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Individuation, Impermanence, Imperfection

October 17, 2015 @ 3:00 am - 8:00 am


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. A former trustee of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado, he more recently 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 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.  Currently he practices tele-psychology exclusively and can see people via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime.  He can be reached by email at jruhl1@me.com or at his website jerryruhl.com

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October 17, 2015
3:00 am - 8:00 am
We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for CEU credit is $5 for the lecture, $10 for the workshop, or $10 for both the lecture and workshop. To obtain credits, please sign up before each lecture or workshop at the CEU table in the lobby.

Bring a sack lunch for the 45 minute onsite lunch.


Unity Church of Portland
4525 SE Stark
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Ample free parking.