Whom do you serve?

Something happened to me which was outside my own plans, and after that I went where I was taken.

TH White, The Once and Future King

An Internet friend led me to this quote. I felt it was appropriate to share in reflection of 2020, not only for me but many people who were forced to go with the flow.

The quote reminded me of the mid-1990s, a time when I was steeped in the archetypal and depth psychology of Jung and Hillman. I also read a lot of works pertaining to the Holy Grail. I decided to composite the quote onto the cover image. I’m not asking for a holy grail. Let’s just hope 2021 fares better than 2020 by most accounts.

2 thoughts on “Whom do you serve?

  1. Thx! Wow, for some reason I’m following your blog, but I don’t get all of your posts. ?! I had to click on and go to your blog to find these posts, which it says that I’m following. So I’m not sure what’s going on here.

    Hillman is fabulous. Epston and white came up with an approach to psychotherapy called “narrative therapy“. There’s is mostly based from a Foucault basis.

    I would say my approach to psychotherapy is founded through narrative therapy. Coupled with depth counseling. I discovered that there is of course depth psychology, which is largely usually associated with Jung, but depth counseling, while overlapping with Jung in many ways, does not necessarily appropriate his logic of things entirely. Instead it views his work as a contributing source, Rather than a foundational source. Even Hillman, I feel, takes modernity a little too seriously, takes the post modern paradigm a little too foundational.

    To me, narrative depth therapy, At least my version of it, which is incorporating object orientation and realism in it ,has to do with not only do we get to tell stories about who and what we are and what the universe is, but that the very objects, which is to say the actual items that people use and draw upon to tell stories in a very stratified manner, — which is to say that we get to mine our own meaning — Actually, if you open up the world of personal meaning to the potential involvement with the entirety of possible information by which or through which one draws upon the language through which to tell their story, thereby we find the depth, thereby the “collective unconsciousness” if you will, which there by overlaps Hillman with Jung, Epston and White, Foucault and others together a justifying what I am calling various orientations (two) upon objects, which opens up the possibility of being to a universal truth, rather than just a subjective telling of psychological dimensions.

    The approach to counseling in this way, as I am beginning to formulate it, thereby addresses mental issues by allowing a person to find a true substance not only of themselves but of the universe it’s self, again not merely as some sort of subjective meaning (which is founded in nothing and thus has no substance) but as an indeed foundational and true relationship.

    The means to find this true substance has little to do with meaning, because it founds meaning, it grounds meaning by something which exists outside of meaning. Innoway, if you’ve ever seen the movie “inception“ with Leonardo DiCaprio.

    And I’ve stumbled upon a word which opens up what before and often is limited by meaning, and this is the use of ‘aporia’ in philosophical discussion. Byw.

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  2. As I don’t intersect with the counselling realm, I have the luxury of not needing to be pragmatic. My interest was the notion of Jungian archetypes. I view his work to be metaphorical even if he felt it to be phenomenological (and noumenal). At the same time, I was interested in Campbell’s Hero’s Journey storytelling arc and his (controversial) position on the monomyth, which crossed over a bit to Lévi-Strauss and Structuralism, which led me to Saussure and then to Derrida… and so and so forth…
    Of course, Jung had his Collective Consciousness, a sort of universal, that while not objective was at least collectively shared (by those who were plugged into it). This is the foundation of his claim that ‘there are no accidents’. Although he might attribute it to collective unconscious, others prefer to view it as karma, but now I’m rambling.

    My barely extant Website, last updated in 2006, reveals remnants of days gone by. http://microglyphics.com/index.shtml Poor thing. RIP. Lost to the dustbin of history.

    BTW, I use aporia often and to great effect in my everyday existence. A perfect comic setup. haha

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