DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2013
TIME: 1:00 p.m
PLACE: Room B, Ladera Lane campus
CANDIDATE: Jordan Gendelman
DISSERTATION TITLE: "A Metaphor of Soul and Sky"
PROGRAM-TRACK/YEAR: PhD-K; 2008
CHAIR: Dr. Harry Polkinhorn
READER: Dr. Kim Hermanson
EXTERNAL READER: Dr. Dennis Merritt
Gendelman, J. (2013). A Metaphor of Soul and Sky (Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013)
The comprehension of the vast and numinous psyche, an unconsciously dominated realm, is the work of depth psychology. Comprehending the domain of the psyche can be a guide into the unknown aspects of the human condition. Attempts to learn about the psyche can rely upon visions and concepts which work to achieve an eternal soulful presence. The use of matter to appreciate spirit is one medium from which psyche can be illuminated. This research study explores the in-between place of the psyche through the formations of the sky and its atmospheric contents. Depending upon the hermeneutic method as a tool to take one out of the literal and into the subjective will help to acknowledge the strong dialogue created through metaphors of the soul and its skyward partner.
The relationship forged through this metaphor has provided a visual manifestation of the psyche within the atmospheric sky. This sky finds itself transformed through an alchemical method, from which an understanding of one’s own psyche begins to take shape. The complex dynamic that can be found when working with the physicality of the sky and one’s unconscious can find interpretations through alchemical, hermeneutic and phenomenological methods. In comprehending the symbolic interactions between soul and sky, creative models are depended upon to present this research in a way that will apply to the applications of analytic or archetypal psychology. Utilizing active imagination and visioning, parallels between atmospheric and psychic states can be drawn, yielding a universe of imagery that quickens soulful understanding. The lens of the atmosphere provides a dreamscape of an “atmospheric psyche,” supplying a depth psychological focus that expresses a multiplicity of states, negotiating the psychic and external environments and their imaginal domain.Please note: Parking is available at the Ladera Lane campus. Please do not try to shuttle there.