on Thursday, April 18 by Dr. Patrick Mahaffey, founding chair and current core faculty of Pacifica’s Myth program, whose bring a talk centered on his latest book Integrative Spirituality: Religious Pluralism, Individuation and Awakening, that has just been published by Routledge. He plans to talk on Individuation and Awakening: Insights from Depth Psychology and Contemplative Yoga, and tells us, “the deepest purpose of human existence has been described by many seekers as Self-realization.” He will explore Jung’s depth psychology and the other in Eastern contemplative traditions, particularly Hindu contemplative traditions sourced by the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras, and the more recent iterations expressed in the teachings of the great sages of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism. The aims of these respective approaches may also be described in psychological terms as individuation and in spiritual discourse as awakening. While the aims and methods of each differ, this presentation investigates how they may be integrated in a way that conjoins soul and spirit, wholeness and freedom, and Western and Eastern modes of inner work.
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