Parenting as a Spiritual Exercise
Sunday, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, October 6th, 2013
Modern parenting relies far too heavily on ego-based psychology. "Where did I go wrong?" is a classic phrase of parents who forget that a spiritual dimension exists in their relationship to their child. This lecture will illustrate with stories and images a style of parenting which goes beyond a personalistic point of view to an archetypal point of view. Examples will include: What forces outside my consciousness come through me and into my child and vice versa? How do dreams help with parenting? What is going on behind the three-year-old's tantrums, the nine-year-old's moods, and the monsters under the child's bed?
Nancy Herron taught for many years before staying at home to parent her two children full-time. She has lectured for the Analytical Psychology Club of Los Angeles on bird mythology, symbolism and natural history, a mother complex, and parenting. Her article, "Encounters with Raven," appears in Issue 46 of Psychological Perspectives.