‘Clouds of Knowing’ – Deep Reason and Trans-binarity in Arts-Based Research and the Jungian Clinic.


The idea of deep reason is concerned with how we conceive knowing. It is set in an epistemological landscape inspired by quantum and complexity theory. Here, knowledge becomes a living and all pervasive aspect of the fabric of reality, rather than something generated separately only in our minds or brains. Deep knowing employs resonatory reason, for quantum processes work like an orchestra. It may arise via any or all of Jung’s four functions: thinking, feeling, sensing and intuiting. From a quantum point of view, knowing cannot be successfully separated from meaning, purpose, and ultimately from love. When considering the history of how science conceives knowing, we can trace a development towards more fluidity. In the early twentieth century, logical positivism insisted on a hundred percent binarity, implying a hundred percent subject and object divide, and this informs all empirical research. Today’s quantum logic, however, heralds a trans-binary world, that includes both distinction and identity, introducing higher conceptual complexity. This enables epistemological democracy and flow, embracing both modes, with none dominating the other. This is vital for doing arts-based research in the academy. In addition, Jungian clinical work can be understood as a form of arts- based inquiry and both approaches prosper in a trans-binary world. 


Dr Birgit Heuer is a Jungian Analyst of the BJAA with 42 years of clinical experience and a previous training in body-oriented psychotherapy She served on the BJAA training committee and worked as clinical supervisor at Kingston University. She teaches on Jungian-analytic trainings, as well as at Birkbeck College. She is an independent scholar and has published numerous paper and book-chapters. Her PhD is on Sanatology, a Clinical Paradigm of Health and Healing. She has lectured internationally on themes such as ‘body and being’, ‘forgiveness’, ‘spirituality in the consulting-room’ and on ‘clinical paradigm’. 

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