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Friday Evening Talk – January 18, 2013
Marilia will introduce an archetypal perspective on the effectiveness of fairy tales and storytelling toward understanding the roundabout awakening process in committed couples. The 2000 year-old Apuleius tale of the marriage of Eros & Psyché, as retold by Robert Johnson in She, will be her point of departure. The focus of the talk, however, will be the essence of the 1700s French version of the story—La Belle & la Bête—as interpreted by filmmaker Jean Cocteau in post-war France (1946), and by the Walt Disney animated version, Beauty and the Beast (1991).
The fairytale Beauty and the Beast, as proposed by Jung, is about the awakening process in ourselves and in marriage. It is about human transformation and transcendence through self-knowledge, intentional dialogue, selflessness, and moral capacity. In essence, it is about the birth of Consciousness.
For couples interested in healthy relationships, awareness of this process invites psychological growth, synergy, integrity, and the ability “to see the Other.” For couples therapists, awareness of archetypal forces in couple-making might facilitate more precise, concise, and to-the-point clinical interventions. For Jungians, it is a delightful voyage into the depths of our most enduring archetypes.
Marilia would like to suggest the following resources to enjoy prior to attending the presentation and workshop.
- Robert Johnson’s She: Understanding Feminine Psychology (1989)
- Erich Neumann’s Amor and Psyché (Paperback Edition, 1971)
- Disney animated version of Beauty and the Beast (Special Edition, 2002)
- Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête (Criterion Collection, 2003), with English subtitles
Marilia Baker, MSW, is a multicultural Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Keenly interested in Carl G. Jung’s teachings and depth psychology since 1961, Ms. Baker studied the Intensive Journal with Ira Progroff in Boston in the 1970s. Over the past 50 years she has sought knowledge and wisdom from Jungian luminaries, among them Jean Shinoda Bolen, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, James Hillman, James Hollis, Murray Stein, Jonathan Young, and Marion Woodman. These authors and many others have opened up meaningful psychological and spiritual pathways throughout her professional life.
In addition, Baker’s personal experiences throughout an international, transcultural 45-year marriage, contributed to her scientific interest in the meanderings of a dyad’s developmental journey, and on how couples are harnessed together by the force of archetypal energies.
Board Member of the Phoenix Institute of Ericksonian Therapy, Ms. Baker is an International Consultant and Advisor to Centro Ericksoniano de Mexico, and Invited Faculty at the Milton H. Erickson Foundation international congresses on Ericksonian Approaches. Author of A Tribute to Elizabeth Moore Erickson: Colleague Extraordinaire, Wife, Mother and Companion (2004), also published in French, Portuguese and Spanish. Marilia Baker is an Advisor on Board of Phoenix Friends of C.G. Jung.
Psyche’s Love Story – October 5, 2012
Friday Evening Talk with Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D.
In this Friday evening talk Susan will engage us to explore the many conscious and unconscious ingredients of love. Love is an instinct, an archetype, a movement of the spirit. It also has an amoral quality. Or, does it? We trace the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros as they wend their way through many obstacles to unite with each other. This story is one of, and beyond, gender while involving the age-old pattern of union and disunion and union again that occurs between people as intra and inter-psychic experiences. This involves beauty, envy, curiosity, and even the breaking of rules in order to find oneself anew through love. This is a part of the profound and immense journey that we embark upon, in many forms, throughout life.
Susan E. Schwartz, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst trained in Zürich, Switzerland, as well as a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Paradise Valley, Arizona. For many years Susan has enjoyed giving workshops and presentations at various venues, and she lectures worldwide on Jungian analytical psychology. She is the author of several journal articles on daughters and fathers, Puella, Sylvia Plath in Plath Profiles, a chapter in the four editions of Counseling and Psychotherapy textbook and a chapter in Perpetual Adolescence: Jungian Analyses of American Media, Literature, and Pop Culture, 2009. She is a member of the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts, the International Association of Analytical Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and Phoenix Friends of Jung. Click here for her website.
Friday Evening Talk with Lisa Whitlow, MA, D.Min.
