Fall 2009 Season Program

Speaker: Katherine Sanford

Spirit River Sojourn

With the advent of the Aquarian age, a growing number of individuals are turning inward in their search for a meaningful connection to the mystery of life.  This evolution of consciousness was brought home to our presenter when, several decades ago, she read  a letter from the Spirit River Dream Analysis and Research Center located in a tiny settlement in the Peace River Country of central Canada requesting an affiliation with the C.G. Jung Institute in Los Angeles.  Dr. Sanford and her analyst husband answered the call, and journeyed to this remote community to present lectures and films.

Among this small group of pioneering souls, one woman’s psychic commitment, as evidenced in her paintings and dialogues, stood out.  Dr. Sanford kept in touch with this woman over the course of her life, and tonight she presents her friend’s art and writing as a testament to the power of the inner connection to psyche that enriched her friend’s life and supported her journey toward death.

The Shadow – Our Phantom Companion

In these chaotic times, some conscious awareness of our own individual, dark inner depths is critical if we are to find meaning and maintain our psychic balance amidst the breakdown of old collective social, political and religious safeguards. This workshop explores the Shadow, that unconscious, amoral, alter personality that lives and operates within the human psyche of each one of us.

We will explore ways of recognizing and withdrawing the unconscious projections through which the personal shadow gets lived out in the collective violence and destruction around us.  For as Jung has said, “if [man] only learns to deal with his own shadow he has done something real for the world. He has succeeded in shouldering at least an infinitesimal part of the gigantic, unsolved social problems of our day.”  (Two Essays on Analytical Psychology)


KATHERINE SANFORD, M.A., M.F.C., is a certified Jungian analyst in Del Mar, Calif. She studied at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland in the mid-1950s and trained at the Los Angeles Jung Institute where she received her certification in 1978. She is a founding member of the Friends of Jung, San Diego. She has lectured nationally and internationally and at 89 years of age, published her book The Serpent and the Cross, with its 62 archetypal paintings covering 30 years intense inner work.

Speaker: Lara Newton

The Power of Companionship

Lara Newton lays the foundation for a new psychological perspective on the brother-sister relationship.  She explores that relationship in all its variety, both externally in the world of interpersonal and cultural relationships and internally in the relationship between conscious and unconscious, and masculine and feminine.

In this lecture, based on a book she worked on for over a decade, Lara will present the process of transformation from bonding to wounding and finally to healing and redemption. This transformation process takes the brother-sister relationship from an outer experience, whether negative or positive, to a powerful intrapsychic reality, for any individual who takes up the challenge of relating to this psychological phenomenon.  In the course of the evening, Lara will also share some poetic material and brother-sister stories that inspired her.

Lara writes in her book, Brothers and Sisters: Discovering the Psychology of Companionship, “Brother and sister point the way toward a new understanding of companionship and mutuality because first and foremost, they are companions… At this point in history, we must remember that there is power, not only in conflict and discord, but also in harmony and equanimity.”  In a spirit of companionship, Lara shares her insights and welcomes discussion with her sister (and brother) Jungian community in Portland.

Variations on the Theme of Companionship —Brother-Sister Relationships

This workshop will focus on specific patterns in brother-sister relationships, dark and troublesome patterns as well as positive companionships, and their effect on the psychological development of both women and men.  We will explore fairytales and dreams in order to examine in depth the process of transformation within the psyche. All participants are encouraged to bring in questions, dreams, or life stores for discussion.

Lara Newton, M.A., L.P.C. is a senior diplomate Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Denver, Colorado.  She has been a therapist since 1982.  Lara is currently coordinator of admissions and co-coordinator of training for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado, a branch of the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts.  She is also Vice-President of that organization.  She has been President of the Jung Society of Colorado, based in Denver, since 1996.  Her first book, Brothers and Sisters: Discovering the Psychology of Companionship, was published by Spring Journal Books in May 2007.  She has also published journal articles on feminine psychology and on mythological studies.

Speaker: Dyane N. Sherwood

The Embodied Psyche: Alchemical Imagery and Unconscious Emotional Communication

Jung’s work is founded on a belief in the reality of the psyche rather than on a reductionist point-of-view. Yet we may also wonder how his theories about the nature of unconscious communication, self-regulation, and active imagination jibe with new and fascinating studies coming from the field of neurobiology.

