PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY LECTURE SERIES
Psychology Spirituality Engaged Activism Diversity
Thursday, April 11, 2013 9am - 6 pm in the Cooperage
Join us to hear Dr. Tom Cheetham and Commonweal President Dr. Michael Lerner explore the links between Spirituality and Psychology
Thomas Cheetham, PhD, A Thursday Conference Exploring the Spiritual Imagination in the Work of Henri Corbin, C. G. Jung and James Hillman
Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a visionary Protestant theologian and a ground-breaking scholar and translator of Islamic mysticism. His understanding of the Imagination as the fundamental creative principle in the world is urgently needed in our pluralistic and interconnected global society. Corbin taught in Paris and Tehran and lectured annually at the Eranos Conferences from 1949 to 1978. He was a friend and colleague of C.G. Jung and shared his view of the significance of the active imagination in human life as well as his profound grasp of the importance of alchemy for religious psychology.
Corbin's works have had a lasting impact on a wide variety of scholars of religion, visionary thinkers and artists. James Hillman ranked Corbin, Freud and Jung together as the foundational figures in the development of archetypal psychology. Corbin's great book Alone with the Alone: Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn 'Arabi is a classic initiatory text of visionary spirituality that transcends the tragic divisions among the great monotheisms. His life was devoted to the struggle to liberate the religious imagination from fundamentalisms of every kind. His work marks a watershed in our understanding of religious diversity and makes a profound contribution to psychology, spirituality and liberal theology in the contemporary world.
Tom Cheetham, Ph.D, holds degrees in philosophy and biology. He is the author of four books on Henry Corbin and the implications of his work for our understanding of ourselves and the world. The most recent is All the World an Icon: Henry Corbin and the Angelic Function of Beings. He compiled the Bibliography of Archetypal Psychology for James Hillman's Archetypal Psychology: A Brief Account and is editing On Melancholy, a collection of Hillman's seminars on the meaning of depression in modern society. He has lectured extensively on Corbin's work in Europe and the US. He and his wife have two grown children and live in rural Maine.
Michael Lerner, Ph.D, is president and co-founder of Commonweal in Bolinas, California, whose internationally recogized programs, with their focus on healing and resilience, address health, environmental, educational and justice issues worldwide. The recipient of a McArthur Prize Fellowship for his contributions to public health, Lerner is president of the Jennifer Altman Foundation and the Barbara Smith Fund; co-founder and chair of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, D.C.; past chair of the Consultative Group on Biodiversity; co-founder and chair emeritus of the Health and Environmental Funders Network; and serves on the boards of Global Greengrants in Boulder and the Wildflowers Institute in San Francisco. He is the author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer.
Commonweal's signature programs include the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, an internationally recognized support program for cancer patients, depicted in the documentary, Wounded Healers, part of Bill Moyers' prize-winning PBS series, Healing and the Mind; the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness, offering "Healer's Art" programs in 70 medical schools; the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, engaging 4500 partners in 90 countries in environmental health science dialogue; and The New School at Commonweal, offering free live conversations and podcasts with thought leaders of our time.
Thurs Feb 21, 2013, 1 - 3 pm, Stevenson 3042
Jeremy Taylor, Ph.D., Dream Work -- An Ancient Tradition in Contemporary Times
Dr. Jeremy Taylor is co-founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, and the author of four books on dreams: The Wisdom of Your Dreams; DreamWork: Techniques for Discovering the Creative Power in Dreams; Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill; and The Living Labyrinth. He blends the values of spirituality with an active social conscience and a Jungian perspective.
Friday Sept 23, 2011 | 10 am- 1 pm, The Cooperage
Martin Shaw, The Mythic Imagination and Storytelling
Martin Shaw is a mythologist, storyteller and award-winning wilderness Rites-of-Passage guide. Author of A branch from the lightning tree: Ecstatic myth and the grace in wildness (June 2011 White Cloud Press), he works internationally and is visiting lecturer on Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Leadership Programme at Templeton College, Oxford. Director of the Westcountry School of Myth and Story, he has a weekly blogspot at http://www.theschoolofmyth.blogspot.com . Also see www.schoolofmyth.com and www.martinshawpaintings.com.
Friday Nov 4, 2011
Maureen Murdock, Memoir and Myth
Maureen Murdock, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a depth psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, former Chair and Core Faculty of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and adjunct faculty in the Sonoma State Depth Psychology Program. She is the author of The Heroine's Journey, as well as the newly revised Fathers' Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind; Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; and The Heroine's Journey Workbook; and editor of Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life. She gives lectures and workshops internationally.
This lecture series is a Sonoma State Instructionally Related Activities Program and is free and open to all
Past Presentations in 2010-11
Wednesday Sept 15, 2010 | 12-1 pm Stevenson 3042
Adam Cohen, Ph.D., Arizona State University: There are Many Forms of Culture--Including Religion
Adam Cohen's research interests fuse cultural, social, and personality psychology. He's interested in how religious differences function as cultural differences, affecting domains such as religious identity and motivation, well-being, moral judgment, forgiveness, and the like. He's also interested in applying evolutionary theory to religion.
