|Weeping Woman, by Vincent Van Gogh|
Too many people have been analyzing their pasts, their childhoods, their memories, their parents, and realizing that it doesn’t do anything-or that it doesn’t do enough (James Hillman).
For many years, we who have wanted more of life than football games and the latest reality TV show have been focused on our own, for want of a better nomenclative, “spiritual development.” Certainly, there is a place for that in life, but there comes a time when our focus must be shifted to a higher priority. Our world is in dire straits. Our people, the people of our planet, are aching for a new paradigm. The higher priority of which I speak is caring for the Soul of the planet, the Anima Mundi.
We have seen the end result of a positivistic, myth-denying, sacrilegious mindset that allows bankers to run roughshod over those less fortunate; that encourages corporations to advertise to the point of brainwashing people into endless buying of nonsensical products; that influences people to bring assault rifles to public places in the hope of massacring as many as possible. Our society has become psychotic. Our culture should be uprooted and plowed under, so that a new one can take its place, albeit gradually. Of course, we should not hope for a Utopia, for that will never come to pass. We must not be naive. With the eyes of Imagination, however, we can see a time when better lives and a better planet is possible.
Robert Sardello wrote:
The individual presented himself in the therapy room of the nineteenth century, and during the twentieth the patient suffering breakdown is the world itself . . . The new symptoms are fragmentation, specialization, expertise, depression, inflation, loss of energy, jargoneze, and violence. Our buildings are anorexic, our business paranoid, our technology manic.
Since the advent of modern depth psychology, individuals have been focusing mostly on their own journey of the Soul, which is perfectly fine, as long as one remembers there is a greater good, i.e. the psychic health of the World Soul. Of course, caring for one’s individual Soul contributes to the health of the World Soul. We simply must be cognizant of this fact and not fall under the illusion that our own well-being is primary. Remember the words of alchemist and philosopher Michael Sendivogius:
Maior autem animae pars extra corpus est ( The greater part of Soul is outside the body)
The evil and ugliness we see in our world are psychopathologizations of the Anima Mundi, symptoms that provide clues as to Her psychic state of affairs. Traditionally, patients were treated with forms of inter-subjective therapies, and even group-related therapies, but the world remained external to these. Many patients have made tremendous progress. Millions are in better shape today than possibly anytime in history. Certainly, there are many troubled people out there, and many who purposely choose to follow evil. For the most part, however, humans have achieved astounding and wonderful things in the past few hundred years. It is now time to shift our focus to healing our world. In this, we heal ourselves. The separateness of objective and subjective notions will fall by the wayside. Dualistic ideas like the so-called mind/body split will vanish as we begin to see that our Universe is interconnected and interrelational.
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