Second Annual CGJIC Conference

June 5-6, 2015                                                 

Alchemy in our Practices and in our Lives  A panel with Margaret Johnson, Jeff Kiehl, Lara Newton and Jeff Raff

A panel of analysts; Margaret Johnson, Jeff Kiehl, Lara Newton, and Jeff Raff discussed what is alchemy and its relationship to Jungian psychology with the emphasis being in the here and now.  They also discussed how alchemy is used, not just how Jung saw it and opened it up for discussion with all present.

Jung-Neumann Letters  (Plenary Address)  Presenter:  Nancy Furlotti

The 25-year correspondence between these two men who shared a 30-year age difference is nothing less than remarkable. They challenged each other, supported each other, and did not mince words with each other. It is accurately described as a creative relationship, one that deepened and widened the thoughts and understandings of both men. They begin their correspondence in 1934 when Neumann moved from Berlin to Tel Aviv, a difficult year for both of them with the rise of National Socialism in Germany. This is the starting point of their brilliant conversations that explored such topics as anti-semitism, the roots of Jewish consciousness, Hasidism, and a topic of lifelong interest to both men— evil. These were two very close friends. There is no other correspondence of Jung’s that is as honest and deep as this one. Neumann was one of two friends with whom he could share his personal life.

We will look at the history of these men living in their different worlds, Jung in Zurich which was conservative and Christian, and Neumann in Israel which was Jewish and struggling to survive as a newly established country. We will follow the threads begun in WWII with the emergence of Nazism through their careers, topics of interest, publications, difficulties at the Psychology Club in Zurich, Eranos, and their final discussions on evil and the nature of consciousness.

The Evolution of Archetypal Forms in Western Civilization  Presenter:   Jeffrey Kiehl

In this presentation, I explore though art, religion and philosophy how specific archetypal forms appeared at critical historical moments leading to an expansion of consciousness. In particular, I use the history of art and music as visual and auditory displays of archetypal forms that helped provided meaning for the times. Jung used the terms “Spirit of the Times” and “Spirit of the Depths” to describe two ways of being in the world. Here, I explore how the Spirit of the Times often manifested the Spirit of the Depths through image, music and worldview. I argue that creativity, expressed through art and ideas, provided a guiding force for civilization. I conclude by considering what present art forms may be telling us about our current archetypal moment in history.

 Shadow of the Bat   Presenter:   John Todd

Most early human cultures revered the bat and saw them as light bringers and guardians of the Great Mother. Not only was the bat revered for the essential role they play in our ecosystem as pollinators, seed dispersers, and natural insect control, they were also appreciated for their uniqueness. Despite their clear benefit to humans and our ecology in general, Western culture has demonized the bat as well as the image of the bat. Therefore, one is forced wonder why so much negative shadow material has been projected on the bat. What does the image of the bat hold for the Western psyche? What aspects of ourselves have been deemed demonic that are essential to our own inner ecosystems? My lecture will delve into much mythological material related to the bat in hopes of deepening our understanding of our “inner bat” and our relationship to it.

The Owl, the Goddess, and the Psyche    Presenter:   Mark Palmer

The first human representations of owls were discovered etched in caves dating back about 30 million years. We have no way of knowing what the owl meant to those early humans but we do know that it has been associated with archetypal power for many, many centuries.  From about 400 BC the owl has shown up in a representation of the goddess and then consistently through myths, legends, and fairy tales.  In this presentation, I would like to describe the archetypal relationship of the owl and the goddess. These unique powers draw on an archetypal feminine source that makes her stand apart from the more traditional feminine goddesses, just as the owl stands apart from other birds.  The owl goddess is a warrior goddess whose powers transcend typical sexual categories and rather than represent a combination of the masculine and feminine, she projects a truly feminine identity with the ability to exercise strength and force equal to masculine deities.  She brings the presence of the divine with all its power to hold the tension of the opposites and effect profound transformations.  I will talk about three great owl goddess, Lilith, Athena, and Lakshmi and the unique powers they share through their owl companions and avatars.  I will also describe how I have witnessed the owl effect psychological transformations on behalf of the goddess in a clinical and personal experience.