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Psyche and the Given Earth

February 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm MST

pacha mama


Dr. TePaske’s presentation offers four segments on our depth psychological relationship with our planetary environment. The focus of tonight’s lecture is “Pacha Mama: Reflections of Eros in Nature.” While Pacha Mama is indigenous to the Andes and Amazonia, an initial sense of her nature is conveyed in biblical passages such as Wisdom in the 8th Chapter of Proverbs who fashions the world and in the Apocryphal book, Wisdom, where she possesses knowledge of solstices, the nature of wild animals, the virtue of roots, and permeates all things. We’ll see her on a Russian altar, recognize her in Hildegard of Bingen’s notion of “greening” via the Holy Spirit and again as the Gnostic Sophia of whose body Earth itself is composed. A pagan image of Phanes’ cosmogonic birth will vividly reflect the interior luminosity of the body so essential to the emergence of an erotic worldview and the individuation process. All this en route to meeting Pacha Mama in South America with the visual assistance of folk paintings by Alfonso and Julio Toaquitza of the Tigua Valley of Ecuador and the master of ayahuasca visionary painting of Peru, Pablo Amaringo.

Three related topics will be addressed: “Ecological Holism in Alexander von Humboldt and C.G. Jung” will contrast their scientific and intuitive modes of discovery; “Our Archetypal Eye: Wellspring of Art and Imagination,” will treat the retina, the scintillae, active imagination and non-ordinary states of consciousness; and the day will culminate with “Imaginal Graphics, the artwork and personal reflections of Brad TePaske, MFA,” on a lifelong devotion to psyche and Nature. All segments will be colorfully highlighted by key dreams, experiences of the genius loci, adventures afield, a jaguar video and fabulous rainforest birds.

Seminar Objectives

Participants will work more capably with client experiences of archetypal materials in fantasy, dream, psychosomatic and synchronistic phenomena.

Participants will grasp the Earth-historical depth and implication of Holism through a review of paradigmatic contributors to holistic theory: Goethe, von Humboldt, Jung, Grof and Robert M. Hazen.

Participants will develop essential intuitive, clinical, aesthetic and religious awareness of the mirroring in all Nature through exploring the phenomena of sight and light, retina and scintillae.

Participants will recognize the multicultural and ethical importance kindred imagery of Origins sprung from cultures diverse as Judaism and Amazonian shamanism.

Bradley A. TePaske, Ph.D., PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles trained at the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich (1978-82), a scholar of Gnosticism, Graeco-Roman Mystery Religions and Shamanism, and an accomplished artist trained at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Rape and Ritual: A Psychological Study (1984), Sexuality and the Religious Imagination (2008), and a contributor to The Sacred Heritage: The Influence of Shamanism on Analytical Psychology (1997). An ardent environmentalist immersed in the Earth sciences, he divides his time between analytic work and art in Pacific Palisades, California.

[Brad comes from the small town of Sioux Center in northwest Iowa where he developed a life-long bind with the natural world.  His interests include tropical birding, paleontology, evolutionary biology and the earth sciences generally.]

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Admission for this program is open until Friday, February 12th at 4pm.

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A video recording link to this program will be emailed to participants within 3 business days of the event.



February 13, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm MST
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