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This is Dose of Depth podcast. I’m your host, Deborah Lukovich, and I invite you to be curious about your unique experience of being human. In this podcast, we’ll explore the deeper meaning of ordinary life experiences through conversation, stories, and education. You might have a serious ah-ha moment, or you might be amused by the movie your life seems to be imitating, or you might just be entertained by one of my awkward stories. I’m hoping you’ll become more aware of those moments when a deeper part of you is prompting you to see things differently and maybe even go a new direction. So, let’s get started. Deborah
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In this episode, I bring back JD Edwin, a writer of fiction both long and short, including numerous short stories and articles on the art and craft of writing. Our first chat was a year ago, just after JD had published her debut fantasy novel, Headspace. If you’d like to take a listen to our chat, you can find it in Season 1, Episode 2 from February of 2022, the episode is titled: Finding Your Personal Story in Bigger Stories.  If you like the film Divergent or the Netflix series Alice in Borderland, you’ll love  Headspace. And now, JD’s prequel is here, Master of the Arena, which you can sum up like this: Nasmi Kol was born a slave. Now, she’s a champion. After this chat you’ll want to get the backstory at some point. On the other hand, both books stand on their own.I’ll be sharing the video version of today’s chat on my YouTube channel.If you want to learn more about Jungian film theory, Listen to me read Chapter 23 from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?  So, let’s get started . . .Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of new FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to Amazon.Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 4,200+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #personalunconscious #shadow #selfreflection #archetypes #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #creativity #newbook #film #filmtheory #jungianfilmtheory
In this episode, I read one of my blog posts about a film experience. I never know when it will happen, when something on the screen will reach into my unconscious and pull out a new insight. It’s so much fun when that happens, and I really do need to write about these experiences more. Get my take on the film Bullet Train, learn how I found meaning in my own film experience, and learn a little bit about Jungian film theory too. Enjoy! Get more about how to explore your own film experiences in Chapter 23 of my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening?  You can listen to me read Chapter 23 here. Enjoy my blog post about Terminator: Dark FateAnother post about Alita: Battle AngelAnother post about the film AquamanDeborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to Amazon.Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 4,200+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #personalunconscious #shadow #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships #sexuality #spirituality #divorce #dating #romance #romantic #sexual #sexualattraction #pleasure #arousal #dreams #creativity #newbook #jungianfilmtheory #film #movies #archetypes 
In this episode, I bring back Dr. Stacey Shelby, author of Love and Soul-Making: Searching the Depths of Romantic Love; and Tracking the Wild Woman Archetype: A Guide to Becoming a Whole, In-divisible Woman.  If you’d like to listen to our first chat, it’s Season 1, Episode 6, from March of 2022. It’s titled, Relationships as Vessels of Transformation. The link is in the description box, along with links to Stacey’s books.I love this from the Foreword: “Romance is first and foremost about the individual’s calling to love soul, their own soul, and the soul of the world, and reciprocally to find soul in, to make soul from, and to serve soul through love’s many expressions.”  –Dr. Dylan HoffmanReady to dive into love? Purchase Love and Soul-MakingPurchase Tracking the Wild Woman ArchetypeLearn more about Dr. Stacey ShelbyDeborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to Amazon.Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 4,200+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #personalunconscious #shadow #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships #sexuality #spirituality #divorce #dating #romance #romantic #sexual #sexualattraction #pleasure #arousal #dreams #creativity #newbook
In this episode, I read a blog post that brings to life the usefulness of exploring dreams in gaining a new insight that could strengthen a relationship. In fact, without the new insight, you might instead undermine the relationship.  Often, I am inspired on my walks as I process the juicy depth psychology coaching sessions I have with my clients. Everything about how this post came about illuminates how the unconscious seeks to create through us, for our benefit, and ultimately for the benefits of others. As C.G. Jung suggested, the fate of humanity depends upon the self-reflecting individual, and this is a concrete example of how this works. So, let’s get started. Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to Amazon.Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #personalunconscious #shadow #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships #sexuality #spirituality #divorce #dating #romance #romantic #sexual #sexualattraction #pleasure #arousal #dreams #creativity #newbook 
