We will explore the Jungian psychological perspective of psychological maturity and the tools that support our development through the use of moral intelligence. Rather than identifying with one extreme while letting its opposite find expression through the shadow, psychological maturity allows us to recognize and hold the tension of opposed moral attitudes. The goal of such strenuous work is to identify which complex has been activated. Tools for exploring the terrain between opposite poles and how to negotiate them with moral sensitivity include dreams, imagination, art, typology, and the I Ching.
Dr. Beebe will begin this workshop with a screening of a little-known 1950s American film about a crisis within a family. This film will be the basis for an extended exploration of the need to respond creatively to the dangers and opportunities that arise when an individual’s development creates conflict among his/her innermost circle. Intelligence is never more moral than when dealing with an intractable impasse with a loved one in the face of one’s own development.
Dr. Cohen will speak on the wisdom of Eros as a larger cosmic force that is fundamental for those seeking vitality, intimacy, and a way out of self-absorbed egos. She will start with the biblical Song of Songs and Plato’s erotic dialogues, Symposium and Phaedrus to offer guidance in our current lives. She will incorporate the gifts of Eros into the experience of love between analyst and client, student and teacher, friends, and in life.
We will learn about how Eros shows up in our lives and something about the brain and Eros. We will be encouraged to explore how Eros has driven, burdened, frightened, controlled, enlivened, and humbled us. We will reflect on dreams and experiences of Eros, plus previous or present attractions/crushes, and will learn what Eros has to teach us as we fall into its grip. How do we move through this energy and glean its gifts that set our souls on fire, yet not let it destroy us?
Our ancestors believed in ghosts, and perhaps they were not far off the mark as so much of daily life is driven by invisible psychic forces, archaic agendas, and imperious admonitions and prohibitions, all the more powerful because they operate unconsciously. What are the features of such “hauntings,” and how might we gain some further foothold on a more conscious conduct of life?
Psychological understanding of how the past persists in the present supports engagement with mystery and the possibility of living a more considered life. Along with exploring literary and case studies illustrating the presence of “hauntings” in people’s lives, participants will explore their own experiences. Please bring notepad and pen upon which to reflect on the invisible powers which govern your daily life.
This is an opportunity for members and their guests to meet the board, honor our volunteers, and find out about next Fall’s speakers at our official annual meeting.
Light refreshments will be served.