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Encounters at the Border of Our Belonging
March 14, 2009 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
We all need to belong and we all know what it is to exclude and to suffer exclusion. Through dream, memory, visual art and group process we will explore the dynamics of belonging and exclusion and bring related attitudes and behaviors to our conscious attention. We will discover how the body, like dream and fantasy, can awaken us to unconscious individual and group responses to those outside the bounds of our belonging. Most importantly, we will experience the transformative aspect of the outsider archetype through sacred image and story, opening ourselves to the presence of the Divine in the guise of the stranger.
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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.