The Healing Potential of Sophia Consciousness in the Wake of the Unimaginable

with

Demaris Wehr, Ph.D.

Saturday, April 24th

Holding on to Truthful Connection in a World Gone Awry

 

Recent research has shown that staying connected to our own souls and to others helps minimize the after-effects of even the most horrendous forms of trauma. In other words, it is not just the traumatic situation with its double binds and inner and outer terrorism that traumatizes, but the aloneness that many survivors experienced when going through the trauma. In this session, we will examine the power of truthful connection to help keep us grounded during chaos and trauma.

 

Saturday, May 1st

The Power of Healing Circles - Rituals of Healing and Transformation

 

Women know in their bones the power of healing circles. The Bosnian clinicians I interviewed instinctively created healing circles and rituals that reframed the babies of rape into "gifts from God," thus challenging the entire patriarchal and feminine-killing nature of the war raging around them. In this session, we will hear their stories and do some healing exercises the two clinicians shared with me. These are rituals they made up on the spot, completely instinctive, and amazingly on target.

 

 

Saturday, May 8th

Betrayal and Forgiveness - Giving Ourselves the Gift of Seeing

 

Before we can forgive, we need to understand what forgiveness is and is not. Many of us have an inner resistance to forgiveness for many reasons, which we will explore. In this session we will explore the relationship of our ego ideal to betrayal and victim identity and the ways in which forgiveness makes room for integration and transformative growth. We will hear Vahidin's remarkable story of going color blind when he hated God and the Serbs, and how his color sight was restored to him when he "made up with God" (his words) and when he realized that not all Serbs are bad. Vahidiin's definition of forgiveness is "unburdening myself." We will reflect on ways in which we may want to unburden ourselves too.

The Two Wings of Sophia:

Wisdom & Knowledge in Analytical Psychology

with Ursula Wirtz, Ph.D.

Saturday, May 15th

Wisdom and Knowledge: The Two Wings of Sophia

 

Looking at the legend and symbolism of the midwifes at the virgin birth, we explore a paradigm shift in relation to the spirit of the time -knowledge based exclusively on reason-and the spirit of the depth-inner subjective experience as a cornerstone of wisdom.

 

Saturday, May 22nd

The Archetype of Sophia: Reflections on Feminine Wisdom

 

Sophia, the repressed image of the Divine in the scriptures: who is she, what is her function and what claim does she make on us today? Can her message assist us in reaching our authentic self and healing our collective wounds?

 

Saturday, May 29th 

In Search of Wisdom East and West: Guanyin(Kannon) encountering Sophia

 

Sophia and Guanyin are embodiments of a spiritual principle that connects us with the highest values that lie within us. They are vessels of transformation, awakening us to see with the eye of the heart.

 

Saturday, June 5th

Sophia in Analytical Psychology: Individuation as a Wisdom Path

 

C.G.Jung believed in the wisdom of the unconscious, our capacity for creativity, growth and awareness. The healing process of analysis and the search for meaning in turbulent times can be seen as an evolutionary process of developing wisdom.

Number of Classes:  7

Class Duration:  60 Minutes

Live Class Times:

Saturdays,

11:00 AM - Noon EDT

April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th,

May 22nd, May 29th, June 5th

All Sessions will be recorded for your viewing convenience

Tuition:  $185

Circle Members 20% Discount = $148

Faculty:

Demaris Wehr, Ph.D.

Demaris Wehr, Ph.D., is the author of Jung and Feminism: Liberating Archetypes: (Routledge) and Making It Through: Bosnian Survivors Share Stories of Trauma, Truth and Transcendence (Chiron). She taught Psychology and Religion at Swarthmore, Harvard Divinity School and The Episcopal Divinity School. She began practice as a Jungian therapist in 1993. She, and her late husband, Jungian analyst, David Hart, had a joint practice in Dialogue Therapy. Demaris is a core faculty member and Educational Advisor of The Sophia Center.

Ursula Wirtz, Ph.D.

Ursula Wirtz, PhD, has a doctorate in literature and philosophy from the University of Munich, graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute Zurich and works as a clinical and anthropological psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice. She is the author of Trauma and Beyond: the Mystery of Transformation (Routledge) as well as numerous publications on sexual violence, ethics and the interface of psychotherapy and spirituality. She is a training analyst, supervisor and faculty member of ISAP Zurich. She is a core faculty member and Psychoanalytical Advisor for The Sophia Center.

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