As the established religious traditions and worldviews pass away or lose their persuasive power, what, if anything, might serve as a shared framework of meaning to illuminate our individual and collective experience? What, many of us wonder, might be the nature of a mythology to come? In this talk, we will consider the role of an archetypal astrology as a cosmological perspective that could help us better understand our relationship to the universal powers and principles shaping our experience and provide mythic orientation for our lives.
By considering examples in film, music, and literature, and with reference to our own astrological birth charts, in this workshop we will explore how to use archetypal astrology to understand the major themes and experiences of our lives. We will focus on the archetypal principles associated with Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, each of which is profoundly consequential for individuation, moving us towards psychological maturity, creative awakening, spiritual realization, and deep transformation.
Oregon Friends of Jung, in partnership with The Pacific Northwest Society of Jungian Analysts, continues our series of seminars designed to deepen your knowledge of Jungian psychology. You’ll have an opportunity to learn from and engage with Analysts who are experts in their fields. Registration is now open for the Winter 2022 online seminar: Psyche’s … Continue reading Psyche’s Stories: Wisdom from the Depths
for the Spirit of the Times
This talk lays the foundation for understanding the universal nature of archetypes and their environmental expressions in personal and collective cultural complexes that are mediated by the environmental culture. We take the archetype of the Life Cycle, common to all living beings, and ground it in visual arts as expressions of the aesthetics, art, and culture of the African Diaspora. We’ll explore how the commonalities and differences in Pan African sculpture, as metaphor, bridge consciousness to multiculturalism and world view.
In this workshop we look at the U.S. political economy through the Kemetic-Egyptian Myth of MAAT, an Archetype of Justice, Judgement and orderly Judicial Proceedings. The myth offers the example of spirit and matter integrated in law and political economy. We use this myth and its teachings to interrogate legislative initiatives in the For the Peoples’ Act and the John Lewis Act. We then explore Jung’s construct of Active Imagination to construct images of the good society. We will imagine together core elements of the good society, Multicultural democracy and the psychological resistances that undermine the architecture of the vision.
Love always guarantees a broken heart. No matter how else it functions in our lives, love will include loss, separation or betrayal. In this lecture I will address the question, “What is love, anyway?” We will talk about loss in the context of the Buddha’s teachings about reality. This lecture presents a new context for personal love as a spiritual practice of deep acceptance of the human condition.
We want a new kind of love in the 21st century. In relationships, we want to be treated as equals and to be seen and known for ourselves. Equal and reciprocal love between adults, in marriage and committed partnerships, is in many ways more problematic and unhappy now than ever, after decades of struggle for gender equality and sexual freedom. 21st century love requires new psychological and spiritual skills that are go beyond secure attachment or “improved communication.”
This day-long workshop will show specifically how and why well-meaning couples who “know how to communicate” still get caught up in harmful emotional patterns if they do not understand their inner lives, as individuals. Real dialogue requires the creation of a “mindful gap” in which partners relate as adults who recognize and take responsibility for their own thoughts and feelings.
Drawing on object relations, Jungian theory, Dialogue Therapy (originated and practiced by the speaker), as well as mindfulness and Buddhist teachings, this workshop will give an overview of what has to happen in order for couples to change their emotional behavior and learn how “mind the gap” between them with respect and compassion.
We are in the process of entering a new reality paradigm, a new psychic reality that calls for a reorientation to the way we see, think, learn, and behave. Through fire, floods, disease, and other increasingly chaotic events, the planet and all of nature is telling us, desperately communicating to us that we are not in control; we can no longer dominate without impunity; we can no longer get away with murder. The laws of nature suggest that in addition to dominion, reciprocity is also an integral psychic dynamic, a part of life that we’ve always known but seem to have forgotten. We need to be reminded. How do we encourage a realignment with and actively engage reciprocity?
Building on Friday’s lecture concerning the dynamics of dominion and reciprocity, our time together will be spent exploring both the theoretical and experiential ways the psychic dynamic of reciprocity demands our attention. Through prompts made to provoke, engage, and agitate, we will solicit and share experiences of reciprocity through active imagination, images, and storytelling. This asks for active participation with these materials. In addition, we will investigate how human-animal transformation in Indigenous myth illustrates how necessary this relationship is to establishing reciprocity with land, animals, and all spirit beings.