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Rockland Program Announcement
The C. G. Jung Center is very pleased to announce three program offerings in partnership with the Rockland Unitarian Universalist Church. These programs are Myth and Ritual with Sarah Halford, Psychological Use of The Gospels with Paul Huss, and Moving Beyond a Basic Understand of Psychological Type, with Elizabeth Rodenz.
REGISTRATION: Please call Rockland Church at (207) 594- 8750. Members of the Rockland UU Church receive a ten dollar member discount.
LOCATION: Rockland Unitarian Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, Rockland, 04841.
Friday, May 17 at 7 PM: Brokeback Mountain (2005, 134 Minutes)
2013 Mildred Harris Speaker
Seabiscuit: The Little Horse That Could, And Did, And Still Does
The word "hero" is so broadly used in our day that it begins to lose its mythic sense. But the mythic Hero – larger than life and required to accomplish impossible tasks at great risk, bringing hope and redemption to lesser mortals – stands in an important relationship to the Self. Implied in the Hero's grand mission are ideas of personal responsibility and vocation, two themes we meet frequently in Jung's theory of individuation but do not often examine. This presentation, illustrated with film clips from the feature film, Seabiscuit, will consider the collective psychological phenomenon that was a horse named Seabiscuit, a true mythic Hero, and the human partners who engaged with him in a mutual process of transformation. Their story is as much for our time as it was for theirs.
Many Are Called – But How to Answer?
The word "vocation" means a “calling," experienced as an inner voice that prompts us to follow a certain path in life. But "vocation" is more than an occupational aptitude or career path; it involves a sense of Destiny, of purposefulness – not merely blind Fate – that deepens our sense of self as we grow older. Jung's theory of individuation suggests that we are each "called" to become distinct personalities, to become conscious of ourselves and our differences, both interpersonal and intrapersonal. But how can we answer this call in a world pressing more insistently for conformity for safety's sake? What sort of heroism and personal responsibility is required for us to both hear and answer Psyche's call?
Lyn Cowan, Ph.D., has been a practicing Jungian analyst since 1980, Director of Training for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts for six years, and is a past President of that Society. She held a Professorship for ten years in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School for Professional Psychology at Argosy University, and taught for two years at the C. G. Jung Center of Houston, Texas. She lectures frequently in the United States and internationally and is the author of three books: Portrait of the Blue Lady: The Character of Melancholy; Tracking the White Rabbit: A Subversive View of Modern Culture; and Masochism: A Jungian View. Her passion for horseracing began when she was eleven and continues unabated.
Psyche, Healing and the Search for the Authentic
Who is this other? This class will explore the sense that symptom is an expression of soul — difficult, irrational, personal, and beyond the containment of our egos — but nevertheless authentically us and a process to be trusted. We will do this through a focus on Hillman’s Revisioning Psychology, as well as various myths: Priam and Achilles’ relationship in the Iliad (Hermeneutics), Oedipus (Soul and Tragedy), and Job (Ego Limitations in Healing).
Bill Schecher has practiced as an acupuncturist in Hallowell, Maine, for the past 10 years. He is a former board member of the Brunswick Jung Center.
Ethical Dilemmas in Therapeutic Practice
Every therapist ought to have [supervision] by some third person so that he remains open to another point of view. Even the pope has a confessor. I always advise analysts: “Have a father confessor, or a mother confessor!” -- C. G. Jung, MDR, p. 134.
…[T]here is one thing which can ameliorate or even dissolve the therapist’s shadow entanglement: friendship. … What the analyst needs is symmetrical relationships [in life outside of being a therapist], relationships with partners who are up to his mark, friends who dare to attack him, to point out not only his virtues but his ridiculous sides.
This workshop is designed to present therapists, counselors, and analysts with common difficult ethical dilemmas, and to allow us to consider from a depth perspective alternative courses we might take when confronting them. We will also reflect upon resources we might tap for help.
We will be invited to share where we are most likely to drift out of bounds because of our personal shadows, beliefs, habits and outlooks. This information will help us choose which areas we will discuss, which may include: disclosure statements, boundaries and terms of analysis, fees, gifts, confidentiality and its limits, dual relationships & contact outside analysis, and disciplinary actions. Finally, a few basic but helpful general suggestions will be given.
Note: Please bring a copy of the code of ethics that governs your licensed practice (whether you are a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, or other licensed therapist, counselor or analyst).
No required reading, but if you love to read, you might look at one or more of the following:
Chris Beach, JD, is a Jungian Analyst who practices in Portland. He serves on the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Analytical Psychology, has helped draft several ethics codes, and was first called to teach a course on ethics during an active imagination. When younger, he headed a secondary school in western Kenya and served as Assistant Attorney General here in Maine.
The Concrete Imagination
We will outline a vision of the Imagination as the central principle of human existence, particularly as shown by C.G. Jung, Henry Corbin and James Hillman. All three sought to broaden the notion of Imagination beyond the realm of the psychological and to rank it along with other archetypal categories of reality. It is as fundamental as space & time, matter & energy. It lies at the divine core of the Person.
Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot - Minor Arcana
Katenia Keller has recently completed 56 paintings representing the Minor Arcana, and published the full deck of Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot. She will speak about the four elemental suits of the Minor Arcana.
Katenia Keller, artist and author of Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot, works with the tarot system for psychological, philosophical and spiritual expansion. Katenia has shown her paintings and spoken about the images at several galleries in midcoast and central Maine, the C.GJung Center, and for Pecha Kucha at Colby College.
The OH Cards
The OH Cards are designed to increase intuition, imagination, insight, and inner vision. People around the world use them to reclaim their sense of self and their place in this universe. One profound quality of these “Metaphoric Cards of Association” is that they bend to the user: you can make them a tool for your own specific purpose.
The Poetic Psyche, Literary Classics and Personal Myth
. . . [A]Analogy formation is a law which to a large extent governs the life of the psyche.… C.G. Jung, Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self, par.414).
What happens to us when we read a literary classic? What power does it have to stir the soul into a deeper imagining of itself? Does rereading the same work over time have added relevance as it touches some of the core elements of our personal myth? This lecture will explore the manner in which analogy, in the form of classical narrative, influences and transforms the psyche by creating relationships between itself and the personal myth of the reader.
Using some meditations from my book of the same title, we will, through cursive writing, not computer typing, explore the nature of our personal myth. We will seek out patterns in our prose responses to uncover what may be fundamental expressions of the myth that lives deeply within us, guiding us not only in what we think but in our styles of thought.
Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. is core faculty in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California, where he has taught for the past 20 years. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 20 books and numerous articles on myth, poetry, culture and psyche. He offers Riting Myth Retreats in the United States, Canada and Switzerland. His interests negotiate the relationship between poiesis and psyche in its many manifestations.