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Earth, Climate, Dreams, edited by Bonnie Bright and Jonathan Paul Marshall, published by Depth Insights, 2019. Available on Amazon.com

Depth Psychology and The Digital Age, edited by Bonnie Bright, published by Depth Insights Press, 2016. Available on Amazon.com

Borders and Belonging: Archetypal and Ecological Aspects of ‘Home’ in Homer’s Odyssey” in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation.

“Hungry and Homeless, Like the Bees,” interview by Pythia Peay, published in America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture. Pythia Peay, Editor. Lantern Books, April 2015

“Trauma and Homecoming: Finding a Sense of Place in the Space of Trauma” in Depth Insights, Issue 6, Fall 2014

“Becoming Animal: The Phenomenology of a Living Earth”--Review of David Abram’s Becoming Animal in Jung Journal, Vol 7, Issue 1, 2013. Download full text—limited time only.

“Farming Soul: The Alchemy of Individuation“—-Review of Patricia Damery’s Farming Soul in Jung Journal, Vol 7, Issue 1, 2013. Download full text—limited time only.

“Leaving Home, Losing Home: A Social and Symbolic Look at Migration” in Towards Beginnings: Images of End, Journal of Archetypal Studies, Vol. 2, published December 2012

“Occupy Psyche: Deconstructing the Jungian Shadow in Depth Psychology” – In the 2012 anthology Occupy Psyche: Jungian and Archetypal Perspectives on a Movementedited by Jordan Shapiro and Roxanne Partridge

“Madman or Mystic? Re-imagining Relationship to the Sacred” – Review of Diego Pignatelli Spinazzola, Primordial Psyche: A Reliving of the Soul of Ancestors, A Jungian and Transpersonal View in Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche 6:2, Spring 2012, pp. 133-137

“I, Medusa: A Personal Narrative of the Transformation of the Gorgon” in Issue 2 of Depth Insights scholarly e-zine: Spring 2012

“Shoot to Kill: Animals, Instincts, and the Chaotic Exotic ‘Other'” – in Mythopoetry Scholar 2012 e-zine

“The Power of Story and Place among the Navajo in Canyon de Chelly” – in Depth Insights Fall 2011 scholarly e-zine

“Between Honey and Pain”- In the 2010 anthology “Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled”, edited by Craig Chalquist (World Soul Books) 

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Depth Perspectives: Selected Writings on Depth Psychology from the Pacifica Post Blog (a collection of articles by Bonnie Bright primarily based on conversations with notable scholars including Thomas Moore, Vandana Shiva, Jean Houston, Thomas Moore, Joseph Cambray, Michael Meade, and more.) NOTE: This may be slow to download as it’s a large PDF file

On Depth Psychology: It’s Meaning and Magic 

The Shamanic Perspective: Where Jungian Thought and Archetypal Shamanism Converge

Authentic Spirituality: Balancing Spirit and Soul 

Facing Medusa: Alchemical Transformation Through the Power of Surrender: presented at the “Aesthetic Nature of Change” conference by the Institute for Cultural Change in Ojai, CA, May 22, 2010

Landscape and Loss of the Classic Maya: An Archeological Foray into the Excavation of the Self 

Psyche and Soma: A Jungian Look at the Symbolic Landscape of Ancient Egypt

Roots of Culture: Developing an Ethno Depth Psychological Inquiry into the Symbolism of the Nile in Ancient and Contemporary Egypt

When the Mirror is Warped: The Benefit of Applying Transitional Space and Play in a Cultural Context

Colony Collapse Disorder: A Depth Psychological Inquiry into the Symbolic Nature of the Vanishing Honeybee (Master’s Thesis) – See abstract below:

ABSTRACT (Colony Collapse Disorder)

This project is an investigative inquiry into the implications of a compelling and inexplicable event: the sudden mass vanishing of billions of honeybees in what is now termed Colony Collapse Disorder. Use of a Heuristic framework engenders a deep examination of the potential symbolic significance of bees in light of their mass disappearance at both an individual and cultural level. 

Employing a Jungian lens, this project considers the ongoing loss of honeybees from the shamanic perspective of soul loss, then examines the increasing rift between humans and nature in relation to colonization, all apparent factors in the condition of colony collapse. Last, this inquiry explores the link between the bees and the goddess in an attempt to understand how the increasing loss of the sacred feminine from our worldview correlates with the plight of the dying honeybee. 

Findings include a look at how the symbolic meaning of Colony Collapse Disorder calls for regarding and beholding difficult situations and conflicting elements in order to allow the transcendent function to emerge. Rather than a rigid and surface attempt to analyze and fix the issue of the dying honeybees and to stave off our own potential colony collapse on a human scale, a return to earth and to nature, both inner and outer, is required.

Culture Collapse Disorder: Ecopsychopathy, Exile, and the End of Home (Doctoral Dissertation). See abstract below:

ABSTRACT (Culture Collapse Disorder)

Over time, humans belonging to western cultures have undergone a profound restructuring of the psyche resulting in a traumatic sense of separation. Culture Collapse Disorder is a term coined for this research based on a disturbing phenomenon in the natural world, Colony Collapse Disorder, where beehives collapse because the bees become separated from the hive and can no longer navigate home. Culture Collapse Disorder refers to how the wounded relationship between culture and nature has affected our modern mindset, contributing to disorientation, despair, and the collective loss of connection to an archetypal sense of “home.” As ecopsychopathy and excessive consumerism contribute to the increased devastation of the planet, the underlying trauma we experience from the sense of separation propels us toward denial and dissociation. Effectively, those living in the global consumer-oriented culture experience an ecopsychological complex of exile, unable to return to the greater web of life to which we inherently belong.

This dissertation employs a phenomenological-hermeneutical methodology to inquire into how our loss of connection to home correlates with Colony Collapse Disorder. Systems theory provides a frame for how we are intrinsically interconnected with our environment, like bees with the hive. Depth psychology, based in part on the work of C. G. Jung, contributes significantly as our culture faces transition, amplifying how we can reorient ourselves and heal the split that has damaged our worldview so profoundly.

While our cultural trajectory may not change, understanding our plight with a mythopoetic eye and consciously facing the descent we are called to make, can help. Through awareness and intention, we can collectively engage in the initiation process and still stay centered as the vestiges of a destructive cultural mindset begin to transform and fall away, leaving room for new consciousness to emerge. This dissertation argues that if we are willing to listen to nature, enter the mystery, and allow ourselves to engage in the work of the soul, outdated dualistic thinking of inner versus outer can be demolished as we gain new understanding of our intrinsic interconnection.

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