Golden Shadow PodcastMay 30, 2021
Ep.69 - Internal Family Systems
What is "parts work"? How might we engage with the psyche by dividing it into subpersonalities? Who are the "exiles," "managers," and "firefighters" within us and how do they relate to one another?
Ep.68 - Nightmares and Stress Dreams
Why do we have dreams that are stressful, painful, or terrifying? How might tension in dreams reflect shadow integration? How can we work with bad dreams towards greater awareness and wholeness?
Ep.67 - Somatic Experiencing
What role do somatics play in the therapeutic process? In what way is trauma locked into the body? How can we incorporate a body-first mentality into our self-work practices?
Ep.66 - The Creative Process
What is the creative process? Why are experimentation and failure such an important part of it? In what way is the project of Golden Shadow an ever-evolving creative process?
Ep.65 – Archetype of the Band
What does the archetypal rock n' roll band look like? How did the Beatles serve as a mythological container for collective projections of the culture? In what way is the pop music landscape a kind of "pantheon"?
Ep.64 – Hermes: Herald, Psychopomp, Trickster
Ep.63 – Plato's Cave
What is the allegory of "Plato's Cave"? How does it explore the archetypal pattern of becoming conscious? What are the social repercussions of speaking truth, shining light, and forcing others to see their own shadow?
Ep.62 – Alchemy
Was alchemy a scientific process, a spiritual practice, or both? What does "As Above, So Below" refer to? How might we utilize the concepts of alchemy for self-inquiry and personal growth?
Ep.61 – Murray Stein: The Jungian Revolution | Event
Murray Stein, Ph.D, is a Jungian Analyst, author and lecturer. Dr. Stein joins the Golden Shadow to speak on the evolution of Jungian Psychology, the resistance to Jungian theory from the scientific and academic communities, and the current resurgence in popularity.
Ep.60 – John Beebe: The Eight-Function Model of Personality | Event
Ep.59 – Jason Smith: Religion and the Symbolic Life | Event
Jason Smith--Jungian analyst, author of Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, and host of the Digital Jung Podcast--joins the Golden Shadow to discuss the religious sense as a natural and vital function of the human psyche, and the ways in which we can utilize symbolic forms of religion to infuse our lives with meaning and purpose.
Website: https://www.jungiantherapist.net Digital Jung Podcast: http://digitaljung.buzzsprout.com Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life: https://www.amazon.com/Religious-But-Not-Living-Symbolic/dp/1630519006
Ep.58 – Bret Alderman: Symptom, Symbol, and the Other of Language | Event
Bret Alderman, PhD, life coach and author of Symptom, Symbol, and the Other of Language, joins the Golden Shadow to share a Jungian perspective on the implications of the deconstruction of language in our postmodern era.
Follow Bret's Work here: https://www.aldermancoaching.com https://twitter.com/DrBretAlderman Bret's book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0815359136/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_9NV39S83646QHN17GN9H
Ep.57 – Michael Meade: Myth, Ritual and Rites of Passage | Event
Michael Meade, mythologist, storyteller, and host of Living Myth Podcast, speaks with us about initiation, ritual, and how the shadow is represented in mythology.
Recorded at The Stoa on March 17th, 2021
Ep.56 – Uberboyo: The Red Book | Event
Steafan Fox (aka Uberboyo on YouTube) joins the Golden Shadow to discuss Jung, his confrontation with the shadow, and the writings that emerged from that struggle, known collectively as the Red Book.
Ep.55 – Lisa Marchiano: Motherhood and Shadow | Event
Lisa Marchiano, Jungian analyst, author, and host of This Jungian Life podcast, speaks with us about the emotional and symbolic journey of motherhood and the aspects of shadow one must face through the process, drawn from her new book Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself.
This was originally recorded at The Stoa in March of 2021.
Ep.54 – Cadell Last: Freud vs Jung | Event
Cadell Last, PhD, author of Global Brain Singularity and Sex, Masculinity, God joins the Golden Shadow to discuss the relationship between Freud and Jung, the nature of their conflict, and how their respective philosophies influenced our modern understanding of human psychology.
Ep.53 – Sam Hinds: Psychedelic Therapy | Event
Sam Hinds, MA, is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and is training in ketamine-assisted therapy at Sage Institute in Berkeley, CA. Sam joins the Golden shadow to discuss psychedelic experiences through through the lenses of psychodynamic, post-colonial, Jungian and archetypal psychologies.
Ep.52 – Anderson Todd: Alchemy and the Philosopher's Stone | Event
Anderson Todd is the Assistant Director of University of Toronto's Consciousness and Wisdom Studies Lab. He joins the Golden Shadow to discuss Jung's work on alchemy, its use as a symbol and tool of psychological transformation, and his research into lucid dreaming.
Ep.51 – Labors of Hercules
Ep.50 – Kayleen Asbo: The Heroine's Path | Event
Ep.49 – Dialectical Tarot: The Fool w/ MemeAnalysis + Spear of Fire Tarot | Live Event
MemeAnalysis and Spear of Fire Tarot join the Golden Shadow for our first event in the Dialectical Tarot series, where we unpack the Tarot from different points of view and explore the different lineages, with the hope of arriving at greater understanding of the themes, symbolism, and history behind the cards. This month we discussed the Fool card.
Chris (MemeAnalysis): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb4pvsyqNrmBIGJFQxEukUA
Matt (Spear of Fire Tarot): https://www.instagram.com/spearoffiretarot
Ep.48 – Mythological Creatures
In what way do animals function as mythological containers? How do legendary creatures reflect the same "raising-up" we do to humanoid deities? Why do we often feel a resonance with a certain "spirit animal?
