27 August 2010

 Hieros Gamos – Christina Carney


Re-imagining Trauma

A presentation by Christina Carney





FRIDAY 27 August 2010, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel Sts,

 South Brisbane (check venue beforehand)

Members and concession $5; Non-members $10


 To view trauma through mythic vision means to see into and through the literal story to the deeper mystery that it connects us to. Pain and suffering are very real and yet, as we dig deeper, unfolding and peeling back each layer, we discover there is far more there than we could have anticipated. It is here, in the depths, that we may find healing, in a new vision of what we have experienced and who we are. In his book Re-Visioning Psychology (1975), James Hillman writes, “Myths talk to psyche in its own language; they speak emotionally, dramatically, sensuously, fantastically…Through the mythical perspective we perceive significances and persons, not objects and things.”

Through storytelling, art, and myth, Christina will explore the idea of re-imagining trauma as initiation and discuss the impact of a therapeutic response that lacks imagination.


Christina Carney works for a non-profit organization in Syracuse, New York, as an advocate for victims of sexual and domestic violence. She is currently finishing her Master's Degree at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The degree is in Engaged Humanities, with an emphasis in mythology and depth psychology. Christina's primary interests are in Shamanism, mythology, archetypal psychology, storytelling, and ritual, particularly as they pertain to the field of trauma. Christina also has an extensive background in the arts.