The Archetype of Pilgrimage:
The Reality of the Psyche in the World
Presented by Barry Williams
Friday, March 12, 1999
This talk was about the archetypal pattern of pilgrimage as a journey to the center and why it has efficacious and healing qualities. Drawing from our personal, folk and sacred stories, dreams and images, Barry Williams outlined the history and the styles of pilgrimage and the psychological effect they have in the recovery of the sacred. Because they follow general patterns of ritual, initiation and individuation, pilgrimages can have a healing quality where they connect the ego to the Self in an embodied way.
Barry Williams is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Taos, New Mexico, and is on the teaching faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. He has a particular interest in the relationship of indigenous healing practices and depth psychology, and conducts workshops around the world on this topic. He also leads the Temagouri Vision Quest and conducts workshops on sailing ships off the coast of New England.