Spring 2022 Season Program

Speaker: Keiron Le Grice

Archetypal Cosmology: A New Mythic Perspective

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.

The Way of the Archetypes: Using Archetypal Astrology as a Guide to Individuation

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.

Keiron Le Grice, Ph.D., is a professor of depth psychology in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, and the author of several books, including The Archetypal Cosmos, The Rebirth of the Hero, and the forthcoming three-volume The Way of the Archetypes. He is also co-editor of Jung on Astrology, a compilation of Jung’s writings on this topic. Keiron’s work has been central to the development of the field of archetypal cosmology. He is a founder and former co-editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, now serving as senior editorial advisor, and in 2016 he co-founded the Institute of  Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS) with colleagues in the U.S. and the U.K. He lives in Ojai, California, with his wife and son.

Psyche’s Stories: Wisdom from the Depths
for the Spirit of the Times

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

Speaker: Alan Vaughan

Archetypes, Aesthetics & Culture in the Art of African Diaspora

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.

Jung, Jurisprudence & Psyche: Imagining the Good Society

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.

Alan Vaughan, J.D., Ph.D., is a member of the C.G Jung Institute of San Francisco where he serves on the editorial board of the Jung Journal of Culture & Psyche and the committee on Diversity and Inclusivity, while in private practice as an analyst and a clinical and consulting psychologist. He is on the Saybrook University clinical psychology faculty and director of the Jungian Studies specialization. His scholarship interests are at the intersections of analytical psychology, U.S. Constitutional jurisprudence and African Diaspora Studies. His most recent publication is “Every voice, every vote counts: challenges to Multicultural Democracy” in Cultural Complexes and the Soul of America, Myths, Psyche and Politics (Routledge, 2020).

Speaker: Polly Young-Eisendrath

Relationship as a Spiritual Path: The Present Heart

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.

Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.,  is a Jungian analyst, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in private practice in central Vermont. Polly is the originator of Dialogue Therapy, designed to help couples and others (for example, parents and grown children) to transform chronic conflict into greater closeness and development. She is past president of the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies and a founding member of the Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies. She is also a Mindfulness teacher and has been a practitioner of Buddhism since 1971. Polly is the author or editor of eighteen books, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her most recent work book is Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path (Shambhala, 2019).

Speaker: Jeanne A. Lacourt, Jerome Bernstein and Lisa A. Pounders

Reciprocity: What We’ve Always Known

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.

Jeanne A. Lacourt, MS, LPC, NCC, Ph.D., is a Professor of American Indian Studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, a faculty member of the Minnesota Seminar in Jungian Studies, and a Jungian Analyst in private practice. She has authored a book on traditional Indian Education, edited a book on racial issues in the United States, and her articles in Spring Journal focus on the intersections of Indigenous and Jungian Studies. She is most intrigued with the theme of human-animal transformation in Indigenous origin stories. Her home community is with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

Jerome S. Bernstein, M.A.P.C., NCPsyA., is a Jungian Analyst in private practice and a senior analyst on the teaching faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe.  For forty-five years he has been involved with Native elders, culture, and ceremony; he was a consultant and lobbyist in Washington D.C. for the Navajo Nation, and he helped establish the autonomous Department of Diné Education. Several of his publications focus on healing and treating the current collective dissociation, which is manifest in the global climate change crisis.  He is the author of Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma (Routledge 2005) and the co-editor, along with Philip Deloria, of C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions by Vine Deloria, Jr. (Spring Books: 2009).

Lisa A. Pounders, Ph.D., holds a Ph.D. in depth psychology and an MA in humanities from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She teaches graduate students as an adjunct at Pacifica Graduate Institute, freelance consults with individuals and organizations, and is the Community Programs Manager for the C. G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe. Lisa has published several articles in peer- reviewed journals and is the poetry editor for the Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies. Living in northern New Mexico, she also writes, knits, and loves exploring the trails and wild places there.