Who I Am I Must Become
To live in this world out of our own creative depths, to be connected to other people, to experience a profound solidity and purpose in the midst of turmoil, to know courage and enthusiasm in the face of fear and inertia, to become conscious agents of change in our world – this kind of life is available to us right now. We already have everything we need to live it.
This seminar provides a container in which we access the wisdom, creativity, and power at our core. Our work will be to dare to know ourselves more fully by reflecting on the images, thoughts, emotions, intuitions, and symptoms that arise in us throughout our time together. The goal of the seminar process is to change the way we see ourselves and our community.
The tools for this self-reflection include:
- A method of exploring experience and text that makes use of open-ended questions. Each person’s responses are encouraged and respected. There is no attempt to forge a consensus.
- The psychological insights of Carl G. Jung.
- The wisdom in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded* in the gospels of Mark. Matthew, Luke, and Thomas. These stories and teachings, interpreted for centuries in traditional ways, will be freshly explored as mirrors that can help us to examine the rich facets, both dark and light, of our own personalities.
- Meditation and silence, as well as individual and group work with music and art materials that can open us up to our depths.
- Breath-work and movement that enable us to become conscious of the body’s innate intelligence.
The aim of the seminar is to teach us the art of self-reflection. This practice is essential if we are to be who we are, and if we are to live consciously and collaboratively in our world.
This seminar meets the qualifications for 40 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
*This seminar is a revisioning of the Basic Records of the Life and Teachings of Jesus.
Credit for above image: NASA's WISE infrared space observatory mission team released this mosaic of the Soul Nebula (a.k.a. the Embryo Nebula, IC 1848, or W5) on April 2, 2010. The Soul Nebula is an open cluster of stars surrounded by a cloud of dust and gas over 150 light-years across and located about 6,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cassiopeia, near the Heart Nebula. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team