Sept 17-18, 2004: Pittman McGehee

Lecture: The Zen Poet Masahide writes:

The barn’s burnt down. . . 
Now I can see the moon.

Spirituality is the deep human longing to move the transcendent into the immanent through experience and reflection. This lecture/workshop will consider the illusions the ego builds as defenses against life’s inevitable anxiety and pain. These illusions may keep us from seeing the transcendent truth, thus leaving us dis-illusioned. What are the barns we build that keep us from seeing the moon?

Workshop: The Hero Journey.

In honor of Joseph Campbell’s centenary, we will focus on what he called the monomyth. The three-fold process of 1) departure, 2) initiation, and 3) return, are the essentials of the journey. One can see this formula in all myth and sacred story. Can one see this process in one’s own story? This workshop will help make us conscious of how individuation follows this formula, in some form, for each of us.


PITTMAN J. McGEHEE, M. DIV, HON. DIV received his Master of Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1969. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest. Formerly the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston, he is currently a Diplomate Jungian analyst and the director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychology and Spirituality. Additionally, he is serving as the Carolyn Faye Professor of Analytical Psychology at the University of Houston. Pittman is widely known as a lecturer and educator in the field of psychology and religion, as well as a published poet and essayist.

Burn the Barn