Nothing is devoid of its divinity. Everything is within it; it is within everything and outside of everything. There is nothing but it.
Daniel C. Matt, The Essential Kabbalah
Our spiritual lives are awakened or assailed, shaped or shaken, cultivated or cauterized during our childhoods. In the course of our life pilgrimage we have to come to terms with those beginnings, and to find our way into a mature and grounded spiritual attitude—an ongoing conversation with our soul. If we are lucky, we find sacred places which provide sanctuary for experiencing what the Kabbalah calls “the beyond that lies within.” In this writing workshop we’ll explore our early sense of the divine, the places in which spirit and soul have spoken to us, where and how they speak to us now.
1. To provide an opportunity for experiential learning of writing practice as a way of “getting the word from within.”
2. To stimulate the inner work of reflecting on one’s childhood sense of the divine, and how religious or lack of religious upbringing affects it.
3. To experience the power of place in connection to the sacred.
Naomi Ruth Lowinsky is an analyst member of the San Francisco Jung Institute and poetry editor of Psychological Perspectives. She is the co-editor, with Patricia Damery, of Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way. She has authored four poetry collections, and won the Blue Light Poetry Prize for her chapbook, The Little House on Stilts Remembers. A collection of her essays, The Rabbi, the Goddess and Jung: Getting the Word from Within, was published last year.