During the week of July 15 - 20, 2012 Dennis Patrick Slattery will be presenting:
Heart Knowledge: An Imaginal Way of Knowing
Poetry has been called a form of knowledge “taken to the heart.” As such, it has the capacity to re-awaken a heartfelt way of perceiving and understanding ourselves and our relation to the world. This presentation will explore such imaginal works of Dante’s La Vita Nuova and Commedia, Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved, and C. G. Jung’s Red Book to more closely name a form of knowledge that is connatural, intuitive, and integrative of the whole person.
In this workshop, writing longhand rather than with a computer, we will explore and discover some of the lineaments of our personal myth and how such a discovery can restore the fullness of our heart’s possibilities. We will see how the act of writing can help us make a direct contact between head and heart so one may move to the “core” of one’s being with affection, awareness, and acceptance. We will see how our personal myth can be understood as a crossroads where heart and soul meet in mutual acceptance of one another by recognizing the other’s fierce frailty.
Dennis Patrick Slattery, PhD, is a core faculty member of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He is the author of more than 300 articles in books, magazines, journals, and newspapers, as well as author, coauthor, editor, or co-editor of 19 books, including four volumes of poetry and one novel. His interests reside in the nature of the poetic psyche and the power of mimesis in everyday life. He offers “Writing One’s Personal Myth” workshops in the United States and Europe.
During the week of July 22 - 27, 2012 Dennis L. Merritt will be presenting:
Consulting the I Ching
The I Ching is one of the oldest and most remarkable books of wisdom in the world. Through the process Jung called synchronicity, one is able to get meaningful answers to intelligent questions addressed to the I Ching. In this experiential workshop we will learn how to use the ancient yarrow stalk method to generate a group hexagram. Then we will explore how the I Ching’s hexagram(s) embodies Taoist and Confucian wisdom.
Jung and Nobel prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli believed that synchronicity—a term that Jung coined to describe “temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events”—must be a part of any complete worldview. The experience of synchronistic events moves us beyond the Cartesian split between psyche and matter. Consulting the I Ching is in itself a synchronistic event and hexagram answers can be related to dream images and themes, suggesting a mutual source for both. In this presentation, Dennis Merritt will introduce us to the I Ching, and explore how its wisdom, the synchronicity of events, and our dreams can guide us on our journey of the Self and in the world.
Dennis Merritt, LCSW, PhD, is a Jungian analyst and ecopsychologist in private practice in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author of the four-volume Dairy Farmer’s Guide to the Universe: Jung, Hermes and Ecopsychology. He has been using the I Ching since 1975 and incorporates it into his analytic practice. His thesis at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich is titled “Synchronicity Experiments with the I Ching and Their Relevance to the Theory of Evolution.”
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