Robert is an Emeritus Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Author of seven books including his most recent Leaning toward the Poet: Eavesdropping on the Poetry of Everyday Life, numerous book chapters and journal articles, he has given keynote addresses at conferences around the world and is available to speak and lead workshops on various subjects.
The Jung Platform is Hosting an
with Robert Romanyshyn, PhD
A Ten Class Course
The Frankenstein Prophecies: Jungian-Archetypal Reflections on Ecological Crises and the God Wars
Webinar 9: Fire and Ice
Dec. 02, 2015
In this webinar we show that the two endings that appeared in Mary Shelley’s story lend support to the idea of the melting polar ice as the ‘Monster’s’ symptomatic return. The promise he made to set himself in flames is fulfilling itself as prophecy in the crises of global warming. Within this context the scientific, economic, and political approaches to climate change need to be supplemented by a climate change of the soul. A new story about who we are in relation to nature is needed. The DVD, Antarctica: Inner Journeys in the Outer World is an example of how such stories might be told.
Antarctica: Inner Journeys in the Outer World
(Video for Webinar 9, December 2)
Leaning Toward the Poet: Eavesdropping
on the Poetry of Everyday Life
Leaning Toward the Poet: Eavesdropping on the Poetry of Everyday Life is one part of a memoir about becoming and un-becoming a psychologist. In the Introduction I tell the story of how dreams and poetry have escorted me through the world of academic psychology in search of a poetic sensibility to craft a style of
writing in service to the subtle epiphanies of experience. The light of a summer morning, the appeals of an empty bench, the surprise of a spider’s web framed by rain drops, the smile on the face of a stranger at the threshold of a door, the tableau of a porch on a Sunday morning with cups and plates displayed on a table attesting to the expected visit of a friend, the passing glimpse of a stranger standing in a doorway that unfolds as a story: such moments among many others are the stuff at the heart of the poetry of everyday life. Rising from the depths of soul, these epiphanies require one to be a witness who, through a whispered allusion, might be responsive to their elusive presence.
The poems in this small volume accompanied in places by images celebrate the splendor of the simple, attest to the miracle in the mundane, and explore both the shadows and the stray lines of experience that undo our map making minds. They are gifts I have gathered along the way while travelling in the company of the poets.
In an age of information overload and diminishing time spent on the simple things in life, Leaning Toward the Poet is an invitation to slow down and pause to attend to those occasions when memory and imagination lead one to unexpected occurrences that wake us to what is happening around us and allow us to appreciate that, as John Keats, said, the world is indeed the vale of soul making.
You can purchase this book here as well as my other titles.