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Psyche and the Sacred

Depth Psychological Approaches to Suffering and Hope
with Dr. Lionel Corbett 

A *Live* Virtual event hosted on Zoom
June 19th, 2020
5 – 7 pm PDT

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 which 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 own 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.

We invite everyone to join our lectures.  The material is valuable for the practice of psychotherapy and for people who value the depth psychological approach to dreams and other types of numinous imagery.

$25 General Admission
$5 off for Students & Seniors with code LEC0620

Dr. Lionel Corbett trained in medicine and psychiatry in England and as a Jungian Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His primary interests are: the religious function of the psyche, especially the way in which personal religious experience is relevant to individual psychology; the development of psychotherapy as a spiritual practice; and the interface of Jungian psychology and contemporary psychoanalytic thought. Dr. Corbett is a professor of depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, California, where he teaches depth psychology. He is the author of numerous professional papers and five books: Psyche and the sacred, The religious function of the psyche, The sacred cauldron: Psychotherapy as a spiritual practice, and The soul in anguish: Psychotherapeutic approaches to suffering. He is the co-editor of: Jung and aging; Depth psychology, meditations in the field; Psychology at the threshold; and Psyche’s stories: Jungian interpretations of fairy tales. His latest book, Understanding evil: A psychotherapist’s guide (2018), was recently released and is available for purchase online at amazon.

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​Please email with a request to cancel registration no later than 4 days prior to the start of lecture. The cost of the lecture less a $15 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds will be given after that time.

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