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Spring 2014 Programs

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March 5 through April 2 - Five Wednesdays

READING JUNG: Selections From Civilization In Transition, Rosanne Shepler
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $125.00, members; $150.00, nonmembers; $100.00, s/s
over 65

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.

March 7 - Friday

An Evening With . . .
UNCONDITIONAL CARE OF THE SELF: Activating the Immune Function of the Psyche, Subtle Body, and Body, Tim Lyons
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $20.00, members in adv; $25.00, general, $15.00, s/s over 65

For no one who is one himself needs oneness as a medicine, nor we might add, does anyone who is unconscious of his dissociation, for a conscious situation of distress is needed in order to activate the archetype of unity. -C.G. Jung

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. 

Emotional induction, a kind of mental contagion, can occur through our interaction with people that we are emotionally close to, in groups, or in crowds.  This can result in what Jung called psychic infection: “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”  This transformation can metabolize as nourishing or toxic.

Our deepest primal wounds keep flashing back in recurring patterns in our lives and trigger our reactivity.  They meet us at our most vulnerable and dissociated points, where we have the least immunity.  These repeated prompts could create an opportunity for an inoculation of consciousness, but our shame-saturated complexes, our humiliated inner children, our secrets, attacks our self-esteem and create dissociative barriers that are repellent to ego consciousness.  To further numb and dissociate the pain, the psyche develops compensatory defense mechanisms and addictions.  Integrating these deep traumas into consciousness holds the promise of the greatest transformation.  Yet paradoxically, invasive illness and healing are aspects of the same dynamic, so there is the risk of self-attack through an autoimmune response.  In tonight’s program we will explore this complex paradox.
Jung said “The self is not only the center but also the whole circumference, which embraces not only the conscious but also the unconscious psyche.”  Unconditional care of the Self allows us to embrace ourselves without prejudice throughout the continuum of conscious to unconscious, psyche to subtle body to material body, penetrating and dissolving dissociative defenses and addictions.  This acceptance and benevolence supports the immune function by increasing our resilience and tolerance “for a conscious situation of distress in order to activate the archetype of unity” and revitalize our lives.

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.

March 10, 24, April 7, 21, May 5, 19 - Six Alternate Mondays

THE INNER WORLD OF TRAUMA: Implications for Healing Childhood Wounds, part 2, Brendan Feeley
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members; $175.00, nonmembers;$125.00, s/s
over 65

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 or 301-424-6644. His website is

Two Swamis
March 11 through April 15 - Six Tuesdays

MARS AND SATURN: Hearth and Fire, Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members; $175.00, nonmembers;$125.00, s/s
over 65

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.

Tim LyonsMarch 13 through April 16- Six Thursdays

UNCONDITIONAL CARE OF THE SELF: Solutio and the Alchemical Transformation of Defense Mechanisms and Addictions, Tim Lyons
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members; $175.00, nonmembers;$125.00, s/s
over 65

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.

March. 15 - Saturday

Women's Discussion Group
Discussion on our Favorite Female Characters in Recent TV Shows and Movies, Brenda Freeman
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $5.00, at the door

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

THE ARCHETYPE OF TRAGEDY: Four Novellas and a Short Novel,
Julie Bondanza

7:30 pm – 9:30 p.m., The Jung Society Library
Fees: $125.00, member; $150.00, general; $100.00, senior/student member

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.

April 11- Friday

An Evening With...
WHAT SHAPES A LIFE: Memories, Trauma, and Healing through the Lenses of Elie Wiesel and Carl Jung , Michael Conforti
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
Jung Society Library
Fees: $25.00, all

Traumatic memory carries a power all it own. It has the power to sweep us across the threshold of tangible reality into a field where the trauma lives on and continues to toss us on a turbulent sea of volatile emotional, physical, and psychological upheaval. We know so little about the workings and deeper meaning of memory, trauma, and healing ¬– three forces that, perhaps, shape individual and collective life more than any others. While neuroscience has taught us a great deal about the biochemistry of trauma, we still require courage and determination to learn how to navigate these waters.

