Diane Stanley


Artist Diane Stanley created this series of images to support Dr. Murray Stein’s Jungian analysis of Dante’s Divine Comedy on the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death.

Silently A Flower Blooms

Silently a flower blooms,In silence it falls away;Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,the whole of the flower, the whole ofthe world is blooming.This is the talk of the flower, the truthof the blossom:The glory of eternal life is fully shining here. — Zenkei Shibayama

Little Gidding (Excerpted)

We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time.Through the unknown, remembered gateWhen the last of earth left to discoverIs that which was the beginning;At the source of the longest riverThe voice of the hidden waterfallAnd the children in […]

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesAs an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture,still treat each guest honorably.He may be clearing you outfor some new delight. The dark […]

Dynamics of the Self

“Jung has established the idea of man as part of the cosmic pattern. And man, as part of the cosmic pattern, has been given back his dignity as an individual.” Gerhard Adler, Ph.D. Gerhard Adler was born in 1904 and raised in Berlin. He took a doctorate from the University of Freiburg in 1927. And, […]

The Winter of Listening

No one but me by the fire,my hands burningred in the palms whilethe night wind carrieseverything away outside. All this petty worrywhile the great cloakof the sky grows darkand intenseround every living thing. What is preciousinside us does notcare to be knownby the mindin ways that diminishits presence. What we strive forin perfectionis not what […]

Pamela Preston

Root Tree, Pamela Preston, 2016

Pamela Preston embarked on a mythological quest in 1992 to the French countryside. There, she lived with peasants and embroidered mandalas while writing her books. The motifs in her collection of 39 mandalas thus far reflect the symbols and images of her personal mythology. Her experience adheres to the principles of C. G. Jung, “A myth is dead if it no longer lives and grows.”

What is This Thing?

What is this thing driving me?Is it the same instinct that sends the salmonSwimming from the sea to the river to spawn?Or is it similar to the imprinting of the migratory patterns of the birds?Is it what causes the acorn to become the oak or is itWhat turns the seeds into grains, flowers, or plants?Is […]