Spring 2015 Season Program

Carl Greer PhD PsyD

Speaker: Carl Greer

Change Your Story, Change Your Life

All of us have stories about our lives. This lecture focuses on how we can change our lives by changing how we relate to our stories. We can use tools from shamanism and Jungian psychology to step outside of our daily routines and review our life stories. Then, we can use shamanic and Jungian strategies to make changes, bring our spiritual practices into everyday life, and manifest a new story.

  1. Discuss the problem of being “stuck” in our stories.
  2. Describe practices for ascertaining “what is” in our current story, what we would like it to be, obstacles to change, and ways to relate to transpersonal realms to gain energy and information to make changes.
  3. Discuss what shamanism is about and the usefulness of Jungian languaging.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with ways to engage our current story and dream a new one into being using our rational and nonrational minds
  2. Become familiar with ways to engage transpersonal realms using shamanic and Jungian practices to gain energy and information for change
  3. Better understand elements of shamanism and Jungian psychology and how they can be used in the practice of clinical social work

Learn Ways to Change Your Life by Changing Your Story

This workshop presents tools from shamanic traditions and Jungian psychology to use in exploring your current life story, conceiving a new one, and bringing it into being. You will experience how working with transpersonal realms enables us to gain energy and information to make transformative changes. By actively choosing a new story, we can take charge of our lives and find new ways of being of service in the world.

  1. Introduction: It’s all about energy
  2. Exercises to engage current stories and desired new ones
  3. Interact with transpersonal realms
    1. Take journeys to transpersonal realms, for example:
      1. the place before creation
      2. the matrix
      3. the lower world
      4. the upper world
      5. death
    2. Work with dreams
  4. Dialoguing 10 minutes
  5. Dyadic work and sacred listening
  6. Discussion and questions

Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn various ways to relate to energy.
  2. To learn ways to use our rational and nonrational minds to engage our life stories and to dream new ones.
  3. To learn ways to interact with transpersonal realms and learn how to relate to what we find there.
  4. To learn the value of sacred listening.
  5. To learn ways to use these skills in the practice of clinical social work.

Laurie Schapira

Speaker: Laurie Schapira

Exploring Medial Intuition

Film Screening: In The Prophecy of the Seeress, a 40-minute film based on a thousand year old Icelandic saga called Voluspa, an ancient Viking Seeress predicts the destruction of the world. Her voice reaches across the centuries to tell us of the perils of our own time. Can we heed her dire warnings?

The film will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the director, Jungian analyst Laurie Layton Schapira.

In The Prophecy of the Seeress

Laurie Layton Schapira is the author of The Cassandra Complex: Living with Disbelief. The book views the Greek myth of Cassandra as an archetypal image of afflicted medial (mediumistic) intuition and how it has manifested as hysteria during the patriarchal era. Now on the brink of the New Age, we need to heal this crucial feminine function.

In this workshop, through discussion and experiential exercises, we will explore the nature of medial intuition.

Laurie Layton Schapira is a Jungian Analyst in New York City. She recently completed a three-year term as President of the Board at the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, where she teaches Norse mythology and the Psychology of the Feminine. Since the publication of The Cassandra Complex, she has lectured worldwide and made appearances on television and radio - PBS, Discovery Channel, History Channel, TVE Spain, BBC, WBAI FM, and the National Public Radio program “The Ring and I” in which she discussed Norse myth in Richard Wagner’s operas. Laurie is also a filmmaker and has written and directed numerous shorts and documentaries, most notably Women in China: Up Against the Wall and The Prophecy of the Seeress, which has screened in New York, Los Angeles, London, Reykjavik, Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Rio de Janeiro.

Terry Gibson

Speaker: Terrill Gibson

Jungian Psychology and Analysis As Psycho-Spiritual Event, As Religious Occasion

“All life is bound to carriers who realize it, and it is simply inconceivable without them. But every carrier is charged with an individual destiny and destination, and the experiencing of these alone makes sense of life”.

In recent years there has been a drift in the philosophical envelope of Jungian analysis. It is a significant frame adjustment, a movement away from seeing analysis as metaphysical craft to experiencing depth therapy as scientific craft, as empirical enactment.

This presentation suggests that the core, unique aspect of Jungian psychology and analysis in this age of increasing metric profession, psychology by the numbers, is its fundamental psycho-spiritual orientation, its essential anchoring in liminal realms. This multi-media presentation will use film, art, and masked clinical example to attempt a contribution toward this rehabilitation of craft, this re-visioning of Jungian psychology and analytic vocation as religious event, as sacramental occasion. A brief concluding aside will allude to the growing planetary dimensions of this psychology and craft, stressing the urgency of reconnecting to the Anima Mundi spirit so wounded at the core of contemporary individual and collective psyche.

Friday night’s lecture will lay out an overview of the model, while Saturday’s session will deepen and amplify the material through interactive play with the presented media examples.

“Whatever spirituality is, we know from our glimpses along the frontier with the transcendent that it wants to step over into living”.
Ann Belford Ulanov

Three question to be addressed in this lecture/workshop:

How is Jungian psychology/analysis sacramental, what is the liminal territory of its operations?

How is Jungian psychology/analysis a safe haven for the irrational, deep feminine, and earth centered healing technologies so often banned by metrics profession?

How to preserve this legacy psychology and soul craft in this era of corporatist culture and craft; preserve and enhance it for its broader re-discovery in a more enlightened era?

Terrill L. Gibson, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst, Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and approved supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Gibson practices individual and family therapy with Pastoral Therapy Associates in Tacoma. He lectures and writes widely on the basic theme of the integration of psychotherapy and spirituality. He has been a frequent consultant, faculty, supervisor, and facilitator for a variety of Pacific Northwest universities, social service agencies, corporations and religious congregations.

John Beebe

Speaker: John Beebe

Objectivity in Dreams

What kind of intelligence guides our dreams? What is its purpose? Drawing on more than thirty-five years experience helping analytic clients, Jungian analyst John Beebe will guide us in an exploration of how and why our dreams have an objectivity of vision that we can rarely muster in waking life and how our inborn psychological orientation is both reflected and compensated in the dream world.

The Intelligence of Dreams

In this daylong workshop, John Beebe will demonstrate how dreams illuminate the unexamined assumptions that shape and limit our conscious attitudes. Illustrating with his own dreams and dreams volunteered by participants, Dr. Beebe will reveal how Jung’s theory of psychological types is a key to understanding and benefitting from dreams. We will also explore how transpersonal, cultural aspects of dreams may speak not only to us but also through us.

This workshop is suitable for therapists and for individuals who want to break through to a deeper engagement with their dreams.

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.


Light-Hearted Evening and Annual Member Meeting

OFJ is feeling a bit Light-Hearted… June 5th is soon
You’ve been a good friend of OFJ – now come for your
                       ~  Just Desserts  ~

*OFJ Annual Meeting – to wrap up a successful season:
~Meet the new Board of Directors
~View new film short: Dream Making
~Honor our loyal Volunteers
~Preview speaker list for next season

*Dessert Buffet – to celebrate this year, plus our 40 years!
Come for dessert, stay for community. You are invited to bring a guest.

There is no charge for this event.