The movie, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany is a cinematic adaptation of two books, the first and the tenth, of a saga of twenty volumes by author Patrick O’Brian (Tom McGregor, 2003). I haven’t read the novels and, at first, found the movie to be excellent cinematography but not particularly interesting otherwise. However, as I let the image wash over my psyche, the story turned out to be more meaningful than was first apparent.
Six months after the tragedy of September 11, and in order to commemorate the lives that were lost, beginning March 11 and lasting until April 11, 2002, two searchlights are sending powerful beams of blue light from a lot next to ground “0” in lower Manhattan vertically into the sky over New York. This is known as a Tribute in Light memorial and is intended to show peace and order after the chaos around the events of September 11. This can be justifiably seen as a fitting way, using modern technology, for a nation to honour those who lost their lives during this horrific incident.
In this essay I discuss the death of Princess Diana and the emotional reaction to her death. A number of remarkable synchronicities surrounded her demise that makes it seem like a collective dream or myth. I discuss and amplify this phenomenon. I also discuss what appears to be unfolding in the future. From a psychological perspective there is a need for individuals to assimilate projections made on Diana and what she stood for in their imagination, that is to say Eros and feeling values.
In a recent P. B. S. program on Bill Moyer’s Mind and Healing there were two examples of how alternative approaches to medicine are beginning to gain credibility, even in mainline institutions. Continue reading ““Paradox and Healing: Medicine, Mythology and Transformation” [Book Review]”
The Movie, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany is a cinematic adaptation of two books, the first and the tenth, of a saga of twenty volumes by author Patrick O’Brian (Tom McGregor ). Continue reading “Psychological Reflections on the Movie “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World””