LECTURE: Why is it that despite the fact that the Self presents us with a gift and a destiny, of a potential waiting to be expressed, that we often neglect to attend to all that is needed to bring this aspect of the Transcendent to fruition? To turn away from a life proffered by the Psyche, is to turn away from Self and soul. As there are profound psychological, spiritual and physical consequences for such an unlived life, we need a richer understanding of humanities experiences of confronting and running away from what Self asks of us, and how we have responded to this greater calling. In this lecture, he discusses ancient and modern wisdom stories, and examples from clinical practice to help us understand the unconscious and archetypal reasons for our inability to understand or accept the deeper meaning of sacrifice. We discuss ways to accept the personal and archetypal mandates that come with the calling each and every one of us brings into the world, and allows for a meaningful and spiritual approach to life.: Michael Conforti, Ph.D. is a Jungian Psychoanalyst and founder and director of the Assisi Institute in Italy and Vermont. His work has resulted not only in a training institute based on his discoveries, but also the development of a new discipline, Archetypal Pattern Analysis. He has been a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute-Boston, the C.G. Jung Foundation-New York, and Antioch New England Graduate School. He lectures internationally and applies his insights as a sought-after consultant to businesses, government institutions, and the film industry. He maintains a private practice in Vermont. Dr. Conforti is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche.