December 2 and 3, 2011: John Beebe

Lecture:  This month OFJ welcomes back John Beebe, MD.  Dr. Beebe is a past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has lectured on topics related to analytical psychology in many parts of the world.  Most recently, Dr. Beebe has become the International Association for Analytical Psychology’s Liaison to the Developing Group of analytical psychotherapists in Shanghai.  His book Integrity in Depth has been translated into Chinese, and he is part of the project to bring out the Collected Works of C. G. Jung in a Chinese translation.  John is the founding editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, and served as the first US editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.   He maintains a psychotherapy practice in San Francisco.


Workshop:  The I Ching: the Imagination of Integrity


Description:  Analytical psychology, with its emphasis on intuitive images, has frequently recorded the way a particularly arresting inner image can foster healing.   Comparing the psychotherapist’s work to that of the Renaissance alchemist, similarly engaged in promoting a process of transformation, Jung was fond of quoting the hermetic maxim, “For those who have the image, the passage is easy.”    But how does a patient in psychotherapy “have” the image that has such a transformative effect on personality and behavior?  John Beebe believes the image needs to be “achieved,” a process that involves heart and mind in submitting to the contours of the image, allowing it to communicate its pattern to our minds, which must then translate the image in an authentic way to us so that we come to live inside it.   If we allow ourselves to become shaped by the image, rather than trying to shape it to our own ends, it will show us a new way to live.  In this lecture, Dr. Beebe will draw on insights and images from classical Chinese philosophy, especially Taoist and Confucian understandings of integrity, and the Book of Transformations, the I Ching, to help us see and feel the dynamic potential of this process.


John Beebe, MD is a past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has lectured on topics related to analytical psychology in many parts of the world.  Most recently, Dr. Beebe has become the International Association for Analytical Psychology’s Liaison to the Developing Group of analytical psychotherapists in Shanghai.  His book Integrity in Depth has been translated into Chinese, and he is part of the project to bring out the Collected Works of C. G. Jung in a Chinese translation.  John is the founding editor of Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, and served as the first US editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.   He maintains a psychotherapy practice in San Francisco.

Achieving the Image: Lessons from Chinese Philosophy