Saturday, November 13, 2012 Asheville felt the tremors from a 4.3-magnitude earthquake that originated in eastern Kentucky. The quake was did not cause any damage but was enough to shake the lamps at the Asheville Jung Center. Local Jonathon Murphrey was watching the pregame show for the UNC Tarheel’s football game when he noticed his beer dancing in front of him at the Hickory Tavern. Len Cruz of InnerQuest Psychiatry and Counseling noticed the same in his glass of water as he read a book. Recent natural disasters, no matter how big or small, have engaged the topic of the Mayan Calendar and the end of world prediction. The Asheville Jung Center was founded in 2008 to advance the psychology of Carl Jung and promote an international Jungian community. It is affiliated with innerQuest Psychiatry and Counseling, a regional psychiatrist group.
North Carolina has experienced 4 small earthquakes in 2012 not including this most recent on 11/10/12 because it originated in eastern Kentucky. Last year a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that originated in Virginia shook buildings all over North Carolina.
On 10/18/12 North Carolina held a statewide earthquake drill for this first time in part of a southeast regional exercise titled, “The Southeast Shakeout.” Other states that took part in the drill were Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and D.C.
For more information on earthquakes and preparing for them please visit the USCG.
People are looking for clues that can help decipher the meaning and implications of the Mayan prophecies. The impression that the world may come to some cataclysmic end is deeply etched into the human psyche and appears as a recurring motif. The Asheville Jung Center is at the leading edge of exploring the significance of the Mayan Prophecy. “There is an aspect of the primitive part of our brain that fears the abyss; this finds expression in sacred literature and in various myths and rituals of ancient cultures, and the failure to acknowledge this notion of annihilation may result in acting out these themes in aberrant ways," says Dr. Steven Buser, co-founder of the Asheville Jung Center. Dr. Len Cruz, also of the Asheville Jung Center, offered several examples of aberrant patterns evident in current events ”…the denial of the evidence concerning environmental degradation, the paralysis in dealing with the impending fiscal crisis in the US and elsewhere, and the psychic numbing as described by the psychiatrist, Robert J. Lifton in association with the threat of nuclear destruction that was initially identified in survivors of Hiroshima.”
“Do we really believe the end of the world is upon us at the end of this year? It is true that our world feels full of chaos, wars, terror attacks, economic collapses, and environmental disasters. But is this really new? If we look back in history we discover that the world has been a dangerous and unpredictable place from the beginning. So, would you really prefer to live in another time with dinosaurs crashing around you, bubonic plague wiping out your community, or the inquisition stripping you of your religious choice and life? I wouldn’t,” says Nancy Swift Furlotti.
The Asheville Jung Center will host a worldwide conference "The End of the World" on November 29, 2012 (viewable on the WEB) that brings together Jungian psychoanalysts from Zurich, the Netherlands, and Los Angeles including Nancy Furlotti, MA who has extensively studied the Mayan Calendar will be among the presenters.