Spotlight on the Shadow
February 17, 2012
Lisa Whitlow, MA, D.Min. lives and works in the Kansas City area. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctoral Degree in Spiritual Studies. She has worked for over ten years as Jungian therapist, spiritual mentor, teacher and retreat leader. Lisa has received specialized training in expressive arts therapies, guided imagery and meditation, hypnotherapy, and energy therapy. She is an emeritus member of the Board of the Kansas City Friends of Jung and teaches classes for them on a regular basis. She has facilitated retreats in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Idaho, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Lecture with Stephen Kenneally, Jung’s Concept of Individuation
January 20, 2012
Individuation, the lifelong development of the personality, is central to Jung’s psychology. It is the process of becoming the person one is innately meant to be. While aspects of this concept have been embraced by popular culture, the true depth and scope of Jung’s theory requires a much closer examination. Rather than merely describing a simple version of self-improvement, individuation describes an intricate process of becoming a person who can relate deeply to his or her psyche.
Stephen Kenneally, MBA, MFT, is a Jungian psychotherapist and consultant in Santa Monica, CA. He teaches psychology and ethics at Antioch University and is the current Chair of the Opus Archives and Research Center (a research institute within Pacifica Graduate Institute that holds the archives of Joseph Campbell and other eminent scholars in depth psychology and mythology). Prior to becoming a psychotherapist Stephen worked as an investment banker at JP Morgan. He received a BS in economics from Harvard, an MBA from the Darden School of Business, and an MA in psychology counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is currently an analyst-in-training at the C. G. Jung Institute in Los Angeles, where he offers periodic lectures.
Lecture with Scott Haasarud, Ph.D. - Jung’s Contribution to Understanding Jesus
December 9, 2011
- Jung observed that human beings are meaning makers and that the nature of human understanding and meaning making is essentially mythic as well as rational. The purpose of this lecture is to use the archetypal and mythological insights of Jung to shed light on the meaning that the Gospel stories of Jesus have for our lives today. For example the birth of Jesus reminds us of the virgin birth of the hero and the mythic significance of the great mother goddess. Stories like the prodigal son are deeply related to the archetype of individuation. This lecture will use some of the basic ideas of the psychology of C.G. Jung as tools for interpreting myth, specifically the myths that were projected onto Jesus of Nazareth, the central events in his life, and the stories he told.
Scott Haasarud is an ordained Lutheran Minister in private practice as a spiritual director, Jungian oriented therapist and pastoral counselor. His doctoral degree is in Religion and Psychology and he studied for many years at the C.G Jung Institute in Los Angeles. He spent one year as a matriculated student at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. For questions about the workshop or lecture, you may contact Scott by email or call him at 602 265-2500.
Lecture with Jonathan Young, Ph.D.- The Inner Life of Holidays: Memories and Traditions
November 4, 2011
November stirs a distinct mood. From Halloween into the winter, there is a parade of festivities that engross our senses. By staying mindful in the midst of seasonal strivings, we can use ordinary rituals to honor the call of the unconscious. Popular stories, customs, music and images are rich with nostalgia and emotion. The archetypal aspects of such traditions can be guides in the journey towards wholeness. We will look at familiar ceremonies to find personal meanings and see how they affect the deep down flow of the imagination.
Jonathan Young is a Psychologist, Storyteller, and writer on mythic stories. He assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and was the founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives. He created and chaired the Mythological Studies Department at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. His books and articles focus on personal mythology.
Lecture with Guilford Dudley, Ph.D.,Descent into Hell:The Soul’s Other Journey
September 16, 2011
Unlike what we read about in most spiritual literature-the upward, heavenly ascent of the soul–Jung’s experience was that the upward movement of the soul only creates its opposite, an equally meaningful descent into subterranean realms. Jung has re-emphasized what patriarchal interpretations of the Christian message took out: the importance of nature, the feminine, and metaphorically the nether realms of the earth–not only the metals used in alchemy, but the demonic.
“If I ascend to the highest and most difficult on the one hand, and seek to eke out redemption that reaches even higher, then the true way does not lead upward, but toward the depths.” – from Jung’s Red Book
He reminds us that in the Christian mythos Christ repeats the rhythm of descent in pagan religions, such as Odysseus’ visit to the Underworld in the Odyssey and Orpheus’ descent to bring back Eurydice, but does so in a new version of suffering as the soul’s destiny and achievement of wholeness. The lecture will enlarge on Jung’s meaning of the soul’s anabasis, its earthward ‘descent into hell.’ In this descent we encounter both the dark and the treasure within the dark. We can even encounter the ancestors, including immediate family members. The burdens they leave us in their incomplete lives become our task to complete, without our realizing that we are fated to compensate for their one-sidedness. Becoming conscious of this syndrome can liberate us for fuller individuation.
