Spring 2003 Season Program

Speaker: John Beebe

The Purposes of Nightmares

Frightening or upsetting dreams come to all of us sooner or later. It is sometimes hard to understand what they intend. Using clips of dream sequences from classic films that show both the horror and the humor of nightmares, Dr. Beebe will help us to see the positive, adaptive meanings of negative or disruptive dream experiences.

The Self in Dreams

Everyone has an ego that wishes, and wills, and fears. But Jung tells us that we also have a Self that has the ability to cancel our wishes, frustrate our wills, and intensify our fears, all in the service of a mysterious project: individuation. How do we recognize the Self? Jung found evidence of the Self in dreams. But how does the Self speak to us in dreams? Using examples from a variety of sources, Dr. Beebe will demonstrate how we can identify the Self and how the Self emerges in dreams as a dynamic presence, organizing a new psychological standpoint.

John Beebe, M.D., a past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, is a psychiatrist who specializes in psychotherapy.  He is the author of Integrity in Depth and Energies and Patterns in Psychological Type: The Reservoir of Consciousness. He is co-author, with Virginia Apperson, of The Presence of the Feminine in Film, and co-editor, with Ernst Falzeder, of The Question of Psychological Types.  A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has written about psychological types for numerous books and journals. Beebe’s eight-function, eight-archetype model of type is widely studied and applied in the field.  In addition, he has spearheaded a Jungian typological approach to the analysis of film.

Speaker: John Allan

Symbols in Your Psyche: The Inner Journey

The uniqueness of analytical psychology lies in its emphasis on developing the capacity for symbolization. Jung’s life and work centered around the symbol-he imagined, dreamed, wrote, carved, painted, played with and sculpted the symbol. This lecture-slide presentation seeks to provide a meditative-experiential evening around such key Jungian concepts as the Meadow, Persona, Shadow, Anima-Animus and Self.

The Symbol in the Transference: Jungian Approaches in Psychotherapy and Counseling

“They tore the bark off the tree
but the roots will help it
grow.” (7yr old boy)

This workshop for professionals, students and interested lay people, seeks to return analytical psychology to its fertile roots–the symbol and symbolic expression. The day will focus on a variety of ways to activate and amplify symbols in the healing process. Hermes is invoked along with Eros and the Alchemy of Play so that Psyche leads Ego to new understandings and a new life. Priority is given to the therapeutic alliance and the symbol as it emerges out of the transference. Jungian theory (Primary Self, de-integratio, re-intergration, participation mystique (the interactive field), projection and introjection) will be linked to clinical practice. Slides, images, dreams, stories and active imagination will be shown and demonstrated. Transformation is witnessed as nigredo evolves to albedo and then rubedo and as chaos gives way to struggle and containment before the emergence of themes of reparation and resolution.

John Allan, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Training Analyst with the Pacific Northwest Society. He was a Board Member of the Association for Play therapy for a number of years and frequently lectures at the C.G. Jung Institute in Switzerland. He is the author of over 60 published articles and 16 books. His book, Inscapes of the Child’s World, is in it’s 6th printing and has been translated into Japanese and Russian. Written Paths to Healing (with Judi Bertoia) is currently in it’s second printing.

Speaker: Ann Belford Ulanov

Aliveness / Deadness

“As long as the animals are there, there is life in the symbol.”
–C.G. Jung

In the opening years of our new century and under the shadow of terrorist attacks on American soil, these following questions have become urgent: What makes for our sense of aliveness and feeling real? What puts us in touch with our own voice? What confers a sense of finding and creating a path that is true for us? What kills it, making us feel deadness? The focus of this lecture will examine the space of aliveness, which is created between analysand and analyst, between the ego and animus/a, in worship between ritual and repetition compulsion, and in imagination between the factual and the symbolic.

To feel alive and not dead is as basic as our need for food, air, and water. Fear of this lies at the root of illness. In this workshop we will explore the unconscious ways we make parts of ourselves dead and what spaces offer themselves for regeneration.

Ann Belford Ulanov, M.Div., Ph.D., L.H.D., is the Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, a psychoanalyst in private practice, and a supervising analyst and faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute, New York City. With her late husband, Barry Ulanov, she is the author of Religion and the Unconscious; Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer; Cinderella and Her Sisters: The Envied and the Envying; The Witch and The Clown: Two Archetypes of Human Sexuality; The Healing Imagination; Transforming Sexuality: The Archetypal World of Anima and Animus; by herself she is the author of The Feminine in Christian Theology and in Jungian Psychology; Receiving Woman: Studies in the Psychology and Theology of the Feminine; Picturing God; The Wisdom of the Psyche; The Female Ancestors of Christ; The Wizards’ Gate; The Functioning Transcendent; Korean edition of our Religion and the Unconscious, Fall 1996; Korean edition of Primary Speech, 2000-2001; Religion and the Spiritual in Carl Jung; Finding Space: Winnicott, God, and Psychic Reality, Attacked by Poison Ivy, A Psychological Study, 2002. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates and many awards, acknowledging her distinguished work in Depth Psychology and Religion.

