May 7-8, 1993: Carlos F. Martinez

Lecture and Workshop: “The decisive question for man is: Is he related to something infinite or not? Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we avoid fixing our interest upon futilites.” C.G. Jung


This is a personal narrative of a near-death experience. It is an attempt to describe the indescribable and with this paradox in mind, it is a psychological and imbodied experience of death and rebirth, of inititation and transformation. At a time when medical technology is saving more lives and prolonging life, when terminal illness is striking more young adults, the issue of death and dying is being forced into our consciousness. 

In the workshop we will look at death and dying from personal, archetypal, and spiritual levels, with the hope of eliciting through our discussion a perspective on death as an opportunity to enrich our lives. 


Carlos F. Martinez, M.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in San Francisco, a graduate and member analyst of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and member of the Certifying Board. He was born in Mexico City and has an interest in cross-cultural issues from a Jungian perspective. 

The Near-Death Experience: An Initiation and Transformation