An Evening With
“A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. They then dwell in the house next door, and at any moment a flame may dart out and set fire to his own house.” Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections
“The practitioner of the Highest Yoga Tantra is one who can channel into the path of spiritual evolution energies as intense as those of sexual union itself.” Lama Yeshe, The Bliss of Inner Fire
Self Love depends upon our becoming conscious of projections and owning them. In tonight’s presentation we will explore how the alchemy of shadow work and Tantric inner fire practices can produce awareness that inoculates the immune function of the psyche, subtle body, and body from unconscious projection and self-attack. These alchemical processes can guide us on the hero’s journey of intentional individuation and liberation that empowers us to transform exhaustion from the pain of traumatic conflicts and karma into the vital, creative energy of unconditional Self Love.
Jung said “Conflicts create the fire of affects and emotions; and like every fire it has two aspects: that of burning and that of giving light.” It is the unseen energies and the attachment to the appearances in our mind that shape our inner conflicts. Such dualities as love and hate, fear and hope, spirituality and science, fake news and real news, can be incendiary to the psyche and can trigger shadow projections ranging from golden loving ones to the darkest murderous impulses; both result in “repressed individuation.” Patterns of unconscious and contagious negative projections can build an “attachment to the bad object,” and with the golden shadow, to the "good object." These reactive attachments initiate co-dependent relationships that cause inflammation of the psychic immune function. If this stress remains unchecked, it can trigger the body’s auto immune response leaving us more vulnerable to psychic and biological contagions from within and without.
In tonight’s talk we will examine how these conditioned patterns can be refined in the alchemical furnace to produce the “prima materia,” to make the “darkness conscious,” for intentional individuation. Tantric yoga practices dissolve and transform the energies of “appearances” in the inner fire, channeled through the sacred anatomy of the chakras to liberate us to the bliss of clear light. We will consider how these ancient, yet timeless teachings correspond to modern psychoneuroimmunology through conscious breath, nutrition, sleep and exercise. The experience of Self Love is the product of the synthesis of these powerful healing tools that reclaim the energy from our shadows.
Please note: after the program ends at 9:00 PM there will be an extended question and answer discussion for those who would like to participate in this option.
Timothy Lyons, LCSW, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice for individuals, couples and families in Capitol Hill, D.C. and Takoma Park, Maryland. He has a certificate for postgraduate studies from the Philadelphia Jung Institute and is a frequent presenter at the Jung Society of Washington. His postgraduate studies also include infant observation and art therapy. Tim’s work is further enhanced by his studies of Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, yogic philosophies, Hatha yoga and Qi Gong. He has also completed teacher training in Trul Khor (Tibetan yoga). His earlier career as architect and editor includes writing for the Washington Post, and lecturing at the Smithsonian Institution.
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