Presented by: Priscilla Levasseur, PhD
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street
Jung was interested in the ego development in a person’s life. He described the everyday ego self with a small “s.” The journey of someone who was growing or maturing into a fully-evolved adult was about that person’s going through the process of “individuation” which has the goal of redemption. This was a conscious realization of the hidden Self with a capital “S.” For Jung, the individuation process was similar to an encounter with Divinity (Edinger, 1972; Jung, 1957/1958).
Jung’s individuation process seems similar to the development of mystics over time as they incorporate their everyday experiences of living with mystical events into a new, integrated whole way of living as they become centered in the Divine lifestyles that have been described by the great, historical mystics across all spiritual traditions. Priscilla shall present some evidence of the individuation process as it was demonstrated among the contemporary mystics in the Jewish traditions of Kabbalah that she had interviewed during her research for her doctoral degree in psychology (Levasseur, 2011).
Priscilla Levasseur grew up in Charleston and then lived out of state for many years. She returned to the College of Charleston to complete her B.S. degree (1996) and then earned her M.A. degree in Humanistic Psychology at the University of West Georgia (1998) followed by her Ph.D. degree in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Applied Phenomenology at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville (2011). Two things have always directed her personal choices and studies: her mystic reality and her innate Hebrew identity. She has incorporated these into her ongoing writing and research of the everyday lives of contemporary mystics of Kabbalah, of sacred mysticism as a form of spiritual giftedness, and of the process of individuation or self-realization that occurs with personality transformation and the raising of consciousness associated with the development of living Jewish mystics across their lifetimes.