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Spring 2014 Programs
In Civilization in Transition (CW Vol. 10), Jung’s thoughts span 41 years, from 1918 to 1959. This reading course will focus on selected readings that are as important today as when Jung first penned them. “The Role of the Unconscious” and “The Spiritual Problem in Modern Man” provide Jung’s views of the function and purpose the unconscious, how it impacts self-knowledge, and how it helps in maintaining one’s identity in the face of the pressures of society. “The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man” and “The Undiscovered Self” address the relationship between the individual and mass society. This includes the plight of the individual in modern society, religion as a counterbalance to “mass-mindedness,” the individual’s understanding of himself, self-knowledge, and the meaning of self-knowledge. “The Rise of the New World” and “The Complications of American Psychology” provide a glimpse of Jung’s description of or projections on American culture. As he said, Thus, when I have to say something serious about Americans and their peculiar psychology, my European audience is not shocked exactly, but at all events somewhat puzzled and inclined to disapprove. What the Americans will feel about my ideas remains to be seen (par. 947).
Rosanne Shepler, LPC, LP, received her diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute of New York in 2002. She also holds Master's degrees in Health Education and Counseling. Rosanne is on the curriculum committee and teaching faculty of the New York Institute and is a past President of JAWA. She has a private practice in Vienna, Virginia.
Our capacities toward relationship and openness to the “other,” while still remaining tuned to one’s own true self, depend on our psychological immune reactions. -Edward C. Whitmont
The immune function, essential for sustaining life in a hostile environment, can be activated through the placement of an antigenic substance into the body, an inoculum that will produce or boost immunity to a specific disease. This process is analogous to the alchemical principle of conscious meeting unconscious, creating the prima materia, and integrating the shadow, the central theme of Jung’s work. Our immunity is interdependent on sleep, nourishment, and exercise. All of these interactions of psyche, matter, and movement occur through the transfer of energy and are mediated through what the alchemists call the subtle body.
Tim Lyons, LICSW, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice on Capitol Hill and Silver Spring; he has studied Eastern religions and yoga for many years, he has completed post-graduate studies at the Philadelphia Jung Seminar, and has given lectures and classes on Jung and Eastern Spirituality and inner work at the Jung Society of Washington. He is also an architect, has written for the Washington Post, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution.
We will continue the study of Donald Kalsched’s ideas, presented in his celebrated publication on childhood trauma and its consequences. We learned in Part I of this study that very early in life a human being “tends to become cruelly divided against himself and becomes a self-frustrating and at times even a self-destroying creature” and that this becomes the “root of psychotic, psychosomatic, and psychoneurotic tensions and illnesses.” Because of this early trauma, the psyche becomes the battleground of titanic forces of dissociation and integration, and the original trauma is not retained in the memorable personal form but in the archetypal daimonic form; it is retained in a magical layer of consciousness that is not accessible to the ego and instead manifests in dreams, fantasies, object-images, and interpersonal struggles. For healing and ego-integration to occur, the early trauma has to be “incarnated” into the personal world of human experience. This often happens as an experience of re-traumatization. [Participation in part 1 is not prerequisite.]
Brendan Feeley, M.A., D.Ay., practices vedic astrology, ayurveda, and past-life regression in his office in Rockville, MD. He holds graduate degrees from Trinity College, University of Dublin, and Pacifica Graduate Institute. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-424-6644. His website is www.bpfeeley.com.
Continuing our deep psychic exploration of kriya yoga astrology, we will turn to Mars and Saturn. These planets are known to astrologers, respectively, as the lesser and greater malefics because they cannot be accessed without passing through or sitting with fear, constriction, anger, passion, frustration, and burnout. In this course we will consider them in a dialogical relationship as hearth (Saturn) and fire (Mars), habit (Saturn) and the energy of transformation (Mars).
We will use film, art, poetry, literature, myth, and importantly, food, as a means to examine these two planets. There are two yogic maxims that will be deeply examined in this course to better understand the dialog between Saturn and Mars: “From food you get mind,” and “If you want to change the patterns of childhood, stop eating the foods of childhood.”
These two maxims, in all their symbolic richness, tap directly into Saturn — the rigid patterns around food, culture, childhood, and cultivated adult eating habits that, when broken, often cause the psyche to erupt, and Mars — the anger, passion, and energy that can be unleashed when the psyche is invited to try something new.
This is the fifth in the series of malefic planets we have contemplated. In the kriya yoga tradition, astrology is an initiated experience that allows one to explore the parameters of their own psyche and their own life experience, rather than having it interpreted by another. As always the course will culminate with the participants presentations of their own projects synthesizing the materials presented in the class and their meaning to the participants own psyche and life.
Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry are lineage holders in the Kriya Yoga tradition (an Indian alchemical tradition) and are authorized to initiate and teach Kriya Yoga and its related teachings. The techniques of Kriya Yoga involve a psycho-physical means of self-inquiry and are an initiated path to understanding one’s own psyche in the context of the macrocosm. The Swami order is one of the oldest, continuous, living initiatory and alchemical systems extant. Heidi and Michael combine their experience to make yogic teachings accessible to western minds by use of comparative mythology, storytelling, astrology, and other symbolic systems. They are regular course leaders at the Jung Society, the Theosophical Society, and have delivered lectures on Samkhya Yoga to colleges and seminaries.
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol, morphine, or idealism.
Wind blowing over water disperses it, dissolving it into foam and mist. This suggests that when a man's vital energy is dammed up within him, gentleness serves to break up and dissolve the blockage. -Richard Wilhelm, The I-Ching, Hexagram 59: Dispersion
Unconditional care for the Self is a process that embodies gentle acceptance of the totality of our self, including those parts that we disown and find repugnant. In this way, we don’t become pathogenic to ourselves and become our own worst enemy to our shadow, our greatest source of growth. As a result of not being seen as children, of being disrespected, neglected, criticized, judged, and violated, we may have dissociated and imprinted the qualities of the original perpetrators deep in our psyche. Developing unconditional care is an antidote to self-attack and autoimmune reactions within the psyche, which block the dissolution of compensatory defenses and addictions and integration of the shadow.
The alchemical operation solutio turns solid into liquid through dissolution or baptism. In the classic alchemical treatise, The Splendor Solis, an illustration depicts an old king sitting in the alchemical bath while a man applies a bellows to the fire underneath, to “wash out the murkiness and shade” so the king can be purified and transformed into the prima materia. Achilles, whose well-intentioned mother, the nymph Thetis, bathed Achilles in the river Styx as she held him by the heel so that he could become immortal, might have asked, “Mom, what are you doing?” She might have answered, as Alice Miller said ironically, its “for your own good,” leaving his heel the one vulnerable place left to later magnetize the fatal arrow during the Trojan War.
How can we make the arrow point an inoculation of consciousness? Often we are shot with the arrow over and over before we get the message that we have magnetized our own rejected primal wounds. If we can treat that repugnant wound consciously, uncritical of our failure in battle, even venerate our repugnance, we may be able to re-baptize ourselves and re-experience the essence of our wounds and see the blessing of these symptoms that hitherto have been perceived as enemies. We no longer throw out the baby with the bathwater.
Richard Wilhelm introduced Chinese Alchemy to Jung, who synthesized the teachings with Western Alchemy, creating a more effective psychology. Jung said of Wilhelm, “[H]e has inoculated us with the living germ of the Chinese spirit.”
In this course we will explore a cross inoculation of Eastern and Western alchemical concepts that promote solutio, such as myth and dream analysis and active imagination from the West and the I-Ching, Tibetan Tantric practices, such as dream and sleep yoga, dark retreats, and the use of mantra and meditation from the East.
Tim Lyons, LICSW, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice on Capitol Hill and Silver Spring; he has studied Eastern religions and yoga for many years. He has completed post-graduate studies at the Philadelphia Jung Seminar and has given lectures and classes on Jung and Eastern Spirituality and inner work at the Jung Society of Washington. He is also an architect, has written for the Washington Post, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution.
Who are your favorites and why? Are there differences in how women are portrayed today, compared to the past? Are these changes for the better, or do images like Miley Cyrus twerking demean women?
Brenda Freeman has served as meeting planner with the Wisewoman Group since 2012.
March 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 12 - Five Alternative Mondays
This course continues the study of the archetype of tragedy, although participation in the previous courses is not necessary. We will read four novellas and one short novel. We will begin with a discussion of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. This will be followed by: The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley; So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson lolMcCullers, and On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.
Julie Bondanza, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and a diplomate Jungian analyst who trained at The C.G. Jung Institute of New York, where she was Director of Training, a job she also held with the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts. She has taught extensively in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Washington, as well as for various Jung Societies across the country. Presently she serves the board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York and continues to serve as its program chair, a post she has held for many years. Dr. Bondanza practices in Takoma Park and lives in Washington, D.C.
Laura will lead a discussion of her latest book “Focused on the Spirit.”
From the Back Matter:Well-known for his articulation of the "shadow side" of human individuality and culture, C.G. Jung wrote a great deal about the question of evil throughout his life and in scattered places in his work.
In this book his position is pieced together from many sources. In his early work on the unconscious, for instance, he considered the role of evil in the mental processes of the severely disturbed. Later, he viewed the question of moral choice within the framework of his ideas about archetypes and discussions about moral choices, conscience, and the continual ethical reflection that is necessary for all of us. The material here includes letters to Freud and Father Victor White and selections from his writings ranging from his Answer to Job to his travel piece on North Africa.
