Fall 2001 Season Program

The Work of R.H. Ives Gammell: A Psychological Journey in the Columbia River Gorge

In May of 1995, Oregon Friends of C. G. Jung, in collaboration with the R.H. Ives Gammell Studios Trust and Maryhill Museum, presented a special side lecture in Portland, The Poem and the Painter: A Psychological Journey. The following day, participants traveled to Maryhill Museum for a tour/lecture of the exhibit The Hound of Heaven: The Vision of R.H. Gammell. Central to the tour was a discussion of the influence of C.G. Jung upon Gammell’s work.

Presently, a larger exhibit, Transcending Vision: R.H. Ives Gammell, continues at Maryhill until November 15, 2001.

A special lecture: R.H. Ives Gammell and Carl Jung, is given at 2pm, October 6, 2001. The presenters are Elizabeth Ives Hunter, god-daughter of R.H. Ives Gammell, and Brigid Boardman, Ph.D., English scholar and author of two books about Francis Thompson, who wrote The Hound of Heaven.

Brigid Boardman, Ph.D., English scholar and author of two books about Francis Thompson, who wrote The Hound of Heaven.

Speaker: Sylvia Brinton Perera

Gifts of the Celtic Wellsprings

In Ireland and Wales many ancient rituals and myths of the cult of sacred waters survived into modern times. The holy wells have been seen as sources of fertility, regeneration, deepened and expanded vision, sovereignty initiations, and healing. This lecture, through words and images, will be an exploration of some of the symbolism of these rites and their relevance for contemporary Jungian therapy.

Celtic Well Rites

Making an imaginal journey to the healing wellspring, we will discover how the ancient rituals can attune us to the source. We will experientially consider how the eight-fold well rites may apply to the healing of our own and our client’s complexes.

Sylvia Brinton Perera, MA, LP, lives, practices, writes and teaches in New York and Vermont. She has served for decades on the Board and faculty of the CGJung Institute of NY, and also teaches internationally. Her publications include: Descent to the Goddess; The Scapegoat Complex; Dreams, A Portal to the Source (with E. Christopher Whitmont); Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction; The Irish Bull God; and many clinical articles.

Speaker: Virginia Beane Rutter

The Eleusinian Mysteries: Vision Into the Abyss of the Seed

For 2,000 years the Eleusinian mysteries, core of spiritual meaning in ancient Greece, were celebrated at the end of harvest. They were enacted for men and women who chose to undergo initiatory processes leading to personal transformation through contact with a divine source of life. Today, the archetype of initiation is often enacted through our pursuit of Jung’s “unconscious core of meaning” in depth psychology. This evening will be a kathodos (downgoing) experience into this rite. Through a slide presentation intertwining archaeological and psychological images, we will encounter facets of known material on the mysteries. As symbolic initiates, we will follow in the footsteps of the grieving Demeter, from the initial purification and sacrifice, through the processional walk from Athens to Eleusis, to the final ecstatic vision at the temple.

This day is deemed anodos (uprising) when we bring light to what was gleaned from the dark of ritual descent. Those who received initiation together at Eleusis were called adelphi (sister) and adelphos(brother) because participation in the mysteries led to familiarity. The initiates were encouraged to seek each other to connect, discuss, and amplify their understanding of the sacred mysteries. In this spirit, participants are invited to share images, dreams, or experiences which reveal the living quality of the mysteries. Please wear comfortable clothes, bring an initiatory dream, an altar object, and pen and paper. We will share a harvest meal at midday and close with a sacramental blessing.

Virginia Beane Rutter, M.S. is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Mill Valley, California. She received her analytic training in both Zurich and San Francisco and holds M.A. degrees in Art History and Counseling Psychology. Her study of ancient myths and rites of passage through art history and archaeology is mirrored in her clinical work with men and women. She is the author of Woman Changing Woman: Feminine Psychology Re-Conceived Through Myth and Experience; and two books on parenting girls, Celebrating Girls: Nurturing and Empowering Our Daughters, and Embracing Persephone: How To Be the Mother You Want for the Daughter You Cherish. She is currently writing about Dionysian mystery initiation.

Speaker: James Hollis

Creating a Life

Can we create our lives, or does life create us?

How is it that we are free but create such repetitive patterns?

How does fate collide with destiny and catch us in between?

What are the sources of those replications, and what are the insights we need to maximize such freedom as we may have?

In this lecture, Dr. Hollis will explore these questions which haunt the modern who, wishing freedom, creates repetition, yet longs for an authentic journey.

A series of interactive questions will lead to journaling designed to lift up and out of the unconscious one’s value issues, blockages, and places for growth.

James Hollis, Ph. D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Washington, D. C. where he is also Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington.   He is also the author of fourteen books including his most recent book,  Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey.