Major Spring Program 2019 - Beverley Zabriskie Emotion: The Alchemistry of Life (Lecture) Friday, May 17, 2019; 7 to 9 pm Members
Major Spring Program 2019 – Beverley Zabriskie
Emotion: The Alchemistry of Life
(Lecture) Friday, May 17, 2019; 7 to 9 pm
Members $20, Non-Members $25
(Workshop) Saturday, May 18, 2019; 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Members $40, Non-Members $50
On the one hand emotion is the alchemical fire whose warmth brings everything into existence and whose heat burns all superfluities to ashes. But on the other hand, emotion is the moment when steel meets flint and a spark is struck forth, for emotion is the chief source of consciousness. There is no change from darkness to light or from inertia to movement without emotion.
– C. G. Jung
Emotion moves us, and is a force by which we are moved. Emotion is a dynamism and daemon in, through, and across the spectrums of our beings and lives. Emotion harmonizes or divides, attracts or repels, injures or fosters selfhood and resilience, enables repair after rupture. It colors, resonates, imprints, and impacts both self and other.
In nature, emotion serves survival. In relationship, our emotions foster connection and internal balance, or trigger trauma and chronic disorientation. In culture, it leads to creativity.
Jung’s view of psyche as an emotional process allows us to experience and engage, endure and recover as we reflect and imagine ourselves and our world.
Emotion is the essential factor in nature, culture, and psyche. This discussion will evoke species-wide wisdom, the Jungian perspective on the affective psyche, dream imagery, and current neuroscience to explore how emotions appear and are processed in the considered and experienced life.
Jung once wrote that the fateful alternatives in life are between bitterness and wisdom. How we engage emotion in day-to-day contexts, how we receive the emotional narratives of our conscious reactions and dreams determines our memories, expectations, and felt sense of personhood in engagement with self, society, and universe.
In therapeutic and educational settings, the capacity to engage the range of emotion shapes our learning curves, and sculpts our receptivity, authenticity, and integrity while engaging with an inner and outer other.
Do we have emotions? Or do our emotions have us? In Jung’s view, emotion links or severs body and mind, provokes reaction, or fuels insight and imagination. In his scheme, emotional equilibrium allows us to be the subjects of our own lives, rather than the objects of our history. Our ability to feel, recognize, and express the spectrums of emotions informs our resilience in meeting and enduring the destructive and healing emotions implicit in our species’ existence.
Beverley Zabriskie is a Jungian Analyst in New York City, a founding faculty member and former President of the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association (JPA). She is a past President of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), and past Vice-President of the Philemon Foundation which published The Red Book and other volumes by C. G. Jung. She is currently on the Executive Committee of The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Her many publications include “Spectrums of Emotion” in Research in Analytical Psychology: Applications from Scientific, Historical and Cross-Cultural Research, Vol. 1 (2018); “Energy and Emotion: C. G. Jung’s Fordham Declaration” in Jung in the Academy and Beyond: The Fordham Lectures 100 Years Later (2015); “Time and Tao in Synchronicity” in The Pauli-Jung Conjecture and Its Impact Today (2014); and “A Meeting of Rare Minds”, the Preface to Atom and Archetype: The Pauli-Jung Correspondence (2001).
17 (Friday) 7:00 pm - 18 (Saturday) 1:30 pm
214/215 Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine
88 BEDFORD STREET, PORTLAND, MAINE