mission of Pacifica Graduate Institute is to provide graduate
degree programs and to foster research in the fields of psychology
and mythological studies framed in the traditions of depth
Institute seeks to fulfill this purpose by creating an educational
environment which nourishes respect for cultural diversity
and individual differences and an academic community which
fosters for its faculty and students a spirit of free and
open inquiry consistent with the recognized values of academic
is dedicated to cultivating and harvesting the gifts of the
human imagination so that these insights may be brought to
bear upon the personal, cultural, and planetary concerns of
our era. This dedication is contained in Pacifica's motto:
animae mundi colendae gratia (for the sake of tending soul
in and of the world).
traces many of its central ideas to the heritage of ancient
story tellers, dramatists, and philosophers from all lands
who recorded the workings of the imagination. The legacies
of these early men and women have evolved in multiple cultural
contexts and perspectives including the systematic explorations
of the unconscious by Freud, Jung, and other theorists of
concepts of depth psychology resulting from this long development
are at the core of Pacifica's orientation. These ideassuch
as the importance of symbol and metaphor in personal and cultural
imagery or the recognition of the dynamic interplay between
the natural world and the world of the human psycheare
articulated in all of the Institute's programs. Pacifica has
a distinct sense of purpose in sustaining and imparting this
rich body of knowledge about the intricacies of human imagination.
works to extend psychology and mythological studies beyond
the personal and beyond the consulting room or the classroom.
We see psychological life as an evolutionary development within
nature, alive in all the phenomena and systems of our world.
In studying and working with the multidimensional exchanges
among the psyche of the individual, the mythologies of the
culture, the collective human imagination, and the living
planet, depth psychology has an important contribution to
bring to the contemporary concerns of our world. It is central
to our mission to maintain an open and responsive attitude
toward a future that expresses its longings and wisdom
in our dreams and aspirations.
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