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See you in September

OFCGJ is off for the summer, but please check back in with us in August for details about our Fall Program!

Starr Costello, Cosmic Dreams, September 17 and 18
Morgan Stebbins, The Tibetan Book of the Dead and Everyday Life, October 22 and 23
Jacqueline West, The Shadows and Gifts of American Narcissism and the Paradoxical Images of Anselm Kiefer , November 12 and 13
James Hollis, Stories Told, Stories Untold, Stories That Tell Us, December 3 and 4

Special Event: C.G. Jung’s Red Book

Join us for the Red Book Event on April 16 and 17!

Dr. Shamdasani, Philemon Professor of Jung History at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, and editor of The Red Book, will give a lecture and workshop on this latest release of C.G Jung’s work.  In this private illuminated journal, Jung engaged the inner world of his psyche and its relation to the outer world of collective events in the first half of the twentieth century through text and illustrations. Special price for OFCGJ members.

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Due to the number of people attending the Friday presentation, we are not able to provide CEUs on Friday.  We WILL be providing CEUs at the seminar free of charge.


Image reproduced from The Red Book by C. G. Jung (c) Foundation of the Works of C. G. Jung.  With permission of the publisher, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

May 21, 2010: Annual Light-Hearted Evening with Mark Girard


OFCGJ members and their guests are invited to our annual meeting.  The keynote speaker for this event will be Portland analyst, Mark Girard, speaking on “Creativity, The Red Book, and Play.” Play is the essence of creativity.  Drawing upon stories from his own experience as well as concepts from The Red Book, Dr. Girard will playfully share versions of his own Red Book, and suggest ways for the audience to light-heartedly connect with their own inner Red Book, as a way of encouraging the creative process. Friday, May 21st, 7:00 to 9:30 pm, at the First United Methodist Church, Collins Hall, 1838 SW Jefferson, Portland.  Light refreshments will be served.


Mark J. Girard, MSW, LCSW, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Portland, Oregon.  He is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich, the past president of the Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts, and is a faculty member and training analyst of the C.G. Jung Institute of the Pacific Northwest, and the C.G. Jung Institute of Zurich. He gives lectures and seminars, as well as supervises psychotherapists on working with symbolic content, the creative use of meditation, mind/body altered states, and certain forms of psychodrama.


Creativity, The Red Book, and Play

April 16-17, 2010: Sonu Shamdasani


Presentation:  ‘The Way of What is to Come’ Jung’s Liber Novus and the past and future of Jungian psychology


In 1913, when psychiatrist C.G. Jung was 38 years old, he began to experience an overwhelming number of waking dreams and visions.  Convinced that this was an opportunity to understand his own psyche as well as that of his patients, Jung began his “confrontation with the unconscious,” which he first documented in a series of small, black books, and later expounded upon, analyzed and illustrated in a large, red leather-bound journal. 

At the onset of Jung’s encounter with psyche, he was in a state of disillusionment with scientific rationalism – what he called “the spirit of the times.” In the course of many quixotic encounters with his own soul and with other inner figures, he came to know and appreciate “the spirit of the depths,” a field that makes room for magic, coincidence and the mythological metaphors delivered by dreams.  During this time he developed his principal theories-of the archetypes, the collective unconscious, and the process of individuation-that transformed psychotherapy from a practice concerned with treatment of the sick into a means for higher development of the personality.

In this illustrated presentation, Dr. Shamdasani will explain how Jung regained his soul and overcame the contemporary malaise of spiritual alienation, which he ultimately achieved through enabling the rebirth of a new image of God and developing a new worldview in the form of a psychological and theological cosmogony.


Seminar: Understanding Jung and Jungian Psychology through Liber Novus


The years… when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this.  It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded  me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me.  That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, the scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.  C. G. Jung, 1957.  


With the publication of The Red Book, students of Jung have a window into the genesis of Jung’s psychology in a way that none of his published works has revealed. 


The Red Book is the nuclear reactor for all Jung’s works. His more well-known concepts, such as the archetypal forms of anima, animus, and shadow, as well as the concept of the collective unconscious, have their roots in this volume. Not only can one see the development of Jung’s theory of individuation in this book, but his own personal process of individuation is shown in literary and symbolic form.


The Red Book provides an unparalleled view of how Jung fused his fantasies with his scholarship to form a science of psychology. In this five-hour seminar, Dr. Shamdasani will trace the steps from Jung’s experimentation with his fantasies and his elaborations and reflections on them, through his attempt to forge general principles, to his confirmation of those principles in his work with his patients, and ultimately, in comparative historical research.   Participants will gain a new understanding of Jung and how his attention to his unconscious process has meaning in our lives today.


Sonu  Shamdasani is ‘Philemon Professor of Jung History at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London.   He is the author of Cult Fictions:  C.G.  Jung  and  the  Founding  of Analytical Psychology (Routledge, 1998), Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology: The  Dream of a Science (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Jung Stripped Bare by his Biographers, Even (Karnac,  2005), and (with Mikkel Borch‐Jacobsen) Le Dossier Freud: Enqûete sur l’histoire de la psychanalyse (Le Seuil, 2006, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), and has edited among other works, Jung’s seminar The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga (Bollingen Series, Princeton University Press/Routledge, 1996).   



Liber Novus (The Red Book)

March 26-27, 2010: Terrill Gibson

When you treat the individual, you treat the culture.  -C. G. Jung

Psychotherapy is as much a political and social discourse as it is a private one. If we are destroyed as a species, it will be psychology and spirituality that launches the literal or mythic nukes.  If we survive and flourish as a species, it will be a depth, psychologically informed spiritually that generates and narrates that Story of cultural transformation and deepened soul-evolution. And psychotherapy is nothing if it is not simply the witnessing, recording, and transmission of the individual and societal encounters with the living numinal realm of depth human experience [what the Western tradition and Jung has called the imago Dei]. as it involves the numinal, that encounter is always a transpersonal one. there is no secular politics only archetypal/transpersonal politics. we often get so politically lost and ensnarled because we forget this depth background of our societal interactions. 

      The soul never thinks without an image. –  Aristotle                   

Therefore, psychotherapy, as a political discipline, witnesses, records, and transmits these on-going experiential communiqués from and dialogues with this numinous/ transformative realm of being.  In some ancient cultures, every citizen was believed to be a vehicle for this living numinal dimension, for this living will and voice of the gods as mediated through human experience. The public sphere, the common marketplace of political interaction and achievement, was the Polis. This Polis was the living organism of Eros, of numinal energy flowing into the public heart and soul of things.

      My work is revelation, not revolution.  –  William Butler Yeats

Every life had a Destiny that served an aspect of this living, shaping, creating, numinal core of individual and cultural psyche. A well lived life was a life unfolded in a conscious, loving seeking out of this Destiny and, then, serving it with as much thoughtful, loving, and compassionate dedication as possible. Privately, this service would be to loved ones and vocation; publically, this service would be an engaged political interaction with one’s fellow citizens.

All life is bound to carriers who realize it, and it is simply inconceivable without them. But every carrier is charged with an individual destiny and destination, and the realization of these alone makes sense of life.  –   C. G. Jung

Everyone is politically engaged. Some are simply more aware of and disciplined about that engagement and its attendant social responsibilities. Every act in the public sphere is a political act, an act that builds up more loving and compassionate connection to the living numinous or tears it down. But every act, conscious or unconscious, aware or unaware, is a healing or destructive political act. We are all citizen politicians. We all have a public duty. We all serve the gods in the fervent hopes that the gods will then serve us and our community and lead us to more light and not more darkness.

It may well be prejudice to restrict the psyche to being “inside the body.” Insofar as the psyche is a non-spatial aspect, there may be a psyche “outside-the-body,” a region so utterly different from “my” psychic sphere that no one has to get out of oneself…to get there. –   C. G. Jung

This brief seminar sketches some clinical and cultural examples of these profound experiential psycho-political transcripts that emerge within or penetrate into depth therapy. Using frequent illustrative images from, especially, contemporary cinema and art, Friday’s lecture opens up the outlines of the model and Saturday’s seminar fleshes out that outline in more depth and breadth.

The psychological question now is, How do we house this greater subject that takes up residence in us, radically altering the center from which we live?  How do we accommodate this “tremendous stranger,” or this “mysterious density of being”? How do we, how can we, live in relation to it?        

The theological questions ask, Who has taken up residence within and among us? Who is the One?  – Ann Belford Ulanov     

Three Guiding exploratory question-themes for this Seminar:

  • What is political about depth therapy or any psychotherapy?

  •  How do you access it, where are the entry portals?

  • How do you use political imagery and process found in depth therapy and in awake political interaction for individual and cultural healing and transformation?


Terrill L. Gibson, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Gibson practices individual and family therapy with Pastoral Therapy Associates in Tacoma, Washington. He lectures and writes widely on the basic theme of the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality. He has been a frequent consultant, faculty, supervisor, and facilitator for a variety of Pacific Northwest universities, social service agencies, corporations, and religious congregations.

Recent Relevant Publications:

“Cin-imago Dei: Jungian Psychology and Images of the Soul in Contemporary Cinema.” Cinema and Psyche: A Journal of Archetype and Culture 73 (Spring 2005).

“Process and Politics in Pastoral Psychology: A Jungian Perspective on the Transformative Imago Dei in Depth Therapy.”  Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. Routledge (Vol. 11, # 1-2, January-June, 2009).

Politics and Psyche: The Individual and Cultural Depth-Background of Analysis And Transformation

February 26-27, 2010: Jerry Ruhl


Lecture: Living the Unlived Life

This talk explores the essential developmental task in the second half of life – rectifying the loss of abandoned dreams and unrealized potentials to achieve our ultimate life meaning and purpose. What is unlived life?  It consists of those potential aspects of ourselves that have not adequately entered into our experience.  Of course, no one can live out all of life’s possibilities, but there are key aspects of our being that must be brought into life or we cannot realize fulfillment.   We all carry with us a vast inventory of unlived life.  Even if we have achieved major life goals and seemingly have few regrets, there are significant experiences that have been closed to each of us. For everything we choose (or that has been chosen for us), something else remains “unchosen.”

The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of the parents.

  – C.G. Jung


Zarathustra goes to the grave with the unfulfilled dreams of his youth.  He speaks to them as if they were ghosts who have betrayed him bitterly.  They struck up a dance and then spoiled the music.  Did the past make his path so weighty?  Did his unlived life impede him and consign him to a life that seems not to pass?

               – F. Nietzsche


We can hear the distant drumbeat of unlived life in the mutterings that go on in the back of our heads; “Woulda-coulda-shoulda.”  Or in second-guessing our life choices.  Or those late night longings. The unexpected grief that arises seemingly out of nowhere. A sense that we have somehow missed the mark, or failed to do something we were so sure we were supposed to do. Where did we go wrong, and what is this life that we find ourselves living, so different that what we set out to do? 

When brought into consciousness, unlived life can become the fuel that propels us beyond current limitations. By exploring unlived life we learn to rise above fears, regrets, and disappointments, to expand our vision beyond the narrow confines of the ego, and to embrace the full measure of our being.  An enlightened vision is our most profound unlived potential, and bringing it to fruition is the worthy purpose of the second half of life.


Workshop: The Power of Symbolic Life (Reconciling Life’s Painful Contradictions)

We humans are given the most conflicting job description imaginable.  We must be civilized human beings, and that requires a whole list of “dos and don’ts,” culturally determined virtues.  Simultaneously, we are called to live everything that we truly are, to be whole – this is our duty to the higher Self.

This collision of values makes life confusing and painful.  We all are faced daily with innumerable decisions: some easy and inconsequential, others troublesome and far-reaching.  Apparent contradictions tie us in knots.  It seems that we could not get through life without being divided.  Everything that human beings experience consciously is brought to us in pairs of opposites.

C.G. Jung wrote that the medieval mentality is “either/or,” but if humanity is to survive we must learn to cope with “both/and.”  This change in the prevailing attitude of our culture demands a leap of consciousness from opposition to paradox.  In our spiritual quest, we must be weaned, not from materialism, but from dualistic thinking.

Drawing upon the myth of the twin stars in the Gemini constellation, this workshop explores the unity that exits behind every duality.  The ancient Greek myth of Castor and Pollux has extraordinary wisdom and relevance for us today.  Unified in their childhood, this pair came to be separated, fragmentary, and miserable.  One is mortal, the other divine.  Only after much struggle are they reunited in heavenly embrace.

Dr. Ruhl will present this timeless story as a prototype and navigation point for all humans on the journey into wholeness.  When we allow both sides of any issue to exist in equal dignity and worth, a synthesis is possible, bringing new insight, meaning, and contentment to our lives.  Symbolic life provides the “keys to the Kingdom.” Well-grounded in Jungian psychological concepts, this workshop will provide practical tools to help you:

  •  Surrender old limitations;

  •  Enliven friendships, relationships and career

  •  Unlock new life options and hidden talents

  •  Seize the “dangerous” opportunities of midlife

  •  Master the art of being truly alive in the present moment

  •  Revitalize a connection with the higher Self, and thereby achieve peace and purpose in your mature years.

Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the C.G. Jung Educational Center of Houston and a clinical psychologist in private practice.  He has studied spiritual practices in Japan, Bali, Thailand, Nepal, and India. With internationally known Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson, he is the co-author of Balancing Heaven and Earth (1998) and Contentment (1999).  This seminar draws upon material in the newest book by Dr. Ruhl and Dr. Johnson, titled, Living Your Unlived Life.  Dr. Ruhl received a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  He was formerly a trustee for the C. G. Jung Society of Colorado.


The Unlived Life

January 22-23, 2010: Ken Kimmel

Ken KimmelLecture:  In one subtext of the ancient love story of Psyche and Eros, “narcissism” and the “predatory” underline the romantic attitude of Eros, the god of love. His bride Psyche is entrapped within his magical paradise; she is his prey, his plaything to be used then discarded. As the story reveals, the transformation of narcissism in the romantic begins at the moment when Eros is violently burned – suffering a great loss and wound to his inflation. It is from the “burn wound” and separation of the lovers that Psyche – signifying the male’s psyche/soul/anima – develops resilience, maturity and can ultimately be awakened by a form of love, transcendent of narcissism and no longer bound by the mother complex.

Correspondingly in analysis, one can observe the narcissistic skin seared open, and the shattering of omnipotence in the traumatic encounter with an emerging, transcendent Other. This psychological wounding is a necessary process for recovering emotional life and developing the capacity to love in a man living at the surface of life.

Workshop: The Saturday workshop begins with a beautiful slide show and retelling of the Tale of Psyche and Eros. The classic story serves as a template that charts the course of the mother-bound man from romantic, narcissistic, predatory, “so-called” love, to the wounding of that standpoint, an awakening of capacities to love and the emergence of what may be described as the “father principle.” Certain themes from the tale will launch us into discussions of parallel myths, biblical stories, tales of courtly love, literature, film, clinical material and theory, and our own imaginal processes. Some of these themes may include : “mother and son/lover”; “lesser coniunctio,” “split feminine”; “predator beneath the lover”; “emergence of the father”; “awakening the sleeping soul through love.”

Both lecture and workshop provide an understanding of the primitive origins and causes of narcissism in men; its effects upon their capacity for intimacy and relationship; and, the difficult commitment needed to transcend the narcissistic option.  Hopefully, the program will also bring a deeper insight  to those wives, mothers, lovers, sisters, and daughters who have suffered and loved these men–in spite of it all.

Ken Kimmel, M.A., L.M.H.C., L.M.F.T. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Seattle, with over thirty years of clinical experience. In recent years he has been working at finding the common threads connecting Classical Jungian Psychology with the Post-Jungian, Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Object Relations, through the study of narcissism, love and mystical traditions.

The Burn Wound of Eros: Narcissism, the Mother-Bound Man and the Capacity to Love

How to Purchase Tickets for the Red Book Event in April

Mark your calendar now for the Red Book Event, April 16 & 17, 2010! 

Advance ticket sales ending soon on Brown Paper Tickets.   See below for instructions. 

C.G Jung’s Red Book: A Presentation by Sonu Shamdasani with introduction by Daniel Baumann, President of the Zurich Jung Institute and great-grandson of C.G. Jung
Friday, April 16th 7:30 to 9:30 pm
First Congregational Church Sanctuary
OFCGJ Members: $15; General Admission: $25

Brown Paper Ticket Sales end:  Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 pm.

Tickets available at the door from 6:30 to 7:25 pm.  Cash or check only!

C.G. Jung’s Red Book: A Seminar by Sonu Shamdasani
Saturday, April 17th 9:30 to 4 pm
First Congregational Church Sanctuary
OFCGJ Member: $75; General Admission: $125

Brown Paper Ticket Sales end:  Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 pm.

Tickets available at the door beginning 8:30 am.  Cash or check only!

Jung Anew! Let’s Celebrate: Dinner and Fundraiser with Daniel Baumann
Saturday, April 17th 6:30 to 11 pm
RiverPlace Hotel
All Tickets: $85
Price includes hors d’oeuvres, sit-down dinner, talk by Daniel Baumann, and dancing to live music. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Jung Picture Archives in Zurich

Tickets available only through Brown Paper Tickets.

Sales end Monday, April 12, 7:30 pm! 

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