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Jung Forum

Jung Forum
2006 - 2007 Season
Theme: Storytelling

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2006
FIlm Presentation: "Matter of Heart"
Members: Free
(We ask a $5 donation from non-members to help cover costs)

The Jung Forum initiates this season's Storytelling theme with a look at the life story of Carl Gustav Jung. The film Matter of Heart is a compelling portrait of Jung's extraordinary genius that reaches far beyond the sometimes-exclusive realms of psychiatry into redefining the essential nature of who we are and what we hope to become. Much more than a linear biography, the film presents a fuller perspective of Jung as humanist, healer, friend, and mentor, through the skillful interweaving of rarely seen home movies, related archival footage, and a wealth of interviews with such notables as Sir Laurens van der Post and Marie von Franz.

Facilitated discussion to follow.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Beauty and the Beast: A Journey of Heartful Transformation
Presented by Pearl Mindell with special guest Zizi Lievers

We invite you to enter the world of 'Once Upon a Time'.  Taking the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast as our collective dream, we will explore it’s relevance to each of us (whatever our sexual orientation).  Beauty and the Beast is a story of evolution and transformation in becoming a real woman and man as well as a bonded couple.  We will see how their journey informs and illumines our own lives.

Storyteller and singer Zizi Lievers and Jungian analyst Pearl Mindell will interweave approaches. Zizi brings Beauty and the Beast alive as she tells/enacts the tale, and Pearl offers a way of seeing the meaning, wisdom and relevance of fairy tale generally, and Beauty and the Beast particularly, in our lives.

Facilitated discussion to follow.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Poetry as Transformation

Alice Major, Poet Laureate, City of Edmonton

Poems draw on the great myths and archetypes and connect them to life in the present – a process of constant transformation.  Edmonton’s poet laureate, Alice Major, has an abiding interest in this process of transformation and in the deep systems of the human mind that enable poems to be created and received.

Her work constantly explores myth.  One poem may link the ancient Babylonian sky goddess with a downtown Edmonton strip joint.  Another will transform Persephone into a punk kid in a coffee shop on 124th Street.  Yet another explores the myth-making inherent in conferring sainthood.

Alice is deeply interested in cognitive science.  She will talk about how literature has been badly served by psychological theories of the last century, and how a Jungian approach may mesh better with both current thinking about the brain and with how a writer goes about the task of creating.  She will also share how her own personal experience gets connected with archetypes in order to reach others.

Facilitated discussion to follow.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Mermaid Tales: Dancing with an Archetype
Presented by Linda Bochek with special guests
Raena Waddell and the NewDance Collective

In conversation with psychologist Linda Bochek, Raena Waddell and the NewDance Collective present Mermaid Tales: Dancing with an Archetype. NewDance Collective’s Mermaid Tales is a dance creation inspired by the various archetypes that mermaids have had throughout history ranging from the ancient representation of female divinity to the pop culture sea creature references of present day.

Our guest presenter, choreographer and dancer Raena Waddell says:

“My dance is inspired by the women in history and legend who have been cast out to sea and become goddesses of the ocean - mermaids with incredible power that overcome their initial banishment.  This dance is symbolic of the universal attempt to eliminate female divinity - specifically, to bury it underneath the waves of the ocean.  My dance retraces the historical and cross-cultural creation of the mermaid archetype.  For me, this dance is a symbolic representation of how I feel every woman has a little mermaid inside her: powerful, sexual, beautiful and divine.  In movement it portrays my personal life-long mermaid obsession.”

Facilitated discussion to follow.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Significance of Symbols in Folktales and Dreams
Presented by Dr. Phyllis Marie Jensen

All of us have distant peasant ancestors or near relatives who were farmers. One of C.G. Jung’s most prophetic dreams has a peasant as a central character.  Jung says the dream totally mystified him. To gain an understanding, he “…plowed through ponderous tomes on the history of the world, of religion, and of philosophy, without finding anything that could help explain the dream.” Only years later did he finally understand.

When a peasant showed up in a dream of the presenter, she started on a seven-year quest of this common but elusive symbol.  Like Jung, she too plowed through ponderous tomes.

Phyllis shares the story of her quest and what we now know about the symbol of the peasant. Our journey takes us to the writings of Jung, von Franz, fairy/folk tales, and six dreams: Phyllis’ dream that started the quest; Jung’s prophetic dream; one reported by James Hollis; and a case study of Jung’s.Finally, we will explore the meaning and significance of the symbol of the peasant farmer in our lives.

Facilitated discussion to follow.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Illness: Illusion of Misfortune?
Presented by Meredith Oenning and Carl Mindell

We will be discussing an experience we all have at some time: developing, and living with an illness at a time we don't want it, are certain we don't need it, and where we generally feel like a victim. We will look at issues which come alive in encountering the unknown; about the development pointed to  when conscious plans and paths are interrupted suddenly, perhaps violently, traumatically, and we will be speaking about this Mephistophales-like encounter which "always seeks to do evil, can, and ends up doing good" (Faust).

Facilitated discussion to follow.

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2007
The Story of Soul: From the Stone Age to the Age of Psychology
Presented by John Hoedl, MA

"Soul is the light in which we see the world", writes Jungian Analyst Wolfgang Giegerich.  If this is so, then throughout the ages, humans have seen the world in varying hues of this "light".  Tracking the movement of the psyche up to our modern time, up to the birth of psychology, Jung writes that "it is now, through psychology, that the soul looks at itself".  This lecture aims to explore what this means for us now.  We will look at different dimensions of soul, past and present, and how Jung's psychology offers us a unique way to conceive of our relationship with/in/through soul today.

Facilitated discussion to follow.

Lecture and Workshop June 2007
Forgiveness: Archetypal and Personal Dynamics

Presented by Melanie Higgins, PhD, Jungian Analyst

7:00 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2007
Lecture: “Forgiveness: Archetypal and Personal Dynamics”

From the perspective of analytical psychology, the problem of forgiveness is a task of the individuation process. Healing involves coming to terms with the tragic facts of one’s own history. This lecture will summarize the role of forgiveness in the major world religions, draw from research that suggests possible evolutionary origins of forgiveness, taking into account what characteristically fosters and inhibits forgiveness, as well as considering the complexity of the problem from the viewpoint of Jungian Psychology. The focus will be primarily on the psychological process and archetypal dynamics that either enable or limit the capacity for forgiveness.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2007
Workshop: “Forgiveness: Understanding the Problem of Forgiveness”

Guided imagery will be used to promote the capacity to circumambulate the problem of forgiveness ~ a way of thinking about what the symbol has to say and how it can guide us ~ what Jung called symbolic thinking.  Group participants will have the opportunity to write their own personal myth of forgiveness.  Limited to 20 participants.