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NEW ARTICLE BY JEROME BERNSTEIN:

SURVIVING OUR OWN GENIUS IN THE AGE OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE: The Western Psyche and the Native-American Psyche





 

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April 10 & 11, Michael Conforti

May 15 & 16 , Lionel Corbett

June 5 & 6, John Beebe



Jim HollisBegins January 6 - Eight Tuesdays

Course

The Eden Project: The Psychodynamics of Relationsip, James Hollis
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Guy Mason Center
Fees: $150.00, members; $175.00, nonmembers; $125.00,
full-time students and seniors over 65

 

We crave relationships, and find so many troubled. Why?

What are the psychodynamics of our relationship to self, to intimate others, to the world around us, and to the divinities? Since we are the only constant in all of these relationships, what do we need to know about ourselves to engage in more conscious, more evolved relationships?

How do the lingering shadows of our early, family-of-originexperiences shape and distort our adult relationships? How can we deepen relationships with others while gaining less dependence upon them? And how do our internal scripts support or degrade our encounters with transcendent forces?

These and many other paradoxes of relationship will be examinedthrough the lenses of depth psychology, religious tradition, literature, and popular culture.

Required Text: The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other.

his course will be held at the Guy Mason Recreation Center, classroom 1a, 3600 Calvert Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., at the corner of Wisconsin and Calvert in Glover Park. Please note that this course will run for eight weeks, 90 minutes per session.

James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, and author of fourteen books.





Kriya Yoga
Begins January 8 - Eight Thursdays

Course
INTO THE SILENCE, INTO THE DARKNESS: The practical psychology of Kriyā Yoga, Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $200.00, members; $225.00, nonmembers; $175.00,
full-time students and seniors over 65

For the past seven years we have gathered to learn how to use the planetary symbols to interpret the thoughts and emotions we experience while waking and dreaming.

As we go deeper into the psyche through the study of the personal planetsSun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) it becomes extremely useful to learn and practice meditation techniques. These techniques are outlined in one of India's greatest contributions to psychology: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

In Kriyā yoga, meditation techniques serve many functions; In our study we will focus on four:Using meditation to provide a non-violent entry into the psyche.Using meditation to help to digest material   churned up from the psyche to minimize the physical and psychological effects of such revelations.Using meditation techniques to provide a road map to the parts of the mind, as defined by yoga, that are accessible to you.Using meditation to re-integrate new revelations into everyday life in the form of self-awareness.

In the sign of Aquarius (January-February) life is breathed back into the earth. In the sign of Pisces (February-March) this new life-force sleeps in the earth and dreams of coming forth in the Spring. We will use this natural rhythm to study our breathing and it s relationship to our thoughts and dreams.

Kriyā yoga uses the accessible to approach the inaccessible; it teaches not only formal techniques of meditation but also informal techniques to be practiced in the context of daily life. Because of this we call Kriyā Yoga "The Wisdom of the Everyday."

No previous meditation experience is necessary. Continuing participants will have their practice checked and be given additional instructions.

Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry a (Swamis Abhipadananda & Jyotir Vakyananda) are lineage holders in the Kriya Yoga tradition, an Indian alchemical tradition, and are authorized to initiate and teach Kriya Yoga and its related teachings.  The techniques of Kriya Yoga involve a psychophysical means of self-inquiry and are an initiated path to understanding one’s own psyche in the context of the macrocosm.  The Swami order is one of the oldest, continuous, living initiatory and alchemical systems extant.  Heidi and Michael combine their experience to make yogic teachings accessible to western minds by use of comparative mythology, storytelling, astrology, and other symbolic systems. They are regular presenters at the Jung Society, Theosophical Society, Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Center, and have lectured on Samkhya Yoga to colleges and seminaries in various parts of the United States.  They teach and initiate the techniques of Kriya Yoga on a private basis in Washington, D.C., and regularly perform life-cycle rituals in their role as swamis.




Begins March 10 - Six Tuesdays

Course
VENUS AND NEPTUNE: The Mapped and the Unmapped Emotional Domains, Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members; $175.00, nonmembers; $125.00,
full-time students and seniors over 65

In the symbolic system of Kriya Yoga, Venus represents the heart chakra and thefull range of emotions. These emotions have been extensively mapped in a wide variety of cultures - from the Natyashastra of India to the Poetics of Aristotle to both ancient and recent emotional-therapeutic systems. The mapping of these emotions is so thorough in these various systems that they are used with skill and deliberation by artists, musicians, dancers, actors, healers, and therapists to evoke emotion in a predictable way that leads to catharsis (in the system of Aristotle); or to bhava - the fullness of emotion that transports one to insight and realization (in the system of the Natyashastra); or to transmutation in the system of Kriya Yoga.

