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October 13-14, 2006: J. Marvin Spiegelman


Christians honor God on their knees, Jews rock back and forth on their heels, Muslims prostrate themselves, and all thereby connect with what Jung called the numinous. There are similarities and differences among religious practices that awaken numinosity, mirrored in our images of their founders – Moses climbing a mountain, Jesus walking through crowds, Mohammed on his steed, and the Buddha seated in meditation. In this lecture Dr. Spiegelman will present brief examples of the ways followers of various spiritual paths experience the numinous: the Taoist from "within", the Muslim "among" other Muslims during the Hajj, "between" in alchemy, while the Hindu finds it all "around" through nature, art, music, and synchronicity.


This workshop will explore the Divine Within via an extensive survey of spiritual paths, including Zen Buddhism through the Ox-Herding Pictures, Hinduism through Kundalini yoga, and Judaism through the Kabbalah. By examining various spiritual paths in depth, discovering their similarities and differences in spirit, we may be able to see our own path more clearly. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and share with a learned and devoted investigator of world religions and psychology. Lively discussion is expected.


J. MARVIN SPIEGELMAN holds a Ph.D. in clinical and social psychology from UCLA and an Analyst’s Diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich. He has been in private practice as an analyst since 1959 and has taught at UCLA (recently as Visiting Professor), USC, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and briefly at Hebrew University. He has lectured widely, especially in the area of psychology and religion, as well as on clinical themes. He is the author or co-author of twenty books, including Jungian Analysts: Their Vision and Vulnerabilities, The Divine Waba (Within, Among, Between and Around): A Jungian Exploration of Spiritual Paths, and Sufism, Islam and Jungian Psychology.

Pathways to the Numinous
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