This Seminar with James Hillman was held June 29-July 1, 2007 in Santa Barbara, California. The recording includes 9 CDs.
We are going back to basics, bypassing as best we can the contemporary flood of therapeutic theories and techniques. Psychotherapy rests upon—neither a couch, nor an armchair, nor a stack of texts—but on a simple three-legged stool. First the skills that come from practical engagement with the psyche. Second, the art of soul-making and its parallel with other arts. Third, a supportive philosophy.
In this seminar, we shall examine, both practically and archetypally, some of the basic diagnostic categories and their conventional understanding while attempting to grasp their underlying patterns. All along we shall be exposing the philosophical importance of the issues brought to therapy that are entangled in symptoms and problems—such as time, suffering, self, causality, beauty, intensity, purpose, surrender, destiny, love, and death. There will be ample time for detailed questions of practical therapy as well as for perplexities of the soul affecting any person’s life.