For our next Myth Salon Terry Ebinger will be guiding us through an exploration of character arcs and mythic journeys that will be transferable to each of our lives in a real and practical way. Her intention is to inspire us to follow the lead of these regular humans in movies, and to do the work to become wise elders in our own right.
The most compelling films about wise elderhood serve as journeys into mythic territory — offering daunting trials, vital awakenings, necessary sacrifices, and healing transformations. We’ll explore pilgrimage, mentoring, character, eccentricity, giftedness, forgiveness work, receiving help and facing death — all repeating motifs of eldership films. Through the lens of depth psychology, myth, and the language of dream, we’ll observe and amplify the values, attitudes, and tasks of later life individuation.
Wisdom fits into very small spaces and the thinnest moments in time. It is large and small at the same time. It fits neatly into categories and expands to cover the breadth of the cosmos. Often, we arrive at the threshold of wisdom and we either overlook or miss the opportunity for enlightenment, which is why age can often be a contributing factor to making sense of profound occurrences. Terry Ebinger may not be a wise elder herself, but is well on her way! She is wise in her knowledge about film, story, archetypes, and the power of how to recognize characters of virtue when she sees them. We’re really fortunate that she is returning to the Myth Salon to take us on a journey to explore The Way of the Wise Elder in Film. We all seek guidance and direction in mapping our journey. These musings will be followed by a council of wise elders, our panel of luminaries in their fields in conversation and reflection.