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The Myths of Belief: A Lecture and Workshop with Dennis Slattery, Ph.D.

Lecture: Friday, September 24th, 2021 at 7:00pm

Workshop: Saturday, September 25th from 10:00am-4:00pm

CEUs are available

Lecture: “The very existence of a belief has in itself the reality of a psychic fact.” C. G. Jung, Psychology and Religion, par. 377)

The last several years have called into question what comprises the reality we are asked to believe in. Dennis Slattery, PhD, will lead us to explore the intimate connection between myth and belief and question some of the following: Does a belief take shape from within the personal myth we are cultivating? How much of our own identity is implicated in what we believe? Where did one or two of our beliefs have their origin? How do our beliefs serve us as we continue our journey towards individuation? What might be necessary for a strongly-held belief to be modified or change? What makes us cling to certain beliefs? What is taking place regarding our national myth and the beliefs that give it solidity?

Riting Retreat: “Even though mythology may not be “true” in the sense that a mathematical law or a physical experiment is true, it is still a serious subject for research and contains quite as many truths as a natural science”; (Jung On Christianity, p. 129.)

We will work some of the related areas on belief, prejudice, assumptions, hunches, intuitions and other ways we use to create, defend, debunk, and understand more deeply the nature of reality that we have adopted as our path in life. We will also explore what individuals find that they continue to hang on to even though one no longer believes it. Please have a journal for writing cursively rather than on a computer, if possible. If your computer is a necessity, by all mean, use it.

There will be a series of meditative prompts to guide you into the topic. We will keep riting periods to approximately 20 minutes. There will be time for those of you who would like to share all or part of your writing, be it a poem or prose, with others.

Schedule for Lecture and Saturday Workshop with Dennis Slattery, PhD

Friday, September 24th, 2021 at 7:00pm – Lecture: Slattery will speak for about an hour, with some time near the end for general discussion and Q&A. Cost: $15 (non-members), $10 (members), $8 (students).

Saturday, September 25th from 10:00am-4:00pm – Writing and Meditation Workshop. Cost: $100 (non-members), $75 (members), $60 (students). (Purchase of a workshop ticket includes admission to the Friday lecture).

About the Presenter

Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. has taught for the past 53 years, the last 27 in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California. He is the author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of 31 volumes, including 7 volumes of poetry and one coauthored novel, with Charles Asher. Current titles include From War To Wonder: Retrieving Your Personal Myth Through Homer’s Odyssey and An Obscure Order: Reflections on Cultural Mythology (2020). He is gathering and editing a series of essays for a volume entitled Mything Links: The Subtle Wisdom of Stories. He has also written over 200 articles in newspapers, magazines, journals, on-line publications and other sources. www.dennispatrickslattery.com

Exploring the Stages of Individuation and Meditation

with Daniel Whiteside

Friday, October 22, 2021

7:00 -9:00 p.m. via Zoom

Daniel Whiteside, a Jung Society of Austin Board Member, will give a talk about the theoretical and practical connections between the modern mindfulness revolution and the process Jung described as Individuation. What does it mean to become an individual? How can meditation help us gain insight into the process of becoming a whole person? 

Carl Jung said “Individuation means becoming an ‘in-dividual,’ and, in so far as ‘individuality embraces our innermost, last, and incomparable uniqueness, it also implies becoming one’s own self. We could therefore translate individuation as ‘coming to selfhood’…” –C.G. Jung, Two Essays in Analytical Psychology 

We might naturally then ask, what is meant by self and how do we come closer to it? This is a question that underpins both Jungian psychology and eastern contemplative traditions. This talk will explore this central question as well as the techniques that Jungians and meditators use for their investigations. Participants will be invited to take part in specific meditation techniques, journaling prompts, and have a chance to ask questions.

About the Presenter

Daniel Whiteside is a mindfulness coach, mathematics educator, and small business owner in Austin, TX. He is an avid meditator, with a daily practice integrated into his otherwise modern lifestyle. He has been to retreats in the Zen and Mahamudra styles of meditation, and completed training programs with several of the worlds leading meditation teachers. Of particular interest to Daniel is the integration of modern science and the contemplative wisdom imported from the East: finding that perfect balance of matter and mind.