Self-Exile and the Soul ~ December 8, 2018 Presented by David Solem

David Solem, MSW, MAPC, MA, LCSW, Diplomate Jungian Analyst NMSJA, IRSJA, IAAP

Self-Exile and the Soul: Exploring Our Personal Exile Story

Exile is an archetypal energy very much constellated in our current time. We see it activated and played out in our local community, and on the national and international stage. We are even enacting it with Nature herself. Exile can bring dissociation and withdrawal, or it may enflame rage and an aggressive enacting of violence. However it manifests, it results in a loss of Home, sometimes literally but always imaginatively. In our time, awareness of this archetypal happening brings the potential of creative action that can transform our communities and institutions. Yet in order for this to happen we need both an authentic individuality and some felt connection to Self.

Clinically, we may understand the exile experience as connected to anxiety and depression, archetypal happenings in the psyche that impose distance, the inability to connect, and a sense of being walled off or sealed in a tomb.

We will look at the archetypal energies of Exile both as a result of trauma and also as an autonomous happening in the psyche that can be either the beginning of the individuation journey, or, it may lead to ways of adaptation that make wholeness impossible.

Saturday Morning Session:

December 8, 2018

(9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
St. Tekakwitha Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

In the morning session the group will come to understand the nature of the exile process, and through experimentation come to understand their own internal exile complex and how it may connect to both personal and cultural narrative.

Eventbrite - Morning Session: Self Exile and the Soul: Exploring Our Personal Exile Story


Saturday Afternoon Session:

December 8, 2018

(1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
St. Tekakwitha Room,  The Casa Franciscan Renewal Center

In the afternoon experiential exercises and group participation in fairy tales (explore Kast material on symbiosis – introduction to Hans Christian Anderson as a writer in exile – The Steadfast Tin Soldier – tale and film clip – The Daisy) will enable the complex to be experienced and discussed on a deeper level. The afternoon promises to deepen the personal and group experience created from the morning session.

Eventbrite - Afternoon Session: Self Exile and the Soul: Exploring Our Personal Exile Story


Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to understand and articulate how Jungian complex theory connects to other psychological theories of trauma, repression, and dissociation and how the complex initiates symptoms that may center around social anxiety, low self-esteem, identity issues, spiritual emergencies, and a general inability to access authentic felt experiences that can foster conscious differentiation in individuals and in the culture.
  • Participants will be able to identify the components of an operative complex in a client’s psyche and understand how to listen for the images of the complex through the application of exercises and approaches that help to elicit personal narrative and to help others understand how their personal narrative connects to their cultural context.
  • Participants will understand how complex theory in Analytical Psychology connects to current psychological understandings of trauma and will be able to integrate a beginning knowledge of complex theory into clinical settings without needing to use Jungian vocabulary in their work with clients.
  • Participants will be able to articulate how an analytic way of working with complexes can be integrated with postmodern understandings of working with individual and cultural narrative in clinical work.
  • Participants will learn ways to assist clients with accessing the images that reside within their personal narrative and will learn how to help clients to connect these images with a newly co-constructed personal narrative that can help to loosen rigid places in the psyche that were initiated by trauma in the client’s life experience.
  • Participants will understand how an exile complex relates to the religious function of the psyche, a concept that is not only integral to Analytical Psychology but is also congruent with the need for clinicians to consider the spiritual dimension of client’s challenges in every clinical session. Participants will be able to utilize new knowledge of the spiritual dimensions of individual and cultural narratives in their clinical settings.
  • Participants will be able to utilize new knowledge of the spiritual dimensions of individual and cultural narratives in their clinical settings.

David Solem MSW, MAPC, MA, LCSW,Diplomate Jungian Analyst NMSJA, IRSJA, IAAP is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Santa Fe, NM. He is a training analyst for the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe and for the Memphis-Atlanta Jungian seminar, both of which are training seminars for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is currently the Coordinator of training for the C.G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe. David’s paper “Genders as Theater: The Dionysian Dismemberment of the Culturally Normative Narrative in Service to the Self” is published in Psychological Perspectives, Volume 60, Number 3 (2017). David is also a classical musician with a Master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music. He plays organ, harpsichord, and piano for Santa Fe Pro Musica and is assistant organist for First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico.