With the advent of the Aquarian age, a growing number of individuals are turning inward in their search for a meaningful connection to the mystery of life. This evolution of consciousness was brought home to our presenter when, several decades ago, she read a letter from the Spirit River Dream Analysis and Research Center located in a tiny settlement in the Peace River Country of central Canada requesting an affiliation with the C.G. Jung Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Sanford and her analyst husband answered the call, and journeyed to this remote community to present lectures and films.
Among this small group of pioneering souls, one woman’s psychic commitment, as evidenced in her paintings and dialogues, stood out. Dr. Sanford kept in touch with this woman over the course of her life, and tonight she presents her friend’s art and writing as a testament to the power of the inner connection to psyche that enriched her friend’s life and supported her journey toward death.
Workshop: The Shadow–Our Phantom Companion
In these chaotic times, some conscious awareness of our own individual, dark inner depths is critical if we are to find meaning and maintain our psychic balance amidst the breakdown of old collective social, political and religious safeguards. This workshop explores the Shadow, that unconscious, amoral, alter personality that lives and operates within the human psyche of each one of us.
We will explore ways of recognizing and withdrawing the unconscious projections through which the personal shadow gets lived out in the collective violence and destruction around us. For as Jung has said, “if [man] only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.” (Two Essays on Analytical Psychology)
(Please note this workshop will have a half-hour lunch-break. Participants are encouraged to bring brown-bag lunches.)
Katie Sanford, M.A., M.F.C., is a certified Jungian analyst in Del Mar, Calif. She studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland in the mid-1950s and trained at the Los Angeles Jung Institute where she received her certification in 1978. She is a founding member of the Friends of Jung, San Diego. She has lectured nationally and internationally and at 89 years of age, published her book The Serpent and the Cross, with its 62 archetypal paintings covering 30 years intense inner work.