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Virtual Rabbi's Tisch with Barbara Morrill, PhD

Friday, April 9, 2021 27 Nisan 5781

6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Unfolding toward Being; The Evolution of Consciousness of Etty Hillesum

 Etty Hillesum a young Dutch, Jewish woman of twenty-seven found an inner path to liberation the face of the horror of her times, the Nazi genocide sweeping across Europe which ultimately engulfed Etty and her family in late 1943.  The 'unfolding' of Etty Hillesum's developing consciousness is considered from an integral and 'evolution of consciousness' perspective.  The Diamond Approach, or Ridhwan School is drawn upon to set the stage.

This path combines Eastern teachings and practices with the concepts of Western depth psychology and sees development as occurring in spiraling and overlapping stages. Etty's spiritual and psychological journey is examined in the context of these stages. Her evolutionary process is informed by the method of inquiry, which is similar to Etty's process of “hineinhorchen” or "hearkening" to herself.

This exploration will offer a contemporary yet ancient perspective that tracks Etty Hillesum's own radical evolution of consciousness, in a treacherous time in European history that we glimpse in Etty’s two and a half year diary that is a mere 'moment' in time, that is, indeed, timeless.


Barbara Morrill, PhD, is an Associate Professor and former chair of the Integral Counseling Psychology Program at The Institute of Integral Studies in S.F.,CA. She is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in CA, and has been in private practice for 30 years in Palo Alto.

Barbara has spent much of her life exploring women's social, psychological, and spiritual development, with an emphasis on intergenerational trauma. Her dissertation in ‘94 was entitled, Quest for Wholeness; The Individuation process of Seven African American Women.

Etty Hillesum has been the focus of her study since the late 90’s, beginning with a paper at the 2008 International Transpersonal Congress, New Delhi, India, entitled "Being in the Face of Annihilation; Transformation Through Writing as Inquiry in the lives of two Dutch Women During the Holocaust: Etty Hillesum (1914-1943) and Jetteke Frijda (1925-2017)". Her continued study has been about the evolution of consciousness as well as the Jungian notion of cultural complexes. 


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