Embracing Limit: Finding the Psycho-Spiritual Center of Mid-life

Speaker: Schmidt, Bill
Product Code: Schmidt-FD2011-3-3GP
Availability: Available

William S. Schmidt, PhD. 38 minutes. Video & Audio Download.

Topics: Active Imagination, CG Jung, Midlife, Religion & Spirituality.

Embracing Limit: Finding the Psycho-Spiritual Center of Mid-life

William (Bill) Schmidt explores the inevitability of limit experiences as life’s invitation toward transformation.  Within our so-called problems lies the seed of future wholeness.  How then might such limit be met?

Carl Jung’s Red Book stands as an exemplar of a radical willingness to enter into disintegration for a purpose yet unknown.  Whether seen as a model, or perhaps even a paradigm, we have much to learn from Jung’s path of expansion of heart, of consciousness, of the life-vision itself. Ann Ulanov offers us a deeply relevant analysis of Jung’s experiences, toward which I intend to provide further Spiritual reflections with personal and communal life-applications. 

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The symposium Surviving Turbulent Times: Reflections on Mid-Life and Jung’s Red Book includes the following lectures:

  1. The Red Book and Our Unlived Life - Ann Ulanov, PhD
  2. The Red Book: A Perplexing Guide; How do We Make Sense Of It - Rose Holt, MA
  3. Embracing Limit: Finding the Psycho-Spiritual Center of Mid-life - William Schmidt, PhD
  4. The Transformational Power of The Red Book - George Hogenson, PhD
  5. Panel Discussion moderated by Mary Dougherty, MFA, ATR, NCPsyA


William S. Schmidt, PhD
is an Associate Professor of the Institute of Pastoral Studies of Loyola University Chicago. He was the Graduate Program Director at IPS for degrees in both Pastoral Counseling and Spirituality for over ten years. He is a Diplomate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and Editor of the Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health (Taylor and Francis/Routledge). His research interests include the interface of Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality. His specific current focus addresses the theme of contemporary Pilgrimage as a resource for personal growth, transformation, and healing.

© 2011 William Schmidt
℗ 2011 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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