FRI 20 JAN 2006

Anne Baring
(click to open speaker's homepage)

The Loss and Regaining of Relationship to the Cosmos

NOA Community Centre (Ferry Centre)
Summertown, Oxford

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"We have lost the Cosmos" wrote D.H. Lawrence in his book on the Apocalypse (1929). This illustrated talk will explore the reasons why we lost an ancient and instinctive way of knowing which connected us to nature and cosmos. From 2000 BCE this way of knowing was gradually eclipsed by an heroic ideology of conquest and dominance which gained ascendancy over the older participatory experience of living in harmony with the sacred life of the cosmos. Today we need to recover the ancient vision in a modern context - without losing the priceless attainment of a strong and focused ego. If the ancient and modern ways of knowing could be "married" - we could heal the split in our psyche and evolve further towards a deeply experienced and more conscious relationship with the cosmos. The key to accomplishing this "Great Work" is the awakened imagination.

Anne Baring is a writer and Jungian analyst, author and co-author of five books, including The Myth of the Goddess (1991), The Mystic Vision (1995), The Divine Feminine (1996) and a book for children The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time (1993). She has created a website to explore the deeper issues facing us at this crucial time of choice.

6.00 (Friends 3.00)