Greetings everyone –
We are smack dab in the middle of a protracted liminal zone. The world we once knew before 2020 has dissolved into a distant memory of spontaneity, open-sharing, touching and congregating. And, there is little or no understanding about where the end of this deep valley is, how we are going to remove ourselves from it, or what life will be like once the pandemic is behind us. To date, more than 75,000 Americans have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a mind-numbing statistic that more than anything, has the revealed the structural inequities of our culture as no other phenomenon has ever done. If we are fortunate, the current attempts to return people to work and play will not backfire. However, if our decision-makers have miscalculated the force of the pandemic, we may face months, possibly many months more, of staying at home and social-distancing. We are learning new aspects of the human condition we never realized could be possible.
As a response during the coronavirus pandemic, the Myth Salon has transformed from a home-based salon to a web-based platform with an incredible panel that convenes every other Thursday at 5PM PST to bring the community at no charge a consistent high-quality portfolio of scholars, educators, creative spirits, and people of character to talk about myth, culture, hope, and horizons.
Toward that end, I am particularly excited to announce the upcoming Zoom Web Myth Salon with Dr. Connie Zweig on Thursday May 14 at 5PM PST. Within each of us, the dim cavern of the unconscious holds our forbidden feelings, secret wishes, destructive impulses, and creative urges. Over time, these forces take on a life of their own, forming an intuitively recognizable figure, which Carl Jung called the personal Shadow. A recurring theme in myth and literature, the shadow is like an invisible twin, a stranger that is us, yet not us — Mephistopheles, Mr. Hyde, Darth Vader, Satan. In this Myth Salon, we will explore: how the shadow forms; what happens when we deny the Shadow; what happens when the Shadow acts out; and how to form a more conscious relationship to our shadows, or “romance” them, as Dr. Zweig puts it. Finally, we’ll uncover the “gold in the dark side” in each of us.
Dr. Connie Zweig is a retired therapist, wife and grandma, a former faculty member at Pacifica, a writer, mentor, and a sought-after conference speaker, and meditation practitioner of 50 years. She is author of Meeting the Shadow, Romancing the Shadow, Meeting the Shadow of Spirituality, and the novel A Moth to the Flame, The Life of Sufi Poet Rumi. She is currently completing The Inner Work of Age: How to Shift from Role to Soul.
The Myth Salon Panelists
Dr. Dana White: producer, contributing faculty – Pacifica, co-founder and host – the Myth Salon
Dr. Will Linn: director of general education – Studio School, co-founder and moderator – the Myth Salon
Dr. Dennis Slattery: author, scholar, faculty – Pacifica
Dr. Zaman Stanizai: author, scholar, faculty – Pacifica
Dr. Elizabeth Nelson: author, scholar, faculty – Pacifica
Dr. Vorris Nunley: author, scholar, professor – University of California, Riverside
Dr. Selina Matthews: author, clinical depth psychologist
This is the link to register for the Myth Salon with Dr. Connie Zweig:
When: Thursday May 14 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
We look forward to seeing you online this coming Thursday.
Wishing you well,
Dana & Will
Dana C. White, PhD
Host – The Myth Salon
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