By Michael Eigen
This ebook selections up the place Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis (2012) left off. it truly is in keeping with accelerated transcriptions of seminars given for the hot York college Postdoctoral software Contemplative reviews undertaking. As famous in Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis, W. R. Bion as soon as acknowledged that he makes use of the Kabbalah as a framework for psychoanalysis. This publication enlarges the internal experience of this assertion. The seminars depict problematic intertwining of procedures in psychoanalysis and Kabbalah, procedures very important in aiding us dwell extra richly. non secular language is helping convey out nuances of mental states and psychology is helping make the language of the spirit extra significant to emotional issues today.
Bion and Winnicott are the most psychoanalytic heroes of this paintings, each one including richness to a “root feel” out of which their medical and written paintings develop. A felt experience spans many dimensions, traversing sensory lifestyles, very important sensing, good judgment, the feel of language, cultural sensing, instinct, Freud’s use of cognizance as a feeling organ of psychical notion, and different characteristics nonetheless unknown.
Case descriptions comprise prolonged paintings with an alcoholic guy, establishing new paths to residing, and an in depth account of assisting an inventive, tormented lady die good. facets of psychosis, creativity, mysticism and lifestyle mixture and feature a say. the main target is psychic truth, with psychoanalysis and Kabbalah instruments during this nice company of studying to paintings with ourselves.
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Whose path is truer? Even the Way becomes persecutory, a pecking order of superior and inferior. Does quality and degree of enlightenment or closeness–farness from God vary? Suppose I feel my portion is enough. One day my cup runneth over. Another moment it is half empty or nearly empty, or, if possible, entirely empty. Today it is filled only a tiny bit—I can hardly feel it. Sometimes I cannot feel it at all. Yet, I can feel in any of these states that my portion is enough. Do I have to wait until destruction and death vanish or are vanquished to be truly happy?
Every system has many resources. Each may include a merit system but also have ways of going beyond it, terms like Nirvana or Grace. We are more or other than the sum of our merits and faults. In Kabbalah, in yechida, the soul point in contact with God is pure. To taste that soul, that point of contact, is its own reward, ineffable bliss beyond good and evil. Kabbalah also teaches that the lowest level, Malchut, nefesh, action, is also the most important in its way. It is the world of our everyday experience where struggle, learning or failure to learn, and soul dramas go on.
I think that it is very difficult to get out of this feeling, I am familiar with feeling when things go well—oh, it will last; then when things don’t go well—oh, it will last too. You talk about silence and waiting, but how to feel both at the same time, not to know—but how to feel it is the question. Response 4: As you hint, it is easier to think it than to feel it. Let me reverie. It is a terrific dilemma. Of course, we are all in it. Rumi says something similar to what Saint John says: the cure for the pain is in the pain.
A Felt Sense: More Explorations of Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah by Michael Eigen