the lynx & the butterfly: exploring the esoteric imagination WITH LEONARD GEORGE
Friday 30th April (7-9pm EDT), Saturday 1st May (10am-1pm EDT), Sunday 2nd May (10am-1pm EDT) 2021
“I feel more and more every day, as my imagination strengthens, that I do not live in this world alone but in a thousand worlds.” ~ John Keats (1818)
The Centre for Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred is delighted to be hosting this exciting event in partnership with the Open Centre, New York. PLEASE NOTE ALL TIMES ARE EDT.
“Defining the imagination is like grabbing the wind. Imagining is ambiguous, ambivalent, creative and subversive. Controlling others’ imaginations has long been a means of oppression; but fresh imaginings can bring liberation and healing. And imagination has featured since time immemorial in the quest for the sacred. In this event we will ponder ideas about imagination through the ages, study forms of imaginative activity in the quest, and introduce methods for tapping the potentials of the esoteric imagination.”
Leonard George, PhD – Open Centre, New York
Cost (please be aware all timings are EDT)
£75 – for all sessions (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
£25 – Friday PM only (if attending from UK, the recording will be available immediately afterwards)
£30 – Saturday PM only
£30 – Sunday PM only
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Session 1: Friday 30th April 7.00pm-9.00pm EDT (if residing in the UK, the recording will be available to view immediately afterwards)
Introduction: A Very Brief History of the Imagination
Esoteric pursuits like hermetism, theurgy, alchemy, magic and kabbalah have always been entwined with imagination. In this session we will unlock a tool-kit of ideas and means for the study of imagination. We will also reflect on the history of conceptions of imagination and their roles in suppressing and supporting esoteric views.
Session 2: Saturday 1st May 10.00am-1.00pm EDT (If attending from the UK, times will be 3.00pm- 6.00pm)
Lynx: Imagination and the Well of Being
In old Greek lore the lynx was the cat with x-ray eyes, able to see beneath the surface of things. It is an apt symbol of imagining’s power to disclose esoteric depths. In this session we will explore some of the ways that esoteric seekers have understood and harnessed the promise of imagination. Participants will also learn techniques that open the esoteric world to direct experience. There will be opportunity for actual practice, and for interaction with other participants.
Session 3: Sunday 2nd May 10am – 1pm EDT (If attending from the UK, times will be 3.00pm – 6.00pm)
Butterfly: Imagination and the Fount of Change
The butterfly is an age-old symbol of transformation. It is also linked with the imaginal realm, hidden from the physical senses and the mind’s thoughts, where potent forces of change dwell. In this session we will consider the role of esoteric imagination in evolution, review imaginal healing methods, and foster communion with the natural world through esoteric imagination. There will be opportunity for actual practice, and for interaction with other participants.
Leonard George – Biography
Leonard George, Ph.D. is a Canadian psychologist, writer, educator and broadcaster. He is a life-long student of esotericism. As a graduate student, he spent two years as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Parapsychology in Durham, North Carolina. After earning his doctorate, he worked for 19 years in a variety of clinical settings, specializing in psychotic disorders, seizure disorders, pain management, and traumas such as severe burns and animal maulings. He then worked in academia for 15 years as a member of the Department of Psychology and the Department of Music Therapy and served as the Chair of the School of Social Sciences at Capilano University in North Vancouver. Author of two books (Crimes of Perception: An Encyclopedia of Heresies and Heretics and Alternative Realities: The Paranormal, the Mystic and the Transcendent in Human Experience) and dozens of chapters and articles on a range of topics, he has given lectures and seminars around the world. For many years, Leonard has served as an advisor to the series of Esoteric Quests sponsored by the New York Open Center.