Depth Psychology

Synchronicity: Magic, and Shadow

You think of a long-lost friend, and she gets in touch that very night. Glancing at the clock, you continually get repeating numbers—11:11, 5:55, 2:22. An overheard conversation oddly, unbelievably, but precisely parallels your line of thought [...]

Dreamwork and Ayahuasca

Dreamwork—the daytime practice of recording and seeking to understand your nighttime dreams – is a gateway to your subconscious depths. Ayahuasca activates the psyche in a way that parallels the dream state: the DMT in ayahuasca is similar to the neurotransmitter naturally produced from our pineal gland which is responsible for the dreams that arise [...]

Working with Projections

This is an excellent recipe for getting to the bottom of a projection. To get the most out of it, take it slowly and step by step, answering each question thoughtfully and in detail. 1. Identify a person you really don’t like or feel disturbed by. 2. Name four qualities that disturb you in this [...]

Aya & Depth Psychology

Depth psychology works explicitly with the unconscious—that within us which has been repressed, rejected, denied or ignored. Through dreams, images, fantasies, art, meaning and myth, it seeks to understand and unveil what has been hidden in the depths of the psyche. This is precisely the territory that ayahuasca works, as it unzips the unconscious with [...]

Wisdom & Compassion, Part I

Buddhist Psychotherapy as Skillful Means This is Part I of an article I wrote in 2004 on integrating depth psychology with Buddhist meditation. A .pdf of the entire piece is available here William James, the American writer and psychologist, predicted a century ago that Buddhism would deeply influence Western psychology. Far ahead of his time [...]

Wisdom & Compassion, Part II

Buddhist Psychotherapy as Skillful Means Part II of an article I wrote in 2004 on integrating depth psychology with Buddhist meditation. A .pdf of the entire piece is available here. The simplest proposition is also the most radical: that our basic nature is open space infused with pure awareness. Beyond all our constructs and beneath [...]