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April 14, 2012

Presenter:  John R Johnson, PhD

Religious Images, are and provide for us a phenomenology of the psyche.  Creation myths portray: both images of how conscious psyche first arose, and various representations of the way each new increment of consciousness emerges.

It refers to each of us as a new level of conscious realization dawns on us. They are presented as explanations of the physical world’s creation, but that is naïve. It really depicts the emergence of psychic reality.

While such stories are almost infinitely varied in detail, they tend to include some basic themes. It is those themes we will explore tonight.  We certainly will not find the answers to all the questions about consciousness, awareness, and a sense of selfhood for that debate still rages, but I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift to be appreciated.

Dr. Johnson is a Jungian analyst, psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor. He has been in the private practice of Jungian psychoanalysis in Manhattan since July of 1977 and is a senior member of the faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute in New York and a supervising psychologist for the training program.  

He is a professional member of the International Association of Analytical Psychologists, and the New York Associate for Analytical Psychology. He is a Diplomate Psychoanalyst in the National Accreditation Association and the American Examining Board of Psychoanalysis. He is a Diplomate Pastoral Psychotherapist in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland; a Ph.D (with Distinction) in Psychiatry and Religion from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City; an M.Div.(with Honors) from The General Theological Seminary in New York City; and a Magna cum Laude B.A. from Furman University.

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