Collapse and Renewal: Tending the Western Cultural Soul through Film and Dream
October 2017 - March 2018
LARRY RAYBURN, M.A. and THOM ALLENA, Ph.D.
We live in a time of intensifying polarities shaped by dynamic pairs of opposites. Western culture, long informed by the Hero’s Myth, gives all appearance of splitting. Perhaps, we need look no further than the use of our often used term “universe”. “Uni-” translates as the “one” or the “whole”, yet stands in contrast to its other half, namely the syllable “-verse” which means “to turn against” or “be opposed to”. On a more encouraging note, as outdated cultural motifs are dying, new, more holistic myths are also simultaneously emerging.
Through the lens of film and dream we will explore what is our contemporary cultural light and its opposing shadows, what is dying and what is being born. Much of our cinematic focus will be on films reflective of cultural and political themes found in America today. Our film selections and discussions may include the themes of cultural narcissism, the negative father, projections of the “other,” money complexes, transformative ritual, the birth of new hero motifs, the re-emergence of the feminine, and nature and social justice as contemporary organizing principles.
Films will be viewed at 7pm, Friday evenings, followed by 9am-12noon Saturday morning discussions, a format that enables deepened reflection on the cinematic images by allowing the psyche to work overnight.
Preliminary dates: October. 6-7; Nov. 17-18; Jan. 5-6; February 2-3; Mar. 9-10. All are invited (limited to 12 participants).
Cost is $150 for the series or $40 per event.
Contact Larry Rayburn, 505-310-5698 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or Thom Allena, 575-779-1009 / email@example.com. 15 CEUs for series will be available.
Larry Rayburn, M.A., is a Jungian analyst practicing in Santa Fe working with adults and children, primarily boys. He is interested in the father, both as a psychological role in the development of children and as an individuating soul. He formerly worked in the construction industry for many years.
Thom Allena, Ph.D., is a community psychologist and works with communities and organizations across the United States to address the harmful effects associated with crime and social violations. Thom teaches in the Peace, Conflict and Social Change Program at the University of New Mexico and is the co-author of Restorative Justice on The College Campus: Promoting Student Growth and Responsibility and Reawakening the Spirit of the Campus Community.