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  • 131. PREVIEW: Walking in Balance: Aztec Metaphysics & Ethics | James Maffie | HITW 131

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    This is a preview of a longer episode. To listen to the full conversation and gain exclusive access the first 100 episode archive, join the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness Send a one time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulShow Links:http://brianjames.cahttp://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkWatch and subscribe on YouTube: http://youtube.com/@howlinthewildernessEpisode Description:On this episode I speak with Dr. James Maffie, about his book Aztec Philosophy: Understanding a World in Motion. James Maffie is senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and affiliate of the Latin American Studies Program at the University of Maryland.This was a fascinating conversation about the sophisticated metaphysics of the Mexica people, which in many ways bears a striking resemblance to Eastern Taoism and Tantra. In our discussion we speak quite a bit about the Mexica concept of Teotl, which can be thought of as a universal energy of movement and transformation. For the Aztecs, like the Taoist, the purpose of life was to maintain a balance of the opposing manifestations of Teotl, such as light/dark, life/death, masculine/feminine. Living an ethical life meant fulfilling what Dr. Maffie calls the “original obligation” of the human to feed the holy, rather than, in the Judeo-Christian world, struggling to overcome the stain of original sin. Go deeper:Aztec Philosophy book: https://www.ubcpress.ca/aztec-philosophyLecture by Andres Segura Granados: https://youtu.be/GwXMc2VP9y8?si=Y--88jhWOatyPrcXTopics: Nahua, Toltec, Aztec, Mexica, philosophy, metaphysics, Taoism

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  • 133. PREVIEW: Jung vs. Borg: Posthumanism, AI & The Fight For The Soul | Glen Slater PhD | HITW 133

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    This is a preview of a longer episode. To listen to the full conversation and gain exclusive access the first 100 episode archive, join the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness Send a one time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulShow Links:http://brianjames.cahttp://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkDonate: http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulWatch and subscribe on YouTube: http://youtube.com/@howlinthewildernessEpisode Description: On this episode I speak with Glen Slater about his new book Jung vs. Borg: Finding the Deeply Human in a Posthuman AgeI feel that this is the most relevant and important psychological text for our current time, but you don’t have to take it from me. Noted trauma psychologist Donald Kasched writes:“Glen Slater’s brilliant and passionate analysis of online culture and its insidious seductions of hyperreality, virtual companions, and cyber presences—all run by artificial intelligence—opens up that imagination in ways that are both terrifying and illuminating. To become conscious of these dehumanizing forces in our midst and how to combat their dissociative effects on the inner life of the soul should be a major focus of all depth psychological training in the 21st century. I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of this book.” I couldn’t agree more.Glen studied psychology and comparative religion at The University of Sydney before coming to the United States in 1992 for doctoral work in clinical psychology. He has been teaching at Pacifica for over twenty years and is currently the Associate Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization. He also teaches in the Mythological Studies program. His publications have appeared in a number of Jungian journals and essay collections, and he edited and introduced the third volume of James Hillman’s Uniform Edition, Senex and Puer, as well as a collection of faculty writings, Varieties of Mythic Experience: Essays on Religion, Psyche and Culture. Beyond his work in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology, he writes on psyche and film as well as the psychology of technology. He lectures internationally in these areas of interest.
  • 130. PREVIEW: Touching God's Balls: Memories, Dreams & Refractions | Tim Rutili (Califone) | HITW 130

