Interview with
Madonna Basilici, M.A.
“Spirituality And The Undivided Self”

October 7, 2017

The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida (CJSSF) announces the first event of the 2017-2018 season: “Spirituality And The Undivided Self” with Madonna Basilici, M.A. as the presenter. This workshops will take place on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Madonna Basilici, M.A., earned her Masters Degree at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Counseling Psychology with emphasis in mythology and Jungian Psychology. She is certified in Neuro-linguistics, Ericksonian hypnosis, and varied healing modalities. Dreamwork has always had an intriguing interest for her. Ms. Basilici served on the board of the Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida for several years. She has traveled extensively in India and has studied with her teacher for over fifteen years, pursuing and understanding the sacred self within.

CJSSF: Madonna, welcome home to the Center for Jungian Studies. Can you tell us where you have been and what you have been pursuing since you left South Florida and your position on our board of directors?
BASILICI: When I left South Florida, I moved to St Augustine, where I started a meditation group using the teachings of my teacher, Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi. I continued my involvement  and self-development in Eastern Spirituality. I eventually moved to Phoenix where I have been leading our Sai Maa Group here.
CJSSF: You were raised Catholic, but Eastern religions and India have been your focus for many years. How did that transition happen in your life?
BASILICI: My graduate degree is from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Joseph Campbell was very influential in assisting and building Pacifica, That fostered  more understanding of Jung, mythology and Depth Psychology. For my undergraduate degree I had focused on Jungian Psychology.  I was reading Jung in my twenties. I studied the work of Milton Erickson while learning NLP and hypnosis. I marveled at how systems merged in my understanding of the unconscious.
CJSSF: What came first, your discovery of Jung or your discovery of India and its spiritual treasures? 
BASILICI: Jung came first. I remember being so sad when he died in 1961. I wanted to meet and study with him.
CJSSF: At what point in Jung’s own life did he discover the religions and mystics of the East? What meaning did it have for him and his body of work?
BASILICI: In one way I think Jung’s mind was open to these higher processes before he went to India. I am reminded of his dream when he was a young boy, sitting on a rock and wondering if he was sitting on the rock or was the rock holding him up (paraphrased). That is about being  in oneness, that connection with nature. He went to India when he was 35 years old, and, at the time, it overwhelmed him.  However, it gave him much to ponder about spirituality and higher consciousness.
CJSSF: In brief, what are chakras and how can we use them to manage our energies and foster spiritual growth?  
BASILICI: The basic seven charkras are vortices of energy located between the tail bone and the crown of our head. When we understand what is effected or what blocks that energy, we can look seriously at what we want to change, or what can be changed by our awareness and willingness to make a difference in our life. As in individuation, it is about taking responsibility for ourselves. The higher we move up the chakras the closer we come to recognizing the aspect of god in every one of us, the closer we become to our true self. I think being aware and connected is more important now than ever because of the evolution and changes on this planet as we strive to move to a higher dimension. Jung speaks of the third and fourth, now it’s time to move on.
CJSSF: What is your personal spiritual practice?
BASILICI: My personal spiritual practice involves, prayers, meditation, and breath work. It takes an hour to an hour and a half each morning. In addition I stop throughout the day several times to honor this sacred connection, just for a minute or two. Exercise is important as well, I admit I miss on that  one sometimes.

CJSSF Interviewer: Teresa Oster, MS, LCSW and CJSSF board member

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