Religious But Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, with Jason Smith, MA., IAAP
We live at a time when traditional religious structures are in decline. Today an increasing number of people identify themselves as “Spiritual but not Religious.” Though this movement reflects a felt need for greater interiority in the religious life, it has often been criticized as reflecting a secular consumer culture’s approach to the spirit, and lacking the important dimension of rigor and discipline. For his part, Carl Jung felt that the modern individual was badly in need of “the symbolic life” which had always found expression in traditional religion. Drawing on my book, Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life, this talk explores Jung’s understanding of psychological importance of religious experience through the lens of three questions: What is the symbolic life? Why do we need a symbolic life? and How can we cultivate a symbolic life?
Friday, March 19, 2021
7 pm – 9 pm, EST, via Zoom
$30 2 MHC and SW CEUs offered ($10)
Jason is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. He is a past president of the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston (now the C.G. Jung Institute of New England) and currently serves as a training analyst and faculty member for the New England Institute. Jason is the author of Religious but Not Religious: Living a Symbolic Life published by Chiron Publications in October, 2020.
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