In this episode, I have a chat with Bill Zaferos, author of Poison Pen, a novel. Bill is an award-winning journalist and his first novel, the one we’re going to talk about today, was what emerged through channeling his mental illness into creativity.  I’ll also be sharing the video version of this chat on my YouTube channel.  So, I love this endorsement of Bill’s book: “Poison Pen will appeal to fans of the odd and absurd. Each sentence is loaded with humor, heart, and meaning.” The unconscious seeks to create, and sometimes we’re a willing partner and often we’re not. Sometimes, our unconscious screams to us through anxiety, illness, an odd combination of annoying events, and it can even take us over. Today’s episode brings to life the intersection of mental health and creativity. To truly bring form to what wants to flow through us is to surrender to a higher power. If you’re open, you’ll see yourself in Bill’s story, even if it’s a part of you that’s been banished to a dark corner in your unconscious. I did. That part of you might need to come out and play, or you can at least have a dialogue with it, so it doesn’t torture you. It’s going to find a way out anyway eventually, and it might not be pretty.So, let’s get started . . .Click here to check out Poison Pen (a novel)Click here to check out Bill's second novel, Serenity Heights Click here to watch my video about how to have a dialogue with your anxietyDeborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to Amazon.Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #personalunconscious #shadow #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships #sexuality #spirituality #divorce #dating #romance #romantic #sexual #sexualattraction #pleasure #arousal #dreams #creativity #newbook
In this episode, I’m sharing a podcast version of one of my YouTube videos, specifically, the one where I teach people how to explore their dream images. The YouTube series is called Soul Talk 101. The link to this one is in the description box. Ready to explore your dream images? Let's get started . . . To check out Robert Johnson's book, Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal GrowthTo watch my YouTube version of this Soul Talk Lesson Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to Amazon.Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #personalunconscious #shadow #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships #sexuality #spirituality #divorce #dating #romance #romantic #sexual #sexualattraction #pleasure #arousal #dreams 
In this episode, I read a blog post I wrote about relationships. I had met someone three months prior and I felt an odd and intense self-awareness about my own experience as the relationship unfolded. Of course, a movie showed up to mirror back to me what my unconscious wanted me to explore. I hope you enjoy what I call my creative memoir writing. So, let's get started. Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to Amazon.Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #personalunconscious #shadow #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships #sexuality #spirituality #divorce #dating #romance #romantic #sexual #sexualattraction #pleasure #arousal
In this episode, I continue reading from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. I'm kind of sad that it's ending, taking you through my book chapter by chapter. In this episode, I’ll be reading Chapter 25, which is about how to sustain your new practicing of exploring your unconscious, along with a short conclusion.I wrote this book as a guide, a companion on your life-long journey of coming into deeper and deeper relationship with your Self. By the end, you hopefully are even more curious about the mysteries that reside in your inner world, the 80-90% of you that is unknown to you. The first phase of digging into your personal complexes is full of, well, complexity. Finding a new truth can make you cringe and feel liberated at the same time. Disrupting an old pattern by having the courage to do what once was unthinkable can provide an adrenaline rush that used to occur only when you were under the influence of alcohol. Allowing yourself to feel vulnerable can lead to heights of pleasure and ecstasy facilitated by deep connection with another human being through which the Divine is flowing. It’s exhausting and exhilarating.  Phase Two is being swept up by archetypal energies that want to flow through you for the benefit of evolving human consciousness. I don’t know what that means for you, but for me it has meant unleashing creativity, through short stories, a podcast, blog posts, and as a depth psychology coach where I hold space for my clients as they explore their unconscious. Enjoy my last chapter, which I hope inspires you to dig in deeper and follow your intuition about how to sustain your own practice.So, let’s get started. Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to Amazon.Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #meyersbriggs #psychologicaltype #personalitytype #personality #strengths #weaknesses #archetype #archetypalpsychology  #personalunconscious #shadow #collectiveunconscious #collectiveshadow #extremism #conspiracy #violence #collectivetrauma #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #wounds #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships #sexuality #spirituality 
