Lecture: Modern medicine has a highly developed technology, but it has forgotten the quality of sacredness which was once its heritage. Shamanism and tribal medicine, without the benefits of scientific knowledge, have yet been the means of healing through centuries (even millennia) of human life. Using myth and ritual and a highly developed sense of wholeness, they have promoted true holistic healing-the harmony of mind and body-through the intense experience of the sacred.
The only psychology of our time that honors this dimension is the analytical psychology of Carl Jung. His concept of individuation offers a way for the modern mind to preserve the wonders of scientific progress, and yet experience the healing values of ancient ways that are archetypally based, and so, universal.
Workshop: The workshop will take up the more experiential side of the preceding lecture, demonstrating some of the ways in which shamanic medicine brought healing to its tribal patients. Tribal healing was always archetypal, using by means of myth and ritual, the basic archetypal pattern of death, dismemberment, and rebirth. This pattern was, and is, universal.
We will venture a bit further by extending Jung’s method of active imagination with ethnic amplification-the use of simple ritual drumming and rattling, in order to gain some idea of what this kind of healing was like. Both the lecture and the workshop will include slides.
Donald F. Sandner, M.D., has practiced as a Jungian Analyst in San Francisco for over thirty years, and he has been president and a continuing member of the teaching faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He has lectured in most of the Jungian training centers and has written more than 25 articles and book chapters on Jungian psychology and cross-cultural healing. His book, Navaho Symbols of Healing, is now in its second edition. Dr. Sandner is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Medicine and had his residency in Psychiatry at Stanford University. He studied at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich and was certified as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.