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TRANSFORMING THE DARK DEITY OF TRAUMA: A Passionate Path to the Inner Divine, an evening with Tim Lyons

  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Jung Society Library, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
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An Evening With...

Trauma isn’t just for the unlucky victims in the accident we pass by on the road. The traumatic impact of death, violence, illness and loneliness is a dark deity in the heart of our everyday psychological and biological reality. The compelling fear and darkness of seemingly intractable traumas can become the central theme that patterns and re-patterns our daily lives. In this program we will explore ways to wake the dormant transformational energies within trauma itself. 

The enthralling power of this condition can be overwhelming and petrifying. Strong measures are needed to counteract it. Jung advises, ”I would not rest until amid the pain a light appeared to me, for in excessu affectus [in an excess of affect or passion] Nature reverses herself.”  

How might we arouse a healing passion that actually encourages nature to reverse herself? In each deep trauma there lies a paradoxical matrix, a flow chart of energy, that if recognized, can awaken our own embodied, unique divinity.

Timothy Lyons, LCSW, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice for individuals, couples and families in Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., and Takoma Park, Maryland. He has a post graduate certificate from the Philadelphia Jung Institute and is a frequent presenter at the Jung Society of Washington. His post graduate studies also include infant observation and art therapy and studies in Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, and yoga philosophies. He has completed teacher training in Trul Khor (Tibetan yoga). His earlier career as architect and editor includes articles for the Washington Post and lectures at the Smithsonian Institution.


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