Probing The Pandemic From A Jungian Perspective

October 16, 2020

Probing The Pandemic From A Jungian Perspective
Presented by Dr. Richard Sweeney

Friday Evening, October 23 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Program Description:  C.G. Jung often said that large-scale historical events are neither sudden nor accidental but emerge from evolving unconscious forces.  Consciousness always presses us to discover the nature of these forces.  In this program we will begin to probe the meaning of the current pandemic and our responses to it.

Friday evening’s session will explore “The Pandemic as a Natural and Psychic Phenomenon.” We will consider two divergent historical views of the human relationship to nature and contrast them with Jung’s view of the relationship between psyche, spirit and nature.  This will lead to a reflection on Jung’s concept of the anima mundi or “the soul of the world” and its relevance for our lives today.

Saturday’s session will address “Anxiety as a Response to Life’s Disruptions.”  We will consider the increase of anxiety in our lives today, various understandings of anxiety, and a Jungian approach to anxiety that can serve personal, interpersonal and global development.  In this view, disruptions like the pandemic as well as other difficulties in life can be experienced as potential vehicles of the movement toward wholeness. Practical examples and suggestions will be offered along with opportunity for participant discussion.