Speaker: Robert D. Romanyshyn

The Tears of God: Grief as an Opening to the Divine

The alchemy of the grieving process dissolves the conscious mind and its intentions, and in a descent into the soul’s seasons of grief one meets the Oprhan, an encounter which can transform personal loss into a journey of homecoming. Grief can be home-work, and the Orphan, the most homeless of all, can lead us into that place where the wounds to love are the cracks through which a sense of the Divine shines through. The wonder, even miracle, of this moment is the recognition that our human tears of grief are mirrored in the tears of the Divine who hungers for an encounter with us. We grieve because we have dared to love, and we can love again in an expanded way and allow ourselves to be loved because we have taken the time to grieve.

The Healing Power of Poetry

Poetry helps one breath better. It is to the soul and heart what vitamins are to the body. The images which poetry evokes, as well as the moods and memories, feed a hunger that soul has for beauty, mystery and a sense of the sacred.

Through readings and exercises, participants are invited to appreciate the powerful healing gifts of poetry. In addition, they are invited to attune their ears to the melodies and rhythms of poetry when it is read aloud, so that they can experience something of the joy that comes from exercising the muscles of the soul when the voice sings its song. Finally, participants will be encouraged to try their hand at writing a poem. In preparation for the workshop, participants are asked to bring a poem that has chosen them, or has been with them in their lives.

Robert D. Romanyshyn received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Duquesne University in 1970. After 20 years of private practice and a career as a Professor of Psychology at the University of Dallas, where he co-founded with Robert Sardello and later James Hillman the innovative graduate program in phenomenological and archetypal psychology, he accepted in 1991 the invitation to join the faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. A Senior Core Faculty member in the clinical psychology program at the institute he also teaches in the program in Depth Psychology with an Emphasis in Psychotherapy.

Speaker: Claire Douglas

Active Imagination and the Visions Seminar

C.G.Jung described active imagination as “the creative secret of the mind” where –through visioning, dance and /or art work–consciousness and the unconscious work together in a profoundly healing way. The VISIONS SEMINAR is Jung’s great exploration of active imagination as a potent methodology for expanding the psyche and reuniting the patient with archetypal, healing images that lie beneath personal complexes. The active imagination in the VISIONS SEMINAR also expresses one woman’s quest for healing engendered by transformative, passionate feminine images –images flowering in many people’s psyches’ today.

Jung’s 1930’s seminars were based on active imaginations painted and recorded by Christiana Morgan, a gifted young woman from New England who had been in analysis with him. In the course of her research, Dr. Douglas discovered Morgan’s complete series of visions which link the chthonic, dynamic, and erotic feminine with the Divine.

Through slides and lecture, Dr. Douglas will explore the historical background of active imagination. She will examine the VISIONS SEMINARS relevance in the creation of Jungian theory, especially of active
imagination, anima and animus, typology, and the psychology of women.

Images of the feminine that are transformative, powerful and passionate are emerging even as we find ourselves caught by old patterns and judgements. We search within ourselves and in the world for support of new ways of being. Christiana Morgan’s original work illustrates a unique and passionately feminine path of individuation. Dr. Douglas will show slides depicting Morgan’s quest to reclaim her feminine voice and power. Seminar participants will be invited to experientially follow the permutations of the tranformative feminine within their own lives through dreams, artwork, thoughts, feelings, and active imagination.

Claire Douglas, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and a training and supervisory analyst member of the C.G.Jung Institute of Los Angeles. Besides numerous articles and book chapters, she is the author of Translate This Darkness: The Life of Christiana Morgan,(Princeton University Press, 1997), The Woman in the Mirror: Analytical Psychology and the Feminine, (backinprint.com 2000) and is the editor of C.G.Jung’s "The Vision Seminar" (Bollingen Editions 1997). Her article "In Homage to the Feminine Self" is in the latest issue of The San Franscisco Jung Institute Library Journal. She is presently working on a book on revisioning the mother archetype, to be published in 2004. Dr. Douglas’ analytic practice is in Malibu.