Lecture with Jonathan Young, Ph.D.- The Inner Life of Holidays: Memories and Traditions
November 4, 2011
November stirs a distinct mood. From Halloween into the winter, there is a parade of festivities that engross our senses. By staying mindful in the midst of seasonal strivings, we can use ordinary rituals to honor the call of the unconscious. Popular stories, customs, music and images are rich with nostalgia and emotion. The archetypal aspects of such traditions can be guides in the journey towards wholeness. We will look at familiar ceremonies to find personal meanings and see how they affect the deep down flow of the imagination.
Jonathan Young is a Psychologist, Storyteller, and writer on mythic stories. He assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and was the founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives. He created and chaired the Mythological Studies Department at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. His books and articles focus on personal mythology.