WORKSHOP- Crossing the Event Horizon—-Human Metamorphosis and the Singularity Archetype
Individually and collectively we are hurtling toward an evolutionary event horizon. The Singularity Archetype is a primordial image emerging from the collective unconscious that reveals key aspects of this event horizon. Manifestations of the Singularity Archetype include dreams, motifs and themes found in art, science fiction and fantasy literature and films, religious cults, and the paranormal, especially near-death experiences and UFO encounters. Key aspects of the Singularity Archetype include: “Logos Beheld” (visually comprehended linguistic intent often associated with a collective telepathic network), Homo gestalt (a new species where individuality is conserved but also telepathically networked), and a parallelism between the individual event horizon of death and eschaton (the collective event horizon of the species). Apocalypticism is analyzed as an example of the Singularity Archetype pathologizing. A study of the Heaven’s Gate saucer/suicide cult illustrates what can happen when people become possessed by the Singularity Archetype and are driven by it into delusory projections. The Singularity Archetype is viewed apocalyptically by the ego, and as a transcendent evolutionary event by the Self, and the duality of these views is explored in many examples. The evolutionary origins of the ego and its metamorphosis as it approaches the event horizon are explored. Evolutionary theory, which relates to the Singularity Archetype through a number of dynamic paradoxes, is discussed. Many popular books and movies are analyzed as permutations of the Singularity Archetype, including: Avatar,Childhood’s End, Village of the Damned, Powder, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
ORACLE PORTAL– THE PATH OF THE NUMINOUS
Writer, philosopher Jonathan Zap will be doing readings from the “Zap Oracle”—-a 664 card oracle that he has been developing for thirty years. He will also be doing dream interpretation. Jonathan has 35 years of experience interpreting dreams and takes an eclectic approach but is more influenced by Jungian psychology than any other school of thought. His approach to dream interpretation begins with recognizing that the truth sense of the dreamer is decisive in determining whether there is any validity to an interpretation.
Jonathan Zap grew up in the Bronx and attended the Bronx High School of Science. He graduated from Ursinus College with honors in Philosophy and English and received his Masters degree in English from NYU.
Jonathan is an author, philosopher, journalist, and teacher who has written extensively on psychology and contemporary mythology. Jonathan has worked as a staff gemologist and instructor for the Gemological Institute of America. He has taught English in High School and College and worked with troubled youth as the dean of a South Bronx High School. As a wilderness guide, Jonathan has led inner city kids and other young people on expeditions to remote desert canyons and to the summit of Mount Rainer.
Jonathan is the author of numerous published articles, essays, experimental works of fiction and the Zap Oracle. His most recent book is Crossing the Event Horizon—Human Metamorphosis and the Singularity Archetype.
Jonathan has done numerous radio and television interviews including four three hour shows on Coast to Coast AM—the world’s most listened to late night talk show. He is a featured correspondent and editor for Reality Sandwich, the popular online magazine, which has published dozens of his articles.
Jonathan has an extensive background in Jungian psychology, paranormal research and dream interpretation. For over thirty years he has been using the tools of Jungian psychology to study popular culture and contemporary mythology.
Jonathan currently resides in Boulder, Colorado .