These seminars include a discussion of personal spiritual experiences, dream work and lectures on topics such as a depth psychological approach to suffering and evil, the religious function of the psyche, the psychology of forgiveness, and the Enneagram as a path to self-understanding and self-inquiry.
The depth psychological approach to the sacred focuses on revelation by means of dreams, synchronistic events, creativity, relationships, the earth, the body, sacred places, and attention to our complexes. The program is facilitated by Dr. Lionel Corbett, a Jungian analyst, and author.
The current seminars will be hosted virtually and limited to sixteen (16) participants. In this intimate sanctuary, participants will have an opportunity to explore the individual's experience of the sacred and his or her personal spirituality in the context of depth psychology.
These seminars are not intended to be a psychotherapy program and are not designed for emotionally vulnerable individuals. The cost of the small group seminars includes Friday evening lectures.
This discussion will describe a range of psychological approaches to belief in God, including reductive psychological approaches to such belief and psychoanalytic opinions. I will describe various evolutionary, biological, and cognitive theories that purport to explain belief in God and the relationship of this belief to recent discoveries in brain science. I will continue with a description of the relationship between family dynamics in childhood, psychodynamic factors, and the individual’s God-image, based on object relations theory, attachment theory, behaviorism, and psychoanalytic self-psychology. I will discuss the relationship between the human imagination and the God-image, and then discuss the notion of revelation and dreams sent by the gods. The chapter ends with a discussion of the Bible as mythic truth, the psychology of religious narcissism and intolerance, and the value of Jung’s psychological approach to the God-image.
Participants will meet Friday evening for the lecture from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (PT)
Participants will meet Saturdays & Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:00 am (PT) with a lunch break mid-day and breaks will be spaced throughout the day
Due to time limitations, 8 Presenting participants will work on their material, while 8 Witnessing participants will witness this process and join in the discussion, but will not work on their material. Because of the value of the collective in holding and working such numinous material, the fees are the same for those who will present their material and those who witness and discuss this material.
This ticket includes Friday lecture and grants the opportunity to share one dream / numinous experience during the seminar to be worked on and discussed. The Zoom link will be sent upon registration.
This ticket includes Friday lecture and participation in dream discussion during the seminar, for people who will NOT be sharing a dream / numinous experience. The Zoom link will be sent upon registration.
Registration to the lecture includes Friday lecture ONLY.
This ticket includes the Friday lecture. The Zoom link will be sent upon registration.
Please email Registration@psycheandthesacred.org with a request to cancel.
For the seminar, email no later than seven (7) days before first day of the event. The cost of the seminar minus $50 processing fee will be refunded.
For the lecture, email no later than four (4) days before the day of the event. The cost of the lecture minus a $15 processing fee will be refunded.
No refunds will be issued after these dates.
This talk will describe the main ideas of the non-dual spiritual traditions, especially those based on the Upanishads, such as Advaita Vedanta. I will then describe how Jung’s psychology, in particular his idea of the Self, fits or does not fit with non-duality and with the Atman-Brahman of the Upanishads. I will discuss Jung’s resistance to the idea of the dissolution of the ego and suggest ways in which his psychology can be seen as a bridge between East and West.
This talk will discuss some of the traditional arguments for and against the existence of God in our scientific age and will describe some of the newest thinking among scientists in this controversial area. I will describe a wide variety of ways in which people claim to experience the divine, and discusses the epistemological problems raised by these experiences. I focus on the importance of numinous experience to Jung, and the ways in which he developed Rudolph Otto’s ideas about the numinosum from a psychological rather than theological point of view. I will then discuss some of the philosophical problems faced by traditional theists that are avoided by Jung’s notion of the Self. I will discuss some of the classical and contemporary arguments for atheism, which are by-passed by Jung’s approach. I will also discuss the psychology of faith and
the problem of theodicy, and ask whether notions of the holy are merely the projection of human wishes and fears.
This lecture will describe an approach to spirituality based on personal experience of the sacred, as an alternative to traditional religious approaches. For many of us today, traditional religions do not express the ways in which we experience the sacred, which may appear in ways that are not recognized by the western monotheistic traditions. The depth psychological approach to spirituality, based on Jung’s work, focuses on revelation by means of dreams, synchronistic events, visionary experience, the body, and our emotional difficulties. Using a depth psychological approach, the lecture will describe a variety of ways in which we may develop a personal form of spirituality. The psyche reveals the sacred in the form of numinous experience, and manifests the Self, which is an image of the divine in the psyche; the psyche is therefore sacramental. Because the Self acts as a kind of blueprint for the individuation of the personality, there is no firm distinction between our spirituality and our psychology, or between psychological and spiritual problems. This lecture will illustrate this idea with examples from people's experience.
What we call a "myth" is actually the sacred story of another culture, analogous to the Judeo-Christian Bible. This lecture will discuss the emergence of a new mythic image of the divine, based on Jung’s approach to spirituality. Rather than relying on sacred texts such as the Bible, Jung’s approach stresses numinous experiences, which are experiences of the transpersonal level of the psyche or the Self, which Jung believes is the God within. These experiences are mysterious, awesome, fascinating, and often overwhelming or dreadful. The Bible describes many types of numinous experience, such as Moses at the burning bush or Saul on the road to Damascus. However, experiences with this emotional quality may occur to anyone, and they may not take a traditional Judeo-Christian form. They act as personal forms of revelation and a personal connection to the sacred dimension. This lecture will describe a range of such experiences.
When suffering strikes, it is helpful to find a framework through which we may understand it, rather than seeing suffering as a random or meaningless event in one's life. A purely clinical approach is of limited help because there are many forms of suffering that are normal, given the circumstances of the person's life. As well, even in the presence of emotional disorder, people with the same diagnosis suffer in unique ways and require a personalized approach. Traditional religions all offer explanations for suffering and the reasons for it, and we will consider some of these, but depth psychology has its unique approaches.
This talk will describe some of the ways in which we may search for meaning in suffering. We will discuss suffering as an experience of liminality and initiation into a new level of consciousness, using as an example a depth psychological exploration of the Book of Job. We will also discuss an approach to suffering based on radical acceptance. The lecture will also describe different forms of hope and different views about the value of hope and describe some approaches to despair and hopelessness.
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