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Friday November 14

Institute for Sacred Activism

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.

Guild for

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

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."


Begins September 8 - Six Tuesdays

730 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members in adv; $175.00, general, $125.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

A question was posed in our most recent class about the "seemingly arbitrary nature of the symbolism associated with astrology." In answer to this vital question, we will examine astrological symbolism from three major cultural matrices, India, Greece, and Egypt, to demonstrate the premise that this symbolism is not arbitrary but is clearly delineated from culture to culture in music, art, poetry, scripture, etc. These symbols were here before we were born and will continue to transform after we die. As such they are wonderful keys to querying the character and the psyche because they were born of the psyche. The elegance of these symbols is only revealed through deep cultural study. This type of study also sheds light on the meaning-bearing synchronicities of a person's life.

According to principles of Kriya yoga, the most important synchronicity that an individual being will ever experience is the coincidence of the time of his or her birth and the birth itself. This synchronicity makes all other synchronicities and knowledge- bearing encounters possible. An inquiry into the moment of birth is a powerful way to enter into the psyche in order to examine one's own character. This inquiry is made through the study of one's natal chart in conjunction with the meditation practices associated with Kriya yoga.

The initial questions asked by a Kriya yogi are: 1) Do the symbolisms contained in my birth chart bear any resemblance whatsoever to the life I've led? 2) Does the symbolism of my birth chart bear any resemblance to my character as I (and others) perceive it? 3) Is my chart an accurate or inaccurate map of my psyche?

In this class we will continue the study of Kriya yoga and astrology through 1) examining our own individual birth charts, 2) studying the parts of a chart including the 12 houses as they relate to character and psyche; the center of the chart as it relates to psychological neutrality and discrimination; the house cusps as the borders of the psyche; and the chart figure as a whole which symbolizes the circle of uniqueness and individuality.

Heidi Lindemann and Michael Perry 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 psycho-physical 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 course leaders at the Jung Society, the Theosophical Society, and have delivered lectures on Samkhyayoga to colleges and seminaries.

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Begins September 24 - Six Thursdays

NARCISSISM AND SELF REALIZATION: Transcending Toxic Self-Love, Tim Lyons
730 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $150.00, members in adv; $175.00, general, $125.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very fiend himself -- that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness -- that I myself am the enemy who must be loved -- what then?

-CG Jung, Psychology and Religion: East and West

Narcissism is reflected in the process of all human relationship. It is linked to an inability to see the other as separate and to a lack of self-realization. Narcissism is also an essential component of mirroring in early childhood, which occurs within the symbiotic relationship between mother and child and which is vital to the development of healthy grandiosity and self-esteem. Ideally, this mirrored alternation of inner and outer psychic process allows the mother to metabolize a sufficient amount of anxiety to enable the child to tolerate the growing pains of emerging consciousness and independence. Narcissism in infancy is the very beginning of an evolution of mirroring that develops the axial relationship between the archetypal depths and ego consciousness, leading to unconditional Self- love and Self-realization.

If, however, the parent's own intergenerational narcissistic wound is so great and the mirroring process is so disrupted that the child's anxiety, related to emerging consciousness, is not metabolized, then the child will experience primal trauma provoked by this expulsion from paradise. The toxic self- "love" of the parent cannot allow for the individual otherness of the child, who is expected to grow up to mirror the parents own image. The child is unable to develop and experience his/her own emotions adequately, leading to emotional incest and abuse, codependency, and pathological defenses that are re-patterned into adulthood. In today's culture these narcissistic dynamics are mirrored collectively in the Facebook zeitgeist, in "selfies," in our devastating disregard for the earth's environment, and in wars.

Narcissus was on the edge of differentiating his reflection in the pool when he succumbed to his own bait, fell in, and drowned. We can use the myth's images as a caution. In the course of human events, we will fall in, but we need to learn to swim and to drag ourselves out of the pool, having perhaps survived a near-death experience of the ego. Using different versions of Narcissus and Echo, related myths, case material, and examples from contemporary culture, we will reexamine the dynamics and archetypal patterns of narcissism with the goal of seeing to a greater depth in order to reclaim our primordial wholeness from our reflection in the mirror of today's world.

Tim Lyons, LICSW, is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Capitol Hill and Silver Spring. He is a regular lecturer and teacher at the Jung Society of Washington and has studied Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, and yoga for many years. He is also an architect, has written for the Washington Post, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution.

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September 26 - Saturday

All-Day Workshop

TRANSFORMING TRAUMA THROUGH MYTH AND IMAGE: From African Village to American Inner City. Dr. Eberhard Riedel, Dr. G. Kwame Scruggs
8:30 am - 5:00 p.m., Founders Hall, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia
$90.00, general; $100.00 for CE inclusion

This symposium views collective trauma through the unique lens of Jungian psychological theory and demonstrates how two distinguished Jungian practitioners work toward transformation of trauma outside the bounds of the consulting room

Our first speaker, Dr. Eberhard Riedel, shares insights stemming from his extensive work with traumatized communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dr. Riedel inverts conventional views of trauma by disclosing the recurring presence of unresolved historical traumas underlying contemporary traumatic events. He presents a dynamic model for working with collective trauma, shifting the focus from crisis intervention to long-term change, where purposeful action energizes traumatized communities to gradually overcome traumatic paralyses.

