"We are going back to basics, bypassing as best we can the contemporary flood of therapeutic theories and techniques. Psychotherapy rests upon neither a couch, nor an armchair, nor a stack of texts—but on a simple three-legged stool. First the skills that come from practical engagement with the psyche. Second, the art of soul-making and its parallel with other arts. Third, a supportive philosophy."
So said Dr, James Hillman in introducing his landmark weekend seminar "The Art, Practice and Philosophy of Psychology," held June 29-July 1, 2007 at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. In his seminar, Dr. Hillman examined, both practically and archetypally, some of the basic diagnostic categories and their conventional understanding, while attempting to grasp their underlying patterns. He sought to expose the philosophical importance of the issues brought to therapy that become entangled in symptoms and problems—such as time, suffering, self, causality, beauty, intensity, purpose, surrender, destiny, love, and death. In addition, Hillman provided generous time for questions from the audience, creating an atmosphere of spontaneity and offering a rare chance for dialogue with the master.