Fall 2014 Season Program

Speaker: Jerry M. Ruhl

Building Conscious Relationships

Individuation, reaching our fullest potential, is a natural process for every human being. Like plants, we blossom and thrive given the right environment. That environment is always some form of relationship – whether with spouses, family members, friends, intimate partners, or even colleagues. We will consider the changing nature of relationships, the necessity of conflict, and how to utilize the difference of the “other” as a sacrament (an outward form of inner grace).

Slender Threads: Our Connection to the Deeper and Greater Aspect of Being

Slender connecting threads are at work in all our lives, guiding and shaping us. This program explores the value and process of paying attention to those subtle, invisible influences (sometimes called fate, the hand of God, or unconscious processes) as they appear in dreams, synchronicities, relationships, run-ins, symptoms, and physical illness. We will discuss the necessary role of ego in monitoring and filtering the impact of these influences. A mod of Presence will be presented that includes awareness of body, mind, heart, and action.

Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D, is a psychologist, teacher, and author living in Longmont, CO. Previously, he was a trustee of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado. More recently, he served for six years as Executive Director of The Jung Center in Houston. He lectures nationally and maintains a private therapy practice in both Boulder, CO, and Houston, TX. He also provides depth coaching via the internet, and is the co-author with Robert A. Johnson of three books: Living Your Unlived Life; Contentment: A Way to True Happiness; and Balancing Heaven and Earth.

Speaker: Erica Lorentz

Jung, Spirituality, and the Body

The individuation process demands that we return to our personal unconscious and our archetypal roots.  Jung invites us to honor and understand archetypal forces that push into consciousness from the somatic unconscious. This lecture will investigate the importance of witnessing and working with archetypal energies when they emerge through embodiment. These experiences are often pathologized, although they have been experienced, observed, and discussed since the beginning of human history.  How can we have a creative relationship with them?

The Body as Shadow: Listening to the Somatic Unconscious

Jung observed repeatedly that transformation can only take place “if we are in our bodies, otherwise it is like the wind blowing in the desert.”  The body is often regarded as mechanical and unimportant; although there is now renewed interest in sensori-motor research, the imaginal, and the body-psyche connection.  In this experiential workshop, we will learn to listen to the somatic unconscious through non-directed, mindful oriented movement.  Movement, image, memory and sensation will guide us to a healthy dialogue with the shadow.  Drawing, writing, and sharing will help to anchor our experience in consciousness where our truth can be honored and not interpreted.

No prior experience with this method is required to participate. Please where comfortable clothes for moving and a pillow or backjack to sit on and your lunch.

SATURDAY WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED TO 30 PARTICIPANTS AND SCRIP WILL NOT BE PERMITTED FOR USE.

Erica Lorentz, M.Ed., L.P.C. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts.  She is a training analyst with the C.G. Jung Institute of Boston where she sits on the Training Board. She is president of the Western Massachusetts Jung Center, was an adjunct faculty member at Antioch New England School of Professional Psychology and is presently teaching a Springfield College, Springfield MA. Since the 1980’s she has presented lectures and workshops throughout the US and Canada.

Speaker: Beverley Zabriskie

Emotion: The Moving Force of Experience

There is no experience without emotion. Our daily lives, our nightly dreams; our interior realities and outer relationships; our fantasies, myths, and religions; our arts and sciences; careers and investments – all are informed by emotion. From ancestral times to the here and now of today, emotions initiate our actions, infuse our musings, and fashion the narratives of our lived and unlived lives. It is essential that we know and recognize our universal survival-enhancing emotions, and the social emotions of our particular surrounds.

There is no experience without emotion. Our daily lives, our nightly dreams; our interior realities and outer relationships; our fantasies, myths, and religions; our arts and sciences; careers and investments – all are informed by emotion. From ancestral times to the here and now of today, emotions initiate our actions, infuse our musings, and fashion the narratives of our lived and unlived lives. It is essential that we know and recognize our universal survival-enhancing emotions, and the social emotions of our particular surrounds.

Beverley Zabriskie is a Jungian Analyst, a founding faculty member and past President of New York’s Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA; associate editor, Journal of Analytical Psychology, (JAP) London; Board Member of The Philemon Foundation which is producing the unpublished works of Jung. Her sixty publications include “Time and Tao in Synchronicity” in The Pauli-Jung Conjecture and Its Impact Today (Imprint Academic, Exeter UK, March, 2014); “Psychic Energy and Synchronicity” (in press) Journal of Analytical Psychology, London. 2014; “A Meeting of Rare Minds,” the Preface to Atom and Archetype: The Pauli-Jung Correspondence, (Princeton University Press, 2001) “Synchronicity and the I Ching: Jung, Pauli, and the Chinese Woman” (JAP, 50, 2005.) Her 2007 Fay Lectures at Texas A & M addressed “Transformation Through Emotion: From Myth to Neuroscience.”