Is it dangerous and foolhardy to offer a seminar on trouble? Should we beware of what will be stirred up? Who wakes up in the morning assuming trouble is something to look forward to?
We buy insurance; we make plans for disasters; we anticipate worst case scenarios; we learn to put on character armor as children to cope with troubling parents; we become vigilant for psychological trouble. The natural attitude is to keep trouble away.
Still, we must ask, What is the unknown presence that troubles us? What does trouble want? What does trouble need from us?
For Jesus the kingdom of God is trouble. For Jung the individuation impulse is trouble. Yet both these paths are a way to authenticity, to consciousness, to deep beauty.
Let him who seeks, not cease seeking until he finds, and when he finds, he will be troubled, and when he has been troubled, he will marvel and he will reign over the All.
Gospel of Thomas, logia 2
The shadow troubles our self-image, and the trickster troubles our best-laid plans. It is said the truth will set you free, but first it will trouble you profoundly. We sleep and our sleep is troubled by dreams. We have a choice: either to be victims of trouble, or to face the challenge of trouble. How might trouble lead us to Beauty and open us to truth?
In this seminar we will seek to face the inevitable gravity of trouble, to learn its inner necessity and to know its hidden secrets for making what is beautiful of soul manifest. The wisdom of Jesus, the Greek myth of Odysseus, the soul-centered psychology of Wolfgang Giegerich, and most especially our personal experience will guide our exploration.
The seminar process uses a modified Socratic method to guide group discussion. We honor the dignity of each individual to express their truth and move at their own pace. We utilize meditation, expressive arts, music, body movement and awareness, and silence to deepen our work.
Please include a letter stating why you wish to attend and any pertinent information about prior study and experience around spiritual issues.
This seminar meets the qualifications for 30 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approved provider #PCE 1829. Please include an additional $15 for the CEU certificate.
- Learn aspects of Jungian work on the psychological implications of life's troubles.
- Explore the importance of accessing the unconscious in order to process the buried, complex feelings related to the inevitable suffering of daily life.
- Explore and practice psychological thinking.
- Use art expression, body awareness and imagination as ways to dialogue with energies present in the self and in the world.
Sat, 07/11/2015 - 11:00am - Sun, 07/19/2015 - 1:30pm
Four Springs, Middletown CA.
Hal Childs, PhD, MFT and Patricia
Calcagno Stenger, MA, MFT
$1,485 seminar fee. An additional nonrefundable deposit of $50 is due with registration.