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Creativity, Character and Calling

  • The Wheeler Centre (Level 1) 176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia (map)

How can we align our creativity more with our character and calling?

Dr Jennifer Selig, Pacifica Graduate Institute (USA)

This lecture will begin with the imaginative idea offered by archetypal psychologist James Hillman in his book The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling, that we are born coded with a calling and given the specific character to live out that calling. After exploring that idea, we will ask, what are the implications for our creativity? How can we align our creativity more with our character and calling?

Dr. Selig (Pacifica Graduate Institute) will offer examples from popular poets such as Mary Oliver and Gregory Orr, and will draw upon the metaphoric insight from Jorge Luis Borges that every poet (every creative person, by extension) has only five or six poems within them. The lecture will end with exercises we can use to discover those five or six themes and through-lines that run through our characters and express themselves in our calling.

Venue: The Wheeler Centre (Level 1), Melbourne. Tuesday 28 June 2016, from 6:15pm arrival for 6.30pm start; lecture finishes 7:30pm, with time for discussion.

Due to popular demand, a SECOND lecture has now been scheduled at 7.30pm, finishing at 8.30pm, with time for discussion.

Registration fee: Pre-booking recommended - $15 online (Visa, MasterCard, PayPal or Direct Deposit) - book now to secure your place (limited to 30)! Cash at the door $20.

EXTRA Creativity, Character & Calling, Dr Jennifer Selig Lecture

Creativity, Character and Calling begins promptly at 6:30pm. Late arrivals will be admitted to the second lecture at 7.30pm.  

Participants are invited to meetup with each other and Dr Selig after the lecture for conversation, food and drinks in the Moat Bar and Restaurant downstairs.