Finding Your Life Myth Saturday, October 19th 10am – 1pm
In an interview given toward the end of his life, Carl Jung spoke of a patient who had an “archetypal experience” in the course of therapy and working with her dreams. He stated that “in as much as she can realize such an experience, she will be able to continue her path, her way, her individuation. The acorn can become an Oak... such an experience gives her an incorruptible value... that value is in herself.” What is this path or way that is uniquely ours and key to our growth and wholeness? It is clear that there is a journey we all take across the life span from the cradle to the grave and even beyond all beginnings and endings, an aspect of ourselves that is always in process of both linear and cyclical movements. Developmental psychologies have examined the stages of life-span development through a variety of lenses and have recognized the challenges or tasks of various stages that very much influence the experience of the stages that follow. Many of us feel stuck or caught or even like we are regressing at times in our lives and certainly these struggles are often integral aspects of what brings people into treatment and therapy or compels us on quests of self-discovery.
Speaking at the University of Utah in 1990, Marion Woodman described how life brings to us a series of “birth canals” or times of transition in the course of the life process and she has also emphasized how important it is that we learn to “accept the death... and feed the birth!” So how do we find our way through changes arising in our path and move on in our individuation and become the Oak? What are the essential “transformations of consciousness” we face, as Joseph Campbell has referred to them? These are some of the questions we will explore in this workshop as we hopefully discover a few clues to helping ourselves, and others on the journey. What is our “Life Myth”? Drawing on the Processwork of Arnold Mindell we might say it is “what moves us”; the deeper story playing through us and tuning in and aligning with it helps us find direction in times of uncertainty and become more aware of our Whole-Self.
Burton Fullmer CMHC is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor who has been working for over 20 years in mental health and addiction treatment in Utah. He has been facilitating workshops with Cirque Lodge since 2003 and previously presented twice for the Jung Society on the topics of: Vital Spiritual Experience and Mandala; Symbol of Wholeness. He received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah as well as a Certificate in Process-Oriented Psychology through the Process Work Institute of Oregon. He has a current counseling practice with Corner Canyon Counseling.
Beverly Roesch is originally from New York City where she studied at the State University of New York at New Paltz and Stony Brook. She relocated to Salt Lake City and completed her graduate work at the University Of Utah School Of Social Work. She has worked in the field of chemical dependency treatment for 25 years. Chemical dependency and residential treatment has been her passion for her entire professional career. She believes, when done well, there is nothing more transformative and powerful than residential treatment for both the chemically dependent and their families. She has family members who have suffered from chemical dependency that have been profoundly helped by residential treatment and are now in sustained recovery. She enjoys being a mentor for fledgling Therapists and has taught at the Alcohol and Drug Certificate Program at the University Of Utah Graduate School Of Social Work for 15 years.