OFJ is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to exploring the ideas of C.G. Jung. Since 1974, we have been presenting lectures and workshops in Portland led by Jungian analysts from around the world. We welcome lay and professional people of all levels of familiarity with Jung’s work. Members receive free admission to seven lectures and our Light-hearted Evening, discounts on workshops, and other benefits. Non-members are welcome at all lectures and workshops.

February 19 and 20, 2016: Jacqueline West

Encountering the Dark Stirrings of the Unconscious, Individually and Collectively, in our World Today

Lecture: Decades ago, Jung concluded that what distinguishes our time from all others is the imperative that we no longer deny the dark stirrings of the unconscious. Currently, in its insistent presentation of tumultuous and violent events and images, psyche appears to be requiring us, ever more urgently, to face these dark depths. At times we may wonder about the value of these intense and challenging images, whether they appear individually or collectively through movies, news, and art. Why on earth should we endure disturbing dreams, along with vivid images of hunger, abuse, warfare – and terrorism? Jungian discourse about the emergence of conscience, along with clinical knowledge about the transformation of narcissism and the healing power of reconciliation processes, suggest that we can forge flexible and strong psycho-social structures to enable us to develop a creative relationship to the destructive forces that cast such large shadows in our lives. These reflections will be supplemented by several of Jung’s images in The Red Book, as well as from the art of Frida Kahlo and Anselm Kiefer.