WHERE: Lutheridge Conference Center, 2049 Upper Laurel Drive, Arden
WHEN: Thursday-Monday, Nov. 7-11
WHY: Xpress spoke with Jerry Wright to find out more.
What is the significance of the retreat's title: “Modern Mind – Ancient Soul”?
Jerry Wright: [A] growing number of people ... no longer experience the major religions (particularly Christianity, Judaism, Islam) in their present forms as being capable of speaking to them and their religious [and] spiritual desires and needs. Each religion seems stuck in the past without the capacity to transform and to speak to the modern mind or ancient soul.
What is the "ancient soul" and how can we access it?
The depth psychology of Carl Gustav Jung has recovered the meaning of soul as "a way of being fully and wholly in this world" rather than as an object to be saved for some distant afterlife or heaven. Jung provides a map of the inner world, which he terms the “unconscious,” which can serve as a resource for all [people] ... to tap the resources of the deep unconscious: attention to the inner world, dreamwork, active imagination, various forms of contemplation or meditation and the recognition that soul meets us from the outside through persons and events, as well. Succinctly, it is a recognition that we don't "have a soul" but that we "live in an en-souled universe."
Why is it important for us to create new ways of being religious?
All three monotheisms ... claim to be the "favored children of God," each with sacred texts which support those exclusive claims. As long as any religion or religious individuals maintain that kind of belief, they will contribute to the continuing bloodshed which religions have spawned over the last 6,000 years. Depth psychology has rightly diagnosed such exclusive claims as psychological inflation and religious delusion.
For more on the retreat, visit: awakeningsoulpresents.org.
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