Friday Oct 1, 2010 | 12 - 1:30 pm Stevenson 1002
Cassandra Light, The Fisher-King: Engagement and Conversation
Cassandra Light is a multi-media artist who founded Way of the Doll, an art school providing a year-long process in sculpture, dream work, ritual and psychological inner work. Author of Way of the Doll, Cassandra's current work focuses on personal development, dream work, conflict resolution, and the healing of Eros in men and women.
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010 | 12-1 pm Stevenson 3042
Richard Miller, Ph.D. The Ease of Being: Embodying Spirituality and Psychology in Everyday Life with Integrative Restoration
Richard Miller, Ph.D., author of Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing, is a psychologist and contemporary teacher of nondualism whose teachings emphasize spiritual awakening and psychological integration. He is co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapy, the founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, and a founding board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology and the Baumann Institute, dedicated to understanding the impact of pure Awareness on well-being. Richard serves as a consultant researching the Yoga Nidra protocol that he’s developed (Integrative Restoration – iRest) with soldiers, veterans, students, kids, the homeless, and people experiencing issues such as PTSD, substance abuse, sleep disorders, and chronic pain. Richard leads retreats worldwide with a focus on enlightened living in daily life.
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 | 12-1 pm Salazar 2016
Starhawk, Rooting Spirit in Nature
Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is also well-known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement; Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery; and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk's newest book is a picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch.
Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 | 12-1 pm Stevenson 3042
Joseph Rowe & Catherine Braslavsky, Music as a Healing Art
Joseph Rowe is a religious scholar, translator, musician and music therapist. He has translated Jean Yves Leloup's work on the Gnostic Gospels of Mary Magdalene, Thomas and Philip, as well as renowned spiritual authors such as Henry Corbin, Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. His theatrical performance for the Braslavsky Ensemble interweave music, poetry and sacred texts. Partly inspired by his study with Bill Douglas, he has developed his own system of exercises called Holorhythm, a synthesis of body movements, vocalizations, percussion, speech, and meditation, which help unlock the gates to deep listening, inner and outer attention, and creativity. He teaches workshops worldwide and sees individual clients in France and abroad.
Catherine Braslavsky is a member of the renowned Braslavsky Ensemble. Her voice has been acclaimed as "transcendent" and "magical." A Paris magazine wrote of her, "Through chant, she plunges to the source, and speaks to us of the very foundations of humanity.
Friday March 4 | 10:30 am - 1 pm Stevenson 1002
Luisah Teish, A Cast of Cowries: Storytelling as Sacred Practice
Luisah Teish is a writer, teacher, performance artist and ritual events consultant. She is the author of a women's spiritual classic, Jambalaya: The natural woman's book of personal charms and practical rituals. She teaches ritual theater, ecomythology and women's rites of passage at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
Monday, April 25 | 1 - 4:30 pm in Stevenson 3042 (seating limited)
Fariba Bogzaran, The Practice of Dream Re-Entry
Thursday April 28 | 10 am - 12 pm Stevenson 3042
Robert Waggoner, Are Lucid Dreamers Encountering an Inner Self?
Robert Waggoner is a lucid dreamer since 1975, and he has logged more than 1,000 lucid dreams. He is the author of Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self; co-editor of the only ongoing publication devoted specifically to lucid dreaming, the online Lucid Dream Exchange. In 2009-10 he hosted a regular program on Iowa Public Radio discussing dreams and lucid dreams, and was consulted by ABC as a dream expert on the movie Inception. Robert is a former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. He speaks internationally and has presented at Iowa State University, University of Washington, Evergreen State College and Sonoma State.
Tuesday May 3 | 12 noon - 1 pm, Stevenson 3042
Daniel Helminiak, Sexuality and Spirituality: Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Integration
Daniel A. Helminiak is Professor in the humanistic and transpersonal Department of Psychology at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches Human Sexuality each semester. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Rome, he holds PhDs in both theology and human development and specializes in the psychology of religion. He is known most widely for the international best seller What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality (1994, 2000) and has authored scores of articles on spirituality and religion and other books, including Spiritual Development (1987), The Human Core of Spirituality (1996), Religion and the Human Sciences (1998), Meditation without Myth (2005), Sex and the Sacred (2006), The Transcended Christian (2007), Spirituality for Our Global Community (2008), and, just completed, "God" in the Brain, an integration of neuroscience, psychology, spiritualogy, and theology. His website is www.VisionsOfDaniel.net.
Friday May 6| 12 - 1 pm in Stevenson 3042 (seating limited)
Erika Rosenberg, Meditation and Emotion: Observations from the Interface of Science, Teaching, Practice
Erika Rosenberg, Ph.D. has been practicing meditation for over 20 years. She teaches meditation courses and workshops for working with emotions in daily life at the Nyingma Institute of Tibetan Studies in Berkeley, and is a researcher at the Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis, where she investigates how intensive meditation affects cognition, emotion, and neurophysiology. She has helped develop a secular compassion- training program with Geshe Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. She recently taught this 8-week compassion-training program at Google and has presented it to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is co-author of Psychology: Making Connections, and co-editor of What the Face Reveals.
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