A Personal and Collective Encounter with Joy Ryan-Bloore
Thur, Sept 6th, 2018, 7.30 - 9.30pm
Quaker Meeting House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove, (park on Prospect Terrace)
Members and Concessions: $10
"Then came, at a predetermined moment, a moment in time and of time … and that moment of time gave the meaning” T.S. Eliot
Since 4 September 2010 the ground on which the people of Christchurch stand, has sustained over 15,000 earthquakes including 50 magnitude 5 and over on the Richter Scale. The central business district was destroyed. Over 1200 buildings were demolished. There were very few buildings left which contained our history. The major religious traditions lost a substantial number of their Churches.
People have been exposed to ongoing and sustained trauma, thousands rendered homeless, schools re-located, businesses collapsed and whole suburbs abandoned. Seven years later the central city is slowly beginning to take shape; but there are still thousands of people still waiting for their homes to be repaired or rebuilt. Despite significant progress it will take a long, long time for the city to be fully restored. That is the outer story.
But there is a much deeper inner story. One which has challenged our world-views and exposed something much bigger happening in the under-ground: in the personal and collective unconscious of the psyche.
The outer catastrophic events in Christchurch, as in other areas of the world currently, are simply a microcosm of a much greater chaos – the birth-pangs of a new era on the planet and the need for a radical shift in human consciousness.
In this presentation I will use music and footage of the earthquakes; share what happened to me personally and to a few of the people I journeyed with; and describe how our inner fault-lines were exposed by the earthquakes. It will also involve reflections on synchronicity, dreams and what happens to the inner structure and ground of the personal psyche when the very land we stand on is ruptured and the buildings which held our secular and sacred world-views are destroyed. I hope it will assist all of us to ponder on this crucial time in the history of our countries and of our planet as we strive to co-operate with the urgent and brutal nature of an evolving consciousness being demanded of all of us.
Joy Ryan-Bloore High.Dip.Tchg, Dip.Theol, BA, Dip.Analytical Psych (Zurich) is a Jungian Analyst. She trained with The NZ Asstn of Psychotherapists (1984-89) and at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich (1993-1997). She complemented her analytic training with body therapy and is a member of NZAP (1989), AGAP, IAAP, ANZSJA (1997), GAP London (2012) and served on the ANZSJA Executive and Ethics committee (2006 -13).
Much of Joy’s work and experience is at the inter-face of psychological and spiritual development. She regularly facilitates retreats and seminars in Christchurch and Melbourne. She has presented papers around the world on the impact of the Christchurch earthquakes and is currently involved in psychotherapy, Jungian Analysis, Spiritual Direction and Supervision.