Legacies of the Occult - Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Unconscious Communication - Marsha Aileen Hewitt

Legacies of the Occult - Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Unconscious Communication - Marsha Aileen Hewitt

Telepathic 'Presencing' in the Analytic Relationship

Legacies of the Occult - Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Unconscious Communication - Marsha Aileen Hewitt

Marsha Aileen Hewitt [+-]
University of Toronto
Marsha Aileen Hewitt is Professor of Religion at Trinity College and the Department for the Study of Religion in the University of Toronto. Professor Hewitt’s books include From Theology to Social Theory: Juan Luis Segundo and the Theology of Liberation (1990), Critical Theory of Religion: A Feminist Analysis (1995) and Freud on Religion (2014). She is a psychoanalyst in private practice.

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Presentation of a clinical case of “telepathic” dreaming is explored by drawing upon a variety of contemporary psychoanalytic theories of intersubjectivity postulating the permeability of mental boundaries both between and within individual minds. A detailed discussion of Hans Loewald’s notion of the “psychic matrix” and the consciousness of nature draws upon Freud’s theory of primary narcissism. Several examples of psychoanalytic approaches to telepathic dreaming are discussed. Mircea Eliade’s idea of hierophany and the sacred structure of the psyche provides some theoretical coherence and clarity for identifying the mystical themes that circulate within psychoanalytic ideas about the “unboundaried” mind. Drawing upon Eliade further highlights the strong resonances between religion and non-Freudian psychoanalysis. The influence of selected tropes from quantum physics on psychoanalysis, a critical discussion of James Grotstein’s explicitly mystical psychoanalysis and its unacknowledged but profound debt to James’s idea of the ‘More’ of a cosmic consciousness is also examined.

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Hewitt, Marsha Aileen. Telepathic 'Presencing' in the Analytic Relationship. Legacies of the Occult - Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Unconscious Communication. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 58-87 Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781792797. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27417. Date accessed: 13 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27417. Jul 2020

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