Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

Read Part 2 Here https://gettherapybirmingham.com/mysticism-spirituality-and-therapy-part-2/ In the medieval period it was common to take pilgrimages to the holy land from mainland Europe. The trip was an opportunity to face one’s fears and learn to know the deepest parts of self. The trip was long and dangerous. The terrain and culture were different from anything that pilgrims had seen back home. Along the way the pilgrims prayed, fasted and sought inner peace to prepare to be close to God. The pilgrimage to...

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

Brainspotting is a revolutionary new therapy for trauma and PTSD. We use many modalities of therapy at Taproot Therapy Collective, but brainspotting is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD and lowering anxiety that I've ever found. when doing brain spotting the therapist looks for a position where your eye blinks and dilates. Many patients wonder what their eye looks like so I created this video to show you what I'm seeing when I do brain spotting on a patient. The eye you see in the video is my own eye...

Healing the Modern Soul: Finding Meaning in a World of Broken Images

Healing the Modern Soul: Finding Meaning in a World of Broken Images

Navigating Uncertainty, and Finding Meaning in a Fractured World Our era is characterized by the dominance of hyper-rationality and the relentless pursuit of objective truth, production, accomplishment and consumption.  The human psyche finds itself adrift in a sea of fragmented images and disconnected meanings as the previous myths that used to give us purpose are exposed as hollow or erroneous. I see patients everyday that describe this phenomenon but not in these words. It is as if they are saying that they do...

How to Understand Carl Jung Part 4: Jung’s Enduring Relevance and Risks

How to Understand Carl Jung Part 4: Jung’s Enduring Relevance and Risks

Exploring the Depths of the Psyche: Jungian Insights on Individuation, Spirituality, and Mental Health Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 Carl Jung's groundbreaking work in depth psychology has provided valuable insights into the complex relationship between the human psyche, spirituality, and mental health. By delving into the concepts of individuation, the collective unconscious, and the role of the ego in spiritual development, Jung offers a framework for understanding the transformative journey of...

How to Understand Jung Part 3: Jungian Analysis

How to Understand Jung Part 3: Jungian Analysis

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 Jungian Analysis and the Path to Wholeness In a world that often feels fragmented, superficial, and devoid of deeper meaning, many people are turning to the rich and transformative tradition of Jungian analysis as a path to healing, growth, and self-discovery. Founded by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung in the early 20th century, Jungian analysis is a depth psychology that seeks to explore the unconscious dimensions of the psyche, uncover the hidden patterns and potentials...

How to Understand Jung Part 2:  Applying Jungian Archetypes

How to Understand Jung Part 2: Applying Jungian Archetypes

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 Harnessing the Power of Jungian Archetypes in Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide for Patients and Therapists Are you looking for a deeper, more transformative approach to psychotherapy? One that taps into the profound wisdom of the human psyche and facilitates lasting change? Look no further than the groundbreaking ideas of Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist who pioneered the concept of archetypes and the collective unconscious. In this blog post, we'll explore how Jungian...

How to Understand Carl Jung: Part 1 His Method

How to Understand Carl Jung: Part 1 His Method

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 What was Jung's Method to Discover Reality? The Pitfalls of Literalism: Why Jung is Often Misunderstood One of the most persistent challenges facing Jungian psychology is the tendency for people to misinterpret Jung's ideas in a literal or supernatural sense. Despite his repeated emphasis on the symbolic and metaphorical nature of his concepts, many individuals are drawn to Jungian theory as a kind of esoteric roadmap, promising access to hidden realms of knowledge and...

Gnosticism: Modern Lessons in The Ancient Pursuit of Divine

Gnosticism: Modern Lessons in The Ancient Pursuit of Divine

What is Gnosticism Gnosticism, a multifaceted religious and philosophical movement that flourished in the early centuries of the Common Era, has captivated the minds of spiritual seekers and scholars alike. Originating in the Mediterranean region, Gnosticism derived its name from the Greek word "gnosis," signifying an intimate, experiential knowledge of the divine. This ancient wisdom tradition sought to address the fundamental questions of human existence, the nature of the divine, and the path to spiritual...

The Evolutionary Origins of Religion: Why is Mankind Religious?

The Evolutionary Origins of Religion: Why is Mankind Religious?

What did Prehistoric Religion Look Like: The Venus of Willendorf: In the hit HBO series "The Young Pope," the enigmatic and unconventional Pope Pius XIII, played by Jude Law, is seen contemplating a replica of the Venus of Willendorf on his desk. While the show never explicitly addresses the figurine's significance, its presence serves as a subtle nod to the enduring power and mystery of this ancient fertility symbol. The Venus of Willendorf, discovered in Austria in 1908, is one of the most well-known examples...

Paganism: Insights from Anthropology, Psychology, and Comparative Religion

Paganism: Insights from Anthropology, Psychology, and Comparative Religion

  “My point, once again, is not that those ancient people told literal stories and we are now smart enough to take them symbolically, but that they told them symbolically and we are now dumb enough to take them literally.” ― John Dominic Crossan, Who Is Jesus? Answers to Your Questions About the Historical Jesus   Timeline of the Development of Religion and Technological Progress Pre-literate Societies (Before 3500 BCE): Religions were primarily oral traditions, passed down through myths, rituals, and...