Spring 2014 Programming

February 21 and 22, 2014: John Beebe

Lecture: Moral Intelligence  

We will explore the Jungian psychological perspective of psychological maturity and the tools that support our development through the use of moral intelligence. Rather than identifying with one extreme while letting its opposite find expression through the shadow, psychological maturity allows us to recognize and hold the tension of opposed moral attitudes.  The goal of such strenuous work is to identify which complex has been activated. Tools for exploring the terrain between opposite poles and how to negotiate them with moral sensitivity include dreams, imagination, art, typology, and the I Ching.

Workshop: Moral Intelligence in the Family

Dr. Beebe will begin this workshop with a screening of a little-known 1950s American film about a crisis within a family. This film will be the basis for an extended exploration of the need to respond creatively to the dangers and opportunities that arise when an individual’s development creates conflict among his/her innermost circle.  Intelligence is never more moral than when dealing with an intractable impasse with a loved one in the face of one’s own development.


John Beebe, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst in San Francisco where he practices and teaches analytical psychotherapy.  He completed his analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where he has also served as president.  A longtime and innovative contributor to OFJ’s programming, Dr. Beebe is the author and editor of many scholarly articles and books, including Integrity in Depth (1992) and, most recently, The Question of Psychological Types:  The Correspondence of C.G. Jung and Hans Schmid-Guisan (2012).

Moral Intelligence

March 14 and 15, 2014: Betsy Cohen

Lecture: Eros in our lives

Dr. Cohen will speak on the wisdom of Eros as a larger cosmic force that is fundamental for those seeking vitality, intimacy, and a way out of self-absorbed egos. She will start with the biblical Song of Songs and Plato’s erotic dialogues, Symposium and Phaedrus to offer guidance in our current lives. She will incorporate the gifts of Eros into the experience of love between analyst and client, student and teacher, friends, and in life. 

Workshop: Eros in our lives

We will learn about how Eros shows up in our lives and something about the brain and Eros. We will be encouraged to explore how Eros has driven, burdened, frightened, controlled, enlivened, and humbled us. We will reflect on dreams and experiences of Eros, plus previous or present attractions/crushes, and will learn what Eros has to teach us as we fall into its grip. How do we move through this energy and glean its gifts that set our souls on fire, yet not let it destroy us?


Betsy Cohen, Ph.D., an analyst member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, is the author of The Snow White Syndrome: All about Envy and articles in The Jung Journal on “The Intimate Self-Disclosure,” “Emmanuel Levinas and depth psychotherapy,” and “Jung’s Answer to Jews.” She has a chapter, “Tangled Up in Blue: A Reappraisal of Complex Theory” in How and Why we still read Jung. She has been a analyst for four decades and teaches relational analysis, intimacy and love at the Jung Institute. Her current interest is in the mutuality of emotional honesty for both therapist and patient.

Eros in Our Lives

April 25 and 26, 2014: James Hollis

Lecture: Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts  Who Run Our Lives

Our ancestors believed in ghosts, and perhaps they were not far off the mark as so much of daily life is driven by invisible psychic forces, archaic agendas, and imperious admonitions and prohibitions, all the more powerful because they operate unconsciously.  What are the features of such “hauntings,” and how might we gain some further foothold on a more conscious conduct of life?


Workshop: Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts  Who Run Our Lives

 Psychological understanding of how the past persists in the present supports engagement with mystery and the possibility of living a more considered life. Along with exploring literary and case studies illustrating the presence of “hauntings” in people’s lives, participants will explore their own experiences. Please bring notepad and pen upon which to reflect on the invisible powers which govern your daily life.


James Hollis, Ph.D., is a Zurich-trained, Jungian analyst in private practice in Houston, Texas. He is the author of fourteen books, most recently Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, What Matters Most, and Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives.

Dispelling the Ghosts who Run our Lives

May 16, 2014: Annual Light-hearted Evening


Rose High Bear (Deg Hit’an Dine), the Executive Director of Wisdom of the Elders, will discuss how the Hero’s Journey is an important tool for healing from historical trauma and for spiritual growth, using oral narratives of Native American elders and storytellers.  

This is an opportunity for members and their guests to meet the board, honor our volunteers, and find out about next Fall’s speakers is our official annual meeting.  

Light refreshments will be served.

Native American Hero’s Journey