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Love in a Time of War: Awakening of the Heart Field via Active Imagination to Titrate Relationship with the Abject in Self, Other, and the World: A Lecture With Monika Wikman

  • Friday, May 17, 2024
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom, Eastern Time


  • Members who are either seniors over 65 or full time students

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This program WILL BE recorded.

Registration closes at NOON on the day before the program begins. 

Zoom Links will be in your confirmation email.

How is it that with psyche’s help we can learn to be present to the darkness -- the abject -- in the world, in self, and in other?  A large and life-long question to be sure, with new discoveries arising all along the way.

Tonight’s presentation will look at dreams and processes in the psyche that help us in these times to learn to attune to the eternal world in new ways, creating a growing capacity to be present to the darkness happening in the world at large.  

In a traumatized psyche, as it is in war-torn countries, it is the fabric of the parasympathetic nervous system that needs help so direly.  

The great cosmic human being is going through a giant transmutation in our times; our lives and our work with psyche are but simple offerings in that direction.  The question at any moment is what is organizing the field? And How do we care for the parasympathetic system of self, other, and the world with the psyche’s assistance? This is done out of necessity, to be sure, and for the love of the soul in all its forms.  

In many, the psyche is organized around traumatic dissociative processes, psychopathic splintering, and increasing numbers of people “on the spectrum,” profoundly diminishing quality of life. Life itself cannot flow naturally through such psychic structures. A deep imperative for the death of the false self and old psychic structures -- deadly complexes that do not serve life -- is rising everywhere in our culture because work on trauma is a mainstay of psychological life now in the collective. 

And what is the fresh medicine from psyche that addresses this and creates the new organization of being, new psychic structures around the central axis in human consciousness, centered in constant relationship with the divine in these times?  

Relationship with the spirit of the depths and ancient prescriptions from alchemy inform the way. I will bring dreams that address these issues and illuminate the path.  

For every drop of the madness we face, we need drops of connection to the transcendent. They grow together when we learn new ways of turning to the psyche with the whole of oneself, with psyche and soma.  Here madness finds containment with honest human limitation that has a cleansing effect on self and other.  These subtle-body states of consciousness then can become the informing constant center in our field of awareness, assisting us in relationship to self, other, and the world.  

In his great work, Mysterium Conuinctionis, Jung opens the dialog about the wedding of opposites, stating opposites will war, and they may or may not marry. We also know that they can discount and dismiss each other, creating stalemates and aversion/avoidance, psychically split processes and dynamics.

If we are dissociated, compartmentalized, fused, or inflated, these contraptions can be addressed by the healing energy in the heart field with the transcendent, so psychic energy can flow from divine to human more clearly.  

Monika Wikman, Ph.D, is a Jungian analyst and astrologer. Author of Pregnant Darkness: Alchemy and the Rebirth of Consciousness, she has also contributed chapters, articles and poems to numerous publications including a chapter in The Dream and Its Amplification, edited by Erel Shalit and Nancy Furlotti. A graduate of the Jung–Von Franz Center for Depth Psychology in Zürich, she taught for many years in the graduate department at California State University, Los Angeles, and was a dream researcher at UCSD Medical Center on "Dreams of the Dying."   She hosts a non-profit project under, The Center for Alchemical Studies.  Podcasts with Monika on various topics can be found at and

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