Grief is a sacred journey

Harvesting the Gifts of Aging and Loss

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Date(s) - 05/18/2019
9:00 am - 1:15 pm

C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio


Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver

 The Hero’s Journey is an integral part of our culture: an ascending path toward light where the all-powerful hero conquers the enemy and brings home the treasure. But what about those challenges we can’t conquer with our will? In aging, grief, and illness, the heroic ego takes a back seat. When circumstances are beyond our control, we may feel depressed, helpless, and betrayed. A sense of darkness surrounds our broken sense of self. These unavoidable experiences can become Initiations of Descent and bring gifts of compassion and deeper levels of understanding.

In mythology, experiences of descent are symbolized by a journey to the Underworld or the Great Below where we are empowered through self-understanding, meaning, and inner strength that comes from facing life’s limitations. We’ll use four examples from Greek mythology to discuss ways of facing our losses and finding wisdom in descent:

  1. Demeter rages over child loss
  2. Orpheus attempts to fix or reverse his beloved’s death
  3. Chiron suffers an unhealable injury but becomes a wounded healer
  4. Hecate stands at the crossroads, witnessing the cycles of birth and death

We’ll share small group discussions and writing exercises to explore tools to help us deal with inescapable losses and discover new and deeper layers of wisdom within.

Saturday Workshop at The C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio, Columbus, Ohio (see previous day’s announcement for Friday night lecture details).

The weekend “Finding Wisdom in Aging and Loss” includes a Friday night lecture and Saturday workshopl. See “Finding Wisdom in Aging and Loss: Turning Toward Soul” for a description of Friday night. I hope you can attend both, but you can come to just one or the other. This weekend is sponsored by First Community Church, Burkhart Center, and The C.G. Jung Association of Central Ohio in Columbus, Ohio.

This event is postponed until spring 2019. I’ll share cost, registration information, location, and exact date when I know it.

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