Be My Valentine

Robert Johnson, the Jungian Analyst, says that romantic love is the single greatest energy system in the Western psyche. He believes that it has supplanted religion as the primary way we experience ecstasy and wholeness. The gods have left the temple, migrated. But love can never produce human relationships as long as it stays romantic. […]

Continue reading

Letting Go, Starting Over

As we move into 2014, how many things will be left undone from 2013? Is there such a thing as beginning again? Ralph Waldo Emerson advised: Finish each day (year) and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow […]

Continue reading

Holding On To Hope

Victor Frankl, the Viennese psychiatrist, wrote a book entitled “From Death Camp to Existentialism”, a reflection of his experiences in the Nazi death camps during the Second World War. Frankl was a modern Job, except for his sister and himself, the entire family perished in the Holocaust. He says, “To live is to suffer. To […]

Continue reading

The Heart Of Religion

In the summer of 1955, the year I graduated from high school, there appeared in the New York Times an extraordinary picture on the front page. It was the picture of a man and a woman standing facing each other. The man was Sergeant Matthew Mckeon, a marine Drill Instructor, the woman was Maggie Meeks. […]

Continue reading

God As Trickster

The trickster is a beloved figure of mine, disruptive, breaking the rules, violating the norms, challenging authority, pricking our pomposity. He is mythological in nature, corresponding to inner psychic experience. There is another side to God then the one we were taught, darker, fiercer, not at all related to our human sense of morality. Robinson Jeffers, […]

Continue reading