A Kairos Moment in an Archetypal Cosmos

1 hour 25 minutes



This talk is part of the 2018 Founders’ Day Symposium, Chaos, Complexity, Creativity. Purchase the symposium for 30% off individual titles!

A Kairos Moment in an Archetypal Cosmos

Our civilization, and indeed the Earth community itself, seems to be facing a threshold of fundamental transformation that bears a striking resemblance to what takes place on the individual level in initiatory rites of passage, near-death experiences, spiritual crises, and critical stages of what Jung called the individuation process. Can we find a place of equilibrium, an eye in the storm, from which we can engage this time of intense polarization and radical change? And in such an era of transition, what is the role of “heroic” communities, such as Jungian associations, which carry principles and perspectives that run counter to the mainstream modern world view? To help us navigate this threshold of transformation, we need multiple perspectives and sources of insight. In this talk Richard Tarnas will draw on depth psychology and archetypal astrology, philosophy, religion, and cultural history to glimpse a larger context for both understanding and action.

Audio: An audio mp3 of the talk is included in this download.



Tarnas, Richard

Richard Tarnas, PhD is the founding director of the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies.  He teaches courses in the history of ideas, archetypal studies, depth psychology, and religious evolution.  He frequently lectures on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and was formerly the director of programs and education at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern widely used in universities. His second book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network, and is the basis for the upcoming documentary film Changing of the Gods.  He is a past president of the International Transpersonal Association and served on the Board of Governors for the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.



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