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The C. G. Jung Society of Queensland
October publicity (Tacey)



The C.G. Jung Society of Queensland presents two events with


Internationally renowned Jungian writer and lecturer

Lecture: Jung, Spirituality and the New Age

WHEN: Thursday 3 October 2002, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

WHERE: Auditorium F 1.12, Australian Catholic University, 53 Prospect Rd, Mitchelton

COST: Members and Concession $10, Non-members $15

Seminar-Workshop: Psychotherapy and Spirituality

WHEN: Saturday 5 October 2002, 10 am to 4 pm

WHERE: The Chapel of the Australian Catholic University, 53 Prospect Rd, Mitchelton

                COST: Members $60,  Nonmembers $70 Concession (with student or pensioner card): $50


Psychotherapy: Is it about care of the ordinary self (as in ego), or care of the inner or true self (or soul)?

Psycho-therapy literally means care of the soul, and yet psychotherapy began as a secular pursuit, not with religious content or direction. In recent years, we have seen psychotherapy and spirituality brought together, and witness an enormous amount of international discussion and research on the spiritual dimensions of therapy, and the therapeutic elements of spirituality. This workshop will explore the tensions and commonalities between three crucial elements of human experience: religion, psychotherapy, and spirituality. Religion in the West claims to be about transcending the self, while psychology in the West is about developing the self, realising its potentials, attending to personal relationships, and fulfilling personal needs. The directions of religion and psychology seem to be contradictory: self-overcoming versus self-fulfilment. Religion accuses psychology of being narcissistic or obsessed with self, whereas psychology accuses religion of being out of touch with reality, and caught in avoidance and denial mechanisms. It is here that spirituality works to resolve this bitter contradiction. Spirituality agrees with psychology that the self has to be developed and attended. However, spirituality agrees with religion that the self has to be overcome in the interests of transcendence. Spirituality shows the way to transcendence, not beyond or in denial of self, but in and through the self. Of central importance to our dilemmas is a new idea of self, one that includes transcendent dimensions, so that self-overcoming is viewed paradoxically as an activity of the self that achieves wholeness and full development.

Dr David Tacey is Associate Professor and Reader in Arts and Critical Enquiry, at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He teaches courses on contemporary spirituality, literature, and the psychology of religion, and is the author of five books and seventy published essays on spirituality and culture. He also teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. His most recent book is Jung and the New Age, London, Brunner-Routledge, 2001. Other books include ReEnchantment: the New Australian Spirituality, Sydney: Harper Collins, 2000, Remaking Men: Jung, Spirituality, and Social Change, London and N.Y. Routledge, 1997, Edge of the Sacred Melbourne: Harper Collins, 1995 and Patrick White: Fiction and the Unconscious, Oxford, 1988 His next book, to be released in September is Rising Waters of the Sacred: The Spirituality Revolution, Sydney, HarperCollins, 2002. He is an interdisciplinary scholar who works in several fields of knowledge. His main interest is the recovery of meaning in the contemporary world.

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