Today, I’m shaking it up. I’m going to be a little less formal and a little more personal. As you know, I’m an awkward, nerdy over sharer who is obsessed about inspiring people to find deeper meaning in ordinary life events. What you don’t know is that I’m one of three sisters who are super close in age. We’re alike in so many ways – we’re friendly and curious about people. And we’re also so different. One sister is an extravert who is talented at acting and singing and could give Martha Stewart a run for her money. After her midlife unraveling, she started a new career as a realtor.The other sister is an amazing fine artist who found her way to the corporate sector that constantly challenges her authenticity when it comes to her personal mission to bring out the best in people. Part of her midlife unraveling was realizing this and now she’s written a book about it.  And then there’s me. I felt overshadowed by both sisters’ artistic talent, but I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Not until midlife unraveling would I be able to reconcile powerful opposing forces inside me that unleashed my buried creativity. Even though three sisters were raised by the same parents, we each have lived different manifestations of our mother and father complexes. And one thing we all have in common is a version of not being quite good enough. That plays out in different ways. Self-doubt, perfectionism, self-consciousness, fears of not following through. I got the idea for this conversation when my sister Chris and I laughed as we accepted the fact that she would always have self-doubt and I would always be self-conscious. Even C.G. Jung said that we never really get rid of complexes, those stubborn patterns of thinking, behaving, and reacting that developed in childhood to get us to adulthood.  We will circle around them, and as we come into deeper relationship with these difficult parts of ourselves, they lose power over us, and they can become our companions. When they show up, it’s like another invitation to find even deeper meaning when it comes to our purpose. Christine Schindler Lukovich's website So, let’s get started . . .Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 4,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #selfdoubt #selfconscious #selfreflection #CGJung #Jungian #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #anxiety #transformation #relationships
In this episode, I’ve brought back Vlado Solc, Jungian Analyst and psychotherapist practicing in Milwaukee, WI, my hometown. Vlado is a co-author of the book, Dark Religion: Fundamentalism from the Perspective of Jungian Psychology. After listening to this episode, you might want to listen to our last chat about his book in Episode 26 of Season 1. It’s titled Self-Reflection in a Time of Conspiracy Theories. All along, you’ve been learning about Jung’s theory of individuation, which is the framework for exploring your unconscious. I didn’t start using that exact term until my last interview with Dr. Joli Hamilton. That episode is number 48 and titled, Staying Committed to Self When You’re in Relationship. It was a fun conversation about individuation not only being an individual experience, but individuation of a relationship too. So today, we’re going to go deeper into Jung’s theory of individuation in a way that you’ll be able to relate to and will enhance your practice of self-reflection. The foundation of my chat with Vlado is an article he wrote titled, Three Ways of Why. So, let’s get started . . .Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 4,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #poetry #personalunconscious #shadow  #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #wounds #Jung #meaning #purpose #archetypes #archetypalpsychology #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships
In this episode, I read my new blog post, A Depth Approach to Transitioning to the New Year. It's that time of year again. The momentum and anticipation started in the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. For some, anxiety about family sets in quickly and for others it is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.  Before we know it, we will find ourselves in the psychological space of new beginnings without really thinking too much about it. Between the old year and the new year, between one version of you and another, there is a doorway, a threshold, that you didn’t even know was there. Some doorways can be easy to walk through with a little awareness and a new insight, feeling like a light-weight aluminum screen door. Other doorways can seem closed to you, feeling like a huge heavy wooden door protecting something ancient. So, how can you, right now, in the next couple months, bring a depth approach to transitioning to a new year psychologically? As always, my own experience inspired this post. My stories are meant to bring concepts to life and entertain. So, let's get started . . .Click here to download a pdf abut how how to explore your imagesLearn more about my end of year coaching special hereDeborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 4,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #newyearresolutions #goals #newyear #transition #threshold #arttherapy #poetry #personalunconscious #shadow  #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #wounds #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships
In this episode, I continue reading from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. In this chapter, I’ll be reading Chapter 22: What Movie Are You Living? I encourage you to go deeper than anyone has likely taken you into your psychological type. If you still haven’t taken the inventory and gotten your four letters – mine are INFJ – go to www.16personalities.com. This chapter offers three reasons for you to go deeper, especially into your blind spots, the functions that are in your shadow and come out during times of stress or conflict. One last thing I think you’ll find interesting is research about the connection between psychological type and spirituality. So, let’s get started . . .  Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #meyersbriggs #psychologicaltype #personalitytype #personality #strengths #weaknesses #archetype #archetypalpsychology  #personalunconscious #shadow #collectiveunconscious #collectiveshadow #extremism #conspiracy #violence #collectivetrauma #selfreflection #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #wounds #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships
