Topics: Shadow and Evil.
Angels, Demons and Spirit Possession: New Perspectives on the Collective Unconscious and the Daimonic
This workshop seeks to help in understanding the nature and dynamics of the collective unconscious in our personal and spiritual lives. At the turn of the nineteenth century, most European intellectuals were smugly declaring the end of belief in spirits and angels and declaiming all other paranormal spiritual phenomena. As the twentieth century gives way to the new millennium, we find that – instead of the predicted rise of the “secular city” – we are experiencing a profound renewal of paranormal and spiritual phenomena, and many expect this trend to intensify even further in the next few years.
In this workshop Dr. Moore gives an overview of current spiritual phenomenology to help us grasp the present situation in spiritual experience and practice, then turn to Jung’s psychology to help us understand it. Prominent consideration will be given to Jung’s differentiation between personal psychological contents which should be integrated, and the phenomenon of the “spirit complex,” which by its very nature cannot and should not be brought into the inner precincts of the self. Also examined is the current interest in angels, channeling, spirit possession, and other forms of paranormal spiritual phenomena by using Jung’s psychology as an interpretive tool. The workshop concludes with an exploration of the ways in which these phenomena raise questions about current dominant paradigms in philosophy and science.
Dr. Robert Moore (1942-2016) was Distinguished Service Professor of Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Spirituality in the Graduate Center of the Chicago Theological Seminary where he was the Founding Director of the new Institute for Advanced Studies in Spirituality and Wellness. An internationally recognized psychoanalyst and consultant in private practice in Chicago, he served as a Training Analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and was Director of Research for the Institute for Integrative Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Chicago Center for Integrative Psychotherapy. Author and editor of numerous books in psychology and spirituality, he lectured internationally on his formulation of a neo-Jungian psychoanalysis and integrative psychotherapy. His publications include THE ARCHETYPE OF INITIATION: Sacred Space, Ritual Process and Personal Transformation; THE MAGICIAN AND THE ANALYST: The Archetype of the Magus in Occult Spirituality and Jungian Psychology, and FACING THE DRAGON: Confronting Personal and Spiritual Grandiosity.
Ⓟ 1997 CG Jung Institute of Chicago.