Dezombifying Higher Education: A Depth Psychological Approach

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Mar 2, 2016 12:27:58 PM

A guest post by Frank McMillan

higher_ed_blog.jpgNature is always right.  By repeated experiment, nature is now proven to be non-local.  According to quantum physicist Henry Stapp, non-locality is the most profound discovery of science.  Read that again.  Not simply an interesting finding or significant advance, but the most profound discovery in the history of science.  The reigning materialist paradigm that has dominated Western culture for three centuries is empirically dethroned as a complete explanation of reality.  More than seventy-five years after reductionism’s funeral in the labs of Bohr and Planck, Nature magazine printed its obituary last fall in an article entitled, “Quantum physics: Death by experiment for local realism.”  Wow.  To quote rock godfather Chuck Berry, “Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news.”

zombie_survival_guide.jpgSomebody refuses to listen, however.  I’m looking at you, Academia.  Staggering like pop culture’s “walking dead,” materialist superstition still stalks the university campus.  Psychology departments are particularly zombified by the, borrowing Stapp again, “corruptive materialist outlook that, more than three quarters of a century after its official demise as a basic truth about nature, still infects so many minds.”  I should know.  As a college lecturer, I spend most of my days on the quad and my late father created the first professorship in Jungian psychology on an American campus. He faced some pretty reactionary resistance.  Never one to avoid a good dust-up, what with being from Texas and all, ever since then through my own teaching career, writing, and involvement in the international Jungian community, I’ve fought to use depth psychology’s discoveries as a zombie survival guide against an intellectual plague virus that dooms its victims to wander the earth hypnotized into thinking themselves adrift in a meaningless and purposeless universe, thereby deforming not only their relationships with their neighbors, but with nature and the planet as a whole, too.  Scientific truth is the best vaccine.  I look forward to sharing some of these experiences with the Pacifica community in my upcoming public lecture, “Depth Psychology and Education” on March 10.

Depth psychology restores a proper experiential relationship with nature. Existentially reintegrated back into nature, one is no longer one of the walking dead.  And with its discovery of an autonomous, objective psyche that transcends time and space, amongst all the other so-called “behavioral sciences” on campus, it is depth psychology alone that is scientifically congruent with reality.  And you don’t need a lab coat to experience it.  You simply need to pay attention.  Every night as they have for over 100 million years, gifted as a legacy from our evolutionary forbearers, dreams emerge from the unconscious depths bearing clues to unlocking the labyrinth that is our waking existence.  Knowing dreams to be spontaneous products of nature, depth psychology recognizes them as healthy and creative messages that employ symbolic images to help guide us toward self-realization.  Self-realization entails consciousness.  Here things become even more interesting. 

Rather than emerging from matter as long believed, physicists now suspect that consciousness may be primary and precede it.  This hypothesis is being tested in the laboratory.  Conscious observation is mentioned in the scientific literature that discusses the wave function collapse, retro-causality, the double slit experiment, and the quantum eraser experiment.  Consciousness transcending time and space is observed in NDEs, archetypal experiences, synchronicities, remote viewings, post-mortem communications and other anomalous phenomena.  Modern psychical research repeatedly confirms stochastically probable findings and the cumulative evidence grows stronger daily.  Dual-aspect monism posits that mind and matter both originate in a still mysterious unitary reality.

Educate yourself.  Depth psychology liberates you from being a zombie.  Your psyche is trans-temporal and trans-spatial, so no worries.  You have an eternity to study.

To join us for this free public lecture email Heidi Townshend at

frank_mcmillan.jpgAn award-winning author and educator, Frank McMillan is an honorary member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology and the founder of the McMillan Institute for Jungian Studies. His book Finding Jung, documenting an exploration of the objective psyche, describes the creation of the world’s first professorship in analytical psychology.



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