April Barrett is in service to the dissemination of Jung's thought through her participation and training with the Creative Initiative Foundation, the Guild for Psychological Studies, and the Jung Society of Washington, for which she is program co-director, executive director, and secretary/treasurer of the board.
In this five-week interactive and experiential class, participants will be will be asked to bring two copies of one or two of their dreams. Each dreamer will then draw some aspect of his/her dream. We will look carefully at the Dream Drawings, first from a personal point of view and then from a collective point of view. This process will be enhanced by use of active imagination and amplification in the style of C.G. Jung. We will ask how the dream informs our understanding of self and then how it applies to the collective, to life on Earth today, in the small circles of our lives and the larger ones, as well.
Sondra Geller, MA, ATR-BC, LPC is a Jungian Analyst, a Board Certified Art Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is in private practice in Chevy Chase, Md. She lectures and gives workshops for The George Washington University Art Therapy Master’s Program, Philadelphia Jung Institute/ PAJA, the Jung Society of Washington, and the C.G. Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland. Her focus is on Making Art in the Presence of the Analyst, Jung and Aging, Jung and the Creative Process, and Jungian Art Therapy. Sandy was recently guest co-editor of a special issue of Psychological Perspectives, “Aging and Individuation,” and she presented a paper entitled “Sparking the Creative in Older Adults” at a Conference by the same name, sponsored by Psychological Perspectives and the Jung Institute of L.A.
Wolfgang Giegerich is a Berlin-based Jungian analyst who is writing provocatively about the changes in this Project. I am reading Giegerich, just as I once devoured Jung’s work, and will report on the aspects of his thought that are making me take notice.
Leila Ryland Swain, MA, LICSW, practiced psychotherapy in Washington, D.C., for over 20 years and was an early member of the board of directors of our Jung society. She closed her practice eight years ago and moved to the woods in Morgan County, West Virginia, where she built a rock wall, published a clinical article on dreams, and also published an article on West Virginia’s traditional music. She seeks publication of a novel,Whippoorwill River. A short story and poems appear in the recent anthology of Western Maryland Writers; an exhibit of her photographs of local artists was hung at the Berkeley Springs Art Center; and she plays in a local string band. She continues to study psychology, both analytical psychology and post-Jungian thought. As a historian, she seeks to see the development of psychology in a historical background.
This presentation begins with DVD Documentary “Appointment With The Wise Old Dog” about David Blum, author and classical music composer whose dreams helped him cope with a terminal illness. The documentary is introduced by YoYo Ma and will be followed by a discussion.
Annilee Oppenheimer is answering the call to do inner work through the study of dreams. Annilee has trained in Dream Work at the Haden Institute and leads dream workshops.
We are happy to let you know that at the suggestion of people close to us we are going to enlarge our community. Our goal is to explore new ways to bring fresh and meaningful content to both old friends and new ones. As we continue our journey into our new community we will be exploring Jungian ideas, spirituality, my books, those I've co-authored with my wife, exercises from the workbook and seminars we have developed, exerts from lectures and the series I have done for several years at a local bookstore.
Our exploration will begin with my book SACRED SELFISHNESS. For those of you who have read and valued the book you will have the opportunity to find new ideas and a renewed sense of purpose in what we are presenting. And, you can now share the front matter and chapter one in the book with friends and family (download the free PDFs here.) After our initial opening we will continue every two weeks with the most compelling points in the next chapter and interesting exercises from the SACRED SELFISHNESS WORKBOOK. I will also be looking forward to sharing my new reflections that will come up as I look at this material again and hear from you.
There is, of course, a story behind why I am doing this. As I review my life I am very clear that my myth is to be a Jungian Analyst, a seeker and a healer. Part of this myth is to share what I have learned in a way that may help others in their efforts to find a self that is broader and stronger and a life that is beyond what they could have imagined. In other words I want to share in ways that may help you in your journey of individuation, finding your myth and living into the pattern of a fulfilled life that is inherent in every one of us. This is a journey to fulfill this pattern which is both instinctual and Divine, psychological and spiritual, and yet must also be lived fully.
Just as I am clear about my myth I am also clear the pattern for my life exists but I cannot know it in advance. Oh, how I often wish I could. But, my task from mid-life on has been to remove the blocks that separate me from it, seek to discover it and then live into it. And so, I've come full circle in the story behind this understanding. I want what I have learned and experienced, and what I can still learn and experience, to contribute to the river of life and not to someday simply disappear into the ground.
I would like to give a special invitation to those of you who have subscribed to my newsletter to join us in this new community. At the same time I will continue my newsletter approximately every other month. We will be sharing our new content through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a portal through the website of the Center for Spiritual Resources of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina.
I also want to give my sincere thanks to all of you for your interest in Jung, my work and for your responses and contributions.
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