November 18, 2012
In the news recently have been stories of famous men who at midlife have been caught having an affair. Nothing new, really, but why does it keep happening? I have some thoughts I want to share with you.
A colleague of mine, Dr. John A. Robinson, wrote a book with the title Death (more…)
September 7, 2012
The following story is a powerful myth. It speaks to our individuation process. Here is The Hymn of the (more…)
August 30, 2012
A reporter from Good Housekeeping Magazine interviewed C. G. Jung just days before he died.* One of the questions the interviewer asked Dr. Jung regarded his thinking about God. Dr. Jung responded: “To this day God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my willful path violently and (more…)
March 4, 2012
I am an introvert and am proud of it. I like being introverted. Professionally, I am a “navel gazer” as my extraverted friends like to call psychological introspection. I’m okay with that. Someone has to do it.
One of the things I do as an introvert is laugh at myself when I am (more…)
January 29, 2012
Periodically I will identify a theme or thread that has been running through my life without my having recognized it.
One of the first I came to see was the importance of dreams. What are they? Where do they come from? What is their significance? I have spent a good deal of my adult (more…)
December 26, 2011
Today, December 26th, is Boxing Day. It is a time in England and its colonies when homeowners give boxes of gifts to their servants and public employees (mailperson, etc.). When I was young and in seminary, I too worked as a civil servant. I was an intern for Senator Phil Hart of Michigan. This was a training program sponsored by (more…)
November 24, 2011
One of the things that I am thankful for this year is that winter and depression are alike. That’s right. Please read on.
Winter is a time when nature appears dead. Trees have lost their leaves, the grass is no longer green, and rivers freeze and appear to lose their flow. Depression can (more…)
November 19, 2011
It takes an ambitious ego to see oneself as President of the United States. It requires an ego that is eager for power, one that wants to make things happen in a grand manner. The sweet taste of success on a lower level intoxicates the ego and instills a yearning for more power.
November 14, 2011
As Christmas approaches, I want to offer you a different slant on the idea of incarnation.
Incarnation is a central concept in Christian theology. It affirms that the eternal Son of God took human flesh from his mother and the historical Christ is at once fully God and fully man without the integrity or (more…)
November 5, 2011
Sometimes observations offered by different people at different times converge. This happened to me this morning well before dawn.
The first observation came to me years ago, perhaps more than a decade, from C.G. Jung. He wrote: “Where love reigns, there is no will to power; and where the will to power is (more…)