Sisyphus and Sealskin: Shadow, Loss, and Emptiness in Spiritual Journeys (Hybrid)


  • $65.00


José Leal
Saturday, Apr 27
9am - 12pm CT
Potentially appropriate for 3 CEs*

How can we recognize the shadowy side of a spiritual endeavor?


Spirituality is an inherent human dimension, full of potential and transformation. However, since everything and anything can become spiritualized, it can become a murky and dangerous landscape. In this seminar, through the myth of Sisyphus and Celtic and Norse tales of the Selkie, we will analyze the dangers of the unrecognized shadow material in any spiritual endeavor. These stories portray the dangers of spirituality's shadows – while it can activate our curiosity, it can also trap us in a never-ending spell of novelty; it can connect us to a larger, non-material reality, but cause us to disdain consensual or "ordinary" reality. Through a brief active imagination exercise, we'll integrate the material we learn into our everyday life.

This program is being offered both IN-PERSON and ONLINE.  Please select how you plan to attend when registering.

Recordings will be distributed to registered participants only, and will not be availble for individual purchase.

All times are CT. Please contact with any questions.

Please register early. Programs with four or fewer participants are subject to cancellation, 48 hours prior to their start.

*The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (TBHEC) has stopped pre-certifying ANY Continuing Education or Professional Development for mental health providers.  The Jung Center cannot guarantee that the programs we provide will qualify for continuing education or Professional Development, nor can any other agency.  The Jung Center uses high educational standards when selecting to designate events as "potentially appropriate for CEs", and in evaluating the outcomes of our educational services, and we believe them to meet the requirements of state licensing bodies.  To find out more about the TBHEC changes to Continuing Education and Professional Development, click here.

José Leal has an M.A. in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies from the University of Essex where Andrew Samuels was his academic supervisor and an MS in Systemic Psychotherapy from the Milton Erikson Institute from Monterrey. Since 2013 he has trained with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. He works as a psychotherapist in private practice and writes the column 'The Spiritually Ambivalent Therapist' for Thresholds: A Journal of Psychotherapy and Spirituality from the British Association of Counseling and Psychotherapy.


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