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Wrestling With Big Dreams

September 21, 2002 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Borrowing a notion from the Elgonyi natives of central Africa, Jung designated “big” dreams as those transcending individual concerns. Such dreams comment on the human condition, history and the evolution of consciousness, or social problems of great magnitude. Now, big dreams in response to September 11 offer seminal insights on our current plight. This workshop will be an exploration of big dreams and how to work with them so as to extract their wisdom and integrate their value into our individual, everyday lives. Participants are encouraged to bring dreams of this kind to the workshop.

Related Friday Talk: The Fate of America

Michael Gellert, M.A., L.C.S.W., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Monica, California. He holds Master’s degrees in religious studies and social work. He studied with Marshall McLuhan at the University of Toronto, and undertook Zen training with the Zen master Koun Yamada in Japan. He has worked and traveled extensively in Asia. Formerly, he was Director of Training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, a mental health consultant to the University of Southern California and Time, and manager of an employee assistance program for District Council 37, the labor union for employees of the City of New York. He was a humanities professor at Vanier College, Montreal, and taught religious studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York and psychology at the College of New Rochelle. He is the author of Modern Mysticism: Jung, Zen and the Still Good Hand of God and The Fate of America: An Inquiry into National Character.

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September 21, 2002
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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.


First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, United States
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Ample free parking in both church lots.