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MYSTIC HEART, SACRED EARTH

  • Monday, September 21, 2015
  • 7:30 PM
  • Monday, November 16, 2015
  • 9:30 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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5 Alternate Mondays, Beginning September 21

(9/21, 10/5, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23)


Reading Course

Melanie Starr Costello


Reading works authored by three spiritually gifted writers of the twentieth century, we will investigate diverse mystical spiritualities in their relations with the non-human world. We begin with a work of fiction: Platonist theologian and novelist Charles William's The Place of the Lion, a mystery featuring a sudden melding of spiritual and natural realms. The work will facilitate a discussion of the influence of Platonic philosophy upon the Western psyche as we compare Jung's concept of the archetype to Plato's theory of Forms.


Then moving to a nature-based perspective, we will read the stunningly beautiful "mystical nature diary" of Opal Whiteley, a spiritually gifted child raised in a logging community in early 20th century Oregon. We finish with essays by eco-theologian Thomas Berry, calling us to re-envision humanity's place in evolution -- the process through which the Divine reveals itself. Relevant passages from Jung will be assigned as our inquiry unfolds. For questions regarding course content you may contact Dr. Costello at drmscostello@gmail.com.


Readings: Charles Williams, The Place of the Lion, Regent College Publishing, 2003. Opal Whiteley and Benjamin Hoff, The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: The Mystical Nature Diary of Opal Whiteley, Penguin Books, 1986. Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Thomas Berry: Selected Writings on the Earth Community, Orbis Books, 2014


Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, historian, and Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. She earned her doctorate in the History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. A former Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Dr. Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, mystical spirituality, aging, and clinical practice. Her study of the link between illness and insight, entitled Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception, is published by Routledge press.

OUR MISSION

The Jung Society of Washington is dedicated to nourishing the human spirit and to serving the longing that comes to us in our dreams and in moments of hardship, imagination, struggle, and creativity.  We support the exploration of our own psychic depths and the primal impulse for personality integration that Dr. Carl Gustav Jung called "individuation".  With a psychological lens, we deepen the discussion of social issues, history, and current events.  We encourage the development of greater self-awareness and creative expression—individually, in relationships, and within the community. 

JUNG SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON
5200 Cathedral Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20016
CALL: 202-237-8109
EMAIL: jungsociety@jung.org

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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DIRECTIONS
BY CAR: From MacArthur Blvd., turn east (away from the Potomac River) onto Cathedral at the light between Loughboro and Arizona. 


BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: D6 bus line.
Parking is available in the streets.
Entrance to the Jung Society library and office is from the side street, Hawthorne Place.


The Jung Society of Washington is a nonprofit educational institution. Although many of the Jung Society's programs involve analytical psychology and allied subjects, these offerings are intended, and should be viewed, as a source of information and education, and not as therapy. The Jung Society does not offer psychoanalytical or other mental health services.
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