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In Service to the Inexplicable and Paradoxical, a lecture with Jeffrey T. Kiehl

  • Friday, August 11, 2023
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time



This program WILL BE recorded. More information on recordings below.

Registration closes at 12:00pm EST the day before the program begins. 

Zoom Links will be in your confirmation email.

The spirit of the depths took my understanding and all my knowledge and placed them at the service of the inexplicable and the paradoxical

C.G. Jung, The Red Book

Our world is being torn apart by tremendous oppositional forces, be they political, social, financial, or environmental. Opposites abound accompanied by fears of increasing polarization and disintegration. Jung’s view of psyche is rooted in an appreciation of opposites and the roles they play in life. Jung found that creatively embracing life’s ‘inexplicable and paradoxical’ nature leads to wholeness and a more soulful connection to the world.  In this presentation I explore Jung’s work on understanding the paradoxical nature of opposites and how we can apply this understanding to living in balance with ourselves and the world around us. To do so requires us to engage with transrational ways of knowing. I consider various dimensions of “extraordinary” knowing that influenced Jung’s view of psyche and our relationship with the world. I describe how synchronicity creatively complements a purely rational worldview placing us in service to the paradoxical. 

Jeffrey Kiehl, Ph.D., is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst and senior training analyst for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, which provides a Jungian perspective on climate change. He has also published articles on “US Cultural Complexes and Climate Change,” “The Green Man and Climate Change,” “The Archetypal Dimensions of Comic Books,” and “The Nature of Uncertainty/The Uncertainty of Nature.” Jeffrey’s interests include the relationship between psyche and matter, alchemy, and consciousness studies. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.

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