Monika Wikman Refining the Inner Bullshit Detector


LECTURE: We will look into the mythic patterns of Hermes, hubris and humor that reveal various ways for us humans to get along with the god of insight whose light shines along our paths of individuation. The psyche’s inexhaustible sense of humor about the shit we are in lightens the load, literally—what we suffer, “carry from below,” can become riddled with light via the humor Hermes inspires when we are agile enough to take in new perspectives about our predicaments we face daily. These predicaments psychologically involve our one-sidedness, our unknown shadow sides, our lack of development, our blind and deaf [...]

Monika Wikman Refining the Inner Bullshit Detector2021-09-23T00:52:50-04:00

Ann Ulanov Aliveness/Deadness


LECTURE: In the opening years of our new century and under the shadow of terrorist attacks on American soil, these following questions have become urgent: What makes for our sense of aliveness and feeling real? What puts us in touch with our own voice? What confers a sense of finding and creating a path that is true for us? What kills it, making us feel deadness? The focus of this lecture will examine the space of aliveness, which is created between persons, between analysand and analyst, between ego and animus/a, in worship between ritual and repetition compulsion, and in imagination between [...]

Ann Ulanov Aliveness/Deadness2021-09-23T00:54:05-04:00

Richard Tarnas Our Moment in History


LECTURE: We seem to be living at the end of an era. Old structures are cracking, the moment of creative chaos is upon us, and the drama of our age has become a great question: What new principles and structures will emerge to shape our future? So much is at stake. We are facing a threshold of fundamental collective transformation that bears a striking resemblance to what takes place on the individual level in initiatory rites of passage, in near-death experiences, in spiritual crises, and in critical stages of what Jung called the individuation process. Join Richard Tarnas as he draws [...]

Richard Tarnas Our Moment in History2021-09-23T00:54:54-04:00

Murray Stein The Reality of the Soul


LECTURE: People have had experiences of the soul's transcendence since time immemorial. Yet we continue to wonder...What do these experiences prove? Do they offer a genuine vision of reality, or are they only products of human imagination? Are they rooted in human desire, in the wish for immortality, in projection? There are certain special moments in life, call them "openings to transcendence," when we confront a symbol and see reality as the unconscious, according to Jung, regards it all the time. In this lecture, Murray Stein invites the audience to reflect on such experiences of transcendence. These experiences can open us [...]

Murray Stein The Reality of the Soul2021-09-23T00:55:29-04:00

Sharon Martin Feminine Authority: Empowerment Through Animus Development


LECTURE: Drawing on the work of Jung, von Franz, Carotenuto, Young-Eisendrath, Harding and life experience, Martin discusses the re-discovery of feminine authority via relationship with the animus as center of inner psychic equilibrium. She explores the negative masculine as the key to transformation as he makes himself known through dream images, neuroses and stories. Finally, she describes the emergence of the positive masculine as source of power and bridge to wholeness. : Sharon Martin was born and grew up in the Deep South, where she developed an acute interest and sensitivity to the relationship between culture and gender. She received both [...]

Sharon Martin Feminine Authority: Empowerment Through Animus Development2021-09-23T00:56:18-04:00

Jerry Ruhl The Pursuit of Happiness


LECTURE: What makes us happy? For the ancient Greeks, happiness was a gift of the gods. With the coming of Christianity it became a promise of the world to come. Today, we often think of happiness as a natural right, even an entitlement. We tend to look for something or someone on the outside to make us happy. This program will examine happiness from the perspectives of depth psychology, Buddhism, positive psychology, and recent neuro-affective research. Dr. Ruhl will suggest that unhappiness is rooted in anxiety which accompanies the sense of being an isolated ego (separate from others and nature as [...]

Jerry Ruhl The Pursuit of Happiness2021-09-23T00:56:41-04:00

Jerry Ruhl Balancing Heaven and Earth


LECTURE: How should we balance the inner and the outer, the masculine and the feminine, the eternal and the every day? In struggling with goals and duties, how do we also attend to the workings of destiny and the cosmos? Utilizing a mythic story from India, The Ramayana, as guide, this talk explores the Eastern genius for the development of consciousness. Each of the characters in this individuation tale represents a part of the human psyche—all of which must be dealt with during the journey of life. : Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D. is a therapist, national speaker, and internationally known author [...]

Jerry Ruhl Balancing Heaven and Earth2021-09-23T00:58:03-04:00

Donald Kalsched Early Trauma and Dreams


LECTURE: Experiences in early childhood that cause unbearable psychic pain or anxiety (trauma) can leave the personality and the human spirit threatened with destruction. To avoid this, a defensive splitting of the self occurs in which a "progressed" part of the self casts a spell over a "regressed" part and locks it up in an inner sanctum for safekeeping. This self-encapsulation is out pictured in dreams during the psychological process. In this lecture, using dream examples from the clinical situation and the fairy tale of Rapunzel, we will see how the wisdom of the psyche's archetypal defenses saves the imperishable personal [...]

Donald Kalsched Early Trauma and Dreams2021-09-23T00:58:48-04:00

Donald Kalsched The Abandoned Child and its Return


LECTURE: Dr. Kalsched describes a series of dramatic moments in the psychotherapy of trauma survivors where a breakthrough occurred in the client's access to dissociated feelings. These moments usually occurred when “transitional space”—long since foreclosed by trauma—was re-opened between therapist and patient, and the psyche's mytho-poetic matrix re-potentiated. One sign of this “re-potentiation” is the vivid dreams that often occur at such moments—dreams in which a lost or abandoned “child” appears—often menaced by the psyche's oppressive powers. He shows the parallels between these dreams and those ancient myths that describe the birth and trials of the archetypal Hero—the one who always [...]

Donald Kalsched The Abandoned Child and its Return2021-09-23T01:00:39-04:00

James Hollis Stories Told, Stories Untold, Stories that Tell Us – Lecture


LECTURE: Our lives course with stories, stories that run through us from ancestors, stories we tell others and tell ourselves, and stories of which we are unaware and thereby tell us. We will reflect on the role these stories play in the shaping of our lives, and how they invite us to greater consciousness of what invisibly informs the visible world. James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in Houston, Texas, Director of the Saybrook Graduate School Jungian Studies program in San Francisco, and author of thirteen books, the latest being What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life.

James Hollis Stories Told, Stories Untold, Stories that Tell Us – Lecture2021-09-23T01:03:05-04:00

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