Next, Dr. G. Kwame Scruggs, Founder and Executive Director of Alchemy, a non-profit organization based in Akron, Ohio, will speak of his twenty-year odyssey fostering the development of male urban youth through myth telling. Having worked with groups of over 1,750 American youths (and as recorded in the documentary film "Finding the Gold Within"), Alchemy was a recipient of the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award - the nation's highest honor for afterschool and out-of-school programs. Dr. Scruggs will demonstrate his unique approach by engaging us in the telling, discussion, and analysis of an ancient African myth. Participants will discover elements of the myth that they are personally living, including unseen burdens that they may be carrying while walking the road of life.

Six continuing-education credits will be available for psychologists. (This program is sponsored by the Jungian Analysts of Washington Association [JAWA]) and the Jung Society of Washington.. JAWA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. JAWA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.) For further information, please contact Rosanne Shepler at 703.242.2313.

General or CE Credit

Begins October 6 - Eight Tuesdays (October 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 24)


DARK SELVES: Shadow Encounters in Personal and Public Life, James Hollis
7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Guy Mason Community Center at Calvert and Wisconsin Aves.
Fees: $150.00, members in adv; $175.00, general, $125.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

For each of us there are energies, motives, agendas that operate outside our conscious control and are sometimes contrary to our professed values. These energies, which Jung collectively identified as the Shadow, might only occasionally be defined as evil, but more often as that which make us uncomfortable with ourselves. Such energies represent an enormous summons to greater consciousness and to the possibility of living more ethically.

his course will define and illustrate the many ways in which the Shadow operates in personal and social life: our daily choice making, our family and business settings, our institutions; it even shapes our views of the nature and purpose of the cosmos.

At the end of the course, we will have some exercises through which each of us will be able to lift some of the personal Shadow out of the hidden world into fuller scrutiny.

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

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Begins October 10 - Monthly Second Saturdays

Seminar Program

JUNGIAN STUDIES READING SEMINAR: A Two-Year, Certificate-Bearing, Advanced-Studies Program


Beginning this fall, eight monthly seminars will be offered, October to May, to read and discuss predominantly classical Jung. Other figures possibly included will link directly to the classical Jungian corpus.

Students will be expected to read at least one volume per month and be prepared to discuss it. No exams or papers are required. CEs and a certificate of completion will be offered.

At the end of two years (sixteen seminars), the student will be presented with a certificate indicating successful participation in the program. Rolling admissions will be possible both for the October and the February seminars.

The cost of the seminar will be $800 per semester, $1600 per year, for a total of $3200 for the two-year program. To receive a certificate, a student will have attended a minimum of twelve seminars, with make-up sessions allowed another year. Seminar size will be held to a maximum of 20.

 Inclusion in this program will depend on successful application, and scholarship funds will be made available. For information about this exciting new program and to request an application form please contact us at

October 16 - Friday

An Evening With . . . Bill Dols
7:30 - 9:00 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $20.00, members in adv; $25.00, general, $15.00,
full-time students and seniors over 65

The author Tim O'Brien has observed that "just because it didn't happen doesn't mean it isn't true." His celebrated Vietnam memoir, The Things They Carried, reflects this truth as found in literature of all kinds and ages including biblical narrative.

This evening is devoted to exploring how ancient as well as contemporary texts can serve as mirrors of our own journeying. It offers a brief opportunity to enter the universe of story, found in prose and poetry, as doorway to more than meaning and understanding but to what Joseph Campbell describes as "the experience of being alive."

We will consider a Jesus story, and one by Kent Haruf, as well as poetry by Denise Levertov, Mary Oliver, and William Stafford.

Bill Dols has served parishes in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina as an Episcopal priest for twenty-five years. While pursuing graduate studies in psychology and biblical studies in Berkeley in the 1980s, he began leading seminars for The Guild For Psychological Studies in San Francisco. After eight years as Director of The Educational Center in St. Louis, he moved to Charlotte where, until his retirement in 2001, he served as Minister of Adult Education at The Myers Park Baptist Church. Bill and Shirley now live in Alexandria, where they tutor public-school first graders, quilt and garden, paint and read. Bill continues to contribute to The Bible Workbench, which he created and edited for twenty years, and on occasion, he leads weekend retreats.

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Begins October 29 - Five Thursdays (Skip Thanksgiving)


JUNG AND THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS: HOW DID I GET HERE? A Personal Creation Myth, Sondra Geller
7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jung Society Library
Fees: $125.00, members in adv; $175.00, general, $100.00,
full-time student members and senior members over 65.

We will use Jungian art-therapy techniques and gesture to explore and make sense of the fundamentals of our life's story. How have these fictions influenced our lives? Have we been bound to living them out? Can we free ourselves from stories that no longer serve us?

Through the use of writing, drawing, and gesture, we will explore the possibilities. Jungian active imagination will be important to our process, along with amplification and experiences that will provide opportunities to develop what Jung called the symbolic function of the psyche.

Please take time before the first class to write one or two pages, double spaced (two copies) of how you would describe your creation myth. Allow yourself poetic license. This is your personal story.

The group will be small; the temenos will be carefully observed.

Sondra Geller, MA, ATR-BC, LPC is a Jungian Analyst, a Board Certified Art Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is in private practice in Chevy Chase, Md. She lectures and gives workshops for The George Washington University Art Therapy Master's Program, Philadelphia Jung Institute/PAJA, the Jung Society of Washington, and the C.G. Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland. Her focus is on Making Art in the Presence of the Analyst, Jung and Aging, Jung and the Creative Process, and Jungian Art Therapy. Sandy was recently guest co-editor of a special issue of Psychological Perspectives, "Aging and Individuation," and she presented a paper entitled "Sparking the Creative in Older Adults" at a Conference by the same name, sponsored by Psychological Perspectives and the Jung Institute of L.A..

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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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