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Separation, Sorrow, and Individuation
October 15, 2005 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
The workshop will consider in depth the stages of individuation, with particular emphasis on separation and aloneness as the initiate enters what Joseph Henderson calls “the undefined final stage.” We will follow the path of Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld, a five thousand year old myth from ancient Iraq, a prototype of the journey the seeker must follow. Then, through the poetic words of an ancient initiate and devotee of Inanna, the Sumerian high priestess Enheduanna, we will discover who Inanna becomes after her return to the world above, a model of completion for the seeker to observe.
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Betty De Shong Meador is a Jungian analyst, retired member of the San Francisco Jung Institute. She is the author of Uncursing the Dark. Her translations of the devotional poetry of the Sumerian high priestess Enheduanna, the first author of record, appear in her book Inanna – Lady of Largest Heart. Her translation of the forty-two Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna will appear in the forthcoming On Your Radiant Site. She lives on a ranch in San Diego County where she and her husband grow a prize-winning merlot in their vineyard.