Lecture: Honoring Early Hermes
SYLVIA BRINTON PERERA, M.A., L.P.
We are living in a time of heightened border awareness as old securities of containment and simple divisions are forced open by new challenges. Walls don’t work well in the world of internet and drones, nuclear, biological, and informational contaminations, shifting climates, and vast populations of seeking refugees.
In this fluid, open environment, beyond binary separations, we need attunement to the rich plurality of life on earth and the different levels of consciousness operative in every relational interchange. Within ourselves we are already becoming accustomed to working with the reality of open and interpenetrating borders between our various complexes and their field effects on the neurology and coherence of psyche in our immediate and global environment.
The early shaman and herdsman, Hermes, child god of paths and open boundaries is a marker from which to view such complexity. He represents the threshold where energies and forms interweave, where consciousness rises from and opens across limits into the fluid matrix of life to allow perception of multifaceted forms, creative shape-shifts, chaos, and healing. His early stories shape awareness that can orient us in realms with open borders within ourselves and with others. They also connect to tales of boundary-making from Neolithic Northern Europe, when the Goddess of the vast earth and sky ruled over tribal lands, and shamanic elders sang the clans across and back to themselves.
We will explore issues of boundary marking and making to wonder about the values and forms we need to find for our- selves in the contemporary world. Noting some of Hermes’ functions in relationships between people and between levels of consciousness, we can discover and share experiences that may help us seek beyond safe walls and defensive longings for tribal identities. Please bring your thoughts, feelings, and, perhaps, a dream to share. We will have paper and crayons.
Sylvia Brinton Perera, M.A., L.P., lives, practices, and writes in New York City and Vermont. She has served for decades as a member of the Board and faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute of NY, and also teaches internationally.
Her publications include: Descent to the Goddess; The Scapegoat Complex; Dreams, A Portal to the Source (with E. Christopher Whitmont); Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction; The Irish Bull God; and many clinical articles.