Friday Night Lecture

Crossing to Safety:
Science and the Sacred

Presented by
Victor Mansfield

Friday, October 4, 2002, 8:00 pm

As a theoretical astrophysicist, I live in a world of abstract ideas, mathematical argument, and objective data from repeatable experiences - head knowledge.  As a lover of Jungian psychology and mysticism, I live in a world of particular experiences and feelings rather than abstract ideas - heart knowledge.  Meaningful stories, not mathematical analysis, move my inner world.  Unlike scientific experiments, such stories are unique descriptions of unrepeatable events, the bane of science.  ~ Victor Mansfield.

This presentation will weave together personal story with objective analysis to explore the relationship between the head and the heart, between the scientific knowledge of the radiation from outer space and the radiation from the inner space of our own soul. By understanding the relationship between the head and the heart, we can avoid the extremes of saying, "they are all one" or "they have nothing to do with each other." Appreciating their relationship yields more than intellectual satisfaction. The cross-fertilization celebrates what is most valuable in Jung's thought and brings transforming meaning into our lives.

Saturday Workshop

Synchronicity and Soul-Making:
Discovering the Soul's Intent

Presented by
Victor Mansfield

Saturday, October 5, 2002, 9:00 am ~ 4:00 pm

Without meaning, even the most privileged life is empty. Soul-making or individuation usually seeks the meaning of life through attention to inner processes. However, some of our most profound instances of soul-making come through synchronistic experiences which express the same meaning both inwardly and outwardly, without one causing the other. This experiential workshop will deepen our understanding and experience of both synchronicity and soul-making. We will work toward a more powerful connection with the intelligence at the core of our being and a deeper understanding of its expression in our experience of synchronicity. We will clarify how this can offer insight into our soul's intent, the relationship between synchronicity and paranormal phenomena, and how to cultivate receptivity to different expressions of the psyche. We will also address some of the pitfalls of synchronicity. Through case material, music, poetry, imaginal work, writing exercises, and group discussion, participants will explore the dimensions of both intellect and feeling in synchronicity and soul-making.

Victor Mansfield is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Colgate University where he also teaches popular courses including Jungian psychology and Tibetan Buddhism. A student of Jungian psychology and Eastern thought for nearly thirty-five years, he has practiced and studied with spiritual teachers in the U.S., Europe and India. Among his many publications are the books Synchronicity, Science, and Soul-Making and Head and Heart: A Personal Exploration of Science and the Sacred. To learn more about his seminar schedule and other publications...

Link to Dr. Mansfield's website


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