CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS for FEBRUARY 2022:

NEXT BOOKS:  Martin Buber’s “I and Thou” followed by “Tales of the Hasidim”

 

This is a bi-weekly/twice-monthly facilitated study group, meeting via Zoom, open to anyone who would like explore archetypal literature in the spaces between depth psychology and mysticism in a supportive, inclusive, non-dogmatic setting.

The Spirit and Purpose of this Group

Together we may read and discuss the works of authors such as Hillman, Mindell, Castaneda, Levine, Huxley, Merton, Jung, Eckhart, Pinkola-Estes, Deloria Jr., Gurdjieff, Fanny Brewster, Barbara Holmes, Howard Thurman – and many others that may emerge.

I take thorough notes when I read to assure I am understanding the author’s position, I also use my marginalia and note taking to explore related ideas from other models and disciplines and identify commonalities from my own experience and previous studies. I distribute those notes to group members after each session.

Some of these texts will be new, or as good as new, to me as well  – and I am looking forward to unpacking them together, speaking the notes I scribble in the margins out-loud. We will both plumb these writings for wisdom, and challenge their biases as we encounter them. I like to argue with books, repurpose and refine what is useful, discard what feels obsolete or distorted, and occasionally surrender to them when they defeat my skepticism with truths that I may be resistant to. For me, reading psychological theory, mystical theologies, and esoterica is like Jacob wrestling with the angel –  I hope that both myself and the ideas will be refined, confronted and transformed by the end of the encounter: Thursday July 22nd.

Who can walk into unknown woods and head directly for the other side? Wandering for a spell sometimes makes the journey even more exciting.

~Vine Deloria Jr., The Metaphysics of Modern Existence

 

Meeting Day/Times:  Alternate Thursdays 5:00pm Pacific, 6:00pm Mountain, 7:00pm Central, 8:00pm Eastern

Next Book Starting/New Members Welcome:  February 2022

Fees: To respect my energies and cover my costs, I am asking participants to consider a weekly  “pay-what-you-can” donation based on their individual financial circumstances. I imagine a “standard” fee of $25 for those who are financially secure enough to afford that. For those in financial abundance, a larger donation will help to provide for those experiencing financial hardship. What you donate will be based on your own assessments of your budget and the value of the group and my facilitation, on the honor system.

Membership:  I will cap membership for the group at fifteen members. I am open to opening a second section if there is sufficient interest. There will be natural exit and entrance points to bring in new members as we start new books.

If Zoom attendance is not feasible for you depending on the finalized day and time, you are welcome to consider my online subscription Seminar essay series – where I am currently working through and sharing my thoughts and notes on Jung’s Seminars, dream by dream.

If you would like to participate: please answer these few questions and return them to me at whatashrinkthinks@yahoo.com. No answers are disqualifying, they are simply so I have sense of who is attending. Spaces will be given out on a first come first serve basis.

 

  1. What drew you to this study? What are your goals? What would you like to receive and offer the group? Is your interest personal, professional, or both?
  2. Do you participate in depth psychological practice as a client or practitioner?
  3. Are you familiar with this body of literature, or is it new to you?
  4. Do you have a regular meditation, prayer, creative, or contemplative practice?
  5. Just for my general information, do you have a sense of what, if any, donation is affordable for you?
  6. What is your racial/ethnic and gender identity?
  7. Is there anything else that you would want me to know about you or your participation in this group?