Creative Madness: The Experience of Liminality

“I feel lost, disoriented, confused.” “I feel like the ground has gone out from under my feet.” “I thought I knew who I was and where I was going.” “I’ve lost myself, my direction.” “I wonder if this is what it feels like to be crazy!”

Eugene Friends of Jung Presents

Creative Madness: The Experience of Liminality

Presented by Linda Sherman, Ph.D.

Lecture: 7:00-9:00 pm, Friday, February 10, 2012
Seminar: 9:00am-1:00pm, Saturday, February 11, 2012
HEDCO Education Building
Main Entrance, 1655 Alder Street, 2nd Floor
Free Parking in Front Lot

Creative Madness: The Experience of Liminality

Presented by Linda Sherman, Ph.D.

Lecture: 7:00-9:00pm, Friday, February 10, 2012

These people have stepped, or been thrust, into a liminal experience, “limin” from the Greek word for threshold, and their familiar world has been upended. Who they were is no longer viable; who they will be has not yet emerged. The desire is for stability, but is this always the need? What is the nature of, and the peculiar possibilities presented by, the experience of the liminal state? While there are many paths into liminality, some sought out—meditation, active imagination, mescaline—we will focus on those which happen unbidden. The lecture will explore this territory through the experiences of people who went through such a phase in their lives and restabilized in a new reality, from which perspective they tell their stories. Certain themes recur, those of loss and gain, death and rebirth, change on an elemental level, the helplessness of the ego to choose and control what the body/mind/spirit must encounter. What, then, is the ego’s role? Is there useful information in ideas of Jung or Winnicott, traditional initiation rites, dream images, ancient wisdom, which can serve as guides through this shadowy territory?

Creative Madness: The Experience of Liminality

Seminar: 9:00am-1:00pm, Saturday, February 12th, 2012

HEDCO Education Building, Main Entrance, 1655 Alder Street, 2nd Floor – Free Parking in Front Lot

The workshop will provide an opportunity to relate these understandings to specific experiences in the history of participants. Can we gain new perspectives on crucial turning points—perhaps retrieving something mistakenly lost, or finally letting go of something outlived—and use these insights in navigating present or future developmental passages? We will use creative work, journal writing, storytelling, and other modes of expression native to the liminal experience, as well as discussions. Sharing of personal work is always optional.

Linda Sherman, Ph.D.

Linda Sherman, Ph.D. is a psychologist in private practice in Eugene, OR. She is a founding board member of Northwest Docere (, a nonprofit presenting workshops for women, and of Oregon Friends of Jung. She previously was a senior staff member at the University of Oregon Counseling Center and a teacher at the Northwest Institute for the Creative Arts Therapies. She has been a graphic and theatrical designer and a teacher of art and psychology./p>


For our planning purposes, please register for the Saturday seminar by mail as soon as possible.  Please arrive by 8:45am if you plan to register on the day of the seminar.  Registration for both events opens one-half hour prior to presentation.

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