Women's Voices, Patricia Reis
Women’s Voices, the Fall 2014 issue of “Spring Journal: A journal of Archetype and Culture,” was inspired by Terry Tempest William’s recent book, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice.
In this talk, Patricia Reis will draw from her in-depth interview with Terry Tempest Williams that opens Women’s Voices. The book addresses the complex and often contradictory subjects that arise when women attempt to express themselves: Story, Secrets, Survival, Silence Solitude, Suffering, Sovereignty, Sexuality, Shadow.
Williams, an American author of fourteen books, including the classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, has been called a “citizen writer”. Trained as a wildlife biologist, she is a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and a fierce advocate for the voiceless. Her writing eloquently probes what is required of us, personally and collectively, for social change and planetary health. With poetic passion and spiritual depth, she reveals how environmental issues become social issues and ultimately matters of justice.
Patricia Reis co-edited Women’s Voices with Nancy Cater, publisher of Spring Journal and Books. Reis’s most recent essay, “Over the Edge,” appeared in the online journal, DARKMATTER: Women Witnessing. She is author of The Dreaming Way: Dreams and Art for Remembering and Recovery; Daughters of Saturn: from Father’s Daughter to Creative Woman; Through the Goddess: A Woman’s Way of Healing, and the creator/producer of the DVD, Arctic Refuge Sutra. She divides her time between Portland and Nova Scotia, and is currently writing a memoir.
Core Course: Relationship as Path to Self, Paola Biola, MA
The “Self”, which C. G. Jung calls the “Ground”, is so vast and mysterious that many different symbols and expressions are required in order to glimpse the various aspects of this transcendental essence.
How do we come into contact with this elusive Self? Personal relationships, whether with dream figures or in our outer life, lead us to unearth and connect with our emotions. It is through these emotional encounters that we confront the “otherness” of the Self. Through these experiences, the Self speaks to us and reveals to us its majestic strength. Felt experience has the potential to transform one’s way of being, attitudes, motives and actions.
Jung’s perspective on the Self adds depth, insight and meaning to the complexities and dynamism of human experience. A so-called “ordinary” experience becomes rich and fascinating. Events usually overlooked become vehicles to the Great Mystery.
Might a deeper and broader relationship with the Self bring more meaning to the great problems of our era? Are we struggling to find the numinous in relationships, culture, politics and religion? Is there a force in our contemporary life pushing us toward a greater, wider consciousness? Is there a way to find a common humanity and a common spiritual center? The human race seems to be experiencing an ever deepening spiritual crisis. We are seeing an emergence of tribalism, authoritarianism and imperialistic attitudes. Modern reductive approaches don’t seem to be working. Might we need to open the symbolic landscape so as to find a common ground for global understanding?
If you want to forge a deeper relationship to the Self and bring greater consciousness to the world around us, join us in this seminar. We will read together Jung's The Undiscovered Self and amplify its meaning with images, poetry and our own experiences.
Paola Biola, MA, is a Jungian analyst who trained at the C. G. Jung Institute–Zurich. A faculty member and trainee supervisor of the C. G. Jung Institute–Boston, Paola has a private practice in Harpswell, where individuals or couples can stay for a weekend of intensive work. She has served as a Member and Co-Chair of the Board of the Maine Jung Center.
Falling Upward, A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life; Richard Rohr (DVD Presentation)
In the first part of life we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity – climbing, achieving, and performing. But those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey, one that involves challenges and mistakes that shock us out of our prior comfort zone. Eventually we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of “falling down” – that is in fact moving upward – is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world’s religions, including Christianity.
The first part of the program will be a one-hour DVD presentation by Father Richard Rohr, based on his recent book, Falling Upward. Rohr is a Franciscan and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico.
Following a break for refreshments, Ed McCartan will facilitate a discussion of Father Rohr's presentation.
This program has a dual purpose: to learn from a national expert and also to discuss with other Jung Center members the meaning of Rohr’s message in their own lives.
Ed McCartan was a Catholic priest of the Carmelite Order. He is a painter with work in museum and private collections. Ed has an MFA in painting and degrees in theology, education and philosophy. He has a studio in Ft. Andross in Brunswick, where he paints under the watchful eye of his dog Mickey.
Awareness exists close by, as lived, but is little noticed for itself, “not known, because not looked for” to quote T.S. Eliot at the end of Four Quartets.
Together we will observe awareness in general and in ourselves. We will start with thinking, feeling, perceiving, and intuiting. Then we will turn to such other forms of awareness as remembering, anticipating, dreaming, and knowing the feeling of another.