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    This is a preview of a longer episode. To listen to the full conversation and gain exclusive access the first 100 episode archive, join the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness Send a one time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulShow Links:http://brianjames.cahttp://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkWatch and subscribe on YouTube: http://youtube.com/@howlinthewildernessEpisode Description:On this episode I speak with Tim Rutili. Tim is an American musician, filmmaker, and visual artist. He is best known as the founder of the alternative rock bands Red Red Meat and Califone, as well as a diverse range of musical collaborations as a multi instrumentalist and composer of scores for film and television.I’ve been an admirer of Tim’s work since Califone’s 2006 release Roots & Crowns but had lost track of them in recent years. So I was pleasantly surprised when the algorithmic gods alerted me to a new release from them last year. I consider that album, Villagers, one of the musical highlights of last year and a return to form for Califone, who continue to explore the intersections of American roots music, experimental electronics and improvisation.The features that have been central to Califone’s music since the beginning has always been Tim’s surreal and imagistic lyrics and masterful ability to create a captivating mood through an inventive and unconventional use of sound and texture.In our conversation we have an open and honest discussion about the challenges of sustaining a creative life without sacrificing your artistic integrity, the slippery nature of memory and dreams, and the importance of meditative and somatic practice to exorcise the demons and maintain a connection to the creative life force.This episode features selections from Califone's 2023 release Villagers.The outro song is "Wingbone" from Heron King Blues (2004).Califone website: http://califonemusic.comCover image: Tim Rutili (http://www.rootcrownarts.com)Topics: music, art, film, creativity, memory, dreams, Jung, George Harrison, Beatles
  • 129. Chinese Medicine & Depth Psychology | Brian Falk PhD | HITW 129

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    Support the Podcast:If you’d like to get access to early release of full episodes and gain exclusive access the first 100 episode archive, you can support the podcast directly by becoming part of the pack over at Patreon.com/howlinthewilderness. If you don’t mind being interrupted by the occasional ad, you can also support the podcast for free by subscribing and watching on the Howl in the Wilderness YouTube channel http://youtube.com/@howlinthewildernessMake a one-time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoul1-on-1 Depth Counseling with Brian James: http://brianjames.caFollow on IG: http://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkEpisode Description:On this episode I welcome Brian Falk on the podcast to speak about the way his practice of Chinese Medicine has been informed by his study of depth psychology, particularly the archetypal and imaginal approach of James Hillman.In the second half of the episode we talk about his recent book entitled Circling the Drain, which explores how the late comedian George Carlin and renegade psychologist James Hillman critiqued modern culture through a creative use of language and incisive humour.Brian Falk holds a Master's Degree in Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz. Brian also earned a PhD in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Somatic Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute.Brian lectures and teaches on topics such as vision improvement, food as medicine, and using acupuncture and massage for chronic pain. Brian maintains a clinical practice in Ventura, California.Brian's website: https://www.unifiedmedicine.comCircling the Drain book: https://www.springpublications.com/falk.htmlTopics: chinese medicine, taoism, depth psychology, james hillman, george carlin
  • 128. PREVIEW: A Druid in Psychologist's Clothing | E. Graham Howe's Secret Druidic Doctrine with Ian C. Edwards | HITW 128

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    This is a preview of a longer episode. To listen to the full conversation and gain exclusive access the first 100 episode archive, join the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness Send a one time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulShow Links:http://brianjames.cahttp://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkWatch and subscribe on YouTube: http://youtube.com/@howlinthewildernessDescription:On this episode I welcome author and psychologist Ian Edwards to the podcast to speak about his new book A Druid in Psychologist’s Clothing: E. Graham Howe’s Secret Druidic Doctrine, published in 2023 by Anathema.E. Graham Howe is the epitome of the kind of renegade spirit that we celebrate on this podcast. He was born in 1896 and was one of the founding members of the famous Tavistock Clinic in London. Although Howe’s work was initially well received by the burgeoning English psychoanalytic community, he soon began to ruffle some feathers with his eclectic and non-conforming ideas that incorporated concepts derived from Eastern spiritual practice. Howe published 12 books on a number of topics, and his writing stands out in the field for his straightforward and clear style, and conscious avoidance of psychological jargon.Through his books and lectures E. Graham Howe influenced well-known intellectuals and fellow renegades such as R.D. Laing, Alan Watts and Henry Miller. While Howe travelled to India and studied Eastern spirituality and practice, he found a home for his ideas in the images and concepts of the ancient Druids, who he referred to as “masters of the art of living.” He outlined this druidic approach to a spiritual psychology in the posthumously published book The Mind of the Druid.In our conversation, Ian and I speak in depth about E. Graham Howe’s life and work, his place within the psychological milieu of the early 20th century among contemporaries such as CG Jung, and how revisiting his once-radical ideas could serve to revive secular psychology that has run out of ideas by finally incorporating spirituality and metaphysics into it’s theory and practice.If you’d like to get access to early release of full episodes and listen and watch free of advertising and interruptions, please consider supporting the podcast directly by becoming part of the pack over at Patreon.com/howlinthewilderness. Your financial contribution, support and encouragement is what sustains me in this work. Author page at Anathema: https://anathemapublishing.com/ian-c-edwardsTopics: psychology, spirituality, zen, druidry, carl jung
  • 127. PREVIEW: We Are Aesthetic Animals | Benjamin Sells | HITW 127

