The power of Eros can take us to ecstatic heights, but also to the depths of despair. We experience this power whenever we fall in love or whenever longing for another overtakes us. As long as we remain unaware that the ideal image of the beloved is a projection of our own psychic content, and the more our longing for wholeness is confused with the external satisfaction of erotic fantasies, the more we can get lost in compulsive longing, destructive relationships and sexual addictions. Understanding the archetype of Eros can help us develop a sense of how Eros can become destructively connected with addiction. We will seek to understand the nature of Eros and erotic longing in both its sensual and spiritual aspects.
During the workshop on Saturday, we will amplify our exploration of these symbolic and analytic themes with revealing episodes taken from myth, fairy tale, literature and film that will allow participants to identify these patterns in their own experience and to understand their archetypal dynamics more clearly through guided exercises and group discussion.
JULIE BONDANZA, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst in Washington, D.C. and Director of Training at the Philadelphia quarters of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and a board member of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York. She was formerly the Director of Training at the New York Institute and Education Director in Washington, D.C. Her teaching focus has included such recent topics as: Noble Suffering-The Archetype of Tragedy; The Grail Legend-The Mystic Hero’s Journey; Sibling Mysteries; Art and Archetypes; Alchemy, Psychotherapy and Jung; The Archetype of the Masculine, and most recently Working with our Personal Mythologies.