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Caring for our World. Caring for our Mind.

caringmailchimp headIn response to developments on the political landscape of the world the Sydney Institute of Psychoanalysis presents a Public Conversation by Sydney psychoanalyst Maurice Whelan who will present a paper entitled Caring for our World, Caring for our Mind. The paper will be followed by a panel discussion. The panel includes Australian writer David Malouf.

There is widespread alarm and disbelief which has increased significantly since the inauguration of a new president in the USA. Many people are in a state of shock. Before we can care for the world we have to care for our own mind. Chekhov said, ‘Art doesn’t have to solve problems; it just has to formulate them correctly.’ This conversation may not solve the problems we are presented with, but may help us to formulate them better and recover our capacity to think.

Price: 22.00 Inc GST for 2 files, Maurice Whelan's talk and seperate discussion.
(file is 2 x MP3 audio files - please allow some time for file to download, depending on your connection speed)


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Moonlight Reflected in Dewdrops

Dr Shahid Najeeb

The title of these lectures is a quote from Dogen’s poem “To what shall / I liken this world? / Moonlight reflected / In dewdrops, / Shaken from a crane’s bill.”  In Japanese poetry “cranes” (being long lived) represent what endures, “dew drops” transience & “moonlight” enlightenment. This series of six lectures gathers together these elements in psychoanalysis & Buddhism to show how they dynamically relate to & reflect each other.

(file is a zip containg 6 x MP3 files - please allow some time for file to download, depending on your connection speed)

Price $35.00 for a series of 6 lectures


Susie Obach talking about navigating our culture's body anxiety:

Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and writer. Her interests have centred around feminism & psychoanalysis, the construction of femininity and gender, globalisation & body image and emotional literacy.  Her numerous publications include the classic Fat is a Feminist Issue, The Impossibility of Sex and her latest book Bodies. In this discussion Susie explores the multiple pressures which have combined to create body insecurity. She explores the role of visual culture and the ways in which the family setting is now fraught around food and body image issues, aided by industries who profit from creating body unhappiness. She suggests ways to fight back to claim the body as a place to live from rather than be victimised by the style and diet industries.

Price $18

Here's a link to a .zip file. Within powerpoint slide show to accompany Susie Orbach's Talk


If you can’t hear the silence you are not listening to the words

In this talk Maurice Whelan novelist, poet, and psychoanalyst, examines the creative mind. He is interested in the mind of the writer and in the creativity that is necessary to live a life. He explains how a creative mind is nourished and protected. He explores the importance of silence. He argues for a full engagement with everyday emotional experience. He poses questions: How does a writer take ordinary events and from them make an extraordinary story? Where is transformational energy to be found? Maurice views writing a novel or a poem as an act of personal expression and social communication – a writer must always have a reader in mind. In advancing his ideas he will draw on his own prose and poetry and on two Irish writers, the poet Seamus Heaney, and the novelist John McGahern. James Joyce said a piano was a coffin of music that needed a pianist to play it to life. John McGahern added that a book is a coffin of words; it is the reader who breathes it to life.

File Type: MP3 Audio

Time: 17.50

Price: $12.00

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