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