Jump Time: The Archetype of the Apocalypse and the Psychology of Now
A presentation by Jeremiah Abrams
Friday, October 23, 2009 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel St
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15
"We have come too late for the gods, and too soon for just being."
— Søren Kierkegaard
We are living in unparalleled interesting times, part of the largest generations in human history, moving through some of the most monumental changes humans have ever experienced. Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist who foresaw the explosive growth in worldwide Internet use that began in the 1990s, predicts that paradigm shifts will become increasingly common, leading to “technological change so rapid and profound it represents a rupture in the fabric of human history.” Could we be headed toward an “interim of barbarism” as Jung hypothesized as possible if the rejection of tradition continues in our culture? What seems certain is this: myth of what it means to be human is in serious revision.
The word apocalypse means simply “to uncover or unveil.” According to analyst Edward Edinger, “it is the coming of the Self into collective awareness, the ‘incarnation of the God-image’ with all its paradoxical ambiguity, a God who unites within himself both good and evil.” If we understand this context as Jung did, the personal challenge is taking back the opposites within ourselves. Jung’s visions at the end of his life saw us just squeaking by. The evolutionary triggers now present for human consciousness are driving us toward this real singularity, the synthesis of just being. The lurking shadows in our world insist that we learn individually to inhabit the Now more fully and adapt to the shift in human consciousness that is occurring, or else collectively we may perish.
Jeremiah Abrams LCSW, MPC is a Jungian therapist, author, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Jeremiah is a popular teacher at Esalen Institute in California and Skyros in Greece. He has taught Depth Psychology in the graduate program at Sonoma State University and is considered a leading expert on the human Shadow. His books include the best-selling Meeting the Shadow; The Shadow in America; and Reclaiming the Inner Child; and the new 3-CD audio program, The Dreamtime Journey: The Path of Direct Experience.