The Art of Living Consciously

The Evergreen State College

Week 4: Oct 19 – 22

This week we are all focusing on the Yama of Ahimsa.  Please make a note in your journal sometime each day starting Thursday, 10/15, about how this Yama is, or is not, impacting your life.  Make sure to carefully read the following link to guide you in the way we are thinking about it.  ( Yama Assignment and NEW Synthesis Paper Assignment).


Pick ONE of the following five quotes from Man and His Symbols and write a detailed explanation of what YOU think Jung meant by it.  Include a quote from one OTHER page in the book that gives support to your explanation.

  1. “We are so captivated by and entangled in our subjective consciousness that we have forgotten the age-old fact that God speaks chiefly through dreams and visions.  The Buddhist discards the world of unconscious fantasies as useless illusions; the Christian puts his Church and his Bible between himself and his unconscious; and the rational intellectual does not yet know that his consciousness is not his total psyche” (p. 92).
  2. “…Symbols are natural attempts to reconcile and reunite opposites within the psyche” (p. 90).
  3. “All the corpses in the world are chemically identical, but living individuals are not.  Archetypes come to life only when one patiently tries to discover why and in what fashion they are meaningful to a living individual” (p. 88).
  4. “A sign is always less than the concept it represents, while a symbol always stands for something more than its obvious and immediate meaning.  Symbols, moreover, are natural and spontaneous products” (p.41). 
  5. “There are many symbols, however (among them the most important), that are not individual but collective in their nature and origin” (p. 41).


MONDAY, Oct. 19  11 am – 1 pm

Student-led seminars in your assigned seminar rooms: BA in COM 308B, TAS in 308E, CK in 308

This week’s readings

  • Introduction and Part 1: Carl G. Jung, Man and His Symbols, Dell, 1968, ISBN: 9780440351832
  • Requirements for Academic Statement Writing  (details below under work due on Wednesday)
  • Academic Statement essay winners  (details below under work due on Wednesday)
  • Chapter 6, Satya: Honesty – Yoga for a World Out of Balance

Seminar Ticket, Due Monday (two copies). TBA

  • Choose someone to facilitate the group and then seminar for 90 minutes, using your seminar ticket to help you get started
  • For the last 30 minutes of your the two-hour seminar time, pair up with your “editor of first resort”, or whomever is available, and give feedback to each other on your seminar tickets (The Seminar Ticket Prompt is written out at the top of this tab).
  • Rewrite your ticket for Tuesday’s seminar (bring one typed copy with you to the seminar).
  • Bill and Terry’s groups: email your seminar faculty and all members of your peer group by 4PM today about seminar. 
  • Remember: In your email about seminar, describe something that happened.  Keep your ego, with its feelings, judgments, reactions, etc., as firmly in check as possible.  Sketch, in words, a scene.  Your word choice, the structure of your sentences and the overall shape of the piece might reveal to you and your reader something that you did not know, before you approached this task, you knew. THIS IS NOT YOUR REVISED SEMINAR TICKET FOR TUESDAY

TUESDAY, Oct. 20

  • All-group meeting (noon-3:00) in COM 110
  • Seminar (3:00-5:00) in COM 308, 308B, 308E  – Due:   Re-written seminar ticket (revised from  Monday) 

(synthesis papers are now due on Thursdays.  See link to the updated Synthesis Paper Assignment below under Thursday)

WEDNESDAY, October 21 – 9:00 – 11:30 COM 110

  • All- group meeting (9:00-11:00) Prepare by reading the description of and requirements regarding the Academic Statement on the Evergreen website.  There is a difference between self evaluations in programs and the Academic Statement.  As the site puts it, “In each offering, you reflect on your learning through a self-evaluation. Your Academic Statement goes beyond individual programs you take and creates a portrait of your overall learning.”  We’ll not worry too much about that distinction here because self evaluations and the academic statement both ask you to reflect on what you learned.  We’ll talk about how to show an anonymous reader, in writing, what you learned.  Before class, read at least these essays that won cash prizes in the annual Academic Statement Writing Contests: 1st & 2nd place winners from 2014-15 (Russi and Burns), 1st & 2nd place winners from 2011-12 (Schuur and Swearingen), and the 1st & 2nd place winners plus at least one 3rd place winner from 2012-13 (Rai and Rothfuss, plus one from Beatty, Clark and Hopper).  Read more if you like.  One of the Academic Statement requirements is it may not exceed 750 words, so they’re all short.
  • Artist Lecture Series (11:30-1:00) – Experimental Theater, COM to hear Matt Offenbacher

THURSDAY, October 2210:00-1:00 CRC 116 – 117

DUE:Yama Assignment and NEW Synthesis Paper Assignment

Students in Bill’s seminar: please email this synthesis paper, and all subsequent ones, to him at

Read and bring with you :  pg. 79-103  Satya – Yoga for a World Out of Balance

WEAR LAYERED, LOOSE CLOTHING FOR MOVEMENT.  BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE. AND YOUR JOURNAL (and art supplies if you have them – pastels, colored pencils, markers, crayons etc.)