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This workshop has been designed to demonstrate how night-time dreams can be used to identify personal myths, those beliefs and attitudes that impact one's behavior and influence one's life decisions. Through a series of step-by-step exercises (or "personal rituals"), Dr. Krippner will take participants through a process of identifying several personal myths, determining whether they are functional or dysfunctional (helpful or harmful in meeting one's life goals), and enhancing those that help while changing those that are not. This workshop draws upon a variety of techniques from a spectrum of systems, including Jungian, Gestalt, and cognitive therapies. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a partner or to work alone. In addition, some "personal rituals" will involve the entire group, and there will be ample time for questions and discussion.
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco, California. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, and is a Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society and the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Association for the Study of Dreams, the International Council of Psychologists, the InterAmerican Psychological Association, the American Academy of Social and Political Science, the Center for Shamanic Studies, and a Charter Member of the International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality and Dissociation. He served as Director of the Dream Laboratory at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn for ten years, and for three years was director of the Child Study Center, Kent State University. Dr. Krippner has been a Visiting Professor at the College of Life Sciences, Bogota, Colombia and the University of Puerto Rico, and a Lecturer at the University of Minais Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is co-author of several books, including The Mythic Path, Personal Mythology, Spiritual Dimensions of Healing, and Healing States, co-editor of Broken Images, Broken Selves, and editor of Dreamtime and Dreamwork as well as eight volumes of Advances in Parapsychological Research. He has authored or co-authored over 500 journal articles, book chapters, and monographs.
Oct 12 - 14. Full cost (incl. meals & lodging) before Sept 7, $350. After that $364. Day use only (includes meals), $215. See notes at top for details.
Philosophy to Everyday Problems
Since the 1980s, a renaissance in practical philosophy has been underway. Philosophy, or love of wisdom, is one of the great powers of the world. Nothing is more powerful in shaping our lives than our beliefs and values, our ideas and vision of the world. No wonder so many people are hungry for healing visions and struggling with dysfunctional worldviews. It's no wonder because it's our ideas about the world that depress and defeat us, our lack of vision that makes us live at odds with our better angels.
This workshop is an exploration of the healing power of philosophy, a practical exercise in mending our worldviews. Drawing on a 25-hundred-year-old tradition, participants take a look at the basics in their view of the world, and examine ways to get beyond the limitations imposed by that view.
We'll start with introductions, what issues we hope to address, and with a brief history of philosophical counseling.
Our aim is to make our unconscious worldview conscious, and to critique and enlarge it, in harmony with our needs.
We begin by putting into words and images a kind of diagram or picture of our operating worldview. We try to articulate what we believe is "really" real, what our approach to knowing is, what we value and what guides our actions.
We'll identify the issues we want to work on, and examine how they hinge on some part of our worldview.
This leads to the heart of the workshop: In a supportive group setting--moderated by the workshop gadfly or midwife--we try to rethink, reframe the obstacles that impede us, to open a space so we can move beyond them.
There will be short meditations on sayings of great philosophers.
And short exercises exploring philosophical skills such as suspending judgment, an ancient technique for producing inner peace and tranquility; testing assumptions, a method of detaching ourselves from self-defeating worldviews; and dialectic, the art of dealing with change and seeking the highest good.
Finally, and essentially, we address the need to educate our volitional intelligence. A written summary of sources of information on one of our neglected evolutionary gifts--the will, our voluntary capacities--will be available.
It is hoped that in this workshop, participants will come away with some basic tools for a program of self-exploration. There will be an option to continue our philosophical self-exploration in cyberspace.
Michael Grosso received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University where he specialized in ancient Greek thought. Depressed by the disenchanting worldview of scientific materialism, upon completing his dissertation, Plato's Myth of the True Earth, he set out to investigate reports of anomalous phenomena that contradicted the dogmas of disenchanted science. Grosso has spent 25 years investigating philosophy of mind, miracles of saints and siddhis of yogis, UFOs and alien abduction, parapsychology, transpersonal psychology, evidence for life after death, hypnosis, psychosomatic medicine, creative dissociation, physical mediumship, shamanic and aboriginal lore, materialization and dematerialization, savant-syndrome, and other matters that enable us to re-enchant our worldview. Grosso has published several books recording his personal quest to overcome metaphysical depression, The Final Choice, Frontiers of the Soul, Soulmaking, and The Millennium Myth. At present, completing a book on the scientific evidence for life after death, Consciousness Beyond Body: Life Before and After Death, and working on a book, Wisdom Stories: Healing Through Philosophy.
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