The Mystery of Personal Identity
with Michael Mayer
California Institute of Integral Studies, sponsored by Coniunctio
Where: 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco CA, 94103
When: Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 7:30 pm
Dr Michael Mayer’s research began in exploring the ancient question “Who am I and what does my life mean?” in terms of Native American and other ancient and modern traditions of identity formation. His findings reveal how astrological metaphor can function as a tool in depth psychotherapy, and he illuminates distinctions between a causal, synchronistic, and phenomenological viewpoint on astrology. He continues to believe “the meaning reorganization orientation point of view” for astrology can make astrology palatable even to sceptics. His writing re-visions astrology into an astro-poetic language so that the essence of astrology can be used in psychotherapy without speaking a word of astrological language. Michael will speak from his books The Mystery of Personal Identity, and The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician.
Bio: Michael Mayer, Ph.D. was a co-founding member of the Transpersonal Psychology Program at John F. Kennedy University where he trained therapists for 12 years. He taught there the first accredited university course in the integration of astrology and psychotherapy. Dr Mayer has also taught at CIIS in EWP and PsyD. He is the author of twenty publications on bodymind healing including six books. His book The Mystery of Personal Identity (initially written as his doctoral dissertation, and re-issued 2012) won a prize from the Astrological Association of Great Britain for being the most valuable contribution to Astrology in 1979. His latest book, The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician: Stories and Practices for Troubled Times (2012) speaks to the importance of a holistic spiritual philosophy in our current times of the great unraveling. It incorporates both spiritual and soulful pathways, and draws upon mythology, depth psychology, bodymind healing methods, a non-deterministic approach to astrology, and a multi-dimensional approach to the political sphere.
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