Awakening to the New Story: The Great Challenge of Our Time
The new story coming into being is that the whole universe is a unified field. We live within a cosmic web of life which underlies and connects all life forms in the universe and on our planet.
As this new story unfolds, old stories will need to be relinquished in order for new understandings to come into being.
This evening Jungian psychologist Anne Baring will talk to us about the old stories – how they have manipulated our beliefs and controlled our behaviour, and how by relinquishing the old stories we can release ourselves from the dominance of left-hemispheric, linear thinking and embrace the more inclusive, relational position of the right- hemispheric brain.
The first of these old stories is the myth of the fall of man, recounted in the Book of Genesis. Anne will tell how we have been imprinted with the idea that we are sinful and unworthy of our presence on this planet and how and by whom this myth was created. The second story is the current scientific worldview that material reality is the only reality and that consciousness begins and ends with the physical brain. Anne will talk about about how, if we hold a view of our potential and destiny that is limited to a material universe and our present state of consciousness, we are living in a virtual prison. We will hear how the discoveries of quantum science are taking us beyond this view.
The new story invites a different understanding of death. So much grief and suffering is caused by the belief that life and consciousness end with the death of the physical brain. Anne will tell us why we need to know that we are immortal beings.
So this evening will invite us to be part of a new beginning- the marriage of our rational mind with our long-neglected soul. Moving to this new level of understanding will be difficult but not impossible as more and more people get the message that this is an evolutionary imperative and that our survival as a species depends on it.
Anne Baring travelled widely in India and the Far East during the 1950s, before training and practicing as a Jungian analyst. Anne is also an author and her latest book: The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul is a summary of her life work. The ground of all her work is a deep interest in the spiritual, mythological, shamanic and artistic traditions of different cultures.