We will also notice that awareness exists as a flow, like a river. But each moment of awareness somehow retains past moments and anticipates future moments. So we will also try to understand how, on the one hand, time is like an ever-flowing river whose beginning and end are unthinkable, and, on the other hand, how the moment now — the present “drop” of the river — is equivalent to the whole, its continuum.
Without a glimpse of the flow of awareness as a continuum, subjectivity and objectivity seem to be split. Moreover, explaining synchronicity as a relation between mind and matter tends to position us with one foot in physics and the other foot in metaphysics. A better way to stand is to go back to noticing awareness as lived in the moment.
Cecile T. Tougas, PhD, teaches Latin and phenomenology at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. She wrote The Phenomena of Awareness: Husserl, Cantor, Jung (Routledge, 2013) and co-edited Presenting Women Philosophers (Temple University Press, 2000). Previously she taught philosophy at USM and UMass. Lowell.
The Pearl Within: Discovering the Wealth of the Underworld, Phil Levine
The human soul is in danger. It has become more difficult to engage in soulful activity, or to find a space in the world that recognizes and honors soul (our internal life) as a legitimate and central part of being human. Jung spent most of his life journeying to the inner Underworld, and telling us that we are not alone in our own inner world.
Relying upon the ancient "Hymn of the Pearl," we will look at our current state of affairs, not just as political events or statistical patterns, but as a disturbed and disturbing trial of soul. Mystery has receded in importance as we are driven by an addiction to certainty, with little tolerance for ambiguity, wonder and innocence. However, intellect is not enough.
Philip Levine, MA, is a retired psychotherapist, and has been an astrologer for 40 years. He is a certified practitioner of psychosynthesis, and has been studying Jungian thought intensively for most of his life. He is co-creator with Richard Tarnas of "A Calendar of Archetypal Influences", and is also creator of the Cosmic Window Personal Astrological Appointment Calendar.
Tools of Individuation: David Peloquin - The Singer, the Singing and the Song are One
The Sufis teach that awakened ones have learned to ride the inner sound current of harmony that is the soul’s true path. To sing one’s own song and to participate in the universal strain is, as Joseph Campbell said, “the privilege of a lifetime.” In this sense, we are all singers of the Great Song of life.
David Peloquin will share insights, experiences, and meditations from over 35 years as a professional folk musician, historic interpreter, and music producer. His career in the arts has always had a strong focus on the spiritual aspects of self-expression and transformation.
Our celebration of song will include the music of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Pablo Casals and Leonard Bernstein, as well as traditional sources. David will amplify this talk by singing several songs and by discussing familiar and obscure lyrics that touch upon aspects of individuation. Participants will be invited to share their reflections on the place that music has in their lives.
David Peloquin is an internationally known folk musician and producer. His group Compass Rose has performed at The Kennedy Center for the Arts. He has produced numerous music albums, soundtracks and other recordings, including projects in association with George Winston. A published essayist, poet and playwright, he is currently working as an independent scholar focused on the mystical aspects of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. His teacher, Eugene Tonoff, introduced him to Sufi meditation techniques and the work of C. G. Jung. He lives in the woods of Windsor, Maine, where he provides private instruction in Insight Meditation.
Touch Drawing is a profound yet playful process in which images flow forth from our deepest selves. Whatever one’s experience with visual expression, the immediacy of this sacred practice gives one the opportunity for deep inner listening, and for learning to trust one’s intuition, subtle awareness and imagination. Placing a piece of tissue paper on a board on which paint has been rolled, and using hands and fingers as our only tools, we allow impulses from within to move onto the page. One drawing leads to the next as our soul seems to flow through us onto the page.
Helen suggests there is a strong correlation between the experience and content of Touch Drawing and Jung's giving expression to his dreams, visions and fantasies by drawing, painting, carving and sculpting them.
Helen Warren is a painter and printmaker whose art reflects her deep connections with the natural world enriched by awareness of and sensitivity to the invisible as well as visible realms. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the Northeast.
Jung’s Answer to Job, first published in 1952, is Jung’s most extensive writing on a biblical text. It is one of his best - known works, considered by many to be his most important work, and, as well, remains one of the most controversial of his writings. Jung said that this was the one text in which he would not have changed a word. He also stated, however, that he had lived in his own private hell after writing Answer to Job. The work contains challenging ideas about the continuing incarnation of God, the relationship between human consciousness and the changing nature of the God-image, moderns’ experience of God, the feminine side of God and wisdom, the meaning of trauma and suffering, and the variations in the experiences of the Yahweh of the Old Testament and the God of Love in the New Testament. In this course we explore Jung’s Answer to Job by doing a close reading and discussion of selected passages; we situate this work in Jung’s objective to understand the human psyche – consciousness and the unconscious. We look both at what Jung is doing in this text and what its relevance is to us today. Recommended: purchase or borrow Jung’s Answer to Job.