We will begin with images of the King and Queen from “Psychology of the Transference” and from the Splendor Solis, as examples of Jung’s use of imagery, which can communicate emotions and ideas that cannot be easily put into words.   We will then compare Jung’s method to Darwin’s early work on emotional communication through body language and facial expression and to contemporary research, which employs neuro-imagining techniques to study nonverbal cues that can trigger an emotional response in another person, both before and sometimes without any conscious awareness.   Participants can expect to come away with a basic understanding of nonverbal communication, which underlies much of what we talk about when we speak of unconscious-to-unconscious communication in psychotherapy and in everyday life.

The Embodied Psyche: A Flowering Tree: Emotion, Imagination, and the Brain

Keeping the reality of the psyche as our touchstone, we will look at emotional experience and communication as fundamental to the lives of primates, as well as active imagination as a form of healing. We will begin with the basic organization of the brain, including Alan Schore’s work on hemispheric specialization, and then look at the ways the brain is designed to integrate functioning from the two hemispheres and specialized areas.  We will also discuss the latest research on two very interesting types of neurons, one type (“mirror neurons”) related to embodied communication of emotional states and imitative learning, and the other (von Economo neurons) potentially related to intuition.   Using the East Indian women’s folk tale of A Flowering Tree, we will also consider how experts in neurobiology and in Jungian psychology may arrive at conflicting conclusions as they interpret across disciplines.   No previous knowledge of neurobiology is required.

(Please note this workshop will have a half-hour lunch-break. Participants are encouraged to bring brown-bag lunches.)

Dyane N. Sherwood, Ph.D. did her analytic training at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where she was certified in Adult and in Child and Adolescent Analysis. After graduation, she served as Editor of The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal (which she re-visioned as Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche), on the Board, as a speaker in public programs, and as a Training Analyst. In 2010, she moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where she has a private practice. She has published book chapters and articles and also co-authored a book with the late Joseph Henderson, MD, Transformation of the Psyche: The Symbolic Alchemy of the Splendor Solis (Routledge, 2003). Website: dyanesherwood.com.

Speaker: Morgan Stebbins

Dreams of Fate; the Fate of Dreams

Jung described the process of individuation as the curiosity about and understanding of the autonomous, unconscious psyche.  Curiosity is the trait that allows us to follow the red thread of the otherwise mysterious symbols as they emerge from the impersonal and personal unconscious.  However the unconscious is barred from our direct perception and so appears to us in many ways — in symptoms, in our bodies, in relationships, in emotion, in personal insight, as well as through collective symbols.

This weekend, we will explore and practice Jung’s most important tools for translating communications from the unconscious.   We will take a new look at amplification as a very precise technique, and add to it the orientational method Jung developed in Volume 12; Psychology and Alchemy. Although we can use these tools to look at any symbolic communication from film to astrophysical theory to psychotic ideation, we will look specifically at dreams.

Although there are many sources from which to derive Jung’s method, it is only with the publishing of Jung’s seminars that we see his teaching style and the method itself with dramatic clarity.  We are fortunate that Jung’s latest volume, Children’s Dreams, gives us just such clarity. In this work Jung shows us that some dreams reveal the arc of fate contained within the most determinative personal images – determinative not because we had them as children but because we remember them 30 or 40 years later (the dreams in this volume are not the dreams of children but the dreams remembered by adults from their childhood).

Dream images remembered from childhood are similar to collective symbols in that they come to us without relevant associations.  The seminar will reveal how Jung interpreted these images without the help of surrounding personal material.  Because of the sensitivity of this method, Jung taught it to his inner circle but barred this material from publication for many years because it shows his work in a different light than in many of the other volumes.  It is a great boon to us, however, for here we can observe Jung’s uniquely direct style of teaching as he explains how to decipher the language of dreams and outlines the value of amplification.

We will introduce this particularly powerful method of symbolic translation during the lecture and then have a chance to practice it in more detail during the workshop.  We will also consider Jung’s radical concept of changing fate, or heimarmene, through psychological development.

The workshop provides a deeper examination of the ideas presented in the Friday night lecture.

MORGAN STEBBINS, MDiv, LMSW, is a Jungian Analyst in New York City, where he completed his analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute.  He is currently Supervising Analyst and faculty member at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association.  He is also on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Foundation, New York Theological Seminary, and the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, where he trains Buddhist chaplains and Jungian analysts in the skills of deep listening.  His teaching interests focus on integrating depth psychology with the world’s spiritual traditions.  He has just completed a hospital-based research study on the efficacy of dream work in palliative care.