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Renewing Integrity Through Film: Images of Caring for the Truth Week of July 16-23, 2017

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Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. -Blaise Pascal
Integrity in life means not only behaving according to certain moral principles, in the sense of honesty, sincerity, and lack of hypocrisy, but also striving for greater wholeness within and a more genuine and complete relation with others. This film seminar explores this master virtuous quality of life, which is—according to Erik Erikson—the most mature stage of human development. In fourteen feature films (including some documentaries), the main actor/actress comes to embody integrity by confronting the lack of integrity in luminous performances. Mindfully watching these performances trains our eyes, minds, and hearts for a most specific purpose: to see, understand, and feel the longings of our psyches for integrity and truth.
The seminar includes films carefully curated and shown on state-of-the-art equipment (including 4K Blu-ray video projection and nine loudspeakers), handout syllabus on the films, and reflection and group interaction focused on the participant’s own experience of each film. Movies take on an exquisite cumulative power when shown over seven days at Esalen in a group setting that is truly remarkable and unforgettable.
For more information, contact Francis Lu and see www.gratefulness.org, then search “films.”
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;

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