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In Service to the Inexplicable and Paradoxical [LECTURE]

By Jeffrey Kiehl

April 12 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm MDT

$20.00 – $30.00 regular or with CEUs

The spirit of the depths took my understanding and all my knowledge and placed them at the service of the inexplicable and the paradoxical.
—C.G. Jung (The Red Book, p. 229)

Our world is being torn apart by tremendous oppositional forces, be they political, social, financial, or environmental. Opposites abound accompanied by fears of increasing polarization and disintegration. Jung’s view of psyche is rooted in an appreciation of opposites and the roles they play in life. Jung found that creatively embracing life’s ‘inexplicable and paradoxical’ nature leads to wholeness and a more soulful connection to the world. In this presentation I explore Jung’s work on understanding the paradoxical nature of opposites and how we can apply this understanding to living in balance with ourselves and the world around us. To do so requires us to engage with transrational ways of knowing. I consider various dimensions of ‘extraordinary’ knowing that influenced Jung’s view of psyche and our relationship with the world. I describe how synchronicity creatively complements a purely rational worldview placing us in service to the paradoxical.

The Saturday workshop, “An Alchemical Journey,” explores the paradoxical dimensions of alchemy. Alchemy is an ancient art that recognizes the deep, subtle interconnectedness between psyche and the material world. Jung realized that our coming to wholeness is mirrored in alchemy and its varied stages of color and transformative processes. In this workshop, I use alchemical images to take us on a journey of transformation, and, along the way, explain the psychological dimensions of alchemical processes. I will show how we can use alchemical images to deepen our experience of the manifold dimensions of psyche and sacredness of the world.

JEFFREY KIEHL, PhD, is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst and senior training analyst for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, which provides a Jungian perspective on climate change. He has also published articles on US Cultural Complexes and Climate ChangeThe Green Man and Climate Change and The Nature of Uncertainty/The Uncertainty of Nature. Jeffrey’s interests include the relationship between psyche & matter, alchemy, and consciousness studies. Jeffrey has presented on these topics at national and international conferences. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

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In Person Location

Santa Fe Friends Meeting Hall

505 Camino De Los Marquez
Santa Fe, NM

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