This is a depth psychological study of a stirring, uncanny, and nearly inexpressible moment called the Evocative Moment. As an interdisciplinary study, it integrates poetic, mythological, and philosophical material in an effort to give voice and form to a relatively formless experience. At heart, it is an offering to and a calling for the further development of a depth psychological poetics that draws nearer to inchoate experience than is permitted by conventional language and forms of inquiry.
The study approaches the Evocative Moment by placing it within the context of key interdisciplinary ideas. As a search for a way of understanding itself, the study then develops a broadly based hermeneutic phenomenology, rooted in a qualitative, human scientific research approach. Within a central clearing (temenos), it places poetic-phenomenological explorations in dialogue with selected resonant texts. The intention is not to represent but to present, to evoke, even to become the Evocative Moment itself. Although its phenomenology and birth into language are, essentially, its research results, certain patterns and meanings are gleaned in intuitive reflection. As a content, the Evocative Moment suggests Dionysian remembrance and dis-membrance, primordial temporality, the paradoxical presence of absence, and the uncanny homecoming to Being. As a process, it manifests either spontaneously or in an emotional evolution through tension and anxiety, faith and letting go, becoming and speaking, mourning, and again, faith in letting go.
Clinically, the study espouses an intuitive and radically receptive therapy that cultivates and e-vokes (lifts into speech) implicit moments like the Evocative Moment. Exercises are recommended to facilitate the development of such a therapeutic capacity. The study frames psychotherapy as a practice that must achieve depth as depth of field, both within the consulting room (the intersubjective field) and within the field of the world.
As an experiment in depth psychological poetics, the study suggests that depth psychology must resist becoming seduced by theoretical abstractions, privilege forms of inquiry that reflect the native fluidity of psychic reality itself, and acknowledge that there are subtle, evanescent states, like the Evocative Moment, that are accessible only by way of a via poetica, which speaks not by translating but by carrying meaning.