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Spiritual Democracy, Jung, and the American Psyche

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

$10.00

Zoom Online Lecture: Spiritual Democracy, Jung, and the American Psyche

STEVEN HERRMANN, Ph.D., MFT

Jung described active imagination as a technique for discovering the mythopoetic images hidden in the emotions. Jung modeled this method in his Red Book. A related technique is what Walt Whitman called Vocalism. Poets who have used this method have helped
to articulate what our national myth is in the United States. One of our central myths is “Spiritual Democracy.” Spiritual Democracy is a way to sacred action, whether through political activism, through advocacy for the environment, speaking up in community, art, science, or writing of poetry or prose. In 1921, Jung published Psychological Types, where he included a chapter on the writings of William James, who wrote The Varieties of Religious Experience, our first transnational text on Spiritual Democracy. By this time Spiritual Democracy had emerged in the works of America’s greatest 19th century poets, Whitman, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson. The notion of Spiritual Democracy had been alive in the USA in documents of our founding fathers. Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson all relied upon the Iroquois Treaty of Peace to formulate some of the principles of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

Zoom Online Lecture: Spiritual Democracy, Jung, and the American Psyche

STEVEN HERRMANN, Ph.D., MFT

Jung described active imagination as a technique for discovering the mythopoetic images hidden in the emotions. Jung modeled this method in his Red Book. A related technique is what Walt Whitman called Vocalism. Poets who have used this method have helped to articulate what our national myth is in the United States. One of our central myths is “Spiritual Democracy.” Spiritual Democracy is a way to sacred action, whether through political activism, through advocacy for the environment, speaking up in community, art, science, or writing of poetry or prose. In 1921, Jung published Psychological Types, where he included a chapter on the writings of William James, who wrote The Varieties of Religious Experience, our first transnational text on Spiritual Democracy. By this time Spiritual Democracy had emerged in the works of America’s greatest 19th century poets, Whitman, Herman Melville, and Emily Dickinson. The notion of Spiritual Democracy had been alive in the USA in documents of our founding fathers. Washington, Franklin, and Jefferson all relied upon the Iroquois Treaty of Peace to formulate some of the principles of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

In the lecture, Steven will discuss the background of this idea in Native American history, shamanism, and 19th century American poetry.

Steven Herrmann, Ph.D., MFT, is an analyst member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco with a private practice in Oakland, CA. He is the author of Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward.
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Date:
October 10
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
$10.00
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Zoom

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Rich Ryan
Phone:
505-670-3470