publications

Yoga Teacher Training: The Classical Yoga of Patañjali

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
THE CLASSICAL YOGA OF PATAÑJALI Modules for Yoga Teacher Trainings instructed by Leanne Whitney PhD, RYT SUMMARY: Patañjali’s Classical Yoga offers a wide variety of techniques to quiet the mind and understand its habit patterns. For example in sūtra 3.34 Patañjali stated that through concentration, meditation, and absorption into the heart center, knowledge of the mind’s […]

Psychophysical Being and Its Source: A Reconsideration of Jung’s Ontic Reality

Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Jung, a self-proclaimed empiricist, resisted all metaphysical claims. Nevertheless his depth psychology hypothesized an unconscious agent, which we can never know directly. As a means of healing he implores us to loosen our resistance to the unconscious, for when ego-consciousness develops and maintains a relationship to the unconscious, human beings make the Creator conscious of […]

Understanding Evil

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
What causes evil? There is no simple answer to such a deep question but the underlying pathology is the absence of feeling and a need for power, justice and control. Tainted by unbearable pain, moral conflict and the deep desire to experience acceptance and love; violence, and the extremes of evil are enacted in the […]

Anorexia Nervosa: The Body as a Site for Tension, Resistance, and Knowing

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
The contemporary phenomenon of anorexia nervosa is not only an individual disorder affecting mostly affluent females; but it is, even more so, a cultural complex of our ‘postmodern’ era signifying anxiety and alienation. This post explores how anorexia nervosa and the bodies of those suffering from this disorder become a site of great tension and […]

Freud and Beyond: The Drive Towards Human Liberation

Sunday, April 7th, 2013
Psychoanalysis and, subsequently, depth psychology arose in the Western hemisphere to address mental, emotional and physical symptoms. Symptoms which oftentimes led to suffering. Psychoanalysis, a science of the mind that tries to grasp the human experience, inquires into and postulates theories around issues such as autonomy, construction of the self, desire, and relationship. There have been […]

Violent Impact: The Trauma of Ruptured Beginnings

Friday, April 5th, 2013
There are various associations each of us have towards the painful circumstances and events in our lives. Given that we are born with a particular internal disposition, the external environment affects us all uniquely. Therefore trauma, like pain, is a very relative event. What may impact me severely may go unnoticed for another. Additionally some […]

What is depth psychology?

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
Depth psychology is the psychology of the unconscious according to Carl Jung, one of the disciplines founding fathers along with Sigmund Freud. It is the psychology of the hidden, the secret and the personally repressed. I prefer to call it the psychology of the invisible. I’ll explain the reasons why a bit later on in […]

Beyond Conception: The Pivotal Role of the Deep Feminine in the Transformation of Consciousness

Monday, September 10th, 2012
The following is the transcript for a talk given at the Towards A Science of Consciousness Conference in Stockholm, Sweden May 2011 What I would like to encourage us to consider for the next twenty minutes is the eastern model of a supreme consciousness which is actually preexistent to an ego, or to any sense […]

God Realization

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
The only difference between a mystic and others is the fact that the mystic is consciously in touch with the unified field. So if you are not consciously in touch with the unified field it doesn’t mean that it isn’t available to you, it just means it is time to strengthen your relationship to it. […]

Our Outdated Model

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Particularly in the West we are living under models that no longer serve us – as evidenced by the nightly news – but that are so deeply ingrained that they are hard to access and to see. I am looking here to untie the knots of the outdated models. Just as we knead the knots […]