Category Archives: Creativity

An Update on the Journey of a Tortoise

An Update on the Journey of a Tortoise

Almost five years ago, when I finished my counseling psychology degree at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and was a tad bit burned out from the school work yet excited to practice psychotherapy, I wanted to start a Big Research Project. I was interested in exploring how to join Jung’s analytical psychology with trauma-focused psychotherapy. The trauma… Continue Reading

Where would we be without writers?

Where would we be without writers?

Lately I have been “filling the well,” as Julia Cameron likes to describe our creative souls’ need for a regular diet of stimulation. You might be able to tell this from my recent blog posts. Lots of reviews — articles, books, a documentary. You can tell a lot about a person by what she puts… Continue Reading

History After Trauma

History After Trauma

In 2012, I saw on display at SFMOMA Sam Durant’s “History never ends, I hate to bother you”: Sadie Coles HQ gave this explanation of the piece: “The show’s title [History Never Ends, I Hate to Bother You] may furthermore be read as a sardonic refutation of Francis Fukuyama’s famous postmodern thesis ‘The End of History?’, which proposed… Continue Reading

Embracing the Shadow Side of Creativity

Embracing the Shadow Side of Creativity

In a blog post, “What is Creativity?,” Maria Popova quoted designer Charles Eames on the cultural obsession with the creative process: “Recent years have shown a growing preoccupation with the circumstances surrounding the creative act and a search for the ingredients that promote creativity. This preoccupation suggests we are in a special kind of trouble —… Continue Reading

An Ambivalent Writer

An Ambivalent Writer

I spent the weekend at my alma mater, Pacifica Graduate Institute, attending “The Writer’s Journey” conference. In a plenary given by Michael Meade I learned some Native Americans believe that if you don’t give away what you possess, what you possess will rot inside you. When I heard this juicy, albeit necrotic perspective of the… Continue Reading

The Loveless Trajectory of Sexual Abuse

The Loveless Trajectory of Sexual Abuse

Long before their falling-out, Jung wrote in an intimate letter to Freud, “… as a boy I was the victim of a sexual assault by a man I once worshipped” (cited in John Kerr’s A Most Dangerous Method). Jung also wrote of his infatuation with Freud: “… my veneration for you has something of the… Continue Reading

On Imaginal Ground

On Imaginal Ground

In Waking Dreams, Mary Watkins wrote the following on engaging the imaginal on its own, watery ground: “How would we deal with the image in an imaginal way? What would that mean? First of all, we would have to watch carefully as we relate to an image for the points at which we try to… Continue Reading

Taking for Real the Imaginal

Taking for Real the Imaginal

In my current research, I am exploring the role of the imaginal (i.e., dreams, fantasies, the imagination) for the evolution of the human psyche. I am also looking at how the imaginal supports transforming traumatic events into a return to growth, which often involves creative acts of self-expression. I have found the early works of… Continue Reading

“A Healing Exhibition”

“A Healing Exhibition”

I spent a good part of my youth in San Antonio, Texas, where Bihl Haus Arts exhibits the work of artist Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez. My grandfather owned a couple of Mexican curio shops on the River Walk. As a child I was given piñatas on birthdays and sugar skulls on the Day of the Dead.  Like many, I am… Continue Reading