ANIMA MUNDI
PsYCHOLOGY AND POLITICAL HEALING

Where instead we are less capable, what makes us most suffer, that which most anesthetizes us, what we most dismiss with earplugs, latches, alcohol, technology, internet, coffee and shopping, is the world out there, the polis.
We remove psyche from the polis and we become unconscious of it being there: the polis is the unconscious.
We have become hyperconscious patients and analysts, deeply aware individuals, introspective with great subtlety and very unconscious citizens”

                                               James Hillman

The world does not ask us to believe in it; it asks us to notice it, that we appreciate it, and that we pay attention and care for it”

James Hillman

The most important thing is that depression is a collective endemic affection and we feel it and think it’s in our brain. ‘In. . .my family, in my marriage, in my work, in my economy’. . .We have placed all of this inside a ‘me’. Instead, if there is an Anima Mundi, if there is an Anima of the World—and we are part of the Anima of the World—then what happens in the external Anima also happens to me and I feel the extinction of the plants, animals, culture, languages, costumes, trades, stories. . .they are all disappearing. No wonder my Anima experiences a sense of loss, loneliness, isolation, grief and nostalgia and sadness: It’s a reflection in me of a real condition. And if I don’t feel depressed then Yes I am crazy! This is the real disease! I would be completely excluded from the reality of what is happening in the world, ecological destruction”

                       James Hillman