Dreams and the Eclipse of God:
How Personal Complexes and Personal Meaning
Often Silence the Archetypal Message in Dreams and Life
A daylong workshop led by
Michael Conforti, PhD
Saturday, October 24, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
To pray is to dream in league with God — Abraham Joshua Heschel
We long for and are terrified to hear the voice of God. This voice provides such an honest commentary and reflection on how we are living and an intimation of a destiny waiting in potentia. So, too, is there an all-too-human need to silence this voice. It is in God’s warning to not make “graven images,” and Rabbi Heschel’s frustration with our attempts to build a religion out of our personal preferences both speaks to the archetypal tendency to look away from God and the Self and in its place to totemize personal needs and conscious biases. Our collective, modern approach to dreams captures this eternal struggle to clearly listen to and act in accordance with the wisdom of the Psyche, and our denial of these messages.
The dream reveals a truth about life and an inherent meaning not to be muted by individual perception and consciousness. Often the dream’s a priori, archetypal meaning is eclipsed by our personal complexes and reactions to it, thus rending what is sacred and eternal to the secular and profane. This program will speak to the relationship between the archetypal and personal meaning of dream images, and the symbolic representation of archetypal and personal complexes in dreams and our associations to them. Dreams from clinical practice, the Bible, and from historical figures will be presented to illustrate this theme.
Michael Conforti, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, author, and founder/ director of the Assisi Institute. He is the author of Field, Form, and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature & Psyche, Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings, and the forth–coming Hidden Presence: Complexes, Possessions, and Redemption.
Saturday, October 24th, 2015: 10:00 am–4:00 p.m.
To be held at the C.G. Jung Foundation
28 East 39th Street, New York City
Workshop Fee: Foundation Members/Students: $55; General Public: $70
Register online at http://www.cgjungny.org/w/workshops87.html#conforti
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