Myths, Symbols, Stories: Bi-Cultural Vision with Angeles Arrien, Ph.D.

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A Basque native, Arrien is at the forefront of those who see the common threads that unite us while honoring our differences. She speaks of the importance of myth and symbol in everyday life and combines the two disciplines of anthropology and psychology. Her cross-cultural approach provides both a universal and practical means of addressing health and well-being. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Angeles Arrien, Ph.D. (1940-2014) was an anthropologist, educator, and a consultant to medical, academic, and corporate communities worldwide. She taught at the University of California, California Institute of Integral Studies, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and the Alaya Institute, and was the founder of the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research.

Her books include:

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why we should pay attention to recurring symbols that come to us in dreams and meditations
  • How we can notice unique recurring symbols as they appear in our lives
  • How symbols and cards can help with business leadership skills
  • What are the four principles of The Four Fold Way
  • How are the four principles of the Four Fold Way expressed in the four seasons
  • Why are these symbols and indigenous truths appearing now
  • How we are in a time of turning the dark energies into light energies, demons into protectors
  • What are the four underlying themes of all addictions and what are their antidotes
  • What view of life is the media presenting
  • How the symbol of the swastika appears with positive connotations in many cultures
  • What is the meaning of the symbol of the spiral
  • How nature, as a complex living organism, is much more valuable than to be used solely as a resource

Host: Michael Toms           Interview Date: 1/11/1990          Program Number: 2172