Carl Jung was a fascinating, engaging and pioneering Psychiatrist who had an in-depth knowledge of theology, anthropology, philosophy, archaeology and mythology; he was a unique polymath and very much ahead of his time. Jung’s ‘Analytical Psychology’ has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact in various fields of human endeavour. Jung was interviewed in … More ‘Man Cannot Stand A Meaningless Life’
Death, and dying are not topics that we discuss freely in our Western Christian culture; we tend to live life with the certainty of death hidden in the recesses of our mind. It is all around us, but we dare not think of it in case the impact of it is too much to bear. … More Reflections on Death & Dying: How to Journey Well
The very last thing most of us want to talk about is our own death! The prospect of our earthly demise tends to elicit fear and denial, even for Christians (and others) with a philosophical understanding of the afterlife . But it needn’t be like that. It may sound rather morbid, but thinking about, and … More I Don’t Want To Talk About It! Preparing For A Good End Of Life
It was Robert Bolt who once said: ‘Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh‘. How true. But most of us do our utmost to avoid talking about, or even … More Death – I Don’t Want To Talk About It!
Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s Buddhism-inspired extended 2003 meditation – Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter…and Spring – takes place on an isolated lake nestled among scenic mountains on which floats a small, one-room hermitage housing two monks, one old and one young. The narrative unfolds over the course of several years, and is divided into five sections … More A Journey Through the Seasons of Life
Death in dolphins: do they understand they are mortal? – life – 01 September 2011 – New Scientist. A fascinating article dealing with a very profound issue. How do cetaceans, complex and highly intelligent animals that they are, deal with death? It may be impossible to determine how an animal comprehends death, but behavioural observations … More Death in dolphins: do they understand they are mortal? – life – 01 September 2011 – New Scientist
“The only two certainties in life are death and taxes” according to Mark Twain……..and a few others that came before and after him. So, what actually happens when we die? All faiths and wisdom traditions have something to say about the destiny of our ‘soul’ (however that is defined) when our bodies die. But what does science say? Perhaps this is … More What Happens When We Die?
I don’t need to believe….I know! So says the famous Psychiatrist and founder of Analytical Psychology, Carl Jung in an interview given to the BBC in the mid-1950’s, shortly before his death. At first glance, Jung’s enigmatic statement contrasting knowledge with belief seems rather difficult to fathom. Thankfully he goes on to explain in much … More I Don’t Need to Believe……I Know!