Ep.47 – James Hollis: The Wounded Healer | Live Event
Ep.46 – Confession
Why is confession often the first step in a therapeutic relationship? In what ways do we keep secrets from ourselves and others? How is confession related to virtue, sin, and cosmic justice?
Ep.45 – Sacred Objects
How do magical items appear in mythology? How does that relate to the objects in our lives that take on a sacred significance? How might we distinguish between masculine and feminine sacred objects?
Ep.44 – The Pantheon
How does the pantheon reflect a phenomenological mapping out of the world, reality, and human experience? What is the pantheon's relation to archetypes? How have pantheons evolved throughout history and what are their modern manifestations?
Ep.43 – The Archetype of the Father
How does the archetype of the father appear in our lives? How is it manifested through myth, fairytale, and film? What role does it play in our journey towards consciousness, completeness, and personhood?
Ep.42 – The Archetype of the Mother
How does the archetype of the mother appear in our lives? How is it manifested through myth, fairytale, and film? What role does it play in our journey towards consciousness, completeness, and personhood?
Ep.41 – Sensation vs Intuition
How does the concrete immediacy of sensing compare to the theoretical depth of intuition? How do the functions interact with extraversion and introversion? What are the values of sensing and intuitive types and how do they behave in the world?
Ep.40 – Memes and the Digital Shadow
How do we make sense of the phenomenon of internet memes? How do they relate to the evolutionary concept of 'mind-virus' put forth by Richard Dawkins? How does the internet digitalize the Shadow?
Ep.39 – The Wounded Healer
Why does being wounded often inspire a passion for healing? In what ways do healers need to balance empathy and boundary when engaging in a therapeutic relationship with others? How do the mythic figures Chiron and Asclepius personify the wounded healer archetype?
Ep.38 – Peter Pan & Puer Aeternus
What is the significance of the Peter Pan myth? What does it mean to be "spoiled" and why might one become that way? How might we find a virtuous balance between the inner child, who is playful, curious, and open, and the inner adult, who is productive, responsible, and rigid?
Ep.37 – Eros & Inner Child w/ Peter Limberg
Arran and Alyssa interview Peter Limberg about his journey to prominent creator of communal spaces, working with John Vervaeke, and having his dreams analyzed by Jordan Peterson.
Ep.36 – Art and Creation w/ Andrew Tuazon
Our very first guest, visual artist Andrew Tuazon, speaks to us about the creative process, the perplexity of judging good and bad art, and how to get out of our own way when it comes to being artistic.
Ep.35 – Community
Arran and Alyssa discuss expanding the Golden Shadow into a community and virtual event space. What are the challenges of building a community? What makes a community strong, resilient, and meaningful?
Ep.34 – God
In what way do humans naturally anthropomorphize the objects of reality? Why would deities evolve universally across cultures? How how might the One God differ from the gods of polytheism?
Ep.33 – Projection
In what way is reality a landscape of projections? Why do we turn other people into containers for our shadow? How might we develop strategies for bringing our projections into balance?
Ep.32 – Christmas: Light, Logos, & Rebirth
What is the relationship between Christmas and the Winter Solstice? In what way is Christ the son, the light, or the word? How might we take back personal ownership of the Christmas ritual?
Ep.31 – The Elephant & The Rider
In what way does our behavior resemble that of a logical thinker negotiating with a larger, stronger, illogical animal? Why are we so often unable to control our bad habits? How might we become more whole if the rider developed a better relationship with the elephant?
Ep.30 – Leaving Home
Ep.29 – Ritual
In what way are rituals embodied metaphors? How do rituals reinforce a behavior, remind us of an important concept, or revitalize a cultural ethos? How are rituals related to the sacred?
Ep.28 – Personifying the Shadow
What are the advantages of using Zoom for self-work in a group setting? How might we anthropomorphize different aspects of our personality? Why do different individuals identify with different characters in popular fiction?
Ep.27 – Active Imagination
What practices can we employ to allow the unconscious to express itself? How is active imagination related to journeying, dreams, and creativity? How can stories be more real than reality?
Ep.26 – The Flood: Chaos, Catastrophe, & Rebirth
How does the Flood reflect a universal experience, both materially and metaphorically? How does the world inevitably creep towards decrepitude and disaster? How does the collapse of old structures give way to possibilities of growth and rebirth?
Ep.25 – Wheel of Fortune: Fate and Free Will
How much control do we have over our lives? Can we really hold others responsible for their actions when they've been forced onto their path by external forces? Is it possible to increase our agency over time or is the notion of free will simply an illusion?
Ep.24 – Halloween: Mischief, Monsters, and the Shadow
How might Halloween be a manifestation of banished energy? What are the different ways in which people express their naughty, evil, or dark side? How does Arran's embrace of the Trickster and Alyssa's embrace of the Priestess reflect their respective Shadows?
Ep.23 – Collective Shadow & The Psychology of Conflict
This episode was submitted to the 2020 Jungian Conference at the Institute For Conflict (hence the unusual format). How is conflict foundational to our growth as individuals? How do the same patterns of conflict between individuals play out at larger scales in society? Do we have personal responsibility for integrating society's shadow?
Ep.22 – Complexes & Neurosis
Ep.21 – Higher Self and the Structure of Becoming
What does it mean when someone doesn't know who they are? How do complexes form the building blocks of self? What structures guide the process of becoming the people we are meant to be?
Ep.20 – Arran Dream Series
Why do we have bad dreams? How does each individual's dreamscape reflect their personal experience, perception, and worldview? What is the archetypal significance of Panda Express?