05oct(oct 5)7:00 pm(oct 5)7:00 pmEvent OverMildred Harris Lecture - "Natural Cycles, Natural Symbols: Individuation as Ecology"with Melanie Starr CostelloCurtis Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
FREE for Members and Non-Members By aligning psycho-spiritual maturation with the natural process, our program envisages individuation as a path that embraces the inextricable relationship between life and death principles, and
FREE for Members and Non-Members
By aligning psycho-spiritual maturation with the natural process, our program envisages individuation as a path that embraces the inextricable relationship between life and death principles, and assents to Creation as mystery. We will confront dominant cultural constructs that alienate us from the body and obstruct psyche’s connection with the non-human world. In hopes of redress, we will construct an alternative model of consciousness, envisaging a nature-based symbolic attitude that reconnects us with our roots in nature—conjoining mind, soul, and cosmos.
In Friday’s lecture, Dr. Costello will demonstrate how our environmental crisis and our collective fear of death stem from the same ideological root. She will discuss our fear of change and our fear of loss—anxieties that stymie the spirit and inhibit growth. She will explore how changes in our bodies and in our life circumstances may be harnessed as a motive force for reconnecting us to our roots in nature, opening us to mystery, and honing our intentions in regard to self, others, and our work in the world.
Bio: Melanie Starr Costello, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, historian, and senior Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute-Zurich and earned her doctorate in the History and Literature of Religions from Northwestern University. She formerly served as Assistant Professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, was a Trustee for the Consortium for Psychoanalytic Research in Washington, D.C. and is currently Director of Education for the Jungian Analysts of Washington, a member of the Board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York and a training analyst for the C. G. Jung Institute-Zurich. Dr. Costello has taught and published on the topics of psychology and religion, medieval spirituality, aging and clinical practice. Her study of the link between illness and insight, entitled Imagination, Illness and Injury: Jungian Psychology and the Somatic Dimensions of Perception, is published by Routledge Press.
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011