My purpose is to deliver people from a black and white world to help them navigate a grey one.
J. Pittman McGehee, D.D. is an Episcopal priest and Jungian analyst in private practice in Austin, Texas and is trustee emeritus of The Jung Center in Houston, Texas. He is widely known as a lecturer and educator in the field of analytical psychology and religion, as well as a published poet and essayist.
He is the author of The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are (Praeger Press, 2008), Raising Lazarus: The Science of Healing the Soul (2009), Words Made Flesh, The Paradox of Love and Growing Down (selected poems) now available for sale through The Jung Center of Houston's Bookstore, Amazon.com and other fine booksellers.
wRITE courtesy of Merrilee McCommas McGehee.
The Invisible Church: Finding Spirituality Where You Are (written with Damon J. Thomas)
While nearly half of Americans identify themselves with a fundamentalist brand of religion, and a sizable minority has rejected religion altogether, there is a vast middle ground. This book is aimed at that huge group of people who describe themselves as spiritual but not religious. In other words, people who are open to encountering the divine and the transcendent, and indeed actively seek these experiences. The authors help readers improve their understanding of the religious nature of the psyche, the origins of myths and religions in the collective unconscious, and the ways in which organized religion has often worked to infantilize its followers. They leave the reader with an empowered ability to claim his or her own spiritual authority and lead a more abundant, authentic life. (2008) Available at The Jung Center's Bookstore and Amazon.com.
The Paradox of Love - A Jungian Look at the Dynamics of Life’s Greatest Mystery
In English there is only one word for love. In Sanskrit there are seventy-eight. If it is possible to determine the sophistication of a culture by the number of words that exist for a concept, Amercans are painfully unsophisticated when comes to love.
Now in The Paradox of Love, McGehee takes the readers deep into a discovery of the nature of love. He addresses both the healing and wounding nature of love, the greatest contradiction that Jung called “the incalculable paradoxes of love.” On this fascinating journey to discover what lies at the heart of love, he reveals the ways in which the scientific and rational nature of the industrial revolution created a society in which efficiency is highly valued, and love, having it's own inefficient economy, has not been.
Based on classes McGehee presented at the Jung Center in Houston, Tx, The Paradox of Love provides readers with insight into the interpersonal and the intra-psychic dynamics of love, as well as its light and dark sides. Anyone who has ever been transformed or devastated by love and wants to understand the powerful emotion more deeply will welcome his insights and and understanding. Available through The Jung Center of Houston's Bookstore, Amazon.com, and other booksellers.
Words Made Flesh is a collection of Pittman’s sermons during his time as dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Texas, from 1980 to 1991. These sermons reflect his journey to integrate spirituality and Jungian psychology. With his unique humor, profound insight, and marvelous gift of storytelling, the author guides us to find meaning, purpose, and belonging in our own journey between "a birth we did not request and a grave we cannot escape." at The Jung Center of Houston's Bookstore and Amazon.com.
Raising Lazarus: The Science of Healing the Soul (written with Blair Justice, M.D.)
The Science of Healing the Soul" chronicles the relationship of a mind-body scientist and a Jungian psychoanalyst priest as they bring together the wisdom and knowledge from each of their fields to save the life of the scientist from severe depression. This book allows the reader into a fascinating journey of recovery and a memoir of the healing power of “presence.” But more than just a “feel good” story of hope, each chapter of the narrative also includes fascinating, cutting-edge science that literally shows how our very brain can change through the power of love. In this regard, one book becomes two: a powerful personal story of healing from depression in the context of a loving therapeutic relationship and a scientific presentation of the evidence on the physical processes underpinning emotional and spiritual healing. Raising Lazarus offers a melding of scientific evidence and spiritual insight into what it takes to come back to life from depression, loss, or despair, whatever the source of the soul-death. Available through The Jung Center of Houston's Bookstore, and Amazon.com.
As with the poems of Donne, Herbert, and Hopkins, the artistic meditations in this collection are first and foremost outstanding poems; next they are lyrical and religious and much else as well. Some are humorous in a quiet way, others illustrate connections between people and among living creatures. These are poems that will touch you, instruct you without being didactic, charm you into reading the rest of them, and leave you knowing you will return to this volume to read again and again for the wonder and the magic of the words. Available through The Jung Center of Houston's Bookstore, Amazon.com, and other booksellers.
Extraordinary in the Ordinary
J. Pittman McGehee offers us brilliant gems of poetry full of light and sound, of carefully crafted images drawn from our seeming ordinary world. These words startle with their beauty and insights that show how to transform the familiar, the mundane, into the truly extraordinary! Available through The Jung Center of Houston's Bookstore, and Amazon.com.
Nod of Knowing
In "Nod of Knowing", Pittman shows us the sacred in the everyday moments of our lives. From the beautiful bloom of a morning glory flower, to the precious curl of a little girl’s hair, to a majestic cowboy’s nod of knowing, we find glimpses of the divine. Pittman’s accessible, crafted, and playful poetry encourages readers to slow down, observe the world around them, and enjoy life. "Nod of Knowing" is full of inspiration, wisdom, and joy Available through The Jung Center of Houston's Bookstore, and Amazon.com.
Peace is not the
absence of conflict,
but the presence of love.
— J. Pittman McGehee, D.D.
A collection of audio mp3s of lectures/sermons by J. Pittman McGehee, D.D. are now available for all those with a deep human longing to experience the transcendent in their ordinary lives in the 21st century. To live a life with more mindfulness and self compassion, Pittman McGehee is an expert at describing the value of non dual consciousness and Jungian psychology for our bio, psycho, social and spiritual selves.
I will be adding podcasts weekly. Please keep in mind that some of the digitized cassettes were old but the content is still as universal and rich with wisdom now, as it was then. As he often says, "That which is most personal is most universal." — RE, web site editor