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SYMBOLS & THE SEARCH FOR MEANING GROUP
Beginning in July and ending in November, this series of 10 sessions aims to be thought-provoking and inspire lots of lively discussion. Meetings will take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 2.30 -4 pm in Kings Worthy. Venue tbc. A brief outline of the questions, ideas and symbols that will be explored are as follows:
July 6th and 20th
What does it mean to be fully human? A summary of six stages of human development will be presented that incorporates the theories and empirical research of Lev Vygotsky, Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, James Fowler, Erik Erikson and Carl Jung.
August 3rd and 17th
Is homo sapiens a symbolic species? What is a symbol? What are my values? An introduction to Jung’s theory of the individuation process. The idea that every person has ‘a great man within’, that of their conscience and their spiritual intelligence. Kipling’s story of ‘The thing hid inside a man’.
September 7th and 21st
Is the search for meaning the same as the search for truth? Are science and religion complimentary? An outline of a traditional hermeneutical framework which identifies four levels of meaning; literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical. The four stages of speech described in the Hindu Vedic tradition.
October 5th and 19th
Is the search for meaning related to the search for wholeness? Five holistic symbols from different religions and cultures. The idea that every individual life is a spiritual journey of one kind or another; the symbol of the chariot; the legend of Christopher.
November 2nd and 16th
Is the search for meaning related to the search for freedom, integrity, righteousness and peace? Clarifying our understanding of these concepts. The Buddha’s noble eightfold path. Reflecting on the meaning of the Biblical symbols of ‘a birthright’, a ‘promised land’ and ‘the kingdom of heaven’. The story of ‘The man with a lantern’.
Personal statement by the group leader, Ann Edwards, who moved to Hampshire in 2021.
I am now a retired teacher with a BSc in Anthropology, a PGCE in Chemistry and an MA in Religious Education. I first became aware of the stage theories of different aspects of human development whilst I was studying for the MA at Kings College London in 2005, in a module called RE and Psychological Understanding. I later combined these theories into a single model of human development which is summarized in ‘How to nurture spiritual development’  alongside further insights from Carl Jung and research into human intelligence. I am currently writing ‘Towards integrity and understanding: A new holistic educational approach’ which I hope will be published sometime next year.
If you are interested in joining us please contact Ann Edwards, contact details.