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Psyche and Soul: The Enactment of Soul Through Myth
May 10, 1996 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Our ancestors transmitted their values from place to place, and from person to person through the power of word and image. Those images which rose from the unconscious, or which overwhelmed consciousness in historic event, became the personal and tribal carriers of the deepest encounters with the mysteries of cosmos, nature, society and self. This workshop will study some of the great myths of the Eastern and Western tradition, analyze their mythopoeic statements, and consider their presence in our daily lives. Among such recurrent motifs are: “creation,” “the fall” (or primal loss), and “encounter with the Shadow.” Also, we will explore the two greatest of mythic patterns, the quest for identity and the “eternal return,” the linear and cyclic patterns, which animate history and our personal lives. Such mythic drama haunts history and, often unconsciously, directs the currents of the modern soul. We will, perhaps, re-experience the linkage of our modern, often isolated, lives with the timeless drama of which we are all, already and always, part.
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James Hollis, Ph. D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Washington, D. C. where he is also Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington. He is also the author of fourteen books including his most recent book, Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey.Purchase Workshops