Elie Wiesel and Carl Jung have braved the storms of terror and trauma; the associated memories will provide the framework within which to explore this theme. Their lives speak to their profound understanding of redemption, healing, the transcendent, and the capacity to turn adversity and experiences of the unimaginable into truly creative lives.

[Editor’s Note: This theme will be continued the following day, Saturday, April 12, in the program A Day With Michael Conforti. Although these programs are independent, it is suggested that those attending on Saturday also attend Friday night. Please note also that this is a two-hour program in the Jung Society Library; please register early.]

Michael Conforti, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, author, and founder/director of the Assisi Institute.  His work has resulted not only in a training institute based on his discoveries, but also in the development of a new discipline: Archetypal Pattern Analysis. Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences.  He lectures nationally and internationally and applies his insights as a sought-after consultant to businesses, government institutions, and the film industry.  Dr. Conforti served as a script consultant on the recently released film, Pride and Glory, and is the author of Field, Form, and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature & PsycheThreshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings, and the forth-coming Hidden Presence: Complexes, Possessions, and Redemption.

ConfortiApril 12
- Saturday

WHAT SHAPES A LIFE, IV:The Possibility of a Truly Meaningful Spiritual Life, Michael Conforti
10:00 am – 3:30 pm., Jung Society Library
Fees: $50.00, members in advance; $75.00, general; $40.00, full-time student and senior members

It was Dr. E.C. Whitmont, prominent Jungian analyst and naturopath, who offered the following understanding of trauma and destiny: Relevant events in a patient’s history, which we have been in the habit of viewing as causes of current psychopathology, may now perhaps be seen as manifestations of the beginning life pattern. Traumatic events of childhood . . . may perhaps be seen as essential landmarks in the actualization of a pattern of wholeness, as the necessary “suffering of the soul,” which engenders present and future psychological advance (The Destiny Concept in Psychotherapy).

Clearly the lives of Wiesel and Jung speak to this. Their respective journeys are a testament to the forward-moving strength of the human spirit and the power of the creative psyche to not only withstand the severest of storms, but to build a life wherein the centrality of the trauma sparks a truly creative contribution for the betterment of the individual and collective condition. Perhaps it is their courage and creativity that offers hope for those of us living with the effects of trauma.

With more than thirty years of clinical practice, Dr. Conforti’s work and research have shown the inexorable relationship between trauma, memory, and field, and how early experiences often represent the guiding forces in our lives.

Especially helpful would be some familiarity with Wiesel’s The Accident (1991), The Forgotten (1995), and with Jung’s A Review of the Complex Theory (1934), and Answer to Job (1952), a book thought of as one of Jung’s greatest works.

[Editor’s Note: This program is a continuation of Friday night’s An Evening With Michael Conforti (see above). Although these programs are independent, it is suggested that those attending on Saturday also attend Friday night, if possible. Please note also that this program, in the Jung Society Library, is limited in size. We recommend early registration.]

April 19 - Saturday

Women's Discussion Group
Discussion on the book "Focused on the Spirit", Laura O'Neale
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $5.00, at the door

Laura will lead a discussion of her latest book “Focused on the Spirit.”  

Laura O'Neale is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified Massage Therapist, Meditation Guide, and author of three spiritual books. She resides in Washington D.C. and is the founder of Your Light Within.  At the age of 19 in her native Romania, Laura  became acquainted with Mr. Alexandru E. Russu-Bahmut, a powerful natural healer who agreed to be her esoteric teacher.   After her arrival to United States Laura became a Reiki Master/Teacher.. 


April 25
- Friday

THE ALCHEMY OF WRITING: Through Darkness to Light, Susan Tiberghien
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $40.00, member; $55.00, general; $35.00, senior/student member

Darkness gives birth to light. -C.G. Jung

After a brief introduction to the history of alchemy, we will look for images in our dreams, memories, and surroundings. Through active imagination, which Jung saw as the equivalent of the “alchemical operation,” we will follow our images into the dark unknown, picturing them, dialoguing with them. We will shape the images into journal entries, short stories, essays, or prose poems, polishing the gold nuggets that we have found.

