What do we do when we feel purposeless? Where do we turn when the vital energy is sucked from life?
As the bleak statistics of the mental health epidemic demonstrate, for many, there is no clear answer. This disconnection from meaning and purpose, this depression of the soul, is devouring the psyche of millions. It's left us struggling to numb the pain through pathology, distraction, consumption, and ego games. Of course, none of the above brings us any closer to the deeper purpose we seek. They leave us thirstier for something real than we were to begin with.
So, in this transmission, we'll confront this 'soul sickness' through the wisdom of luminaries like Carl Jung, Terence McKenna, Dr. Lisa Miller, and more. We'll also riff on some ways we might even be able to overcome it.
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Scholar and practitioner of archetypal theory, Dr. Laurence Hillman enters the mind meld!
Laurence holds a Ph.D. in psychology, is the author of Planets in Play, and co-creator of Archetypes at Work -- a method to assess and develop individuals and organizations based on archetypal theory. Laurence is also the son of the late psychologist and author, James Hillman, a thinker who's been a huge influence on my personal philosophy.
In this mind meld, we riff on the power of archetypes, the influence of Carl Jung, find meaning in the modern world, the powerful and polarizing art of astrology (which Laurence is a longtime practitioner of), and much more.
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Dr. Justin Sledge of the Esoterica Channel enters the mind meld! In this one, we talk trickster wisdom, the power of awe, and mystical experiences. We also riff on Justin’s personal philosophy and the importance of dialoguing with people who think differently.
In addition to his channel, Dr. Justin Sledge holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and a MA (DRS) in Religious Studies, specializing in Hermetic Philosophy.
Max Derrat enters the mind meld!
On his YouTube channel, Max decodes the esoteric and philosophical undercurrent of media. His work exposes the hidden wisdom in your favorite video games, anime, and more.
In this one, we muse about the hidden esoteric wisdom in video games, anime, and media. We riff on some of our favorite pieces of deep media. We also muse about why storytellers are so compelled to imbue their work with alchemical, hermetic, and esoteric symbolism, the influence of eminent figures like Carl Jung, and much more.
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Have you ever felt like there's more to your psyche than meets the eye? Have you had strange dreams that seem significant but you can't quite make sense of? Do you find yourself drawn to certain kinds of stories or wonder why humans, in general, seem to tell the same kinds of stories over and over again? Well, it’s not just you. For decades the philosophy of Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung has captivated millions. Jung's notions of the collective unconscious and the archetypes that live within it are, without a doubt, some of his most intriguing ideas. In this transmission, we’ll explore this realm of the collective unconscious and how it shapes not only the above but the very nature of reality.