In this episode, I’m excited to have my depth psychology colleague Dr. Joli Hamilton back for a conversation about staying connected to your inner being, your Self, what you might call Soul within relationship. Following that inner voice as it prompts you to grow is difficult enough when it’s just you but staying committed to your journey to grow and unfold is even more difficult when you’re in a relationship. For those of you who didn’t catch my first interview with Joli, click here to listen to Episode 14, and we talked about the deeper meaning of sexuality. Individuation is a process, a journey, a way of life, an attitude, that involves becoming aware of how your unconscious is luring you with clues, like a siren’s song, to shine a light on what your Self believes you’re ready to explore. You've heard me say that we relate through projection, and that projection offers clues about what in your unconscious is ready to be explored. This is part of the individuation journey. Listening to Joli’s most recent episode of her podcast, Playing with Fire, she got me thinking about whether individuation is even possible without projection, which happens through relationships with others. It would make sense that individuation happens alongside or even because of relationships. Could it be that without relationships, we can't really individuate?I don't know the answer to that, but that’s where we’re going in today’s conversation with Dr. Joli Hamilton. Oh, and I encourage you to take Joli's quiz at www.joliquiz.com about whether you're ready to open up your relationship, or maybe just use it as a way to think about being creative in your monogamous relationship. So, let’s get started . . . Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S.Check out more of my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of new blog posts, podcast episodes, updates on my writing, and information about my coaching services and free mini-lessons. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich and Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. #sexuality #sex #monogamy #creativemonogamy #polyamory #divorce #dating #relationship #relationshipcoaching #therapy #sexuality #spirituality #Jungian #archetypes #instincts #newpodcastepisode #adventure #sexualexploration #individuation #selflove #projection #innerchild #shadow #shadowwork 
In this episode, I continue reading from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. In this chapter, I’ll be reading Chapter 22: What Movie Are You Living?Have you ever been obsessed with a movie or an online series? Are you like me and find yourself going back to the theatre to see certain films eight times? The first time that happened I felt exhilarated by the feeling of being pulled by some mysterious force to rewatch Aquaman of all movies again and again and again.Did you know that the field of psychology emerged at the same time as the invention of the moving picture? Could it be that we desperately crave exploring ourselves through what’s projected on the screen, the stage, through music, or on our laptop? Could it be that when we most think we’re choosing to be entertained, our ego loosens enough for certain images to reach into our psyche and secretly whisper something to our Soul that the ego cannot hear? Most recently, I made myself go see Bullet Train because Brad Pitt was in it (click here to read my blog post). For most of the movie I felt bored by the nonstop realistic violence that felt animated. Three quarters of the way through the movie, I got it. Oh my gosh, Brad Pitt represents the self-reflecting human I talk about all the time. Enjoy listening to me teach you a little about Jungian Film Theory and share how I came to understand my personal experiences with film. So, let’s get started . . .  Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #jungianfilmtheory #film #movies #filmtheory #archetype #archetypalpsychology  #personalunconscious #shadow #collectiveunconscious #collectiveshadow #extremism #conspiracy #violence #collectivetrauma #selfreflection #addiction #trauma #healing #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #wounds #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships 
In this episode, I continue reading from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose.  In  Chapter 22 – The Archetype Behind Your Complex – we learn that at the core of each complex is a universal human need. As you begin exploring your unconscious, you will gain personal insights first, and this chapter is about taking the next step, and connecting those insights to greater universal forces that want to use you as a vessel through which to create what doesn’t exist right now in the form of ideas, inventions, and other creative acts meant to help humanity survive and evolve. You as an individual are that important. So, enjoy this chapter. I hope it inspires you to become more serious about building a self-reflection practice. You won’t see it happen, but the insights of millions of people will begin to rise into collective awareness, and that is how humanity will evolve.Let’s get started . . . Deborah Lukovich, PhDResources: Re-Visioning Psychology, by James Hillman Goddesses in Every Woman, by Jean Shinoda Bolen, MDTracking the Wild Woman Archetype, by Stacey Shelby, PhD The Sacred Prostitute, by Nancy Qualls-CorbettExploring Women's Experience of Reconciling Sexuality and Spirituality: Through the Lens of Jungian Theory of Individuation, by Deborah Lukovich, PhD P.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #archetype #archetypalpsychology #greekmyths #romanmyths #greekgod #greekgoddess #aphrodite #artemis #hermes #projection #personalshadow #personalunconscious #shadow #collectiveunconscious #collectiveshadow #extremism #conspiracy #violence #collectivetrauma #selfreflection #addiction #trauma #healing #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #wounds #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships 
