“… our progressiveness, though it may result in a great many delightful wish-fulfillments, piles up an equally gigantic Promethean debt which has to be paid off from time to time in the form of hideous catastrophes.” – C.G. Jung, (CW 9i, par. 276)
The past few years full of ‘hideous catastrophes’ have brought on overwhelming feelings of fear, anxiety, and deep suffering. In times like these, hope is a word that fades from our imagination. How do we find meaning in our fragmented world? Is hope even possible? The story of Prometheus provides a rich, complex narrative that has captured the imagination of poets and artists for millennia. Its origins date back to a time of difficult struggles within ancient Greece. Using this Greek myth, we will delve into the archetypal themes of trickery, theft, fire and hope to better understand psychologically our current world of catastrophes. Reflecting on the Promethean myth sheds light on how a semblance of order may arise from our current state of chaos.
In this workshop we will dig deep into the myth of Prometheus to better understand how our increasing focus on progress and technology has led to our chaotic world. Using stories and images we will explore ways to work with and through our Promethean complex. The Promethean complex leads to rich creativity, but also catastrophic destruction. As such, it is imperative we consciously engage with this complex to learn how trickery, thievery, and hubris influence us. We also consider how technology affects our daily lives and the psychological debt we accrue due to our increasing involvement with technology. Finally, we will explore the mythic motif of the superhero in its varied modern forms and how this motif influences our personal and collective lives.
Jeffrey Kiehl, Ph.D.
, is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst and senior training analyst for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He has an M.A. in psychology. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and an adjunct faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he teaches a course on Ecopsychology. He carried out basic research on climate change for forty years. He is the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, which provides a Jungian perspective on climate change. Jeffrey has presented on various Jungian topics at national and international conferences. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
A timeless tale sums up our contemporary conflicts: two women claimed the same newborn baby, so the sage declared, “Cut the baby in two and give each woman half.” The first woman nodded, while the other cried out, “No! Spare the baby, give him to her.” Although most familiar from the Bible, the story is a folktale found in different cultures and offering relevant archetypal insights. Partisans today may act like the first woman, insisting on their position even if it means killing innocent people – think jihadists and lone mass murderers. Politicians are willing to “kill” legislation that does not fit their ideology, even if it splits the body politic. When faced with unyielding opponents, earlier cultures reflected on deadly conflicts and put their insights into metaphorical stories – folktales – and passed them on. Only stories that rang true to people in many cultures survived, leaving us time-tested archetypal wisdom for resolving conflicts.
This lecture recounts such folktales and shows how they help us identify distinct types of truth – factual, mythic, oath-taking, pragmatic and home types of stories. Deep transformation of our basic life scripts requires experiencing all types of truth in order to settle conflicts.
A timeless tale sums up our contemporary conflicts: two women claimed the same newborn baby, so the sage declared, “Cut the baby in two and give each woman half.” The first woman nodded, while the other cried out, “No! Spare the baby, give him to her.” Although most familiar from the Bible, the story is a folktale found in different cultures and offering relevant archetypal insights. Partisans today may act like the first woman, insisting on their position even if it means killing innocent people – think jihadists and lone mass murderers. Politicians are willing to “kill” legislation that does not fit their ideology, even if it splits the body politic. When faced with unyielding opponents, earlier cultures reflected on deadly conflicts and put their insights into metaphorical stories – folktales — and passed them on. Only stories that rang true to people in many cultures survived, leaving us time-tested archetypal wisdom for resolving conflicts. The workshop considers other stories and more applications to reforging personal and cultural narratives about judging truth and resolving conflicts. The process is visible in successful depth therapy, resolutions of life crises, initiation experiences, and reconciliation of difficult disputes.
Allan B. Chinen, M.D.
, is the author of four books and the psychological and spiritual tasks of aging: In the Ever After
, Once Upon a Midlife
, Beyond the Hero
, and Waking the World
. Although retired from private practice to focus on writing, he continues to teach as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, on the voluntary faculty of the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. He Is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Born and raised in Hawaii, he obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees at Stanford University, and completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship at University of California, San Francisco.
