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Vocation as psyche's call

  • The Quaker House 10 Hampson Street Kelvin Grove, QLD, 4059 Australia (map)

"What is it that inexorably tips the scales in favor of the extra-ordinary? It is what is commonly called vocation: an irrational factor that destines a man to emancipate himself from the herd and from its well-worn paths."

C.G. Jung CW17, para. 299.

How do we hear the work we are called to do? Today, many people suffer from the absence or frustration of a true vocation - a calling which provokes one's genius and inspires one's heart. Despite the value of mainstream career counselling approaches, they are limited in supporting the person who desires to discern and live a more soul-centred calling, one which arises from a deeper place in the psyche than the conscious ego.

Suzanne Cremen Davidson explores what Jung and others in the depth psychological tradition, including James Hillman and Joseph Campbell, had to say about vocation and calling. Suzanne shows how a depth psychological approach, which values the creative unconscious or autonomous psyche as a source of wisdom and knowledge, can inform and deepen contemporary approaches to career development and vocational guidance. We’ll look at the New Zealand film Whale Rider (2002) to illustrate how vocational calls from soul (psyché) may arise, including via ancestral patterns, amor fati (love of one’s fate) and attunement to synchronicity.

Members and Concession: $10, Non-members $15