Spirits vs Psychology

Presented by Marty Laubach.

Many of the practices of the American Neo-Pagan community involve dealings with spirits. These are regarded as separate conscious entities that inhabit a "spirit world" that has a mutual influence relationship with the physical world. Some groups in the community, however, use the terminology and concepts of "spirits" while taking an agnostic or atheist view of them, "psychologizing" the practices through a model that assumes we are only working with separate aspects of our own subconscious. This workshop explores the implications of each approach: If there are spirits, what is their nature and why would they want to work with us? If this is psychology, what are we hoping to get out of it, and is it effective? Please bring your ideas... Marty hopes not only to present some ideas, but to hear how people in our community "do" spirits.

















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