Exploring Jung's framework phenomenologically, I used an improvisation-based mode of inquiry for exploring meaning-making capacity through the sound-based amplification of emergent images from the psyche. Jung b theorized the existence of energy that resides within the unconscious realm and posited that individuals can release this energy for conscious use by creatively manifesting it into conscious symbols.
Through the description of an original psychodynamic method, archetypal music psychotherapy AMP , and a brief survey of literature, herein I investigate how music-based symbolic processes can assist in constellating conflicting polarities towards a reconciling third way i. Despite Jung's tremendous impact on the understanding and use of the creative expressive arts, his collected works explicitly mention music only a few times.
His only documented interaction with music therapy occurred in , when he requested a session with Margaret Tilly, chief music therapist at the Langley Porter Clinic in San Francisco. Tilly described their two-hour meeting as follows:. When I turned round, he was obviously very moved He fired question after question at me.
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Don't just tell me, show me"; and gradually as we worked he said, "I begin to see what you are doing-show me more. He was very excited and as easy and naive as a child to work with. When the darkness grows denser, I would penetrate to its very core and ground, and would not rest until amid the pain a light appeared to me, for in excessu affectus Nature reverses herself.
I would turn in rage against myself and with the heat of my rage I would melt my lead….
I would wrestle with the dark angel until he dislocated my hip. For he is also the light and the blue sky which he withholds from me. Anyway that is what I would do. What others would do is another question, which I cannot answer. But for you too there is an instinct either to back out of it or to go down to the depths.
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No half-measures or half-heartedness. Not one who usually looked outside, Jung here suggests just that: take up with others and be useful, so that there might be some source of libido. To cope with the stuckness of inner growth, Jung suggests a focus on forms of outer thriving.
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Jung reveals his courage and style of working with the unconscious in his suggestions for coping with the deepening of the depression: No running! No repression! Such a tactic would take advantage of the principle that, in situations of extreme affect intense feeling ,  at a certain point, there comes a shift and the whole situation turns around. Jung leaves his correspondent with a challenge: back out or go down to her depths.
Clearly Jung did not worry about legal vulnerability. I would tell readers of this blog essay not to try any of this without the presence, support, guidance, and direction of a certified Jungian analyst or mental health professional!
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As the American health care system lurches slowly to critical dysfunctionality, more and more Jungians are wondering about the future of analytical psychology,  as Jung practiced it and as it has been passed on via the Jung Institutes. If a client base can be drawn only from the rich, is analytical psychology a viable career choice? What might ordinary people do who have an interest in Jung, but lack the financial wherewithal to pay for years of analysis?
These are difficult, unanswerable questions. As someone devoted to Jung, his thought and his healing modalities, I hope that circumstances will bring us a totally new cultural paradigm—one more aligned with Nature and the workings of living systems—and with it, a new health care model to replace the corrupt, debased disease-care model currently operative in the United States.
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CW vols. The intention in this essay is to describe the way Jung approached depression. Neither the author nor the Jungian Center is engaged in presenting specific medical, psychological or emotional advice. Nor is anything herein intended to be a diagnosis, prescription or cure for any specific kind of medical, psychological, or emotional problem. Each person has unique needs and this essay cannot take these individual differences into account.
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