December 11-12, 1987: Terrill L. Gibson, Ph.D.

Lecture: Jung as Mystic

Jung once commented on the rich and unusual spiritual heritage we have on this continent as inheritors of European, Black, and Native American psyche. As a clergyperson, analyst, and student of Native American spirituality, Dr. Gibson will suggest something of the centrality of a recovered and invigorated mystical spirituality for our era.

Through personal reflection, clinical anecdote and case study slides, this lecture will present an overview of Jung’s mystical worldview. Jung’s borrowing from and unique integration of, especially, mystical methodologies from the Judeo-Christian West will be featured in the light of the work of significant living Judeo-Christian mystics such as Matthew Fox.

Workshop: Analysis as Guided Mystical Experience

In this workshop there will be a deepening of the model presented Friday night, with personal appreciation for this mystical presence in analytical experience and the unique contributions, opportunities and dangers perceived in Jung’s insights into working in these spiritual depths. Case examples and organic regional mysticisms (living Native American traditions) will provide the main channels for working through the theme.

 

 

Terrill L. Gibson is a Jungian analyst and pastoral counselor in Tacoma, Washington where he co-directs a pastoral counseling agency, coordinating a two-year Master in Education in Pastoral Counseling program in cooperation with the University of Puget Sound. A regular contributor to professional journals in the area of the integration of psychotherapy and theology, he is also a frequent presenter on Jungian themes in the Northwest with the special interest in the accomadation of Jungian psychology to Judeo-Christian care of souls traditions.

The Mystic Jung: Toward the Recovery of “Lived” Religious Experience