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My interests return time and time again to depth psychological inquiries into nature and culture. It is my sincere desire to symbolically interpret the many aspects of our relationship to nature and culture as human beings in a mysterious and changing world. In this way, I believe, we can locate ourselves in the fabric of being and find meaning there - - - Bonnie Bright

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"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 Movement, edited 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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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.


"What we call civilized consciousness has steadily separated itself from the basic instincts. But these instincts have not disappeared. They have merely lost their contact with our consciousness and are thus forced to assert themselves in an indirect fashion" --C.G. Jung



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