Murray Stein and Brigitte Egger Discuss the Power of Water and the Vital Impact it has on Earth. The Asheville Jung Center will host “Elixir of Life” on April 4th

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The Asheville Jung Center’s “At Home with Jung- the Zurich Series” continues with “Elixir of Life”. Catch a preview interview as Murray Stein and Brigitte Egger discuss why water is so important to the humans and the planet as well as water pollution issues.

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Water is universally a central theme of myths, religious rites (and dreams) and appears as an eloquent symbol for psychic energy in its elementary forms

EcoPsychology is the topic again at the Asheville Jung Center. Experts Murray Stein and Brigitte Egger will to dive into the topic of water and the issues that prevent clean running water from reaching every person on earth. A preliminary interview is now available where Murray and Brigitte give a nice preview of what to expect during the seminar on April 4th, 2013. This past Friday, May 22nd, was World Water Day. 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.

Water is the key to life on Earth. Without clean water, which is disappearing at an alarming rate, human life will not be possible. Water is also a key element in psychological life, as a symbol of the wellspring of energy and the source of renewal and vitality in the unconscious.

Water is universally a central theme of myths, religious rites (and dreams) and appears as an eloquent symbol for psychic energy in its elementary forms. The three dominant poles of the symbolism of inner water are: as source of life, as a means of purification, and as a medium of dissolution/regeneration. The flow of the inner waters, on the contrary of outer waters, leads from the chaotic and undifferentiated primordial ocean to the rivers and smaller water streams to the source of the water of life at the heart of everyone which each person strives to find in order to regenerate in it.

The development of a relationship between psychological and natural realities is critically important in current times, moreover, and Jungian perspectives can assist with the project of bringing them closer together. Tracking the images and symbolic expressions of water is surprisingly an important feature of Jungian psychotherapy. Phenomena like psychic stagnation, lack of creativity, cycles of emotional excess on the one hand and social and political lack of caring and awareness about the crisis of water on the planet are instances where a reflection on water becomes relevant. Caring for the waters of life is related to caring for the waters of nature.

Can the planet sustain the use of water that humans require, or is the burden too great, the demand far too large, the pressure on the earth too extreme? Can individuals even in our hectic times find ways to bathe their souls in the waters of life? These are critical questions that impact every corner of the world today.

In this seminar, experts will look at the water issue from the psychological and the ecological points of view. At the center of this discussion is the issue of “psychecology.” Approaching ecology from a psychological perspective is a new area of increasing importance and emphasis in analytical psychology and in other schools of psychology that are sensitive to planetary issues. The name of this interdisciplinary work, “psychecology,” has been chosen by Jungian analyst Brigitte Egger, who holds a doctorate in ecology from the ETH in Zurich as well as a diploma in analytical psychology. Psychecology weds ecology and depth psychology, doubling the perspective by taking outer and inner nature up on an equal footing. Psychecology sees the root of the environmental crisis as a psychic crisis and explores the psychic and symbolic dimensions of ecological issues and themes.

Don’t miss this extraordinary experience. Internet slots are limited. Register today to reserve a seat.

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