From Diploma Thesis to Book

My diploma thesis was accepted in December 2009 to complete my graduation from ISAP. "Jungian Ecopsychology" explores and develops ideas within the framework of this approach in far greater detail than is presented here, and forms the basis of the book I am now writing.


My thesis advisor was Peter Ammann PhD, the Jungian analyst and film-maker who studied musicology, history of religion and ethnology and trained at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich. Peter's analysts were Jolande Jacobi and Marie-Louise von Franz. His documentary films include "Spirits of the Rocks" (about "San" hunter-gatherer rock art), and "Hlonipa - Journey into Wilderness" (with Ian Player), both filmed in southern Africa. Two female Jungian analysts, Christa Robinson (I Ching, past president Eranos Foundation) and Cedrus Monte ( soma, arts, dark feminine) were my

Photo: Author

Photo: Author

Gradually the process reversed, the water reappeared and converged to pass through the bottleneck at centre left in the second photo, before repeating the whole cycle again. This resonated with the process behind the I Ching, with bringing forth unconscious contents, perhaps even with the collapse of the quantum wave function. More generally, it manifested nature’s cycles in contrast to ego’s linearity.

thesis readers. I have also occasionally been mentored by the physicist and philosopher F David Peat at the Pari Center for New Learning.

The book additionally embodies many new insights gained since the thesis was written – some the product of two years of intensive further research, and others of inexplicable (and therefore probably unconscious) origin.

Nature and Her Symbols

In her multitude of forms, nature may reveal to me, and thereby transform, aspects of "my" psyche. I am taking photographs to illustrate this, and offer the following as an example:

I was in the process of consulting the I Ching with the question “What is the meaning of the block which prevents me from writing my thesis?” when I had a numinous encounter with Plaun Segnas Sura in the Swiss Alps. This unusual landform includes two consecutive pairs of deltas. In the first photo, the Piz Segnas glacier is at top left. The second photo was taken from the summit at top centre in the first. The flow from the glacier spread out into a wider and wider field until the water was no longer visible on the surface. This spoke to me of the block in my writing, but more generally than that of the need to de-concentrate, to slow and to sink down away from the bright sunshine of consciousness - shamanic dismemberment?

Fausti Philemonis