Teresa Arendell, PhD, is a Jungian analyst practicing and living in Maine. She’s active with both the Maine Jung Center and the C. G. Jung Institute—Boston. She’s an experienced teacher and writer. Experiencing the natural world and activities with her grandchildren are among her greatest delights.
Tools of Individuation: Psychological Importance of Handiwork: Knitting, Weaving, Spinning and Carving, Vicki Hart, MSW, LCSW
Spinning, weaving, knitting, stitchery and carving have been practiced cross culturally and for all of human history. Most, if not all of them have lasted beyond the fulfillment of basic necessity. The discussion around this topic was so lively at our last meeting a continuation was requested. We will continue to examine the reasons behind the perseverance and prevalence of these arts. Our discussion will center around the question of whether completing work by hand has a vital role in the functioning of the healthy human psyche.
Victoria Hart, MSW, LCSW, is a Zürich trained Jungian analyst. She received her BA from USM in 1995, earned her MSW from UNE in 1998 and post-graduate certification in Hospice and End-of-Life Care from Smith College in 2002. Begun in 2005 and completed in 2012, her analytic training was focused in Switzerland with clinical practice in the US. She has one adult son and is living and working in mid-coast Maine.
When A Body Meets a Body, Cheryl Fuller
Workshop, Saturday, March 28, 2015
The body is a most doubtful friend because it produces things we do not like: there are too many things about the personification of this shadow of the ego. Sometimes it forms the skeleton in the cupboard, and everybody naturally wants to get rid of such a thing. C. G. Jung
In the analytic encounter body meets body, but rarely is body spoken of. Yet without a body, we become like the nymph Echo, a voice without a body, condemned to echo what she hears rather than speak her own experience.
In this workshop, we will explore aspects of a major cultural complex, specifically weight and the pressure, especially on women, to meet an idealized appearance. In the grip of a cultural complex, “they” are dehumanized, made Other, which legitimizes the discrimination and bias directed against them. The Other in this instance is the fat person; the complex plays out in the so-called War on Obesity. But this complex has effects that fall heavily on women of any size and increasingly on men and on children as well.
Cheryl Fuller, PhD, is a Jungian psychotherapist and writer in private practice in Belfast, Maine. She has written and taught about Medea and feminism. Her current research interest lies in the intersection of fat studies and analytical psychology. She is working on a book exploring stigma and anti-fat bias and their effects on the lived experience of fat women in and out of the consulting room.
Core Course: Advanced Psychological Type, Chris Beach, JD
This advanced course builds upon the introductory course “Knowing Yourself: Psychological Type from a Jungian Perspective.”* Anyone who has taken that course (or who obtains the instructor’s permission by demonstrating familiarity with its subject matter) is invited to take this course, with its focus on one’s Shadow.
In the first week, we will review Sensation, Thinking, Feeling and Intuition in their Introverted and Extraverted forms, as well as the Heroic and Parenting functions of the Basic Personality. Then, for four weeks we will consider the Shadow Personality, taking one function each week and thus covering the Opposing Personality, the Witch/Troll, the Trickster, and the Demon/Daimon. We will end by re-visiting the Child and Soul functions of the Basic Personality.
Throughout, the course we will look to dreams, film clips, and examples from outer life. The primary goal is to comprehend our own experiences through the lens of psychological type. The type model used is drawn from the writings of C. G. Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, John Beebe, and various “Myers-Briggs” authors.
*(The manual for that introductory course is also used in this course. Please bring your manual or, if need be, purchase one from the instructor at cost [$25].)
Chris Beach, JD, works as a Jungian analyst in Portland, with both individuals and dream groups. He regularly offers course on Jung’s life and ideas, dream interpretation and psychological type. He formerly served as a headmaster in Kenya and an assistant attorney general in Maine.
Mind-Body Inerface: The Placebo Response and Psychosomatic Disorders, Richard Kradin, MD
Workshop, Focusing on Psychosomatic Disorders
The mind - body interface is significant, as well as varied in its manifestations. During Friday’s lecture we will look primarily at the placebo response.
During Saturday’s workshop we will focus on psychosomatic disorders. They are common and account for substantial personal discomfort, unnecessary medical expenditures, socioeconomic loss, and disability. They are challenging to diagnose and treat, and rarely completely cured. Furthermore, they provoke strong negative reactions from family, friends, and caregivers, who are unable to fathom their inconsistencies. Currently, little is known as to how they develop or why their symptoms tend to transform over time.
