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Active Imagination in Rumi's Poetry

Robert Moradi, MD

Sunday,  4 PM - 6 PM,  November 9th,  2008

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Many poems of the 13th century mystic poet Rumi could be conceived psychologically as the poet's active imagination.  One is the story of the "Lion and the Beast" from Mathnawi, and the other is a poem Dr. Moradi has translated from its original Farsi and named "The Mirror of Joy."  At the beginning of this poem, Rumi submits his request to the bountiful Self: 



Send through our veins the life water of love.
Transform our night by the mirror of your morning joy.



In this presentation these poems will be amplified from the perspective of analytical psychology. 


Robert Moradi, MD is a Jungian analyst Board Certified in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry.  He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, teaching at several training institutions.  He directed Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center from 1981 to 1994.  He teaches a year- long course on the Interpretation of Dreams at Reiss-Davis Child Study Center. Dr. Moradi has published and presented extensively on the treatment of adults, children and their families. 

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