Our tendency to look for direct, objective causes in events may be depriving us of a rich inner significance. C. G. Jung's theory of synchronicity considers symbolic, psychological connections between material events of prime importance. Hoeller describes how other cultures make use of their sense of connectedness and how we can develop this sense.
STEPHAN HOELLER: For over twenty years Stephan Hoeller has been sharing his wisdom in weekly talks recorded at the Los Angeles Gnostic Society. His subjects range over the entire scope of Western inner traditions, emphasizing Jungian psychology and gnosis--the ancient premise that we can experience direct knowledge of transcendent reality, with corresponding practices that encourage and enhance this experience.
Born to Hungarian nobility, Stephan Hoeller survived the ravages of Nazi oppression only to be forced into exile by the Communist takeover of his home country. As a young scholar in Austria, Hoeller had already developed strong interests in Gnosticism and the depth psychology of Carl Jung, when a mysterious visitor introduced him to Jung's unpublished Gnostic text, "Seven Sermons to the Dead." This fortuitous event propelled Hoeller into what has become his life's work.
Like Joseph Campbell, Hoeller covers a vast territory in his uncompromising scholarship. His knowledge of esoteric systems spans the range of human culture and digs at depths in the tradition of C. G. Jung. His understated presentation is richly informative, leading from thorough research grounded in many years of personal practice, to surprising insights. The effect is cumulative - after hearing a few of his talks, you will find yourself looking at the world a little differently, noticing details and connections you may have overlooked, considering the hidden factors underlying everyday life.