April 23, 2016 at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco.
Room 304, CIIS, 1453 Mission St 94103
Join Michael Cornwall P.hD., to explore the unique Neo-Jungian approach of understanding and responding to people in extreme states developed by John Weir Perry- through discussion and an experiential exercise of practicing compassionately “being with” someone in an extreme state.
Come join us as we explore the ancient mystery of extreme states and ways to help people who are in them, that doesn’t rely on the disease model theory and practice of psychiatry!
Jung went through his own intense and transformative journey of extreme states as chronicled in his visionary “Red Book.”
He developed a revolutionary understanding of the archetypal and mythic forces that help fuel and animate the process of extreme states. That intense process is initially caused by overwhelming factors like personal loss or failure, lack of needed love, trauma,- plus the toxic cultural forces that devalue our souls, and undermine our sacred birthright as sovereign beings.
John Weir Perry knew Jung personally from the early 1930’s and then trained with Jung for years in Zurich after WW2. Perry became and still remains the leading Jungian to expand Jung’s work on madness. Perry believed in the purposive, potentially transformative nature of psychosis that Jung doubted. Relying on his unique faith in the renewal process inherent in extreme states, Perry created the Jungian medication-free extreme states sanctuary in San Francisco- Diabasis House. Perry’s revolutionary approach confirmed that the majority of people who go through extreme states in a med-free and focused, loving environment, that is tuned into the archetypal and mythic forces at work, will be free of future reliance on the mental health system.
Jung wrote the forward to Perry’s classic 1950 book, “The Self in Psychotic Process.” Perry’s other books- “The Far Side Of Madness,” Roots of Renewal in Myth and Madness” and “Trials of the Visionary Mind” all bring a Neo-Jungian formulation of madness and how to respond that has no equal.
Michael was a close friend and colleague of John Perry for almost 20 years and completed doctoral research at CIIS on Perry’s Diabasis House in 2002.
Michael went through his own unmedicated initiatory madness 50 years ago that served to inspire his vocation of serving people in extreme states in med-free sanctuaries, and in the community for over 35 years. He still sees people in extreme states every week in his private practice.
Michael is a frequent conference and workshop leader at Esalen Institute and other venues on extreme states, and is a prolific writer on madinamerica.com – a journal and book chapter contributor, authoring over 35 articles on alternative approaches to extreme states and emotional suffering.
Michael can be reached at his website- “What is Madness?” michaelcornwall.com