4.12.2015

April 12, 2015 from 2-5 PM At the APC-SF Library 2411 Octavia Street #1 San Francisco, CA 94109 (Located near the south corner of Broadway and Octavia Street) "Light at the Door: Healing through the Liminal Space of Creative Art." Presented by James Eyerman, MD The intersection of linear time with the non-temporal infinite produces creative disorientation. Liminal disorientation allows novelty to appear in the four dimensions of material creation as well as the personal psyche. Creative confusion often requires relinquishing the security of firm ego defenses, even to the point of ego death and dissolution. This presentation discusses the therapeutic value of creative acts such as drawing, sculpting, dance, sand tray, poetry, drama, music, and song. The theories of Plato and Aristotle, Wallas and Whitehead, Jung and Von Franz, Koestler and Redfield will be explored. Physiological models of contemporary neurobiological brain imaging will be surveyed. The ancient models of consciousness in Ayurveda and the Hippocratic Tradition will be discussed. Creative healing through the liminal space will be related to Ojas, the Lapis Philosophorum and Grof Holotropic Breathwork will illustrate the healing potential of liminal space.

James Eyerman, MD practices Integrative Health and Medicine and Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry in Mill Valley, California. He holds a degree in Classics from Holy Cross University, an MD from St. Louis University, and was trained in Psychiatry at Washington University, St. Louis. He utilizes Jungian dreamwork and other windows to the unconscious such as Grof Holotropic Breathwork, Ericksonian Hypnosis, EMDR, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Ayurvedic medicine and Vedic astrology, as well as western medicine. For over four decades, he has practiced as a psychiatrist, Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, yoga and meditation teacher, and Ayurvedic spa director. He is vice president for the Analytical Psychology Club of San Francisco and newsletter editor for the Northern California Psychiatric Society