The long absent imagery of the archetypal feminine is reappearing in our age. Reflecting aspects of the instincts banished by western culture, the imagery of the feminine draws us towards an acceptance of our larger selves and a healing of the mind/body split. We will consider the impact of the emerging feminine on our lives and culture as well as attempt to connect it to the ancient cultures where it flourished.
The emerging feminine in the inner self pushes individual women into difficult developmental tasks. To make space for the new demands of the psyche, women are becoming culture maker beings, creating new forms, new lifestyles. The workshop will offer a more extensive look at the specific difficulties women encounter in the conflict between modern culture and the full realization of the feminine in their lives.
What psychic or spiritual energy is at the root of the fascination and enthusiasm which caused more than 1 billion persons to watch some portion of the 1984 Olympics? What is the nature and excitement which makes a World Series or Super Bowl better attended than church or synagogue?
This lecture will explore the historical and sacred roots of the game or contest as a foundation for our contemporary understanding. The archetypal dynamisms in the game continue to exert tremendous influence upon our individual and collective lives even thought the context of modern sports is no longer sacred but secular. Attention will be given to the symbolic material of dreams and fantasies of individuals to discover the impulse hidden in the archetype but largely misunderstood and undervalued in our time.
The workshop will explore the images of evil and the satanic from both an historical and depth psychological perspective. Drawing on materials from the Bible, the medieval witchcraft period, the legends and lore of the devil, as well as contemporary film and literature, an examination will be made of the primary characteristics of images and patterns of the Satanic. Attention will then be directed to contemporary analytic therapy and the ways in which similar images and patterns are revealed in the unconscious material of analytic patients. In what ways is the devil an inevitable and necessary presence in the process of transformation? What response is called for when the individual encounters the dark powers of the shadow?
Animals have capture the spiritual/psychological imagination of the human species since the dawn of time. Perspectives gained from the work of C.G. Jung, fairy tales, stone age art and spirituality, parables from fiction, and dreams with clinical vignettes will be presented. This will help deepen awareness of and sensitivity to the “animal soul”. The animal has always been and is still a potential mediator and healer for the human psyche.
In this newly released, four-hour film series, Joseph Campbell weaves together a vivid compendium of insights into both myth and modern life-including his own-as he responds to Jungian analyst Fraser Boa’s off-screen questions. The PBS series, The Power of Myth, gave us a dynamic dialogue between explorer of contemporary ideas, Moyers, and scholar of perennial … Continue reading Film Seminar: This Business of the Gods: Joseph Campbell in Conversation with Fraser Boa
In this lecture we shall explore homeopathy as a process of soul-making, a creative aligning of the soul of the outer world with the inner soul. Through a careful description of this system of therapeutics brought into relation with the psychology of C.G. Jung, we shall find that homeopathy re-discovers for our time the secret of the Alchemical art: that psyche is the inner essence of outer things. Archetypal images in the mineral, plant, and animal worlds are presented along with a description of the freeing of the soul qualities from the material aspect of these realms through dilution and potentialization. Then, the suggestion that psychological healing is complete only when the capacity to perceive the soul in the outer world is explored. The aim is to show that soul work is a homeopathic art.
This seminar will present slides and encourage discussion relating the manifestation of soul in the mineral, plant, and animal worlds to the expression of soul in bodily, emotional, and psychic/spiritual afflictions. The conversations will focus on stimulating the homeopathic imagination bringing about the realization that attending to soul is at the same time a healing of body, spirit, and world.
In this lecture Alice Howell will show us in her unique, original way the relevance of astrological signs to self acceptance, deeper understanding, and healing of the individual psyche. She will touch on the relevance of astrology to the evolution of the collective unconscious and the astronomical ages (a span of 12,000 years) and the development of human consciousness as shown in history through mythological and religious symbolism. This leads us logically step-by-step to the present tasks and potential traps for humanity in the coming age.
In this workshop Alice Howell will introduce us to Hagia Sophia, the archetype of feminine wisdom, who in myth was with God a co-creator of the manifest world, symbolized by the dove and the original Third Person of the Trinity. Sophia today represents an evolution of our view of the feminine, and therefore of “matter” (mater) and nature. Through the influence of Sophia one can feel the world aglow with love and meaning. Sophia can help us begin to know the process of recognizing the sacred in the commonplace in our everyday lives; then we would be able to see “the Kingdom of Heaven which is spread upon the earth.” Alice teaches in the gentlest possible way the most profound truth of all: “The dove can only be released from the stone through love…”