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The Paradoxes of Love: Christian, Sufi, and Jungian Perspectives

The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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9:30 AM – 1:30 PM



4 Continuing Education Credits for MD, PhD, MFT, LCSW, & RNs


Jung wrote extensively on the psychological meaning of the Christian mystery, but he considered himself to have faltered in finding the language to adequately express what he regarded as “the incalculable paradoxes of love.” Yet love is the central theme of the Christian tradition. For Christian mystics and their close siblings, the Sufis of Islam, God as the transcendent Ground of all Being is love.

The mystics also say love manifests in paradoxical, contradictory ways. We both lose ourselves and find ourselves through love. There is love that separates and love that unites, love that rejects and love that forgives, love that devours and love that liberates. Love wounds us and heals us, casts us down and raises us up. Love means letting go, dying to self-interest, clinging to nothing, yet fully embracing the Now.

The purpose of this workshop is to contemplate the paradoxes of love in our own lives and how they relate to our life’s journey. For many of us, the more we mature the more love becomes our ultimate concern. We realize love is the “bottom line,” our highest value. Toward the end of our lives we may ask, “Did I love well? Have I learned to forgive, to let go of the past?” The wise among us consider these questions now.

This workshop will be suitable for everyone who is interested in love. We will find that the passion of the Christian mystics and the rapture of the Sufis, seen through the lens of Jungian psychology, offer richness and meaning for our lives, no matter what our religious orientation.

BRYAN WITTINE, PH.D., is a Jungian analyst and licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Marin County. Before becoming a Jungian analyst he trained in existential-humanistic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic self-psychology. At age 21 he began to practice mysticism under hermetic Kabbalists. After 13 years he moved on to practice under Buddhist and Sufi teachers. He has written several papers on transpersonal psychology and teaches regularly in the Analytic Training and Extended Education programs at the Jung Institute.



The Jung Institute of San Francisco is accredited by the Institute of Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.The Jung Institute of San Francisco takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are offered for this event.


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The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
2040 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PST)

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The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco

A non-profit educational and community service organization that devotes itself to the furtherance of Jungian thought in clinical work and in cultural discourse. In addition to its Analytic Training Program, the Institute provides educational events for the general public, seminars for professionals, and produces Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, now published by Taylor & Francis. The Institute houses an extensive library and offers a sliding scale psychotherapy clinic.  Friends of the Institute, an auxiliary organization, welcomes new members. 

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