Spiritual Experience: Jungian Analysis and the Vedanta

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Date(s) - 02/06/2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


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Spiritual Experience: Jungian Analysis and the Vedanta

Marcus West & David Sagar

This talk will explore and attempt to demystify spiritual experience. We will describe Jung’s understanding of spiritual experience through his conceptualisation of individuation and the relationship between the ego and the Self, looking at his own spiritual experience in passing; we will consider the role that analysis can play as an important element on a spiritual journey and look at how spirituality can sometimes be used defensively; and we will explore the practice and ‘philosophy’ of Vedanta and how that illuminates our understanding of the psyche and spiritual experience.

Marcus West is a training analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, UK Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology, and visiting lecturer at the University of Essex. He has published a number of papers, one jointly with David Sagar on spiritual development, and authored three books: Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self, on identity and narcissism, Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice, and Into the Darkest Places, Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind. He has a private practice in Sussex.

David Sagar is a writer and psychotherapist living in Brighton. He has a long-standing interest in Jung and spirituality, particularly Vedanta. He co-authored ‘A Strange Fire – An Exploration of Psycho-spiritual Development Aided by Jungian Analysis and Vedanta’ (JAP, 61: 625-646; November 2016) with Marcus West, and has recently published a book entitled A Strange Fire: Spirituality for the 21st Century. David has a private practice in Brighton, East Sussex.

(This is a CPD credit earning event.)



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