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    This is a preview of a longer episode. To listen to the full conversation and gain exclusive access the first 100 episode archive, join the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness Send a one time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulShow Links:http://brianjames.cahttp://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkWatch and subscribe on YouTube: http://youtube.com/@howlinthewildernessDescription:On this episode I welcome author, lawyer and depth psychotherapist Benjamin Sells.I wasn’t aware of Benjamin’s work until fairly recently, but I’m so happy to have found him. His writing on topics of soul, beauty, love and ecology resonate deeply with many of the subjects we’ve been covering on the podcast lately and I’m honoured to host him on his first podcast appearance.Ben met and studied with two of our favourite renegade psychologists James Hillman and Thomas Moore back in the 1970s, and in his many books he both contributes to their shared legacy and offers his own unique ideas to the canon of archetypal psychology.I don’t know how it took me so long to find Ben’s work, but I’m glad I did. If you’re interested in the work of James Hillman and Thomas Moore I highly recommend exploring Ben’s books, particularly the recent trilogy on soul, love and beauty available through Spring Publications and featuring cover artwork by Hillman’s last wife and widow Margot Maclean.This conversation is the epitome of what I try to do here on the podcast and what I think makes it unique. It’s a deep and intimate meeting of two souls exploring topics that mean a great deal to both of us. We explore ideas around beauty, nature, aesthetics, animal intelligence, ethics and ecology. Plus Ben offers some touching anecdotes about his life and friendship with the late James Hillman.Ben’s website: http://benjaminsells.comThumbnail image: Margot MacleanTopics: james hillman, carl jung, art, aesthetics, civics, soul, beauty, love
  • 126. PREVIEW: Dylan Hoffman PhD | Vine Deloria, Carl Jung, James Hillman & Decolonizing Psychology | HITW 126

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    This is a preview of a longer episode. To listen to the full conversation and gain exclusive access the first 100 episode archive, join the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness Send a one time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulShow Links:http://brianjames.cahttp://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkWatch and subscribe on YouTube: http://youtube.com/@howlinthewildernessDescription:This episode has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to speak about this topic for quite a while and have been looking for the right person to have the conversation with. When I found out that my guest today, Dylan Hoffman, has included the work of Indigenous author and activist Vine Deloria in his depth psychology courses at Pacifica Graduate Institute, I suspected that I might have finally found the right person to have this conversation with.I wasn’t disappointed.In the discussion that follows, you’ll hear Dylan and I address the topic of decolonizing psychology — what that means, why it’s important to recognize it and call it out, and why including Indigenous voices like Deloria into psychological training is essential to that project.We discuss the ways Deloria both appreciated and critiqued the work of Jung, how colonization can’t be separated from Christianity, what our favourite renegade psychologist James Hillman contributes to the decolonizing project, and how a marriage of archetypal psychology and shamanic practice might just offer an authentic and effective animist spiritual practice for a post-colonial, post-Christianity west.This was a fantastic conversation and I’m sure I’ll be speaking with Dylan again down the road. Works Discussed:C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions: Dreams, Visions, Nature and the Primitivehttps://www.amazon.com/C-G-Jung-Sioux-Traditions-Primitive/dp/1882670612God Is Red: A Native View of Religionhttps://www.amazon.com/God-Red-Native-View-Religion/dp/168275314XLight in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality (Latin America Otherwise)https://www.amazon.com/Light-Dark-Luz-Oscuro-Spirituality/dp/0822360098Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicidehttps://www.amazon.com/Epistemologies-South-Justice-Against-Epistemicide/dp/1612055451/Show Links:http://brianjames.cahttp://instagram.com/brianjames.soulworkhttp://youtube.com/@howlinthewildernesshttp://paypal.me/brianjamessoul