In-person: A Psychological Approach to the War in Ukraine

May 31, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Healing Circles Langley
534 Camano Ave
WA 98249
Diana Lindsay

A Healing Circles Community Conversation – May 31, 2022

The war in Ukraine raises many psychological questions about history, politics and the mechanisms of war.  What makes people capable of such horrific acts of destruction and death? What is the psychic mechanism by which we dehumanize others and wish for their extermination? Why do some people prefer a totalitarian state rather than a democracy?  What is our moral responsibility as witnesses to the atrocities of war? And what happens when we approach this global event from the interior dimensions of our personhood? In this place, we recognize our own capacity to act like perpetrators. At the same time, our imaginations are moved by scenes of profound suffering and stories of human resilience that make us ask the question, ‘What would I do if that were me?”

Join us in a conversation to explore the inner dimensions of the war in Ukraine with the goal of seeking solace in community and thereby restoring ourselves and the world to wholeness.

Randy Morris, Ph.D., is Faculty Emeritus at Antioch University Seattle where he taught adult students in the BA Liberal Studies Program for 30 years and was the coordinator of the Psychology and Spiritual Studies areas of concentrations. He is also President Emeritus of the Board at Rite of Passage Journeys, a non-profit dedicated to restoring rites of passage for youth, adults and elders, and where he led adult vision quests for many years. He currently serves on the executive committee of Sage-ing International, an organization in service to the education of conscious elders. Randy is also the co-president of the Seattle Jung Society, bringing the insights of depth psychology to bear on global rites of passage and the dark night of the species soul. Additional interests include dreams, myth, ritual process, eco-spirituality, and The Work That Reconnects pioneered by Joanna Macy. Randy lives in The Pacific Northwest on South Whidbey Island, just outside of Seattle, WA.