Dr. James Ulness, professor emeritus in psychology at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., will lead a workshop on “Facing Our Future” from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in The Church of St. Francis at 3201 Pleasant Ave. S., Minneapolis. The workshop is sponsored by the Minneapolis Theosophical Society as part of its Ancient Wisdom / Ancient Mysteries series of lectures and workshops.
The four-hour program will seek answers to major life questions, such as why we chose to be born, whether we all came here with a purpose, and whether souls ever become lost.
“We have no way of dodging what is coming,” Ulness said. “I hope that people will find the inner courage to face consciously the waves of change that are streaming towards us from the future. People sense this and are turning to counselors and psychotherapists to relieve their mounting anxiety or give them some understanding of what is happening.
“Old soulless psychology will be of little help. I have seen, I’m happy to say, a new and better psychology develop since I was in graduate school. Let’s call it spiritual psychology. You might say it is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ for an ailing humanity.”
Dr. Ulness has integrated the best of mainstream psychology with Eastern and Western spirituality, the humanistic psychology of Maslow and Rogers, the depth psychology of Carl Jung, the transpersonal psychology of Michael Washburn and Ken Wilber, Deci’s psychology of self-determination, and the methodology of Assogioli’s psychosynthesis, with the insight of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science.
In his workshop, Dr. Ulness will sort through many deep questions that trouble people today during the workshop, including: Why do I sometimes feel so incomplete? What might I do about it? What is my role as ego in my own development? What is the role of my Higher Self? Why is there so much fear and anxiety? How can I become what I was created to be? Is there such a thing as Reincarnation and Karma? What is their purpose? How does a higher, more moral, conscience enter into human consciousness? If so, how would this help social life on this planet? Meaningful answers to these questions, Dr. Ulness said, will enable us to face the future with confidence and courage.
The four-hour workshop will include live music by Celtic harpist Bettie Sietzer, and free refreshments will be available.
Registration will be accepted at the door on the day of the event, and credit cards are accepted. The cost is $35 for adults, $55 for couples or families, and $30 for students, seniors or Theosophical Society members.
The Minneapolis Theosophical Society is a non-profit organization not affiliated with any religion. Its members study philosophy, science and spirituality in an open setting that encourages complete freedom of interpretation for all individuals. The Minneapolis chapter is one of the oldest branches in the world, personally chartered by Theosophical Society founders Helena Blavatsky and Henry Olcott in 1887.