Please join us on Saturday, April 14th for a One-Day Introduction to Pacifica’s graduate degree programs in Depth Psychology and Mythological Studies. The event offers prospective graduate students a comprehensive introduction and orientation to the distinctive educational features of the Institute.
The One-Day Introduction provides an excellent opportunity to:
Experience Pacifica’s unique interdisciplinary graduate degree programs through faculty-led, program-specific information meetings and presentations
Hear from Pacifica students and alumni about their experience and what they are doing with their degrees
Explore the grounds of the beautiful Lambert Road Campus
Learn more about admissions procedures and financial aid
The $35 registration fee includes all of the day’s activities and lunch. Pacifica’s $75 application fee will be waived for online applications.
If you have any questions about this event please contact the Admissions Department email@example.com or 805-969-3626.
Featured Presentation on Saturday
Psychotherapy, the Fate of the Dream, and the Future of the World with Stephen Aizenstat Ph.D.
We live in a world dependent on the digital code of algorithms. Highly complex systems of cyber technology are replacing human imagination and expression, once rooted in the organic anima mundi – the soul of the world. Advanced machines have attained high-level capabilities of consciousness, including intelligence, attention, autonomy, and intention. At lightning speed, the future of human experience will be located in a matrix of virtual, augmented, and mixed realties. The fate of the dream, originating in the mystery of psyche, is challenged by the take-over of the programmer’s digital code. This presentation will explore the dynamic tension between the innate intelligence of the dream, rooted in the imaginal world (mundus imaginalis), and the artificial intelligence of the cyber image, located in the vast network of technology. Working with particular approaches from Dream Tending, we will explore the peril and the promise of a new emerging paradigm of psychotherapy and life practice, an evolving model for self-care and for care of the world – the Imagination Matrix.
with Elliot R. Wolfson Ph.D. on Friday, April 13th, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Both Freud and Jung were keenly attuned to the nexus between dreams, madness, and hallucinations. For his part, Freud considered the dream on a par with psychosis insofar within the parameters of the dream we concoct an unreal world that we regard as real and the line between truth and untruth is blurred—indeed, the dream image is true to the extent that it is untrue and untrue to the extent that it is true. Jung, too, was mindful of the fact that the sensuousdistinctness associated with the oneiric rises to the level of hallucinatingclearness. That clarity is linked to hallucination bespeaks the fact that a mindset judged by societal mores as anomalous may actually divulge a greater degree of perceptual acuity and hence what is conventionally considered to be lucidity is, in truth, obfuscation—the opposite, I might add, of what we typically find in political discourse. In this lecture, I will explore the far-reaching cultural and psychological implications of the psychoanalytic juxtaposition of dreams and delirium. In particular, I will illumine Jung’s assertion that a dream is a form of normal insanity from mystical sources. Dreams, I will argue, provide us with a mechanism to restore the possibility of reason’s dialogue with unreason. Finally, I will use the dream phenomenon to illustrate the depersonalization of personhood, that is, the idea of self without a self, the self that appears by not appearing since the identity of the dreamer both constitutes and is constituted by the dream. In that respect, paraphrasing Laruelle, we can speak of the dream without dreaming.
Psychotherapy, the Fate of the Dream, and the Future of the World
Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founding president of Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is a Clinical Psychologist, a Marriage Family Therapist, and a credentialed public schools teacher and counselor. For more than 35 years he has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology and the pursuit of his own research. His areas of emphasis include depth psychology, dream research, the psyche/soma connection in dreamwork, and imaginal and archetypal psychology. A major focus of Dr. Aizenstat’s original research is a psychodynamic process of “tending the living image,” particularly in the context of dreamwork. He extends this work in ways that engage the healing forces of dreams through imaginal “medicines.” Aizenstat’s book, Dream Tending, includes sections on dreamwork and addictions and the craft of transmuting dream images into medicines that can be adjunctive in physical healing. His other recent publications include: Imagination & Medicine: The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience, “Dream Tending and Tending the World,” in Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, and “Soul-Centered Education: An Interview with Stephen Aizenstat” in Reimagining Education: Essays on Reviving the Soul of Learning. Dr. Aizenstat has collaborated with many masters in the field, including Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, and James Hillman; as well as native elders worldwide. For more information on Dream Tending, visit www.dreamtending.com.
Elliot Wolfson Ph.D., received bachelor and master of Arts degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York, where he pursued the study of philosophy, focusing especially on phenomenology, hermeneutics, and existentialism. He received master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Brandeis University, where he specialized in the study of the Kabbalistic texts and traditions that have remained central to his scholarly work. He was the Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, where he taught between 1987 and early 2014. Elliot is currently the Marsha and Jay Glazer Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Distinguished Professor of Religion at University of California, Santa Barbara. His publications include the award-winning Through a Speculum That Shines: Vision and Imagination in Medieval Jewish Mysticism (Princeton University Press), Language, Eros, Being: Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination (Fordham University Press), A Dream Interpreted Within a Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the Prism of Imagination (Zone Books), and most recently, his forthcoming The Duplicity of Philosophy’s Shadow: Heidegger, Nazism, and the Jewish Other(Columbia University Press).
APPLYING TO PACIFICA Pacifica is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 in all programs. You can conveniently apply online here. For all questions regarding program information and enrollment please contact the Admissions Department, 805.969.3626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering Pacifica Graduate Institute for your graduate degree.
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Lunch on the day of the Introduction is provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the day. Pacifica’s caterers provide healthy meals for our attendees and their guests. Continental breakfast on the day of the Introduction will also be available to attendees and their guests. No other meal services are available.
Onsite accommodations are not available for this event, please use the links below to reserve a room at a nearby hotel in Carpinteria.
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