Hal Childs presents to the APC of SF on September 13. You are invited ($5 for guests).
Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes”
• C. G. Jung
September Meeting – September 13, 2015 from 2-5 PM
An Experiential Workshop with Hal Childs
At the APC-SF Library
2411 Octavia Street #1
San Francisco, CA 94109
(Located near the south corner of Broadway and Octavia)
Facing the Impossible with Abraham and Odysseus
What is the meaning of the Impossible throughout our life journey?
Perhaps even beginning one’s journey of individuation was impossible; or beginning analysis was impossible, or a recurring problem is impossible. What does the Impossible have to teach us if we face it openly, and admit it is “impossible?”
God promised Abraham countless offspring, but then denied fertility to him and Sarah for their entire lives until they were too old to conceive. Then when they did finally have a son, God told Abraham to kill his son. What could be the meaning of the Impossible in this mythological situation? Why is it God who promises and denies at the same time?
Odysseus longed to go home after the ten-year Trojan War. But the god of the sea, Poseidon, hated Odysseus and thwarted his journey, while Athena protected and aided him. It took Odysseus ten years of facing impossible odds to get home. Why might the journey Home be the most impossible journey of all?
Jung tells us that, “In myths and fairytales, as in dreams, the soul speaks about itself....” Why does soul create the Impossible for us? What is soul’s purpose when we are confronted with the Impossible?
We will explore the problem of the Impossible in these myths as well as our own lives through a process of group discussion. I will not lecture, but guide a process of reflection using questions that encourage each of us to find our own answers. If you wish to record your own responses during the guided group discussion bring your journal. There will also be some simple writing exercises.
Hal Childs, PhD, MFT has been a leader and trainer with the Guild for
Psychological Studies for over thirty-five years. He leads experiential seminars on the east and west coasts throughout the year that support the process of individuation (guildsf.org). Hal has a private psychotherapy practice in San Francisco (halchilds.com). His PhD, from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, explores the relationship between New Testament Interpretation and C. G. Jung’s depth psychology. He is the author of The Myth of the Historical Jesus and the Evolution of Consciousness, and several book chapters related to depth psychology and biblical studies.
We know parking is difficult at the APC Library. If you are interested, we will have a shuttle from the Union Street Garage at 2001 Union Street between Buchanan and Webster. Please RSVP to Jana Hutcheson at 415 999-3426 or email at email@example.com and plan to be at the garage by1:30PM
We hope to see you soon!
The APC Board