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Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light!
Lecture and Workshop
John Todd, Ph.D.
Friday November 9, 2018, Lecture - The Shadow of the Bat .......
Dr. John Todd's evening lecture was an exploration of the image of the bat and what it holds for the modern Westerner. Most early human cultures revered the bat. Not only was the bat held sacred for the essential role they play in our ecosystem as pollinators, seed dispersers, and natural insect control, they were also appreciated
for their uniqueness. Bats are the only mammals that possess the ability for sustained flight, they nurse their
young, and even share brainwave patterns common with those of primates. And yet, they mostly live
underground in caves, sleep upside down, have the ability to see in the dark, and are nocturnal. Despite their
clear benefit to humans and our ecology in general, Western culture has demonized the bat and therefore one is
forced to wonder why so much negative shadow material has been projected on the bat. What does the image of
the bat hold for the Western psyche? What aspects of ourselves have been deemed demonic that are essential to
our own inner ecosystems? A deeper exploration of the image of the bat as not only holding negative shadow
material, but also holding that of the light bringer or psychopomp reveals a great deal about the human condition
in the modern Western world.
Saturday, November 10, 2018, Workshop - Let There Be Light! .....
The workshop was a deeper exploration of the role of the Lumen Naturae (The Light of Nature) and the light
bringer/psychopomp within our psyches with a particular emphasis on those that present themselves to us in
the form of an animal. Dr. Todd used film clips, clinical material and personal reflection to further deepen and
explore this vital concept as it manifests in our daily lives and practices as mental health professionals.
John Todd, Ph.D. Bio .....
John Todd, Ph.D. is a diplomate Jungian analyst based in Evergreen, Colorado. A native of Florida, John
began his career spending over a decade as a children and family counselor for Hospice of Florida Suncoast
before starting private practice. In 2006 he relocated to Evergreen with his wife and two children. In his free
time he enjoys hiking, skiing, film, music, and reading.