Neptune, in contrast is unmapped. The earth's oceans function as a symbolic and literal instance of Neptune. While 71 percent of the earth is covered by ocean, most of it remains unmapped and as such, is the great unknown.

Venus and Neptune interact in important ways. When you enter fully into aknown and predictable emotional patterning, you will sometimes find that the emotion is so powerful to you that you slip through a gateway into the groundless domain of Neptune. This can have a variety of results. On the expansive side, it can result in art, music, poetry and other creative artifacts that you produce from the great unknown; on the constrictive side, it can result in self-destruction, self-deception and a variety of addictive behaviors.

We will examine a variety of texts from film and television to poetry, art, and music that embody the relationship between Venus and Neptune.

In the kriya yoga tradition, astrology is an initiated experience that allows one to explore the parameters of their own psyche and their own life experience, rather than having it interpreted by another. As always the course will culminate by the participants presentations of their own projects synthesizing the materials presented in the class and their meaning to the participants own psyche and life.

Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry a (Swamis Abhipadananda & Jyotir Vakyananda) are lineage holders in the Kriya Yoga tradition, an Indian alchemical tradition, and are authorized to initiate and teach Kriya Yoga and its related teachings.  The techniques of Kriya Yoga involve a psychophysical means of self-inquiry and are an initiated path to understanding one’s own psyche in the context of the macrocosm.  The Swami order is one of the oldest, continuous, living initiatory and alchemical systems extant.  Heidi and Michael combine their experience to make yogic teachings accessible to western minds by use of comparative mythology, storytelling, astrology, and other symbolic systems. They are regular presenters at the Jung Society, Theosophical Society, Kanyakumari Ayurveda & Yoga Wellness Center, and have lectured on Samkhya Yoga to colleges and seminaries in various parts of the United States.  They teach and initiate the techniques of Kriya Yoga on a private basis in Washington, D.C., and regularly perform life-cycle rituals in their role as swamis.



James HollisBegins March 10- Eight Tuesdays

Course
MYTHS TO LIVE BY: Lectures by Joseph Campbell, James Hollis
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, Venue to be announced
Fees: $150.00, members; $175.00, nonmembers; $125.00,
full-time students and seniors over 65

 

Why should a modern pay any attention to the subject of myth? Joseph Campbell's quite readable lecture series Myths to Live By addresses the profound role that myth plays in our personal and cultural life. Coursing beneath the surface of daily life are charged images, persistent complexes, ancestral presences, buried scripts, fragments of history, unaddressed pathologies, as well as a continuing summons to the unlived life. As anthropologist Levi-Strauss observed, it is not whether we think in myths, but rather how they are thinking through us.

Whether we make these energy systems conscious or not, they make ourchoices for us, create patterns, and spill into our lives. Examining the encounter between science and religion, the mythologies of love and war, the creative-destructive powers of madness, and the daily unfolding of a personal mythology are the subjects for our presentation and discussion. Only by rendering the myths which move us more conscious can we live a more considered life.

Required Text: Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By

James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, and author of fourteen books.



James HollisMarch 13- Friday (snow date March 27)

Workshop
THE ARCHETYPAL PATTERN OF THE WOUNDED HEALER, James Hollis, Ph.D.
1:00 am – 4.00 p.m., Venue to be announced
Fees: $75.00, member; $100.00, nonmembers

As Jung once noted, only the wounded healer can heal. Only the person who has suffered, come to an enlarged consciousness through that suffering, and then relates to others with a more assimilated woundedness can have a healing effect upon others.

 

The highest percentage of persons in the care-giving professions come from troubled backgrounds and may unconsciously be seeking personal healing through their choice of profession. This program will seek to identify typical intra-psychic motifs of the caregiver, recurrent stresses, exercises for the identification of one's personal psychodynamics, and the typical setups for ethical transgression to which the wounded healer is predisposed.

 

Recommended Reading:David Sedgwick, The Wounded HealerJames Hollis, Creating a Life

 

This three hour, professional workshop is for caregivers of all kinds, including nursing, social work, medicine, clergy, psychotherapy.

 

James Hollis, Ph.D. is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington, and author of fourteen books.

 

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As of October 1, 2014,

Our new Executive Director

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JAMES HOLLIS, PH.D.

