In this lecture, we will explore ideas from my book, Jung and the Ancestors: Beyond Biography, Mending the Ancestral Web. Jung’s conceptualization of the collective unconscious provides a psychological framework that, like genetics, allows us to trace the footprints of our ancestors across time and space. According to Jung, the collective unconscious is “the mighty deposit of ancestral experience accumulated over millions of years.” The idea that our ancestors have any kind of existence beyond this earthly one, much less that they have a desire to be in relationship with us, is unusual for many of us in modern Western culture. At its heart, it’s about restoring balance and harmony within oneself and one’s lineage in service to love flowing more freely within and through the generations across time and space.
Sandra Easter, Ph.D., author of Jung and the Ancestors: Beyond Biography, Mending the Ancestral Web received her M.A. in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and her Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and Mentor and has additional training in Indigenous African Spiritual Technologies, Dream Tending, the Process of Council and the Therapeutic Uses of Puppetry. She has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 35 years and maintains a practice in Denver, CO. The foundation of her work lies in the psychology of C.G. Jung, Indigenous Science, Buddhism, and the experience of the undivided relationship between the embodied world and the psyche.