"Everything now depends on [humanity]: immense power of destruction is given into [our] hands, and the question is whether [we]can resist the will to use it, and can temper [our] will with the spirit of love and wisdom." (Carl Jung, Answer to Job, 1952, CW Vol.11 Par. 745) This website is devoted to the task of nurturing the birth of a new collective dream of the soul at a time when visions of the apocalypse increasingly threaten not only humanity but also, and perhaps more tragically, the innocent species with whom we share this planet. It is a website devoted to anamnesis, to the difficult but necessary work of un-forgetting, a work that requires journeys of return, re-collection and re-membrance. Individually and collectively we are awakening to our condition of being orphans in exile and to the vocation to begin the journey of homecoming. The gesture of the soul in these moments of awakening is the backward glance and its mood is one of reverie. The backward glance is the occasion when the marginalized, forgotten and ignored aspects of our collective, cultural, and individual lives are re-gathered for the sake of an-other beginning. It is the moment of letting go of unexamined ways of knowing and being, and the occasion when one's heritage might be taken up as a destiny and one's destiny as a vocation. It is the Orphic moment of the soul, which opens one to the aesthetic truths of the heart, to those reasons of the heart that reason does not know. My hope is that this website provides an occasion for these moments and an oasis for fellow travelers in service to freeing the energies of the soul for this journey. Readers who wish to make contact can do so at the following address: Romany@pacifica.edu
Publications Include: Ways of the Heart: Essays Toward an Imaginal Psychology; Mirror and Metaphor: Images and Stories of Psychological Life; Technology as Symptom and Dream; The Soul in Grief: Love, Death, and Transformation; and Psychological Life: From Science to Metaphor
Areas of Emphasis: Imaginal Psychology as the Outcome of a Dialogue Between Phenomenology and Jungian Psychology and Its Application to Research, Cultural Issues, and Psychotherapy; Exile, Homecoming and the Mythic Roots of Technology; Writing Down the Soul and the Creative Process; Dialogues Among Jungian Psychology, the Poets, and Quantum Physics.