Guilford Dudley is a Jungian Analyst working in Northern New Mexico. He has a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and three degrees from Yale University. Guil is completing a manuscript for a memoir entitled: “A Penny for Your Truth: Confessions of a Jungian Analyst,” in which he narrates his own journey through the dark, but often amusing, sides of an aristocratic family and its mythic claims to English royalty, along with the descent into his own nether realms while living in a remote cabin in the California mountains, accessible in the winter only by dogsled. He is a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe, and the author of two books on myth, and an unpublished manuscript on the apocalyptic imagination.
Lecture with John Giannini, The Elegant Evolution of Typology
April 1, 2011
Accepting one’s type, as well as its breadth of outlook, are key themes in John Giannini’s sweeping take on the Jungians’ “stepchild.” Giannini will discuss how and why he wrote an extensive book on typology entitled Compass of the Soul. He will discuss its value for individuals that is lost among most psychologists, including analysts, who, along with Jung, have treated the types as orphans. Yet, this famous Swiss medico, scholar and mystic implied that the types are archetypes, and so also spiritually powerful, but never systematically did so. This task became the burden of Giannini’s book. Jung also showed them to be a “critical psychology,” as well as the ground of every intellectual theory.
Now, Giannini sees them in deeper contexts. He has learned from evolutionists their connection with a nature that evolved through “elegant” moments that made possible our existence. Similarly, the types have evolved in us in many such ways. Also, these archetypes emerged in an elegant and profoundly personal time in Jung’s life, as described both in Memories, Dreams and Reflections and in his Red Book (Liber Novus). In this context, they take on even more depth and spiritual meaning for individuals, as well as for society.
JOHN GIANNINI, MA, MBA, MDiv is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Chicago and Evanston. He holds an MDiv in Religion and Psychology from St. Albert’s College, an MA in Psychology and Religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School, an MBA from Stanford University, and an LCPC certification with the State of Illinois. John has published articles and lectures widely throughout the U.S. and Canada on the wounded child within, and narcissistic/addictive behavior. He is the author of Compass of the Soul, an updated understanding of typology. He is now completing a book entitled The Sacred Secret: The Maternal Principle and Her Love in Persons and Nature.
DREAMS AND TRAUMA
Friday Evening Talk: March 18, 2011
I would like to select some of Jung’s dreams, ones not usually presented, to illustrate their connection to personal and collective events–specifically, traumatic ones. Jung’s dreams picked up much of the collective trauma of his era as well as his own. This will be a discussion about how we can look at dreams and see how they illustrate trauma to the body, mind and soul. In addition to being warning signals, the dreams also are key to revealing the tools and the solutions. We could say that the pathway of individuation leads us through dreams, into trauma, and back again in an unending loop to become our authentic selves.
FAIRY TALES, TRAUMA AND DREAMS
Saturday Workshop: March 19, 2011
Fairy tales are mirrors of our psyches and present to us the personal and collective tasks of our lives. They have much symbolic material that unravels more and more as we develop deeper awareness of ourselves. We identify, for many reasons and from our own traumas, with certain characters in the stories that are favorites from childhood–and adulthood. To some degree, we live out these stories, too often unaware of how much the past tales may be shaping our present lives.
It is a great treasure and responsibility to know which tales have a hold on us. These stories make up a kind of collective dream that we all share in bits and pieces. If we are to understand our dreams, we can look into these stories and study them. If we want to understand the stories, we can examine our dreams. There is an interrelationship between these two forms of the inner and outer, self and other, leading us to more fully comprehend the tasks of our individual and collective lives.
SUSAN SCHWARTZ, PhD is a Jungian analyst trained in Zürich, Switzerland, as well as a licensed clinical psychologist. For many years Susan has enjoyed giving workshops and presentations at various venues, and lectures worldwide on Jungian analytical psychology. She is the author of several journal articles on daughters and fathers, Puella, Sylvia Plath, a chapter in the four editions of Counseling and Psychotherapy textbook and a chapter in Perpetual Adolescence, published in 2009. She is a member of the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts, the International Association of Analytical Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and Phoenix Friends of Jung. Her website is http://susanschwartzphd.com/