“Testing the Spirits” – False Prophets and True Healers in the Old Age and in the New Age
February 16, 2001 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The title alludes to a saying from the Christian Bible. In its original context, the advice to test the “spirits” implies a warning about the many varieties of spirituality promoted in the second-century world, and it offers a warning against trusting every so-called “spirit” that advertises itself as healing. Discernment is necessary. But how can one tell one “spirit” from another?
This presentation will explore responses to this question from religious traditions and also from contemporary depth psychology, since in these first days of a new millennium there are as many winds of “spirit” blowing as there were two thousand years ago. Today there is talk about this “spirituality” and that one in many realms: politics, media, religions, New Age spirituality, advertising and athletics. How is one to judge what is going on spiritually in our time? This is as perplexing a problem now as when C.G. Jung wrote in 1928: “I believe that the spirit is a dangerous thing and I do not believe in its paramouncy!”
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David L. Miller, Ph. D., is Watson-Ledden Professor of Religion at Syracuse University, a Core Faculty Member at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and has taught analysts in training at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Kyoto University in Japan, as well as the seminar of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and Jung programs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. He is the author of five books and more than seventy-five articles. Dr. Miller’s website: web.syr.edu/~dlmiller/.This event has passed.