Personal Myth And The Quest For Meaning
– With Dennis P. Slattery –
How do we use our creativity to bring more meaning and purpose into our personal life? This 4-part audio course of in total 6 hours will guide you to connect your creative spirit with your personal mythology or personal life story. It will also empower you to live more purposefully, even amidst the challenges which life tends to bring on our way.
What to expect:
- Learn to view your life with different perspectives to access meaning in the patterns of your life.
- Learn creative writing skills that can help transform your experiences into a personal mythology.
- Discover the significance of your personal mythology in order to live a life that will sustain you even in the midst of life’s difficulties.
In this 4 lecture audio course, Dennis P. Slattery explores several angles on the complexity of personal mythology. Jung himself saw it as “the task of tasks” for anyone of us. Not knowing some of the contours of our personal mythology leaves us open to all forms of propaganda, abuse and misdirection. Especially when we unknowingly or knowingly, begin to live out another’s personal myth, leaving our own gasping at the side of road, unacknowledged and unlived. Participants will engage the four arenas outlined below to come to a greater understanding of what myth is wanting to live through them.
Class I. Personal Mythology. Dennis will use sections from his own book, Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story (2012) to engage some of the terms of a personal myth. Participants will also be invited between each session, to engage one or two “riting meditations”.
Class II. Joseph Campbell and The Hero’s Call to/Refusal of The Adventure. Several key passages from The Hero With a Thousand Faces is selected to deepen our understanding of being called and, if one so chooses, refusing the call.
Class III. Living Myth and Mimesis. The ancient Greeks discovered what Aristotle called mimesis, which is a process by which we discover something in the outer world that has a connection to our inner world. Our creation of a personal myth is generated in part from such a connection. Mimesis also rests at the heart of narratives that have particular resonance in our lives.
Class IV. Psyche, Poetics and Mythic Analogies. Jung himself wrote that “analogy formation” is a law which to a large extent governs the psyche. We will ask how the power of analogy is operative in the creation of our personal mythology.
By the end of this course, you will:
- Have the practical tools to write your own personal mythology
- Have practical techniques on how to spark your own creativity
- Have a clearer perspective on how meaning comes from living a personal mythology
This course is ideal for you if:
- You are searching for more meaning in your life
- You want to connect more deeply with your own creativity
- You want to explore your own personal myth
About the course presenter:
Dr. Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. is a Faculty member of the Jung Platform. He is also a Core Faculty, Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California, where he holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 25 volumes, including six volumes of poetry and one novel. His recent books include: Bridge-Work: Essays on Mythology, Literature, and Psychology (2015), Creases in Culture: Essays Toward a Poetics of Depth (2015) and Our Daily Breach: Exploring Your Personal Myth Through Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (2016). He offers Riting Personal Myth Retreats throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe and Ireland.
Format: 4 on-demand audio lectures of 90 minutes each
Duration: 6.0 hours
- $125 for 6 hours of audio recordings.
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