September 23 and 24, 2011: Jerry Ruhl


Lecture: Balancing Heaven and Earth

How should we balance the inner and the outer, the masculine and the feminine, the eternal and the every day?  In struggling with goals and duties, how do we also attend to the workings of destiny and the cosmos?  Utilizing a three-thousand-year-old story from India, The Ramayana, as guide, this talk explores the Eastern genius for the development of consciousness.  Each of the characters in this individuation tale represents a part of the human psyche – all of which must be dealt with during the journey of life. This story takes a very different approach to the feminine and to evil than individuation stories in the West, and provides unique insights about living through a time when cultural traditions and values seem to be breaking down. 

Workshop: Individuation, Jung, and Eastern Thought

Inner work did not begin with Jung; it has rich traditions in India and the Far East.  In this workshop we will compare Jungian ideas about individuation with Eastern traditions.  Dr. Ruhl will present practical techniques for quieting the mind’s constant chatter and talking back to dysfunctional mental patterns that keep us stuck.  Other topics will include psychological inflation versus enlightenment, the myth of meaning, and the wisdom of uncertainty and insecurity.

Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the C.G. Jung Educational Center of Houston and a clinical psychologist in private practice.  He has studied spiritual practices in Japan, Bali, Thailand, Nepal, and India. With internationally known Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson, he is the co-author of Balancing Heaven and Earth (1998), Contentment (1999), and Living Your Unlived Life (2007).  Dr. Ruhl received a master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  He was formerly a trustee for the C. G. Jung Society of Colorado.

Balancing Heaven and Earth