Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain. (Jung, 1966, para. 181)
Guided by principals of Kalffian Sandplay Therapy, the archetypal meaning of symbols, colors, numbers, and patterns, the theory of synchronicity as proposed by Carl Jung, and the template of The Great Round of Joan Kellogg, Basin Way Sandplay offers a portal into the inner-world workings of the psyche/spirit. Clients are able to center, surrender to the present moment and quickly descend into a deep theta state also known as "deep mind".
The Sand Basin method is both guided and grounded by Jung’s soulful, creative, and exploratory approach to understanding the psyche and the process of psychological development and healing. Dora Kalff extended Jung’s soulful psychology in her adaptation of Margaret Lowenfeld's World Technique. Kalff’s practice of Taoism, Zen Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism, deeply influenced Sandplay and contributed significantly to the intention, practice, and temenos of Jungian Sandplay therapy. An example of this philosophical and spiritual influence is seen in the free and protected space, referred to by sandplay therapists as the temenos. The temenos of the Sand Basin Process includes the therapists’ practice of intentional presence, internal stillness, centeredness, and dual attention to both the inner and outer experience of the client. The value of openness, non-judgment, and non-interpretation are also examples of the influence of Buddhism on the Sandplay and Sand Basin method.
* Students meet for 2 hours each week for a total of six weeks. CEU's are currently pending, but students can provide their State Licensing Board with the course syllabus and certificate for this training, equivalent to 12 CEU's.
Some of the topics that will be presented in this live online training include:
The Sand Basin Process embodies the feminine principles of receptivity, multiplicity, relatedness, intuition, and feeling . It is a subjective, non-linear, non-authoritarian, and multi-dimensional approach to therapy which allows for creativity, ambiguity, unpredictable chaos, and the unknown or unknowable to emerge. The process is dependent upon the relational qualities of intuition, empathy, receptivity, non-judgment, nurturing, and deep trust. The process allows the participant to integrate their inner and outer worlds, thereby developing a new internal order which manifests outwardly in thoughts and behaviors.
The outcome of acknowledging, communing with, and creating within the liminal realms are also revealed in ancient as well as contemporary religious or spiritual practices, ceremonies, and rituals involving sand and the sacred circle. The process fosters psycho/spiritual integration, reordering of the psyche, and reconnection or realignment with the Self via communion and creation within the unified fields of spirit and matter.
A Temenos for Grief
"Many problems in our lives stem from unresolved and unhealed grief. When we do not work through our grief, we lose an opportunity to heal our soul, psyche, and heart” (Kübler-Ross & Kessler, 2005, p. 227). Tara Brach (2012) addressed the spiritual work of grief in her book, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, by explaining:
Grieving loss consciously is at the center of the spiritual path. In small and great ways, each of our losses links us to what we love. It is natural that we will seek to manage the pain of separation in whatever way we can. Yet as we awaken, we can allow our sorrow to remain faithful to itself. We can willingly surrender into grieving. By honoring what has passed away, we are free to love the life that is here. (p. 240)
The free and protected space of the Sand Basin invites both conscious and unconscious layers of grief to be expressed, integrated, and transformed. The temenos, or sacred space, and intentional engagement within the depths of the psyche, provides a rare sanctuary for grievers in which they are able to tend to the soulful work of mourning.
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