Susan Tiberghien, an American writer living in Switzerland, has published three memoirs: Looking for Gold; Circling to the Center; and Footsteps, A European Album, and a book on writing, One Year to A Writing Life. She has been teaching creative writing for about twenty years at the International Women's Writing Guild, at C.G. Jung Centers, writers conferences, graduate programs, and at the monthly Geneva Writers' Workshops. She directs the Geneva Writers' Group and Conferences. Her website is

April 30 through May 28
- Five Wednesdays

Class is filled. No more registrations

Book Exploration
Jung on Evil, Selected and Introduced by Murray Stein, part 1, April Barrett
7:30pm – 9:30 p.m., The Jung Society Library
$50.00, member; $75.00, general

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.

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- Five Thursdays


DREAM DRAWING: Working with The Personal and the Collective Meaning of Our Dreams, Sondra Geller
7:30 pm – 9:30 p.m., The Jung Society Library
Fees: $125.00, member; $150.00, general; $100.00, senior/student member

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.

No previous experience with art is necessary.  Please bring two copies of a dream to the first class.  The size of the group will be kept small so early registration is recommended.

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.

May 9
- Friday

THE HOLE, THE WHOLE, AND THE HOLY: Secrets, Silence, and the Search for Meaning, Jacqueline Zeller-Levine
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The Jung Society Library
Fees: $20.00, all

In our professional and personal relationships, in international and national interactions, secrets contain poison or power, silence withholds or opens, and the search for meaning combines both despair and hope. This evening will be an exploration of the shadow that festers in secrets and silence. We will explore that which is fostered in the silence: a relationship to the Self, to the other, and a relationship with the Divine. We will also explore the purpose and shadow of secrets and the flow of silence within the psyche of the individual and the collective.

There are multiple responses to secrets and silence. In the process of therapy, as well as in the world at large, secrets, when discovered, may be perceived as an assault on trust and belief in the other. Secrets are also a means to contain and hold that which feels threatened by others, thus manifesting as a strength within. Silence, on the one hand, is experienced as cold, withholding, and punishing, or felt as a natural, regenerative space that provides a place for renewal within the natural cycle of creation. Silence may be received as a contemplative place, itself the container for connection with the holy.

Jacqueline Zeller Levine is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has written on children of emigrants from the Holocaust and on silence in the therapeutic process.

May 10 - Saturday

BACKGROUND/FOREGROUND: The Conscious and Unconscious Aspects of Relationships, Jacqueline Zeller-Levine
10:00 am – 3:00 p.m.,The Jung Society Library
$50.00, members in advance; 75.00, nonmembers; $40.00 full-time student members and senior members

We have all been in relationships. Whether as a son or daughter, parent or friend, co-worker, colleague, acquaintance, lover, spouse, or partner, we have loved and hated, been swept away by an other, and enmeshed with another at some time in our lives. A relationship between people is a flow and an interchange, psychologically and verbally and emotionally. The interaction and the struggle between power and love are in our daily interactions. It needs constant consciousness of the tension between the two without the defense of unconsciousness interfering with our ability to interact.

This workshop will explore that which is seen and that which is unseen in relationships. It will be interactive. Please bring, if possible, a photo of yourself as a child, with one or more others, and as an adult with one or more others. Please also bring writing materials.

Jacqueline Zeller Levine is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has written on children of emigrants from the Holocaust and on silence in the therapeutic process.

May 16 - Friday

An Evening With . . .
THOUGHT: Not the Common Gold - Reflections on my Life with the CG Jung Project, Leila Ryland Swain
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $20.00, members in adv; $25.00, general, $15.00, s/s over 65

There are “as many truths as men (and women). Occasionally, I glimpse a truer Truth, hiding in imperfect simulacrums of itself, but as I approach, it bestirs itself and moves deeper into the thorny swamp of dissent.” David Mitchell, in his novel Cloud Atlas, expresses the movement of my journey in psychology and religion and life. I have traveled far with C.G. Jung for many years, and tonight I will offer highlights of that journey and the deep imprints from it that remain in my mind. I will venture further into the future of the C.G. Jung Project as it is being subjected to the enormous changes in the world and in technology.

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.

May 17- Saturday

Women's Discussion Group
Discussion of Jung’s Views on Aging and Death, Annilee Oppeheimer
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $5.00, at the door

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.  