This course will examine the historical, philosophical, cultural, psychological, and neurobiological factors that contribute to the development of psychosomatic disorders. It will address the role that developmental stress and attachment disorders play in increasing the risk of developing psychosomatic symptoms, and offer suggestions to practitioners on how to diagnose and treat them.
Richard Kradin, MD, is an internist, pulmonologist, Jungian psychoanalyst, and professor at Harvard Medical School, who practices at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is the author of numerous articles in medical literature and five texts, including: Pathologies of the Mind/Body Interface, and The Placebo Response, and the Power of Unconscious Healing (both recommended reading for these programs). He received the Gravida Prize for his paper “The Psychosomatic Symptom: A Siren’s Song.”
The Archetypes of Aphodite, Juno and Mars: Understanding Desire and Sexual Attraction through the Birth Chart, Jennie Gilmore
We will look at the archetypes of Venus, Juno, and Mars and discuss how their placement and condition in our birth charts can demonstrate who and what we are drawn to. We will gain insight into why we may have chosen our partner, or, if single, what type of person might be most satisfying to be with in the future. As time allows, we will look at these powerful forces in our personal charts. No previous knowledge of astrology is necessary.
Jennie Gilmore earned her diploma from the International Academy of Astrology in 2012. She mentored for a year with the transpersonal astrologer Eric Meyers. Jennie's practice includes readings in person and online with clients in the US and abroad. She teaches astrology classes and leads workshops. Along with sharing her passion for astrology (Gemini Sun 11th), she loves exploration and adventure (Sagittarius Moon 5th). She finds moments of quiet through yoga and meditation, is a student of Adyashanti, and enjoys exploring healing modalities such as Holotropic Breathwork and 5Rhythms Dance (Venus and Jupiter in Leo in the 12th).
Out of Our Heads: Imagination and the Limits of Language, Tom Cheetham
Workshop, Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9 am - 4 pm
Henry Corbin (1903-1978), scholar, philosopher, theologian and mystic, was a long-time colleague of C. G. Jung at the Eranos Conferences in Switzerland. They shared a vision of the central place of the imagination in human life, and the influence of their work has been profound. Among the most important psychologists to emerge from the decades-long creative ferment of Eranos, James Hillman continued the work of Jung and Corbin in his idiosyncratic and stimulating style.
The Friday lecture will provide an introduction to Corbin’s work and outline some of the differences in style and substance that are important for understanding the ideas of these three seminal thinkers. The Saturday workshop will provide an opportunity to re-vision psychology and the place of psyche in the world. We will explore the profound importance of poetic language and the arts in psychological and spiritual transformation and empower ourselves to participate in the creative imagination that lies at the heart of human life.
*Please note: This class is intended for an audience well-versed in Jung.
Tom Cheetham, PhD, is the author of five books on the imagination and the significance of Henry Corbin’s work for the contemporary world. The most recent is Imaginal Love: The Meanings of Imagination in Henry Corbin and James Hillman, Spring Publications, 2015. His first volume of poetry, Boundary Violations, is due out this winter from Dos Madres Press. He is a Fellow of the Temenos Academy in London and Adjunct Professor of Human Ecology at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. He lectures regularly in Europe and the US.
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Mildred Harris Weekend: October 3rd and 4th
Inner Journeys in the Outer World, Lecture
Inner Journeys in the Outer World, Workshop
C. G. Jung (1875-1961) discovered and wrote extensively in the fields of psychology, myth, religion, and spirituality. In this course, we will discuss his most widely read work, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, and Anthony Stevens’ clear and informative overview entitled On Jung. We will read sections of both books before class, then discuss them in class, covering such key ideas as dreams, dream interpretation, personality, psychological type, the personal and collective unconscious, the Shadow, Anima and Animus, and other archetypes. We will find examples of these concepts in Jung’s life and our lives, as well as in history, literature, and religion. We will also view a film about Jung.
Reading: Essential is Jung’s memoir Memories, Dreams, Reflections, edited by Aniela Jaffe; highly recommended is Anthony Stevens’ On Jung.
Nature and Psyche, Lecture
Nature and Psyche, Workshop
The natural wild is the source of life, offering psychological depth and meaning. Our psychic home, we desecrate and ignore wilderness and wildness at our own peril and loss. Jung, exploring the entwinement of inner and outer wildness, lamented the psychic harm brought on by our “excessive interference with outer nature.” The human divide between the natural wild world and civilization is one of human consciousness and must be bridged. Adding greater urgency to Jung’s admonitions is the rapidly evolving disruption of Earth’s climate. I argue that our adaptive capacities are impeded by the deeply-rooted American wilderness cultural complex.