Welcome him on
Friday November 14


Institute for Sacred Activism

with
Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey

The economic, political, spiritual world crisis that we currently find ourselves in is a call to action. It is an opportunity for us to understand the realities around us and to rally together to do something different. We now have before us the possibility of using this current crisis to empower ourselves, and others, to actually get the planet to work. Embracing an uncertain future, we need to support leaders, who are inspired, courageous and effective to rise up. We need to renew the energy of people who are burnt out and apathetic in institutions and corporations. If we point individuals to an inner compass that renews their passion, there is hope for real solutions and inspired creativity. All that we need is already there, in the currency of people, and it only needs to be tapped into.
http://www.andrewharvey.net


Guild for
Psychological
Studies

For over fifty years, the Guild for Psychological Studies has conducted seminars that bring together the depth psychology of Carl Jung, the Records of the Life of Jesus (Synoptic Gospels), the Hebrew Scriptures, and material drawn from myth, poetry, world religions, and the evolving images of modern culture and science. Using a process based on Socratic inquiry and dialog, seminar participants carefully attend to images and feelings, discover connections between the personal and collective psyche, and often find a new commitment to the deep and unfolding truth that has been called the Self or Soul. Visit http://www.guildsf.org.


Joseph Cambray, PhD

Synchronicity: Nature and Psyche in an Interconnected Universe

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In 1952 C. G. Jung published a paradoxical hypothesis on synchronicity that marked an attempt to expand the western world’s conception of the relationship between nature and the psyche. Jung’s hypothesis sought to break down the polarizing cause-effect assessment of the world and psyche, suggesting that everything is interconnected. Thus, synchronicity is both "a meaningful event" and "an acausal connecting principle." Evaluating the world in this manner opened the door to "exploring the possibility of meaning in chance or random events, deciphering if and when meaning might be present even if outside conscious awareness."

Now, after contextualizing Jung’s work in relation to contemporary scientific advancements such as relativity and quantum theories, Joseph Cambray explores in this book how Jung’s theories, practices, and clinical methods influenced the current field of complexity theory, which works with a paradox similar to Jung’s synchronicity: the importance of symmetry as well as the need to break that symmetry for "emergence" to occur. Finally, Cambray provides his unique contribution to the field by attempting to trace "cultural synchronicities," a reconsideration of historical events in terms of their synchronistic aspects. For example, he examines the emergence of democracy in ancient Greece in order "to find a model of group decision making based on emergentist principles with a synchronistic core."


From frequent presenter,
Bud Harris:

We are happy to let you know that at the suggestion of people close to us we are going to enlarge our community. Our goal is to explore new ways to bring fresh and meaningful content to both old friends and new ones. As we continue our journey into our new community we will be exploring Jungian ideas, spirituality, my books, those I've co-authored with my wife, exercises from the workbook and seminars we have developed, exerts from lectures and the series I have done for several years at a local bookstore.

Our exploration will begin with my book SACRED SELFISHNESS. For those of you who have read and valued the book you will have the opportunity to find new ideas and a renewed sense of purpose in what we are presenting. And, you can now share the front matter and chapter one in the book with friends and family (download the free PDFs here.) After our initial opening we will continue every two weeks with the most compelling points in the next chapter and interesting exercises from the SACRED SELFISHNESS WORKBOOK. I will also be looking forward to sharing my new reflections that will come up as I look at this material again and hear from you.

There is, of course, a story behind why I am doing this. As I review my life I am very clear that my myth is to be a Jungian Analyst, a seeker and a healer. Part of this myth is to share what I have learned in a way that may help others in their efforts to find a self that is broader and stronger and a life that is beyond what they could have imagined. In other words I want to share in ways that may help you in your journey of individuation, finding your myth and living into the pattern of a fulfilled life that is inherent in every one of us. This is a journey to fulfill this pattern which is both instinctual and Divine, psychological and spiritual, and yet must also be lived fully.

Just as I am clear about my myth I am also clear the pattern for my life exists but I cannot know it in advance. Oh, how I often wish I could. But, my task from mid-life on has been to remove the blocks that separate me from it, seek to discover it and then live into it. And so, I've come full circle in the story behind this understanding. I want what I have learned and experienced, and what I can still learn and experience, to contribute to the river of life and not to someday simply disappear into the ground.

I would like to give a special invitation to those of you who have subscribed to my newsletter to join us in this new community. At the same time I will continue my newsletter approximately every other month. We will be sharing our new content through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a portal through the website of the Center for Spiritual Resources of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina.

I also want to give my sincere thanks to all of you for your interest in Jung, my work and for your responses and contributions.

   
       
         

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