In this episode, I continue reading from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. In this episode, I’ll be reading Chapter 21, where we dig a little deeper into your personal shadow and take on the tricky topic of projection. You’ve probably come across the concept of projection over the past couple years. It’s become a part of daily conversation. Projection is easier to see in another individual than in yourself, and it’s easiest to see in extreme versions, for example when one person or group grounds their position in righteous language and extreme and warped interpretations of religious doctrine. The projection onto the Other, the demonizing of the Other, reveals the lack of capacity for self-awareness, self-reflection, and managing the tension between what they know and something unknown. The root of the projection is fear and the inability to face something in themselves that they have projected onto someone that acts as a scapegoat. Unfortunately, when more and more individuals get swept up in a projection, this can happen on a collective level. German citizens are more aware than most of how one can get swept up and end up participating in acts that go against what they profess to be their values. What do we do about this? Well, the collective is made up of a collection of individuals. Humans relate through projection. Every single one of us is attracted or repelled at varying degrees by forces in our unconscious that sometimes are beginning to come out of the shadow. It can get confusing, which is why self-reflection is critical! It is clearer than ever that C.G. Jung was correct in saying the fate of humanity depends upon the self-reflecting individual who can see their own potential darkness.Romantic relationships where a couple is swept up as if they’ve been overtaken by body snatchers, whether they belong to us personally or others you’ve watched, are a wonderful way to learn more about your unconscious and to consider them as mini version of collective projection. So, let’s get started . . .   Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of all kinds of FREE content. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich engage with 3,000+ followers on Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #projection #personalshadow #personalunconscious #shadow #collectiveunconscious #collectiveshadow #collectivetrauma #selfreflection #addiction #trauma #healing #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #wounds #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships 
Did you know that your body has a subtle physiology, that your cells express rhythmic movement that is fundamental to life? Did you know that when we are in stillness, we are part of the universal stillness from which life evolves? In this episode, we’re going to deepen into the idea of wellness during my conversation with Jane Shaw, a beautiful kind soul whose presence whether in person, video, or voice, feels like an invitation to become more aware of our inner world, to express our true Self, which Jane surmises is our purpose in life. Jane holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. That’s how we met. She is a registered craniosacral therapist and SSP provider, and Jane is founder and director of the Elmfield Institute at the Shaw family's Elmfield Estate, a Centre for Sustainable Health.   So, I invite you to settle into stillness and allow Jane’s subtle physiology to connect with yours. Deborah Lukovich, PhDLinks to check out: Elmfield EstateJane ShawOnline coursesSoul Talk 101: Taking an Elevator Into Your BodyP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of new blog posts, podcast episodes, updates on my writing, and information about my coaching services and free mini-lessons. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich and Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #craniosacral #craniosacraltherapy #somatic #soma #somaticdepthpsychology #somatictherapy #trauma #healing #psyche #soul #activeimagination #imagination #imaginalknowing #garden #enchanted #enchantment #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #creativity #imagination #wounds #woundedhealer #synchronicity #personalshadow #shadow #Jung #personaldevelopment  #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships 
In this episode, I continue reading from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. Chapters 1-15 explored the different ways your unconscious tries to get your attention. Chapter 16 taught you the associations method to explore your images, and Chapter 17 was about a technique called active imagination. Chapter 18 was about exploring dreams, and in Chapter 19, you were introduced to the concept that your unconscious lives in your body. In Chapter 20 we’re going to learn one of the fastest ways of exploring your unconscious, through your complexes. Once you dig in, you’ll need a sense of humor about what you can now see that you couldn’t before. Getting to know your complexes is like meeting siblings you never knew you had. They’re a part of you, but you didn’t know they existed, and they eerily feel familiar. Like my prison complex. After I explored my mother wound, I realized I always need an escape route wherever I am. And I do not like to be trapped in other people’s ideas, which is why I am happiest being an entrepreneur and doing my own thing. But this tendency had another side to it. It explained why I love cozy places, like bars where I feel part of the family, or houses that are smaller. It’s like feeling suffocating by my mother’s need for my behavior to prove she was a better mother than her mother was countered by a need for me to experience being in the womb in a way that felt comforting, not suffocating. A re-enactment of sorts.  This is the mystery of complexes, and I hope you’re intrigued. So, let’s get started . . . Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of new blog posts, podcast episodes, updates on my writing, and information about my coaching services and free mini-lessons. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich and Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #complexes #personalunconscious #personalshadow #shadow #addiction #trauma #healing #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #wounds #Jung #meaning #purpose #personaldevelopment #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships   
