"If your creative force now turns to the place of the soul, you will see how your soul becomes green and how its field bears wonderful fruit."
Carl Jung, The Red Book P. 142 (Reader's Edition)
We are living in a season of epoch making disruption and upheaval. As significant as the struggles with a global pandemic in the outer world are, it is the degree to which each of us is able to exercise the courage and discernment needed to work through our own inner terrain that will ultimately determine the contours of this moment in history. In this on-line community of Soul Circles, we will explore and creatively engage with three central themes of creative resilience.
There is a difference between falling apart and breaking open. In times like these, we can choose. Even when we are in a season of disruptive archetypal constellations that we cannot control, they do not nullify our self-agency. Breaking open to the suffering, the pain, the grief, allows for the emergence of a creative compassion that ultimately is life giving, like the seed that goes underground and breaks open for new life to emerge.
In seasons of traumatic disruption there is an instinctive reaction to look for something to grab ahold of. Yet in order to experience hope in times of existential uncertainty, one must submit to the paradox of not knowing, of not being able to control all projected outcomes, of letting go. The letting go of a particular outcome is what distinguishes false hope from a hope that is present and alive moment by moment.
It is often in the second half of life, that the individuation process asks women to embark on a journey of engaging with the paradoxical tensions of life, death and re-birth. This often involves a dissolution of ourselves, of our identity as we have shaped it to fit within a patriarchal consciousness and a gradual, often difficult, re-imagining of ourselves back into an existence that recognizes the fullness of who we are rather than contorting ourselves to accommodate a projected emptiness. This process will ask us to reunite with those parts of ourselves that we exiled in order to become the empty containers others needed us to be. This is a coming home to ourselves, learning the art of seeing ourselves whole. In a sense, it is a giving birth to the un-lived self we have carried for so long.
Start Date: May 13th, 2020
Number of Classes: 9
Frequency: 3 Wednesday Sessions/Month for 3 Months
Time: Noon - 1:00 PM EDT
Class Length: 60 Minutes
What You Receive:
- Weekly on-line learning community
- Monthly Deep Dive into a specific theme illuminating the archetypal, psychoanalytical, mythological, spiritual and cultural facets of that theme.
- Creative Resource Guide offering films, books, articles, creative prompts, etc. to further amplify and deepen your engagement with the monthly theme.
- Teaching sessions are recorded for you to watch as often as you'd like
- Weekly experiential process assignments to further integrate the course concepts
- Two weekly 60 minute Soul Circle facilitated sessions that engage in a specific series of questions designed to encourage your engagement with the symbolic language of your own creative unconscious.
- Private on-line forum for sharing and discussion
Reserve Your Seat:
Non-member: $65/month x 3 months
Member: $52/month x 3 months
May 13th, 20th, 27th
June 10th, 17th, 24th
July 8th, 15th, 22nd
The Way to Your Beyond
May 13th, 20th, 27th
Loralee M. Scott, MFA
Wholeness can only emerge from the soil of brokenness. Nature everywhere illustrates this archetypal pattern of life, death and re-birth. Yet, there is an almost instinctual resistance to this breaking process. This is the iconic journey of descent where we are stripped bare, broken open to our core. Here, in this chrysalis of rage and grief, we are dissolved of ourselves. It feels like death and in many ways, it is, but this is purposive death. This is death in service of new life. This month's Soul Circle discussions and creative resource guide will explore this psychic breaking and dissolution of self as a necessary first step in the journey towards wholeness.
Intimations of Hope in a Time of Psychical Suffering
June 10th, 17th, 24th
Sandy Salzillo, LMHC
Over 15 years of my work as a clinician and art therapist in a women's oncology program has confirmed that within the despair of the body, psyche is illuminating a way in the darkness. Working with a life threatening medical diagnosis, mandates redefining inspiration and hope as essential psychological structures which have the potential to inform and transform despair if we have the courage to abandon a falsehood and embrace a hope of transformation and mystery.
In order to experience hope in the face of disease, one must submit to the paradox of not knowing, of not being able to control all projected outcomes, of letting go. The letting go of a particular outcome is what distinguishes false hope from a hope that is present and alive moment by moment. This month's Soul Circle discussions and creative resource guide will explore the letting go of a false hope in order to recognize hope as an inherent psychological structure that can inform and transform despair.
July 8th, 15th, 22nd
Loralee M. Scott, MFA
In his iconic book, Til We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis writes: "How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?” This is an archetypal question. Throughout history different cultures and religions have mandated that women hide their faces or cover their heads. While there are all sorts of religious justifications for this, the reality is that as long as the individual woman's face is hidden, she remains collective woman - not a person in her own right, but a faceless entity who exists to carry whatever is projected onto her. The individuation process asks that we show our faces, that we finally, give ourselves permission to give birth to all those parts of ourselves that have been hidden, kept out of sight. This month's Soul Circle discussions and creative resource guide will help you explore what your creative unconscious is wanting to give birth to in your life.
How Does This Work?
Soul Circles will meet on-line three times each month. Each Circle will be limited to no more than 15 women in order to allow for deeply engaged conversations.
SOUL CIRCLE SESSION ONE
This session will offer a 60 minute live teaching with Loralee or Sandy on a particular theme. Each teaching will illuminate the archetypal, mythological and spiritual roots of that theme as well as offer an exploration of how it manifests in contemporary culture. In addition to the teaching, you will receive a Creative Resource guide that will give you suggestions for books and articles to read, movies to watch and some creative prompts to help you further engage with your own creative unconscious and amplify the ways in which that theme is manifesting in your life.
SOUL CIRCLE SESSIONS TWO AND THREE
Each of the sessions after the teaching session in week one, will offer a 60 minute facilitated conversation with other women using a specific set of questions that have been designed to catalyze your own process of reflection, contemplation and understanding of the symbolic significance of what your creative unconscious is wanting to illuminate for you. Each 60 minute Soul Circle is an opportunity for you to connect with other women and share your thoughts, reflections and creative processing of that month's thematic material.
What Does It Cost?
Each Soul Circle group will run for three months at a time for a total of nine Soul Circle sessions. Registration is just $52/month for Circle Members. This includes the live teaching, the creative resource guide and two one hour Soul Circle meetings each month. (The live on-line teachings will also be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.)
How Do I Reserve My Seat?
You can register easily and quickly on The Sophia Center website. Just click on the link below to go to the shopping cart where you can select which Soul Circle meeting time works best for you and process your registration. Once you are registered, we will e-mail you a confirmation of your seat in the circle.
You will receive the Creative Resource Guide for the first months Soul Circle with your Zoom link for the first teaching session of the month.