Denise Grobbelaar:

Indigenous Worldviews

Jungian Analyst, Psychotherapist & Clinical Psychologist.

In the modern world, where urban and technological landscapes often overshadow the natural world, there is an ever-increasing disconnect between humanity and the environment that sustains us. The consequences of this detachment are far-reaching, impacting on the very essence of our well-being. Jung saw our relationship with nature as essential to the development of consciousness and wholeness (Sabini 2001). Jung stated that in the “civilization process, we have increasingly divided our consciousness from the deeper instinctive strata of the human psyche” (Jung, 1964, 36).

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Categories: Consciousness, Earth & Nature, Ecopsychology, Indigenous Worldviews

Dream analysis and intuition (umbillini) is central to divination in the African traditional healers’ perspective as much as it is also the focus during Jungian Analysis. Within the context of African cosmology, the traditional healer's calling includes an understanding of the role of the ancestors, the causes of illnesses and the use of dreams, symbols, and rituals in the healing process. Jung’s theory encompasses the collective unconscious which is populated by archetypes. Jung believes the symbolic mode to be the cornerstone of mythological images, which are complex structures consisting of different aspects.

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Categories: Indigenous Worldviews, Shamanism

African people regard myths as a direct expression of the universe and of their inner and outer experience of themselves in relation to the world around them. Myths are not merely symbolic or a product of human imagination, but conveying certain facts or truths about man’s experiences in his encounter with the created order and its relation to the super-sensible world.”

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Categories: Indigenous Worldviews, Mythology

This embedded ecological awareness of origin-in-the-sentient-land (earth as mother) and the connection to other life forms as sentient beings and kin is a custodial ethic - a template for how to live in accord with nature based on reverence, responsibility, reciprocity and respect.

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Categories: Earth & Nature, Ecopsychology, Indigenous Worldviews