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Body Symptoms in Individuation
April 16, 2005 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
Physical illness presents us with a challenge: to turn something problematic into something meaningful. Early primal experiences are manifest both psychologically and physiologically through one’s life journey. Suffering cannot be avoided when traveling the road of individuation; yet renewal is born out of the darkness of the unconscious and of the body.
This workshop will be a presentation and illustration of the role of body symptoms in reflecting and stimulating the process of individuation. It will include discussion of the archetypal dimension of diseases of the skin and the intestines. Participants are invited to bring examples from their experiences involving the body.
Related Lecture: The Jewel in the Wound
Rose-Emily Rothenberg, M.A. is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Pacific Palisades, California, and is on the faculty of the C.G.Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Her special interest–on which she has lectured nationally and internationally–is the relationship between disease and the psyche, how body symptoms can be central to discovering one’s myth, and the benefit of using the expressive arts to better understand one’s body symptoms. She is the author of The Jewel in the Wound.