John Hill explores the great traditions that preserved not only a living memory of the dead, but also succeeded in making the afterlife tangible and credible
Asheville, Jung Center (PRWEB) October 13, 2013
The Asheville Jung Center hosted Re-Visioning the Dead: Alive in the Afterlife on September 21st. In this Seminar the Afterlife is the topic as it was examined under the scope of Analytical Psychology. The presentation was held online and featured John Hill and Murray Stein who are Jungian Training analysts at the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich. The presentation can now be purchased on DVD or online video. It has often been said that sex was repressed in the 19th century and death in the 20th. John Hill asks, “Can we reverse the wheel of history and cherish in our times the dreams, visions, beliefs, and rituals of our ancestors that paid homage to the afterlife? They spared no means in erecting visible signs of a continued presence of the dead among the living. The vast burial mounds of Neolithic culture, the great pyramids of Egypt, the wooden stretchers of Native Americans were visible signs and tangible embodiments of a continuous universe, inspiring great works of art that survived the ravages of time. It is much harder to find signs of the dead in the high-rise edifices of corporate society, five star hotels or temples of consumption. We need to hold on to our dreams and visions of an afterlife, even if our cultural environment remains skeptical.” Murray Stein, Former President of the International School of Analytical Psychology in Zurich, will also be on hand to help aid the fruitful discussion and answer questions. The Asheville Jung Center was founded in 2008 to advance the psychology of Carl Jung and promote an international Jungian community. It is affiliated with innerQuest Psychiatry and Counseling, a regional psychiatrist group.
In this seminar on the afterlife, John Hill explored the great traditions that preserved not only a living memory of the dead, but also succeeded in making the afterlife tangible and credible. He will presents contemporary dreams and visions that have kept alive those earlier practices and will give examples from his own life and from his practice. He believes that people need a much more open and imaginative approach to life after life. Hopefully the seminar will succeed in bringing to consciousness what Jung implied in the following quote:
“A man should be able to say he has done his best to form a conception of life after death, or to create some image of it – even if he must confess his failure. Not to have done so is a vital loss. For the question that is posed to him is the age-old heritage of humanity: an archetype, rich in secret life, which seeks to add itself to our own individual life in order to make it whole.” C. G. Jung, , Memories, Dreams, Reflections. (New York: Vintage, 1963), p. 329.