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Decline and Ascent: The Paradoxical Passage to Elderhood
October 19, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
Through narratives, poetry, and dream analysis, we will amplify the archetypal forces – both fierce and generative – that shape our experience in the latter half of life. To promote awareness of the link between loss and spiritual awakening as we pass through time, Dr. Costello will lead a life-review meditation. We will consider change as a motive-force in reconnecting us to our roots in nature, in opening us to mystery, and in honing our intentions in relation to self, others, and our work in the world.
Related Lecture: A Luminous Darkness: Aging and the Spiritual Path
MELANIE STARR COSTELLO, PH.D. is a licensed psychologist, historian, and Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. She earned her doctorate in the History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. A former Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Dr. Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, medieval spirituality, and clinical practice. Her study of the link between illness and insight, entitled Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception, is published by Routledge press.