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Individuation, Impermanence, Imperfection
October 17, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Individuation is Carl Jung’s term for finding meaning and purpose in life. How do you know when you are on the right path? Why do big ideas about achievement and enlightenment just get in the way? When can you trust your inner guide and when must you apply discipline and ethics to curb the urgings of unruly instincts? Jung believed we find meaning through the struggle with confounding oppositions, such as good/evil, love/hate, inner/outer. In this workshop we will relate Jungian psychology to the Zen perspective of Wabi-Sabi. We will explore the necessity and beauty of flaws and failings, of things modest and humble. Lecture, discussion, and practical exercises will help cultivate appreciation for what is impermanent, imperfect, and unfinished in life.
Suggested Reading: Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren
Related Friday Talk: Living a Conscious Life
Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D, is a psychologist, teacher, and author living in Longmont, CO. Previously, he was a trustee of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado. More recently, he served for six years as Executive Director of The Jung Center in Houston. He lectures nationally and maintains a private therapy practice in both Boulder, CO, and Houston, TX. He also provides depth coaching via the internet, and is the co-author with Robert A. Johnson of three books: Living Your Unlived Life; Contentment: A Way to True Happiness; and Balancing Heaven and Earth.Purchase Workshops