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A Jungian View of Climate Change

January 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST



Nobody can afford to look around and to wait for somebody else to do what he is loath to do himself. But since nobody seems to know what to do, it might be worthwhile for each of us to ask himself whether by any chance his or her unconscious may know something that will help us.

– C.G. Jung (CW 18, par. 599)


Human caused climate change has placed life on the planet in a precarious state. It is imperative we address this situation as soon as possible, for the longer we wait the more we commit future generations to great disruption. Yet there is great resistance to addressing this issue, especially within the United States. Jungian psychology provides a unique means to understand the problem of climate change for it recognizes the importance of the unconscious in our lives. In this presentation, I explore how the dynamics of unconscious processes relate to climate change and how these processes provide pathways to addressing the problem. I consider further the current myths that lie at the root of our collective dissociation from Earth. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how to reconnect to the sacredness of Earth, which is essential to address the issue of climate change.

Related Workshop: Mandala as a Path to Healing Our Split with the Sacred Earth

Jeffrey Kiehl, Ph.D., is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst and senior training analyst for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He has an M.A. in psychology. He worked as a climate scientist for forty years and held faculty positions at a number of institutions including UC Santa Cruz and Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future and numerous Jungian articles on the intersection of depth psychology and the environment. Jeffrey has presented on various Jungian topics at national and international conferences. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.


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January 18, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
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Unity of Portland
4525 SE Stark
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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