June 6 - Friday


HAUNTINGS: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives, James Hollis
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. The Embassy of Switzerland 2900 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016
Fees: $25.00, all

Our ancestors believed in ghosts, and perhaps they were not far off the mark, as so much of daily life is driven by invisible psychic forces, archaic agendas, and imperious admonitions and prohibitions, all the more powerful because they operate unconsciously. What are the features of such “hauntings,” and how might we gain some further foothold on a more conscious conduct of life?

This lecture will explore the concept of personal hauntings. The role of the unconscious in the conduct of daily life will be examined. The significance of “complex” theory as a useful tool for self-examination and psychotherapy will be presented, and means of identifying complexes through dream work and pattern analysis will be discussed. We will work toward enlarging participants’ sense of the many arenas in which energies and concomitant messages from the past direct and contaminate present choices.

James Hollis, Ph. D. is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice in Houston, Texas.  He is the author of fourteen books, most recently, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, What Matters Most, and Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives.

June 7 - Saturday

HAUNTINGS: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives , James Hollis
10:00 am – 3:00 p.m., The Embassy of Switzerland 2900 Cathedral Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016
Fees: $50.00, member; $75.00, general; $40.00, senior/student member

Literary and case studies will illustrate the presence of “hauntings” in people’s lives.  Questions and exercises, designed to elicit insight into one’s own haunting, will be provided by the speaker.  Please bring pen and upon which to reflect on the invisible powers that govern your daily life.

James Hollis, Ph. D. is a Zurich-trained Jungian analyst in private practice in Houston, Texas.  He is the author of fourteen books, most recently, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, What Matters Most, and Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives.

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Associate Professor of Psychiatry, New York University

Dr. Joseph Lichtenberg,
Editor in Chief, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, and
Dr. Lewis Aron, Director, Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, New York University.

Contact  person: James Hutson, 202-707-1082

Institute for Sacred Activism

Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey

The economic, political, spiritual world crisis that we currently find ourselves in is a call to action. It is an opportunity for us to understand the realities around us and to rally together to do something different. We now have before us the possibility of using this current crisis to empower ourselves, and others, to actually get the planet to work. Embracing an uncertain future, we need to support leaders, who are inspired, courageous and effective to rise up. We need to renew the energy of people who are burnt out and apathetic in institutions and corporations. If we point individuals to an inner compass that renews their passion, there is hope for real solutions and inspired creativity. All that we need is already there, in the currency of people, and it only needs to be tapped into.

Guild for

For over fifty years, the Guild for Psychological Studies has conducted seminars that bring together the depth psychology of Carl Jung, the Records of the Life of Jesus (Synoptic Gospels), the Hebrew Scriptures, and material drawn from myth, poetry, world religions, and the evolving images of modern culture and science. Using a process based on Socratic inquiry and dialog, seminar participants carefully attend to images and feelings, discover connections between the personal and collective psyche, and often find a new commitment to the deep and unfolding truth that has been called the Self or Soul. Visit

Joseph Cambray, PhD

Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe

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In 1952 C. G. Jung published a paradoxical hypothesis on synchronicity that marked an attempt to expand the western world’s conception of the relationship between nature and the psyche. Jung’s hypothesis sought to break down the polarizing cause-effect assessment of the world and psyche, suggesting that everything is interconnected. Thus, synchronicity is both "a meaningful event" and "an acausal connecting principle." Evaluating the world in this manner opened the door to "exploring the possibility of meaning in chance or random events, deciphering if and when meaning might be present even if outside conscious awareness."

Now, after contextualizing Jung’s work in relation to contemporary scientific advancements such as relativity and quantum theories, Joseph Cambray explores in this book how Jung’s theories, practices, and clinical methods influenced the current field of complexity theory, which works with a paradox similar to Jung’s synchronicity: the importance of symmetry as well as the need to break that symmetry for "emergence" to occur. Finally, Cambray provides his unique contribution to the field by attempting to trace "cultural synchronicities," a reconsideration of historical events in terms of their synchronistic aspects. For example, he examines the emergence of democracy in ancient Greece in order "to find a model of group decision making based on emergentist principles with a synchronistic core."

From frequent presenter,
Bud Harris:

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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