Psychotherapists as So(u)rcerers
G. Kenneth Fox PhD …(my late father)…
Wanted to publish an article to illustrate Shakespeare’s Magus or Wizard character Prospero, of The Tempest, as a model through which Psychotherapists could consider themselves as cultural manifestations of…
Who are capable of, and therefore responsible for, fulfilling the societal Shamanic roles of offering Guidance through healing Changes in Consciousness; toward Stages & Experiences of Transpersonal, or Source, awareness.
Guidance through lifelong Developmental processes and Transpersonal dimensions of Consciousness has been provided by Shamanic or So(u)rcerer cultural figures throughout history and worldwide (Walsh, 2007).
Current Western Culture tends to lack and discourage such Consciousness Transforming Guidance. This lack can compound and symptomatically aggravate Developmentally Anchored Psycho-Emotional issues (May, 1991).
As leading experts in Conscious & Subconscious healing and Developmental processes, Psychotherapeutic Counselors have opportunities to revive these societal So(u)rcerer & Shamanic Healing & Guidance roles (G.K. Fox, personal communications August 1994).
Many literary examples of Archetypal So(u)rcerers and Shamanic Guides, like Shakespeare’s Prospero:
– Have tended to Resided in Exile,
– Have learned to Call up Storms,
– Have offered Healing and Developmental Guidance among their communities…
…And can easily demonstrate Dr. Fox’s Archetypal Wizard-model for Psychotherapists’ societal roles just as well as Shakespeare’s Prospero, whose Western Renaissance-Magus arts conceptually reflect both Jungian Alchemical Symbolism and Transpersonal Stage-Development, and whose story reflects Tebbetts’ Anchoring and Abreactions; the primary integrative components of the Magick of Mind Model.
A Psycho-Shamanic Call to Adventure
- Excerpt from In Prospero’s Library (Fox-Stern, 2015); a forthcoming publication.
Development through increasingly transpersonal stages of awareness occurs in adults and continues throughout life (Wilbur, 2000). Both subconscious and bodily emotional anchoring (Hunter, 2000b) tends to occur in conjunction with and in reflection of the natural learning challenges that characterize each progressive stage of human development (Forman, 2010). Members of current Western and American cultures often learn to hold emotional anchors, from their earlier developmental stages (Hunter, 2000b), which can symptomatically manifest as experiences of psychic disorientation or fragmentation, emotional disturbance, and even diagnosable mental health disorders and complexes (Forman, 2010).
Jungian archetypes have provided a trans-cultural framework through which individuals and groups can learn to understand, play through, and untangle their own personal and interpersonal (Jung, 1954), emotional anchors (Hunter, 2000b). Therefore, this author has hypothesized that psychotherapeutic healing and transpersonal development (Forman, 2010) can occur in unison, through carefully guided (Walsh, 2007), active, and integrative interplay (Chadorow, 1997) among emotionally anchored (Hunter, 2000b) archetypes (Jung, 1954).
Throughout history, and within multiple Western, Eastern, and other world cultures, shamans and sorcerers have supported and guided societal members’ processes of healing, by playing through archetypal and emotionally anchored learning challenges; which have been more frequently regarded, not as disturbances of mind, but as natural steps along developmental life-journeys through predictable stages of succession toward increasingly transpersonal levels of awareness (Walsh, 2007). Similar patient and expert guidance within contemporary therapeutic relationships and educational or counselor-training programs could perhaps inspire new generations of transpersonally focused, or psycho-shamanic, mental-health practitioners (G. K. Fox, personal communications August 1994).