Here and Now:
a conscious emergence(y)
10-13 October 2019
49th Annual Jean Gebser Society Conference
Dealing with a world in transformation:
Jung described psychological patterns that we may be almost totally unaware of, yet these archetypal energies operate in and through all our lives. What can happen, individually and collectively, if we become more aware of these patterns?
For Gebser, consciousness is structured by our limited perspectives, both personal and social. Yet it is possible, with transparency, to experience the aperspectival awareness that can free us from prisons of one-sidedness.
For future generations
Gebser's descriptions of integral consciousness and Jung's mapping of the individuation process offer powerful tools for engaging planetary changes that are now happening. Together, Jung and Gebser address "the spirit of the depths" and "the spirit of the times."
For Jung and Gebser the integration of the polarities--such as order and chaos, making-things-happen and letting-things-happen--engenders wholeness. How do we live out this process in the immediacy of everyday life on Earth?
How do Gebser and Jung enable us to engage the realities of climate change and to participate in the transformation of Psyche and Anima Mundi, the World Soul?
Structures of consciousness
Learn about Gebser's structures of consciousness--the Archaic, Magical, Mythical, Mental, and Integral--and their efficient and deficient modes.
Staying at Asilomar
The conference will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. Asilomar sits within 107 acres of ocean-swept dunes of Asilomar State Beach.
Jean Gebser (1905-1973) was a German poet, philosopher, and phenomenologist of consciousness. He is best known for his magisterial opus, The Ever-Present Origin(1949-1953), in which he articulates the structures and mutations of consciousness underpinning the pivotal shifts in human civilisation. Gebser’s key insight was that as consciousness mutates toward its innate integrality, it drastically restructures human ontology and with it civilisation as a whole.
Carl Gustav Jung
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) founded Analytical Psychology. The overarching goal of Jung’s work was the reconciliation of the life of the individual with the world of the supra-personal archetypes. He came to see the individual’s encounter with the unconscious as central to this process. The human experiences the unconscious through symbols encountered in all aspects of life: in dreams, art, religion, and the symbolic dramas we enact in our relationships and life pursuits.
Life on Earth is transforming at scales of magnitude and in dimensions that cannot be mental-rationally prehended. The planetary emergence/emergency is now real and present. We can recognize and describe archetypal patterns of accelerating changes, efficient and deficient, in personal and world life.
As a philosopher of consciousness, Gebser describes ever-present structures of awaring— archaic, magic, mythic, mental, and integral. His central concern is the mutation of consciousness that is now occurring—“our conscious participation in the construction of a new reality.”
For Jung the individual is the center of transformation, and he emphasizes that his work concerns primarily the suffering of individuals. Still, Jung is deeply concerned with “the spirit of the times” as well as “the spirit of the depths.” Gebser writes of “an increasingly intense luminescence of the spiritual” and Jung of “the numinosum of divine experience.”
The work of this conference is to distinguish/synthesize the ideas of Gebser and Jung, and others. Our immediate aim is to connect their important and useful insights in order to advance our understanding of what is happening to us and through us, now.