Beginning in the years leading up to the Great War, both C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien independently began to undergo profound imaginal experiences. Jung recorded these fantasies in a large red manuscript that he named Liber Novus, referred to simply as The Red Book. For Tolkien, this imaginal journey revealed to him the world of Middle-earth, whose stories and myths eventually led to the writing of The Lord of the Rings, a book he named within its own imaginal history The Red Book of Westmarch. This lecture explores the many synchronistic parallels between Jung’s and Tolkien’s Red Books: the style and content of their works of art, the narrative descriptions and scenes in their texts, the nature of their visions and dreams, and an underlying similarity in world view that emerged from their experiences. The two men seem to have been simultaneously treading parallel paths through the imaginal realm. Note: image is an illustration by J.R.R. Tolkien from his Book of Ishness.
In this workshop, participants will dive deeply into exploring the meaning of certain key visions and fantasies in C.G. Jung’s Red Book, interpreting the text and images in communal dialogue. The core of the workshop will be a guided group practice of active imagination, followed by a writing and drawing exercise that will allow participants to come into an objective relationship with the images that arise during the practice.
Becca Tarnas, Ph.D.,
is a scholar, artist, and editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology
. She received her doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), with her dissertation titled The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C. G. Jung and J. R. R. Tolkien
. Her research interests include depth psychology, archetypal studies, literature, philosophy, and the ecological imagination. She teaches at both Pacifica Graduate Institute and CIIS, and is the author of the book Journey to the Imaginal Realm: A Reader’s Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Our bodies and dreams may be our closest links to the unconscious, expressing the soul’s longing through image, breath, gesture, the rhythm of our step, and the music of our speech. Dreams carry treasures that enhance the meaning and depth of our life’s journey. Illuminating our inner landscape, they help us come to know disowned parts of ourselves, point to what we value, and provide guidance on our life path. This talk will introduce DreamDancing ©, an embodied approach that integrates C. G. Jung’s active imagination approach with creative, embodied methods, including a brief experience.
In these challenging, polarizing times we are called to draw from creative, healing energies from deeper parts of the Self. Expanding our awareness of the somatic foundations in all relationships – therapeutic, educational, family, friendship, partnership, nature and more – can deepen empathy and effectiveness in being present, while providing avenues for self-care and renewal.
In this winter time as the new light begins to dawn from the darkness, we engage light in the body through working with a dream image as healing medicine. Together we will engage our dreams to connect with a deeper sense of knowing, creativity, and wholeness — in ourselves, in all our relations, and as world citizens attuning to an evolving planetary call.
This workshop will support you in nurturing body and soul through presentation, expressive movement, drawing, and writing.* No experience in dance is necessary, only curiosity and openness to engage the unknown.
In preparation, I invite you to let a healing image come to mind – something comforting, warming, or sacred that’s meaningful for you – from a dream, nature, an object on your altar, or something from your daily life. Says Jung, “My soul, where are you? Do you hear me? I speak, I call you – are you there? I have returned, I am here again.” No experience in dance is necessary, only curiosity and openness to engage the unknown.
TINA STROMSTED, Ph.D., MFT, LPCC, RSMT/E, BC-DMT,
is a Jungian analyst, Board Certiﬁed Dance/Movement therapist, Somatics Educator, and author. Former co-founder and faculty of the Authentic Movement Institute, she teaches at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, Jung Platform, the Marion Woodman Foundation, and at conferences for the International Association for Analytical Psychology. With 45 years of clinical experience in hospitals, community mental health, and private practice, her numerous publications & webinars explore the integration of body, psyche, soul, relationship, community and nature in healing and transformation. Founder of Soul’s Body Center®, she lectures and teaches at universities and healing centers in many parts of the world, with a private practice in San Francisco. Visit her website at: www.AuthenticMovement-BodySoul.com