Pilar Jennings presents “Healing the Selfless Self: When Buddhism and Subjectivity Collide”. In the history of Buddhist spirituality, the relevance of subjectivity has been challenged in ways that seem directly at odds with a psychoanalytic understanding of the human condition. Over time, and perhaps particularly in contemporary Western cultures, the Buddhist emphasis on self-transcendence has created opportunity for practitioners to consider the development and pitfalls of self-experience throughout the life cycle. In this talk, Pilar Jennings will explore the lively intersection of a Buddhist and psychoanalytic approach to narcissism in its various forms, with emphasis on the run from subjectivity in the Buddhist tradition, and the charge toward subjectivity in the analytic endeavor. Taken in tandem, these perspectives can illuminate the healing process of building up sturdy and supple self-hood.
Complexity theory is recognised as the New Science that conceptualises the universe as a system of communicating systems. As such, everything in the universe is better understood by exploring the dynamic, nonlinear relationships between the parts that make up the whole. Psychoanalytic Complexity Theory provides a new, but familiar contribution to contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice.
“Reliance on God” is one of the spiritual virtues and a major stage in the ascension toward God’s proximity. Its practice is highly recommended for believers (Kor.26:217). Prophet Mohammad is told: “Put your trust in God, He suffices as a guardian” (33:3). Allah also mentions that true believers put their trust in their Lord (Kor. 8:2). God calls Himself dependable, trustworthy, and manifests Himself throughout the Koran accordingly.
The area of spirituality and health is developing as an academic field of enquiry, and this new perspective is beginning to be incorporated into training programs for medical doctors and health practitioners. A cloud of suspicion hovers over the issue of ‘spirituality’ in the health and therapy professions. Part of the problem arises from the fact that a lot of activities go on under the umbrella term spirituality, and some of these warrant a critical eye. However, as an offspring of the Intellectual Enlightenment, medicine itself has had a materialist bias toward human nature, and until recently has merely bracketed out the spiritual aspects of health and healing.