisis this is always available to us. Illumination and gnosis are triggered by suffering and an inherent, built-in impulse of the psyche.

S2 Ep 33. The Crisis of our Times. Part 7.  The Ten Horseman of the Apocalypse

S2 Ep 33. The Crisis of our Times. Part 7. The Ten Horseman of the Apocalypse

June 13, 2020

Ten interacting crises are described; long term economic problems of American society outlined; apocalypse means the revealing, the unveiling in ancient Greek. Thus, in these times, as the crises intensify, the fissures of societies and civilisations (race, religion, class, gender) come to the surface and reveal themselves as open wounds. Spiritual growth is required.

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world ….

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

W.B.Yeats. The Second Coming

S3 Ep2. Spanish Language Podcast: Las Crisis de Nuestro Tiempo. Parte 2. El Acercamiento de la Tormenta

S3 Ep2. Spanish Language Podcast: Las Crisis de Nuestro Tiempo. Parte 2. El Acercamiento de la Tormenta

June 1, 2020

Este podcast propone un modelo simplificado, una suerte de mapa de ruta por la evolución de la crisis económica y financiera mundial.

Las etapas de esta crisis son los siguientes:

1 El acercamiento de la tormenta

2 La tormenta llega

3 La respuesta política

4 Depresión económica y caos financiero

5 Gran depresión global

6 Disturbios civiles. Radicalismo político. Peligros de guerra

7 Un mundo radicalmente cambiado

Actualmente en mayo de 2020 estamos en la etapa 3. Es decir, la respuesta política

Hoy examinaremos la etapa inicial de este modelo: EL ACERCAMIENTO DE LA TORMENTA.

“El cisma en el cuerpo social, que hemos estado examinando, es una experiencia colectiva y, por lo tanto, superficial. Su importancia radica en que es el signo externo y visible de una grieta interna y espiritual. Encontraremos un cisma en las almas de los seres humanos que subyace a cualquier cisma que ocurra en la superficie de la sociedad " Arnold Toynbee. A Study of History

S2 Ep 32. The Crisis of our Times. Part 6. Civilizational Eclipse, Human Extinction, and Hope?

S2 Ep 32. The Crisis of our Times. Part 6. Civilizational Eclipse, Human Extinction, and Hope?

May 30, 2020

We live in an age of apocalyptical possibilities. We now truly have the means to bring this about. Humans have always had to face their own darkness and even evil - the life-destructive Satanic force within them. The world's mythologies are testimony to this. This episode, after reflecting on aspects of the current evolving crises, turns to a myth from Ancient Egypt that of Isis and Osiris, which is at the beginning of civilization, whereas we fear we may be at the end. Here we see clearly the battle between the creative and destructive forces, good and evil, told in this magnificent narrative which offers hope - exactly what we need today.

The essence of this precious life,

The seed upon the flower.

The scent within a perfume,

The light that is a star.

The freedom of the wild west wind,

The mist on mountain side,

The thought before you think it,

She knows you from inside.

The sweetness of the desert breeze

You can’t grasp in your hands.

She’s like the waters of the Nile,

She comes from other lands.

        From Alan Mulhen The Sower and the Seed

 

S2 Ep 31. The Crises of our Times. Part 5. The Economic and Spiritual Crisis

S2 Ep 31. The Crises of our Times. Part 5. The Economic and Spiritual Crisis

May 16, 2020

These podcasts explore the evolving crises of the 21st century. The Virus pandemic, extremely serious though it is, has revealed the fracture lines of the world economy. We have a series of crises, and if we wish to understand more of the world we have created we have to understand them in their interacting totality – i.e. as a system.

As the podcast series progresses we will examine these dimensions, which we also call the horseman of the Apocalypse. Apocalypse comes from the Greek word meaning to reveal. It is also, in the bible, associated with the idea of a great judgement and end times,

It is only by this means of a spiritual awakening that a new vision can emerge that can save us. There has to be a spiritual rebirth because mankind’s reason cannot solve the crises in front of us. The term apocalyptic is therefore appropriate to describe our age. We will approach this final horseman, the spiritual crisis, slowly and with great caution for there is no telling the hour or the manner of its coming

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