Spring 1997 Season Program

Speaker: Betty De Shong Meador

Elements of a Spiritual Life: The Individuation of the High Priestess Enheduanna

Enheduanna was a poet and a priestesss in Sumer in 2300 B.C.E. The record of her devotion to the goddess Inanna is contained in three long poems apparently written at different periods of her life. Pre-dating the advent of monotheism by 1000 years, the poems contain a picture of a woman’s spiritual life in the period when goddess as well as gods ruled the pantheons of our ancestors in the ancient Near Easy. Drawing on the passionate, personal account of the poems, we will trace Enheduanna’s individuation and compare her passage to our own contemperary experience.

Inanna: Lady of Largest Heart

The myth of Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld paralells our modern experiences of spiritual death, transformation, and rebirth. Perhaps the oldest descent myth of record, Inanna’s Descent contains the elements familiar to us from alchemy as well as from other mythologies and religions. With this myth as our background, we will explore the stages of the psychological and spiritual process involved in a prolonged encounter with the unconcious.

Betty De Shong Meador is a Jungian analyst, retired member of the San Francisco Jung Institute. She is the author of Uncursing the Dark. Her translations of the devotional poetry of the Sumerian high priestess Enheduanna, the first author of record, appear in her book Inanna – Lady of Largest Heart. Her translation of the forty-two Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna will appear in the forthcoming On Your Radiant Site. She lives on a ranch in San Diego County where she and her husband grow a prize-winning merlot in their vineyard.

Speaker: Ginette Paris

The Future of Psychotherapy: Mythology

Many psychotherapists are asking themselves the question: “Has psychotherapy reached the End of the Road?” It’s a chilling prospect for those who identify with the profession, or for those of us who still invest in psychotherapy.

Ginette Paris will offer a vision of Psychotherapy as Mythology, and discuss the relevance of mythological passion for the renewal of therapy, as well as for a deeper appreciation of our life stories.

The lecture will be enhanced by the presentation of some of the computer animations taken from the exhaustive CDRom on Mythology that Ginette Paris has been working on for the last three years. She will lead us on a commentated tour of the electronic gallery, as well as look at new images of old myths.

Editing the Script of Our Lives

If psychology is mythology, the question then becomes: “How does one understand, change, edit, and interpret the plot, myth, and scenarios of one’s life?”

Through a series of exercises done solo or in pairs, in writing or orally, participants will explore the mythological patterns of their lives. The exercises are a blend between active imagination and creative writing.

Ginette Paris, PH.D. is a psychologist and core faculty member at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA. She has authored books on Greek and Roman mythology, among which are Pagan Grace and Pagan Meditations.

Speaker: Robert Sardello

Dracula, Frankenstein and the Holy Grail

This presentation explores the mythic import of the tales of Dracula and Frankenstein as premonitions of the confrontation of the soul with fear facing us in the circumstances in which we now live. The popularity of these stories, reappearing in contemporary writings and films, indicates a need of the soul to produce images of fear, taking on the one hand, the ecstatic promise of dissolving into horrible immortality, and on the other hand, the form of technical achievement which produces disastrous results. Soul needs these images to picture the impending possibilities of its own demise. We will look to the legends and stories of the Holy Grail, particularly to the images surrounding the future of Klingsor, dark magician of the Castle of Wonders, to delve further into archetypal aspects of terror. In a world now pervaded by fear of every sort, our guiding question will be-What can free the soul from fear?

Freeing the Soul From Fear

We will extend the understanding of fear developed in the lecture to an exploration of fear in the modern world. Following the approach of archetypal psychology we will first seek to take the rather unitary sense of fear and multiply it-fears, not fear. A soul-geography of fear will be developed which shows the prevalence of nine forms of fear, identifiable as palpable presences in the world seeking the destruction of soul. What we usually call fear is but the bodily reaction to these presences. How fear insinuates itself into the body as anxiety, constricting the soul so that only the most material aspects of life come to count as real, is described. Central to our exploration will be how countering the presence of fears requires a fully conscious development of soul life, and if this task of now having to bring soul consciousness does not take place, the archetypal fears can easily usurp the whole of soul life. Many examples from everyday life will be presented and specific suggestions given and demonstrated for developing imaginative consciousness.

Robert Sardello, Ph.D., is co-director of the School of Spiritual Psychology (based in Greensboro, NC) which offers courses and workshops concerning how to be present to soul life and open to the workings of the spiritual worlds. Along with Cheryl Sanders, these courses are now held in cities here and in Canada, England and Australia. Robert is the author of Facing the World with Soul, Love and the Soul (now re-issued as Love and The World: Foundations of Spiritual Psychology) and Freeing the Soul from Fear. Doing the Good: The Soul’s Path of Virtue is in press. Robert also teaches at the Chalice of Repose Project in Missoula, MT and at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. The School of Spiritual Psychology web site:http://www.spiritualschool.org/

Speaker: Beverley Zabriskie

In the Field of Our Dreams

In interpreting dreams, we are in a field of relativity between our conscious and unconscious. When an image appears in a dream, it emerges out of a process, and furthers a process. Psyche speaks to and about itself, and also reflects and interacts with the world through itself. This lecture will explore the field of our dreams.

The Alchemy of Our Dreams

For Jung, “the world of alchemical symbols definitely does not belong to the rubbish heap of the past, but stands in a very real and living relationship to our most recent discoveries concerning the psychology of the unconscious.”

In alchemy, Jung found the sensibility of modern science and dynamic depth psychology. Alchemical imagery in the dreams of modern men and women describes states of mid and body, of psyche and matter. As life is a moving process, we dream alchemically: of fire, air, water, earth; shapes and colors, planets and plants, ores and metals, rocks, stones and gems; fountains and couldrons; exiles, orphans and widows; strange couples and odd lovers.

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.”

Speaker: Thomas B. Kirsch

Jungian Psychology: Past, Present, Future

This lecture will focus on where Jungian (analytic) psychology is today. Dr. Kirsch will discuss the first collective around analytical psychology-the Analytical Psychology Clubs, which were mentioned by Richard Noll. Then Dr. Kirsch will descibe the rapid development of three strands of analytical psychology in the world today: classical, developmental, and archetypal. He will discuss what the three strands imply for the future of analytical psychology as a profession, and for us individually. Also, he will speak about how analytical psychology has spread to all parts of the modern world.

Freud and Jung

Jung and Freud were among the most seminal thinkers of the twentieth century. Their influence has been felt in nearly every field of knowledge. In this workshop Dr. Kirsch will discuss the controversial relationship between Jung and Freud, focusing on the following themes: What was the impact of their relationship on Jung, and how did it influence his work? What did the conflicts and resulting split between the two mean to the development of Jungian thoughts, and to what extent has this legacy of conflict shaped the growth and development of the Jungian community internationally? Included in the workshop will be a video of part of an extensive interview of Jung made in 1957 by the University of Houston, and seldom seen.

Dr. Kirsch, who knew Jung as a young man and whose family was intimately involved in the earliest development of Jungian training in this country, brings a personal and unique perspective to this topic.

Thomas B. Kirsch, M.D., born in London, raised in Los Angeles, is a graduate of Reed College, Yale Medical School with Psychiatric Residency at Stanford, and graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is past president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. He is a member of the Academy of Psychoanalysis. He has been in private practice since 1967 and is the author of numerous papers on the biology and psychology of dreams. He is the author of The Jungians: A Social and Historical Perspectivepublished by Routledge in 2000.