Living the Symbolic Life

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Living the Symbolic Life

Jungian perspectives on the waking dream

A presentation by Richard Whitehurst

Thursday, March 1, 2018 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

Richard Whitehurst has been reading Jung since he was 14 as a student in the United States in the 1960’s. Following a powerfully transformative encounter with the Self in June of 1970 he spent some 8 years in an integrative sojourn as a renounced monk, living for six of those years travelling extensively throughout the Indian subcontinent. Incorporating various Jungian principles in his therapeutic approaches since 1991 Richard has worked successfully with thousands of clients in his private clinic as well as in larger facilities dealing with severe depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions and suicidal ideation.

Richard’s talk will include case histories, photographic examples of synchronicities from his own life experience and will also step the attendees through an exercise that initiates a powerful directive toward what Jung called “synthesis of psychic opposites” discussed in detail in Jung’s later work – Mysterium Coniunctionis. He will also briefly introduce what Joseph Campbell described as the possible new Myth for our time ~ the image of the Earth from space ~ an image that Jung encountered in dream as described in his autobiography – Memories, Dreams, Reflections.

Richard Whitehurst is an Ericksonian psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist with over 25 years experience. He has been immersed in contemplating the imagery and video footage of the Earth from space since these were first made available through the various space agencies in the 1960’s.

He is a published author, public speaker, and his extensive experience, both in teaching awareness-enhancing processes and in presenting visionary topics through public speaking events, has well prepared him to pursue the transformational work, goals and visions of The Overview Institute of Australia.