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Table of Contents

Issue 10, Fall 2017


Stories of Longing: Beaver, Bear, Wolf
by Monica Dragosz

The Space Between Breaths: An Exploration of Grief and Final Threshold Rituals
by Lisa Schouw

The Numinosity of Pluralism: Interfaith as Spiritual Path and Practice
by Jonathan Erickson

How Jungian Psychology, Brain Research, Quantum Physics, and Systems Science Lead to Pansystemology and Depth Psychology
by Nicole de Bavelaere

On Romanticism in Jung’s Psychology: A Reflection on Richard Tarnas’ The Passion of the Western Mind
by Ronald L. Boyer

The Art of Facing Darkness: A Metal Musician’s Quest for Wholeness
by Colin E. Davis

A Child’s Edenic Dream: “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” in The Nutcracker Ballet
by Mary Ann Bencivengo

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Maree Brogden
Don Carlson
Alinda Lord
Roy Rosenblatt
Richard Russell
Bonnie Scot
Edward Tick


Terry McMaster
Peter Cameron
Sydney Solis
Laura Smith
Maree Brogden


Daphne Dodson
Sarah Norton
Lisa Schouw
Warren Sibilla
Tish Stoker Signet
Barbara Weber


From the Editor:
When the world seems to be falling apart all around us, depth psychology provides perspectives and tools that can help us make some sense of things, even in some small way. Through the study of the unconscious, we can often get a glimpse of patterns at work, or underlying aspects that help us gain a new understanding of how we are truly supported by something larger—how the boundaries and attachments of our ego selves can soften and give way to soul, which sustains us.In many ways, depth psychology can be seen as the great unifier. When applying a depth lens to virtually any topic, we begin to peel aside the layers to understand what lies beneath, and the voices at the margins begin to be heard.

In this issue of Depth Insights, we encounter a variety of topics which, when we apply a depth psychological lens, we begin to understand at a deeper layer. Several of these seven compelling essays build on the authors’ personal experiences in order to truly explore the many ways soul reveals itself in our lives and in the collective. Others offer a broad academic view that integrate philosophy or systems science with depth psychology to further enrich the lens by which we might perceive soul at work in the world.

In the first essay, Monica Dragosz explores our relationship with nature through her own riveting accounts of a sense of participation mystique in a series of close encounters with animals in “Stories of Longing: Beaver, Bear, Wolf.”

Lisa Schouw takes on the topic of grief in the face of the impending death of her mother in a beautifully-written piece, “The Space Between Breaths: An Exploration of Grief and Final Threshold Rituals.”

In “The Numinosity of Pluralism: Interfaith as Spiritual Path and Practice,” Jonathan Erickson presents a unifying expose’ on religious experience and deep questions around spirituality and religion, based on an examination of his own experience of spiritual awakening

Nicole de Bavelaere offers a new model to investigate how systems science can address problems highlighted by psychology in this article that explores her revolutionary notion of pansystemology. “How Jungian Psychology, Brain Research, Quantum Physics, and Systems Science Lead to Pansystemology and Depth Psychology” builds on the work of Einstein’s protégé, David Bohm.

In “On Romanticism in Jung’s Psychology: A Reflection on The Passion of the Western Mind,” Ron Boyer seeks to understand the role of Jung’s depth psychology within the philosophical lineage of Western thought in a reflective essay based on the iconic book by Richard Tarnas.

In “The Art of Facing Darkness: A Metal Musician’s Quest for Wholeness,” Colin E. Davis engages his own passion for heavy metal music and probes its symbolism as a refuge for cultural outsiders. He employs the late Jungian analyst Robert Moore’s model for male archetypes in order to observe the shadow patterns that show up in the genre and often in the lives of those who love it.

Finally, Mary Ann Bencivengo “A Child’s Edenic Dream: ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ in The Nutcracker Ballet” offers a mythopoetic, Jungian analysis of the popular ballet.

Several numinous pieces of poetry and art round out this depth psychological offering, including the stunning cover art and accompanying works by Terry McMaster. It is my hope that reading this issue might reconnect each of you, dear readers, with a sense of soul in the world and everyday life—a respite and touchstone of strength and comfort so greatly needed in chaotic times.

—Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.


Depth Insights Journal, Issue 10
Publisher: Depth Insights, a Media Partner for Depth Psychology Alliance

Editor: Bonnie Bright

Layout and Design: Stephanie Kunzler with Bonnie Bright


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