Snakes and Ladders: The Play of Consciousness in the Sand

40 minutes



Part of the conference West Meets East in Jung’s Psychology: A Dialogue. Purchase the full symposium for 30% off the individual titles!

Topics: Archetypes, Individuation, Mind and Body, Religion and Spirituality, Sandtray, Society and Culture.

Snakes and Ladders: The Play of Consciousness in the Sand

Like a caduceus, the two paths of Jungian psychology and Siddha Yoga have circled one another in my psyche for forty years.  At moments they have connected, as the deep soul work of Jungian psychology touched India’s vision of pure awareness.  I will present my midlife sandplay process as an approach to such a union of high and deep, West and East, chthonic snakes and spiritual ladders.

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Learning Objectives
This video will help you describe the relationship between individuation and enlightenment.

Elaine Molchanov, LCSW, ACSW is a Jungian psychoanalyst in both Anchorage, Alaska and Chicago and a member of the Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts.  She has studied and practiced Siddha yoga for the last 35 years and is currently engaged in writing a book about her own journey encompassing both the west and the east traditions, the paths of Jungian psychology and yoga.

© 2014 Elaine Molchanov
℗ 2014 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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Molchanov, Elaine

Elaine Molchanov, LCSW, ACSW

Born in Chicago, I finished my B.S. and M.S.W. by age 21, then moved to Austin, Texas to work at the University of Texas’s student mental health clinic. I began to have dreams and experiences that pointed me towards Jung (particularly the workshop “Finding God in the Unconscious” at the Jung Hotel in New Orleans!). Discovering Harry Wilmer, the only Jungian analyst in Texas, I began analysis and training. I practiced sandplay and visual art with Joan Buresh in Santa Fe, and through a dream was called to India and Siddha Yoga. The story of my life subsequently has been the interface between Jungian psychology and spiritual practice. I married Al Collins and moved to Alaska, where our two children (an artist and a religion scholar) were raised, joining the Chicago Institute in 2009. I’m especially drawn to transformation of personality through Jungian and spiritual practices, and often use art and sandplay with adults, children, and teens. Education B.S. in Psychology: University of Illinois, Chicago (1968) M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1970) Diplomate in Clinical Social Work Professional Organizations International Association of Analytical Psychology C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago, Analyst Member Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS), Board Member NASW ACSW Age Groups Adults Treatment Types Individuals Contact [email protected] 907.229.3116 In-Person/Telehealth: In-Person & Telehealth Main Office: 10004 Main Tree Dr, Anchorage, AK 



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