In this episode, I continue reading from my book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. Chapters 1-15 explored the different ways your unconscious tries to get your attention. Chapter 16 taught you the associations method to explore your images, and Chapter 17 was about a technique called active imagination. Chapter 18 was about exploring dreams, and in Chapter 19, we’re going to learn how to harness the wisdom our bodies hold. If you’re a woman or identify as a woman, you are aware of the complex nature of your relationship with your body. More and more men or those who identify as men are experiencing the same sort of love/hate relationship with their bodies too. Patriarchal systems and capitalism love this, the systems feed off hierarchy and ranking and self-hatred. This all makes sense when you realize that the body, especially women’s bodies, represent the feminine, which was devalued by patriarchy, and then propped up by warped interpretations of religious doctrine.Your relationship with your body and how your view of other people’s bodies is this deep whether you are aware or not. Just as memories and trauma are stored in our brain’s neural grooves, all this is also stored in the body. Your injuries, illnesses, mental health issues can be seen as metaphors operating in various parts of your life. Suffer from asthma? What is it in your life that is keeping you from getting a deep breath. Digestion issues? What in your life can’t you accept, digest anymore? Carrying excess weight for no good reason? What burden can’t you let go of?  You know what they say about your body being a temple for your essence. When you explore your relationship with your body, you automatically feel more compassion for yourself, which leads to having standards for what you deserve. So, let’s get started . . . Deborah Lukovich, PhDP.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of new blog posts, podcast episodes, updates on my writing, and information about my coaching services and free mini-lessons. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich and Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #body #soma #somaticdepthpsychology #bodydysmorphia #bodyissues #addiction #trauma #healing #psyche #soul #activeimagination #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #wounds #shadow #Jung #patriarchy #extremism #personaldevelopment  #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships 
In this episode, we take on the huge topic of addiction and trauma with my guest Alex Castro Croy, Director and President of Life Recovery Centers in Northglenn and Denver, Colorado. Alex is a licensed professional counselor, licensed addictions counselor, and a bilingual EMDR certified-trauma informed therapist. What a background: 15 years combined experience as a drug court probation officer and addiction treatment provider. Alex is well known as a trainer in the US and internationally, addressing topics of trauma, addiction, self-care, and implementation of Jungian psychology in the addiction/trauma field. Oh, and Alex is an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University at the graduate and undergraduate level. One more thing. Alex is also working on his PhD in depth psychology, which is how I met him. I can’t believe that was seven years ago. For those of you who struggle with addiction and for those who have loved ones who struggle, I know you will appreciate this conversation, which is full of depth, compassion, and specific ways to think differently about a topic that affects so many people. I encourage you to wonder what addicts and addiction are mirroring back to all of us. Let's get started . . . Deborah Lukovich, PhDAlex's TEDx Talk on YouTubeWe've Had a Hundred Years of Therapy,  and the World is Getting Worse, James Hillman  Re-Visioning Psychology, James Hillman Follow Alex on Facebook  and Instagram P.S. Check out my work at www.deborahlukovich.com, where you can also subscribe to receive notifications of new blog posts, podcast episodes, updates on my writing, and information about my coaching services and free mini-lessons. Check out my new book, Your Soul is Talking. Are You Listening? 5 Steps to Uncovering Your Hidden Purpose. You can now buy it on www.bookshop.org if you're looking for an alternative to you know who (Amazon).Follow me on Instagram @dlukovich and Twitter @deblukovich or become a friend on Facebook. Check out Soul Talk 101, a series of mini-lessons on how to explore your unconscious offered through my YouTube Channel. #addiction #alcoholism #trauma #healing #psyche #soul #activeimagination #personalmyth #CGJung #Jungian #depthpsychology #creativity #imagination #wounds #woundedhealer #synchronicity #personalshadow #shadow #Jung #personaldevelopment  #unconscious  #therapy #coaching #depthpsychologycoach #midlife #newbook #relationships #spirituality #selflove #anxiety #transformation #relationships 
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