An Evening with...
Every artist, every craftsperson, every gardener, and every writer needs a toolbox filled with the right tools for her or his craft— utensils, instruments, and devices to help shape their creation and ease the task at hand. This is how they get “suited up” for the work, and for the journey into creativity and authenticity.
This is also true in the world of Jungian-based psychotherapy, archetypal pattern analysis, and depth psychology. Without the proper tools for the task, those lovely dream contents run through consciousness like water through a sieve. As Jung said, we need a method, an analytical method that involves the mastery of a set of tools designed to contain and process psychological material. The design and use of tools, methods, and technical language, developed within the Jungian framework, are essential components for work with dreams, fairy tales, mythology, and one’s own creative works.
I believe that these analytical tools are meant to be shared. In addition to their use with therapy clients, they have helped me unravel my story and move me along my path of self-discovery. The toolbox includes models from C.G. Jung’s method of dream analysis, Michael Conforti’s methods for archetypal pattern analysis, and the works of other masters of depth psychology. They also include techniques from narrative theory and my own work.
We will practice using some of these fundamental methods and guidelines from my toolbox. A good way to practice is to work with fairy tales, films, books, and myths; we will practice using elements from some well-known myths and fairy tales, scenes from the plays of William Shakespeare, and dreams of people like you and me.
These practical “tools of the trade” are designed to help you on the path of self-discovery, and with a little practice, they can be grasped and applied. It is time to make them yours, and I hope that they help to move you more deeply into your own story, creativity, and your own authentic self.
Bonnie L. Damron, PhD, LCSW is a psychotherapist, ethnographer, storyteller, and Archetypal Pattern Analyst in private practice in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. During her thirty-four years in practice, she has conducted seminars on archetypal motifs in fairy tales, myths, the arts, and the writings of C.G. Jung. She also leads study tours to Crete and the Greek mainland. Dr. Damron holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Catholic University, a Doctoral Degree in American Culture Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Certificate as an Archetypal Pattern Analyst from the Assisi Institute for Archetypal Studies.