Here is a summary of my presentation at the 2016 Jungian Society of Scholarly Studies (JSSS) in Santa Fe, end of June, which was also my presentation/paper proposal.
The presentation title:
"A Jungian Study of the Estuary: As Active Alchemical Earth, Psychoid Phenomena, and in Conjunction with Human Psyche"
Earth’s ecological distress is not new news; however, estuaries are often “out of sight, out of mind”—residing “aside” consciousness—while vital to freshwater and food resources. These unique habitats where two bodies of water meet need to be preserved. Their distinct traits are herein explored with a Jungian lens.
This paper offers a Jungian study of Earth’s estuary, a unique place where two bodies of water meet and mingle—whether freshwater with seawater or as meeting ground for two freshwater bodies—which, embedded in its unique chemical composition and action, metaphorically embodies earth as Active Alchemist; meanwhile, considering psychoid as theorized by Jung and furthered by Joseph Cambray (Martinez, CFP), the estuary demonstrates psychoid phenomenon. These habitats tend to disappear in the hands of land developers and are considered endangered--except those legally preserved. Estuarine ecosystems behave as vital, life sustaining cauldrons for larger ecosystems and need to be preserved, to remain embedded in their own streams of consciousness. Jung stated that “the human libido contains the two opposite urges […] the instinct to live and the instinct to die” (Jung, 2012/1989, p. 77). I wish that the will to die remain simply a naturally inclined process rather than death caused by unnatural, destructive human acts that threaten Earth, and will address humanity’s possible unconscious causes seemingly indicative in Jung’s writings. This paper offers original first hand study of estuarine eco-psychological awareness for Jungian communities and communal Earth, as estuaries offer unique opportunity for humans to gain “empathy as a means to enter the interior world of the ‘other’” (Cambray, Synchronicity, p. 71). This empathy gained may be our treasure-keep of earth’s watershed, as well as be used in nature appreciation life coaching and therapy practices.