O My Prophetic Soul! Dreams, visions, revelations.

O My Prophetic Soul!
Dreams, Visions, Revelations

Do we, like Hamlet, have prophetic souls? According to Jung, the function of the unconscious is not prophetic but prospective – an anticipatory combination of probabilities (not certainties) about the future. Self-proclaimed, so-called prophecy may also be psychopathology. Jung warns us that the sudden appearance of a prophet is often evidence of “psychic disequilibrium.” From Moses to Jesus to Muhammad (who, when he came out of the cave and came down from the mountain, wondered whether the experience was truly prophetic, merely poetic, or utterly psychotic) to Joseph Smith – of what value are dreams, visions, revelations? When and why does prophecy succeed or fail? Is it an inspiration, or is it a hallucination in which we just “see things” and “hear things”? Michael Vannoy Adams will present famous cases of altered states of consciousness and lead an interactive discussion about the importance of contemporary epiphanies.

About the Speaker: Michael Vannoy Adams is a Jungian psychoanalyst in New York City. Adams is the author of four important books – For Love of the Imagination: Interdisciplinary Applications of Jungian Psychoanalysis (2014), The Mythological Unconscious (2010, 2nd rev. ed.), The Fantasy Principle: Psychoanalysis of the Imagination (2004), and The Multicultural Imagination: “Race,” Color, and the Unconscious (1996). He is a clinical associate professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He is also a faculty member at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, the Object Relations Institute, and the New School, where he was previously associate provost. He has been a Marshall scholar in England and a Fulbright senior lecturer in India.

Date: Nov7, 2014
Time: 6pm PST / 9pm EST
Location: Teleseminar

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