The Witch as Teacher in Fairy Tales

A Presentation by Nuria Daly

 

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Friday, October 6, 2017  7.30-9.30pm
The Quaker House, 10 Hampson Street
Kelvin Grove (park on Prospect Terrace)
Members and Concession: $10,                  Non-members $15

 

This lecture, based on Nuria Daly's recent book, provides a unique way of understanding the deep mystical meaning, hidden in the depths of many fairy tales and how these insights can be applied to the lives of modern day seekers of truth. In this we discover the crucial role and person of the teacher, often disguised as the ‘witch’ representing the external teacher, as well as the ‘horse’ representing the psychopomp as well as the internalised teachings which guide us on our journey.

We have a realisation of the quest or journey itself and the great battles we have to fight to overcome the demons and dragons deep within us. We gain from the mastery we achieve when using the tools or spiritual practices including sound, which we have learned from our teachers. We explore the inner realms of the creative imagination – the Alam al Mithal, and our common crucial purpose of finding and integrating the great Creative Feminine - of Sophia the Wise and Beautiful, without which the King (in Sufi terms the Heart), cannot rule.

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Nuria Daly became very interested in C G Jung when she first came to Australia and studied to be a counselling psychologist as a result of this. She belonged to the CG Jung Society in Melbourne for many years and undertook six and a half years of Jungian analysis. She was initiated into the Sufi Movement in the mid 1990s and has become a Sufi leader and teacher. Nuria has given talks at the C G Jung Society in Melbourne, Interfaith gatherings and leads meditation groups, and retreats and leads a regular Sufi Group in Melbourne. She is the National Representative of the International Sufi Movement in Australia and has written articles for the Sufi Journal, Towards the One, which is unfortunately no longer published (since the GFC). Storytelling is a major tool in Sufism and her Sufi guide and teacher is a great storyteller; so this has been a source of insight and understanding for her. She herself is a born storyteller and uses this in her teaching.