February 11-12, 2011: Lionel Corbett

Lecture: A Depth Psychology Approach to the Sacred — Spirituality without a Formal Religious Tradition

In his latest book Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality beyond Religion, Lionel Corbett helps modern people discover the numinous presence of the divine within themselves as they live a busy life filled with secular activities. Dr. Corbett will talk about ways to find spiritually meaningful life without the need to embrace any particular theology. This approach also serves to deepen the spirituality of those who are committed to a religious tradition.

Workshop: A Depth Psychology Approach to Understanding Suffering and Evil 

In the morning, Lionel Corbett will lead a workshop exploring how suffering and evil can be understood through a psychological lens using the stories of Job and Medea, and by considering them as contemporary individuals seeking relief from their own suffering or destructive impulses. Dr. Corbett will explore the relationship between Job’s character structure and his experience of the numinous. In the afternoon, Dr. Corbett will explore the admonition that Jung received from an inner figure (as recorded in his journal, the Red Book) to herald a new spirituality. He will also address the concept of the Self as a “Spiritus Rector” (spiritual guide).  

Lionel Corbett, MD, is a Jungian analyst and doctor of medicine and psychiatry. His primary interests are the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice and the religious function of the psyche, especially the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology. Dr. Corbett is a core faculty member and teaches depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California. He has developed a powerful approach to spirituality that is based on personal experience of the sacred, and which avoids all forms of doctrine and dogma. He is the author of five books and many training films and professional articles.

A Depth Psychology Approach to the Sacred