Michael Eigen is widely regarded as a significant and increasingly influential figure in contemporary psychoanalysis. This collection of papers, by contributors in the USA, Israel, Australia and South Africa, reveal how his works yield creative and generative possibilities with profound clinical and cultural implications. Writers include well-known authors such as Mark Epstein, Anthony Molino and Brent Potter. The papers are divided into three sections: Reflections (psychoanalytic and philosophical concerns, such as Heidegger, the Hindu Goddess Kali, Buddhism, the sense of Time); Refractions (clinical implications, papers on murder and aliveness, the nature of the analytic interaction, addiction and work with the mother-infant relationship), and Responses (personal impacts of his works, as well as poetry and the thoughts of a creative writer on Eigen's oeuvre). There are also papers on the experience of supervision with Michael Eigen as well as on his weekly seminars on Bion, Winnicott and Lacan, ongoing for more than forty years, in New York.
Introductory Note , Foreword , Editors’ introduction , Reflections , Bion, Eigen, and the dreaming of Kali , Distinction–union: a Buddhist reflection on the great embrace , The work of Michael Eigen: into the heart of psychoanalysis , Eigentime: time in the writing of Michael Eigen , Tropisms of creative faith and destructiveness in the works of Michael Eigen and Martin Heidegger , Refractions , Psychic aliveness: on “being murdered into life” , Eigen’s transformational esthetic: wounded nourishment, primary process work, and the purple period , Becoming a welcoming object: personal notes on Michael Eigen’s impact , Being with-in, “wherever you find yourself with a patient” , Michael Eigen: rich impacts , Supervision with Michael Eigen: notes on a love affair , Thoughts from Michael Eigen in my work with young Aboriginal mothers , Studying Bion’s work in Mike Eigen’s ongoing weekly seminar , Reveries , Michael Eigen’s Ecstasy as/and poetry , Two poems , Tangled up in Mike , On fragmentation, expansion, pieces of more , Sensing the mustard seed: defense, awakening, and fragmentation , Michael Eigen: bibliography of main works