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The Inner Guide: Wisdom from the Archetypal Self

November 15, 2008 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PST


There is an inherent knowingness – an aspect of the divine mind, which the Greeks called nous – that functions in human beings. Pictured in dreams as a guide and teacher, a wise old man or woman, an angel, a heavenly twin, or a voice that speaks with authority, this knowingness arises from the archetypal Self to reveal deeper truths. Jung conversed with a guide called Philemon, who seemed a “living personality” representing “superior insight.” The Sufi sage Ibn ‘Arabi received teachings from Khidr, the enigmatic figure who guided Moses in the Qur’an. In this workshop we will invite our own inner guide to have a greater presence in our lives. We will contemplate Jung’s experience of Philemon, study images of the guide from various sacred traditions, listen to the wisdom and humor of Sufi tales and poems, and practice meditation and active imagination to make deeper contact with our own inner guide.

Related Lecture: The Mystical Relationship of Lover and Beloved

Bryan Wittine, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he completed his training at the San Francisco C. G. Jung Institute. He lectures internationally, has published several professional papers, and is particularly interested in what the great mystics teach us about the nature of the psyche and the individuation process. He is a co-founder and former chair of the Graduate Program in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, and former Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Holistic Studies, at John F. Kennedy University (in the San Francisco Bay Area).


November 15, 2008
10:00 am - 3:00 pm PST
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First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, United States
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We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for workshop CEU credit is $10 for 4 hours. To obtain CEU credit, add the CEU to your shopping cart when registering.
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