Open Learning Course

Psyche, Cosmos and the Imaginal 

 

In a period of climate crisis and global pandemic, the imaginal provides a resource for the re-enchantment of our relationship with both nature and technology.   

Start date: February 2022. Length of study: 10 weeks. Tuition: £400

In a period of climate crisis and global pandemic aggravated by neuroses and conflicts, the imaginal provides a resource for the re-enchantment and recovery of our relationship with both nature and technology. Hence, we shall examine, and experiment with, imaginal strategies for mending the split between psyche and cosmos.
Psyche is the name which the ancient Greeks gave to the soul. The individual soul, and the soul of the world termed as the anima mundi, were conceived as part of a matrix that connects the life of people with the life of the Earth and the Cosmos. These subtle and invisible webs of relationships were mediated by the imaginal realm through a unique form of imagination. Imaginal language expresses the mysteries of planetary and cosmic existence through archetypal and symbolic shapes and patterns. It transforms their hidden meanings into myths and rituals, fairytales and legends, poems and artworks.

In our scientific and technological space-age, the word soul is often replaced by the terms unconscious, brain or mind. Space travel, as well as the colonisation of Mars and the Moon, offers a physical substitute for a mythic cosmos. However, the imaginal has never ceased to manifest the most profound aspirations of humanity through evolving archetypal patterns coded in artistic, scientific, and cultural texts and productions.

The option provides critical, theoretical methodologies and embodied creative, experiential tools for the exploration of the imaginal and its relationship with the psyche and the cosmos. For this purpose, we integrate films, artworks as well as telematic, technoetic arts and transpersonal technologies that engage holistically with the imaginal realm. The students become active participants, moving and meditating with the mysterious rhythms of Gaia, encountering visionary phenomena, and exploring the ritualistic and magical realms through games and practices. The main themes explored through the imaginal lens are: the heroine’s and hero’s journeys, spiritual and visionary experiences, healing of self and environment, transformation, and shifts in paradigm.

Overview

Accordion Content
  1. Participate in a creative, meditative and ritualistic online activity and games, evolving in a holistic learning environment.
  2. Discuss your own ideas about the psyche, cosmos and the imaginal realm with peers and the course tutor on interactive forums.
  3. Explore, meditate on, and move with, the mysterious rhythms of Gaia.
  4. Join several live webinars, combining academic discussion with reflections on your own experiences.
  5. Explore films and artworks that open a window to imaginal worlds.
  6. Participate in the re-enchantment of our relationships with nature and technology through active and insightful engagement with the imaginal.

There are no formal entry requirements to join this course. Come and study purely for personal interest and enrichment … and get the same level access as our postgraduate students who will be studying alongside you!

Before each course begins you will be provided with a Course Outline which will list the reading materials, time-lines, and any activities required as part of the course.

This course features 2 discussion forums, experiential activities and several live webinars.

Course leader

Lila Moore

Lila Moore, PhD

Lecturer, theorist, film-maker and mixed reality artist specialising in the field of Technoetic Arts.

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