First Annual CGJIC Conference

June 6-7, 2014

What is Jungian Analysis?  A Panel with Nancy Furlotti, Bernice Hill, John Todd, and Jeff Kiehl

In this panel discussion each of the four Jungian analysts speaks to what Jungian analysis is for him or her.  What it has meant in their lives and how it is lived out in their practice.  The panel sharing is followed by discussion with the audience.

The Annunciation Its Symbolism and Transcendence  Presenter: Kathryn Kuisle

In this presentation using images of Renaissance paintings, I reflect on the symbolism expressed in the creations of art telling the story of the Annunciation.  These beautiful paintings portray symbols as well as feeling, movements and impressions that speak of transcendence and hold the possibilities of alerting us to annunciations in our own lives and those of our clients.

Psychology and History:  A New Look  (Plenary Address)  Presenter:  Jeff Raff

The direction that the study of history has taken makes it more possible now than ever before for Analytical Psychology to make a contribution to understanding the events of history and how we experience them.  Applying the notion of archetypes as well as complexes to the study of history may prove fruitful in drawing lessons from the events of previous eras. History is in many ways the psyche made manifest and deserves to be studied from this perspective, and I hope to make a beginning towards this study in my talk.

Borderlands of the Psyche:  Multiple Perspectives on How Culture and Country Meet Jungian Psychology Presenters:  Lourdes Albarran, Christine M. Chao, Grazia DiGiorgio

In the context of multiculturalism and Jungian Psychology, we view the “Borderland” as the challenging and fertile place where different cultural, ethnic and racial perspectives come together and interface with each other. From each of our own national, racial and ethnic perspectives, we will discuss: 1) How we experience the collective elements of our “other than North-American” culture in terms of Jungian thought 2) How ways of working within the analytic container can differ based on culture and country, and 3) How issues of transference and counter-transference can play out differently based on culture and country.

I Saw a Whooping Crane, Crowned in Crimson   Presenter:  Judith Slimmon

This lecture begins with a broad view of human perception of flight, glides into an exploration of bird imagery and lands o the image of the majestic whooping crane.  The archetypal energy that has coalesced around North America’s largest bird has saved it from almost certain extinction.  What meaning, we may speculate does this have for us?

Face–to–Face with the Absolute: The Binding of Isaac and the Archetype of the Patriarch Presenter:  Mark Palmer

I describe the archetype of the patriarch reflected in the Akedah and discuss the interpretations of Jung, Edinger, Reik and Kierkegaard.  I also associate it to the development of the power and the shadow (complex) of power embodied in a one-sided, ego-based relationship to the divine, which generates fear, anxiety and depression.  Finally, I suggest (like David Tacey) that it is possible and necessary to seek a transformation of the archetype of the patriarch and its companion complex.

The Eye of the Camera, Synchronicity and Constructed Reality  Presenter:  Stephen Witty

The impetus for my presentation comes from thinking about making black and white photographs, which I think of as akin to the many other ways of staying open to the unconscious.  Finding the photograph must start with being in the right frame of mind; relaxed, open and receptive to what marvelous image may appear amidst mundane reality.  Then, if I’m very lucky a synchronicity may occur, which to my eye has meaning.  I will illustrate the above with my photographs, showing the various stages of the work.  I will also share the various emotional experiences I’ve had in making the photograph; a psychological process, which I believe keeps me in some way connected to the unconscious.