#325 – Reflections on The Anima Mundi with Jungian Analyst Monika Wikman PhD

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Monica Wikman, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst and author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness (2005) and various articles in Jungian psychology journals. Monika obtained her BA from UC San Diego and her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, where her research took her deep into the study of dreams of people with terminal cancer. After teaching graduate students at California State University, Los Angeles, she graduated as a diplomat from the Jung-Von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zurich. She lectures internationally on mythology and symbolism, dreams and wellness, alchemy and creativity. In private practice as a Jungian Analyst and astrologer, she lives along a creek and under starry skies in Tesuque, New Mexico with horses, dogs, and friends.


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5 Comments

  1. Posted November 11, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    The way Dr. Monica Wikman covered so much ground with clarity and infectious energy was a true pleasure. But I have to say I had a hard time with the astrology part. I am assuming she was speaking of it in the same way we have come to understand alchemy, as a metaphor or another way to access archetypal images. But some of what she said leads me to suspect she sees more going on than that.

    There were several synchronistic moments for me listening to this episode. Last night I saw the documentary “I Am” and yesterday I listened to the Long Now podcast featuring Susan Freinkel talking about the problem, and wonder, of plastic. At the end of the talk Stuart Brand asked about sequestering carbon in the manufacture of plastic – an interesting idea. I doubt we will stop using plastic, and it sounds like plastic manufacturers are looking at new ways to make it without petroleum, so dealing with the recycling and sequestering of it really should be a high priority for us.

    It is interesting that the “I Am” documentary featured both the Heartmath folks and the Noetic Institute folks, but no-one from a more mainstream organization. It is so hard to believe that yogurt can respond to our emotions.

    I guess I am struggling with the old idealist (i.e. mind is the real stuff) versus materialist (mater is the real stuff) debate, and so far I haven’t heard enough evidence to sway me to the idealist side.

    Look forward to hearing more from Monica in the future, and maybe when she is on again she could clarify her understanding of astrology and how it fits, or doesn’t fit, with a scientific world view.

  2. Linda Thompson
    Posted November 18, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Gratitude to Bonnie at Depth Psychology Alliance for the promotion/opportunity for this interweave listening to wonderful conversation on Animus Mundi. Monica sharing her passions above of the night skies into the deeps of the oceans and the interveave of the aboriginal people/myths residing inbetween. Very enjoyable. Thank you.

  3. Posted November 18, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    What a delight! Thanks so much, Bonnie, for bringing Monika’s wonderful spirit and information to the community.

  4. Posted November 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Linda and Kathleen. It’s great when we actually recognize those threads that connect us all invisibly, is it not? Dr. Dave is doing such fantastic work and bringing wonderful guests to us all.

    I met Monica a couple of years ago when I attended a retreat she led and she was so knowledgable and sincere–not to mention easy to understand. She’s a great teacher.

    I’m thrilled at the ever-increasing accessiblity of depth psychology in the world thanks to to Shrink Rap Radio, Depth Psychology Alliance–AND both of you as well as Richard for taking the time to post here.

  5. Thane Thompson
    Posted January 31, 2013 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Wacky.

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