By Michael Eigen
This publication choices up the place Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis (2012) left off. it really is in response to multiplied transcriptions of seminars given for the hot York college Postdoctoral application Contemplative reports venture. As famous in Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis, W. R. Bion as soon as stated that he makes use of the Kabbalah as a framework for psychoanalysis. This ebook enlarges the interior feel of this assertion. The seminars depict complex intertwining of methods in psychoanalysis and Kabbalah, tactics vital in supporting us dwell extra richly. spiritual language is helping deliver out nuances of mental states and psychology is helping make the language of the spirit extra significant to emotional issues today.
Bion and Winnicott are the most psychoanalytic heroes of this paintings, each one including richness to a “root experience” out of which their scientific and written paintings develop. A felt feel spans many dimensions, traversing sensory existence, important sensing, good judgment, the experience of language, cultural sensing, instinct, Freud’s use of realization as a feeling organ of psychical notion, and different characteristics nonetheless unknown.
Case descriptions contain prolonged paintings with an alcoholic guy, establishing new paths to dwelling, and a close account of aiding an inventive, tormented girl die good. points of psychosis, creativity, mysticism and way of life mixture and feature a say. the main target is psychic truth, with psychoanalysis and Kabbalah instruments during this nice firm of studying to paintings with ourselves.
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We are free to explore the earth in all its glories, intricacies, difficulties, horrors, possibilities, at the same time at any moment, in all moments, exercise of our capacities and gifts and being are parts of divine presence. That contact, that intimacy–distance, can be explored with our capacities as well. Another kind of logic is at work here. All dimensions are inside and outside each other. The basic form of these models involves verticality, above–below, higher–lower, probably related to the upright posture.
Perhaps an acme of a penitential moment is when Jonah says, “Throw me into the sea. ” Yes—we are the problem. How do we rise to the challenge of our own natures? Jonah died and came back to life. He passed through an emotional storm of revelation. His nature throughout the story, like all Biblical characters, was mixed. His “redemption” was not perfect. He was still a flawed creature with much work ahead. But he passed through a death and met his task, to the extent he could, and saved a city by his appearance and words.
There are spiritual exercises 32 A FELT SENSE where you stare into space or at your face in a mirror in the darkness with a candle burning. Just keep staring and say what you see, only in this case it was staring at devils. What do you see? The more you look the more you start to see. After repeated efforts over weeks, the man said, “I see my father, my father in his angry mode. I see my father raging at me. My father looks like a devil. ” It is not that he stops seeing devils, but now in the devil he also sees an image of his father.
A Felt Sense: More Explorations of Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah by Michael Eigen