Christy Lee Gardner

Christy Lee Gardner is a doctoral candidate in the Depth Psychology, Jungian and Archetypal Studies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. Applying a Jungian lens, her discussion aims to understand and interpret non-ordinary states of consciousness including numinous, perinatal, out-of-body, hypnagogic, and other transpersonal phenomena associated with flotation-REST (restricted environmental stimulation technique). More specifically, she seeks to identify relevant archetypal and alchemical themes, patterns, motifs that may be observable in the experience of flotation. Flotation was originally pioneered by John C. Lilly at the National Institute of Mental Health in 1954, and has evolved to become a holistic, therapeutic, water-based form of sensory deprivation and isolation. Christy received her M.A. from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and her B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, California. Her research interests include cesarean-birth and infant trauma, reimagining body dysmorphic disorder, contemporary gerontology, and extending current moderation management-based approaches to addiction treatment.