The Sacred Science Circle www.sacredsciencecircle.org gathers a sacred circle of individuals and groups that honor the “fires” of transformation implicit in all scientific, scholarly, and artistic endeavors. Our mission is to further that profound route to knowing, wisdom and enrichment of being that the confluence of science and the Sacred can bring to us and to our modern world. In pursuing sacred science, the Sacred Science Circle and our partner institution, the Alef Trust, aspire to transform both ourselves and the world.
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Rosemarie Anderson & Les Lancaster, Sacred Science Circle, Co-Directors
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Upcoming 2019 Conferences and Research Events
Studying Archetypal Transference in Jungian Psychoanalysis:
Intuitive Inquiry Case Example
by Zsolt Thomas Deak
In a study investigating archetypal transference in Jungian psychoanalysis, 9 senior Jungian analysts living in California were interviewed using an in-depth, phenomenologically-informed interview protocol. All the interviewed analysts were certified Jungian analysts with 25-50 of experience conducting psychoanalysis.
Archetypal transference was defined as a collective unconscious, archetypal image, or situation that is projected onto the analyst or patient by the other. In addition to reviewing the traditional empirical and theoretical literature on archetypal transference, a review of the literature within worldwide spiritual communities was conducted to examine the possibility that the idealizing transference implicit in the analytic relationship of analyst-patient is rooted in the archetype of the spiritual master-disciple relationship. Thereafter, using the 5 cycles of intuitive inquiry, Deak collected and analyzed interview data, compared his initial and final “lenses” about the topic and formulated his findings into a theory of archetypal transference in Jungian psychoanalysis. The findings suggest that archetypal transference is inevitably present in the analytic relationship even if it is not evident or easy to distinguish from other types of
transference and serves the psychological and spiritual growth of both the analyst and patient. One of the interviewed analysts described his experience like so: “I think [analytic relationship] aligns with a practice of being a healer, having a healing relationship with patients. I was already doing that and I never did that based on theory. I did that on having a relational conversation with the patient. I think that’s one reason why these people call themselves Jungians.”
Zsolt Thomas Deak, Ph.D. is a licensed Jungian psychoanalyst and transpersonal psychologist in Budapest, Hungary where he has been practicing since 2007. Zsolt is a member of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) and serves on the board of directors of the Hungarian C.G. Jung Association for Analytical Psychology. Zsolt lives with his wife and three children in Budapest.
13th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology
As Within, so Without:
Humanistic Psychology, Revolutionary Stewardship, and Global Justice
March 19-22, 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana
Since the vision of humanistic psychology collectively articulated at the Old Saybrook Conference in 1964, humanistic psychology has embraced the notion of becoming fully human. This paradigm has always offered a powerful and meaningful answer to reductionistic approaches to therapy and research. In honoring the ways in which each of us embrace our being in the world, moving from fragmentation into wholeness, and becoming more genuine and authentic, humanistic psychology has restored heart, body, and soul to therapy and to living.
Perhaps current injustices also invite us to embody a more inclusive and expansive vision. Self-development for its own sake is not sufficient. Imposing individualistic Westernized notions of humanness on the rest of the world and rationalizing away the psycho-spiritual and ecological harm incurred in doing so is no longer tolerable. While many languish in invisibility or suffer injustice, none of us can truly be free and whole. Building upon previous endeavors of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, this conference seeks to explore multiple facets of this invitation. What do we do when we realize how intricately interwoven are our lives with those of everyone else, when health and well-being depend so critically on the planet on which we live? How do we honor our responsibility to care for the natural world when we are seemingly hell bent on destroying it (and each other)? The new, or perhaps true revolution of humanistic psychology lies in a notion of stewardship rather than dominion, of global justice rather than “mere” self-awareness.
Conference Website: https://shpconference.com
The Science of Consciousness Conference
April 13-18, 2020
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona
The Science of Consciousness (‘TSC’) is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study of consciousness and its place in the universe. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, biology, quantum physics, meditation, altered states, artificial intelligence/machine consciousness, the nature of reality, culture and experiential phenomenology.
Held annually since 1994, the TSC conference is hosted by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and alternates yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various international locations, most recently Interlaken, Switzerland in June 2019.
The TSC 2020 conference will be held April 13-18, 2020 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, a beautiful eco-lodge in the hills above Tucson, Arizona.
Conference website: http://www.consciousness.arizona.edu
AQUANIMA Training in Romania
with Bernadette Blin and Robert Hirsch
May 27 – 31, 2020
Outside of Bucharest, Romania in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains
In 1991, Bernadette Blin and Francis Lery developed AQUANIMA, a version of Holotropic Breathing adapted to an aquatic environment with heated water. While Bernadette and Francis have passed the torch in 2017 to their students, who are now practicing AQUANIMA in France and internationally, Bernadette and co-facilitator Robert Hirsch, a transpersonal psychiatrist trained in the method, are offering a unique training opportunity to experience AQUANIMA for therapists trained in Holotropic or Transpersonal Breathing and those who would like to discover the power of this work for themselves. This experiential seminar is also a tutorial for those who would like to develop this technique as an adjunct to their Holotropic or Transpersonal Breathwork.
The training session will be held from May 27 – 31, 2019 in English and co-facilitated by a transpersonal psychiatrist trained in this method. They will be assisted by Daciana Tarasi and Constantin Pascu who will host us in a venue that has been specifically designed for this experience near Bucharest in Romania.
Website link: http://www.bernadetteblin.fr/wordpress/nos-activites/seminaires-a-letranger/roumanie
This interdisciplinary and inter-professional conference is designed to bring together a broad range of scholars and practitioners from around the world who have interests in the theory and practice of spirituality.
The conference title reflects the three key elements in the study of spirituality that underpin the work of BASS: Research, Education, Practice. Five internationally-renowned keynote speakers will each highlight what they see as significant aspects of spirituality within their own disciplinary/professional context, including particular challenges to, and opportunities for, the development of research, professional practice and/or education in the field of spirituality.
Parallel sessions will enable participants to showcase their own work in the form of a presentation, workshop or poster. The conference will provide an exciting opportunity for conversations and syntheses across international, academic and professional boundaries in ways that will enhance the future development of the study of spirituality.