Volume IV explores the environment, with the Midwest as an example, using traditional Jungian and Hillmanian approaches to deepen our connection with the land, the seasons, and insects. The Dalai Lama said how we relate to insects is very important for what it reveals much about a culture’s relationship with the psyche and nature.
An Archetypal View of the Midwest Environment
Seasons of the Soul
Planet of the Insect
A. Sacred Landscapes
B. Sacred Corn
C. Praying Mantis as a Spirit Animal
D. Pink Floyd and the Fly in Life’s Ointment
About the Author
Dennis Merritt, Ph.D., LCSW, is a Jungian psychoanalyst and ecopsychologist in private practice in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dream work and use of the I Ching in analysis are his fortes, and he incorporates sandplay therapy into his work as a subtle yet powerful form of active imagination. He integrates elements of psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, brief therapy and Winnicott into a Jungian ecopsychological perspective. Over twenty years of participation in Lakota Sioux ceremonies have strongly influenced his worldview.
Dennis Merritt is a diplomate of the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich and also holds the following degrees: M.A. Humanistic Psychology-Clinical, Sonoma State University, California, Ph.D. Insect Pathology, University of California-Berkeley. M.S. Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. Entomology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.