Fall 2003 Lectures

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado Lecture Archive

Fall 2003

Sept 12, 2003

REFLECTIONS ON A WOUNDED WORLD – a Panel Discussion with Five Jungian Analysts

Lara Newton writes: Three years into the new millennium, our world seems more troubled than ever before.  The energy of divisiveness prevails on the political, religious, environmental and social fronts.  It is at times like this that the unconscious is highly activated, and we can observe its manifestations in extreme and opposing forms.

What brings the five of us together around this theme is the desire to explore stories and patterns in the world that appear related to the wounds we are all now experiencing.  The five of us will share our thoughts about images that we see emerging, whether of guideposts or further wounding, and invite you all to reflect with us on the meaning of these times.

Lara Newton, MA is the President of the Jung Society of Colorado. She recently taught a seminar on Jung’s Mysterium Conjunctionis.

Glen Carlson, MA is the President of the Jung Institute of Colorado, and is currently studying mythic motifs in scientific literature.

Jean Carlson, MA is a senior member of the Jung Institute of Colorado, and is currently studying the profound impact of shadow material in the later years.

Galin McGowan, MS, MA, a graduate of the Jung Institute in Zurich, recently presented “Curiosity: A Function of Care” to the Jung Society.

Gary Toub, PhD is the Training Director of the Jung Institute of Colorado. He recently published “A Man’s Journey to Recover his Soul: Psychological Reflections on the Movie ‘The Shipping News’” in Quadrant magazine.

Oct 3, 2003

THE INTUITIVE GARDENER: IMAGINING A PASSIONATE LIFE – Marilyn Raff

Marilyn Raff writes: After five years in Zurich, in the mid 70’s, I thought my path was to be a therapist.  However, over time, I saw that my energy was headed in a different direction and on a whim strolled into the Denver Botanic Gardens. I soon was aware gardening was a powerful calling. By following my heart, my intuition had a place to settle and go wild. By gaining concrete knowledge about the world of plants, which challenged my sensation and thinking functions, I was able to balance my seemingly irrational hunches.

Discussing the material in my books and showing slides of my garden, I will demonstrate how all my functions, but especially intuition, played a role in the creation of my garden and in bringing more passion into my life.

For fifteen years, Marilyn Raff had a garden design, installation and maintenance business in the Denver-metro area. Since 1994 she’s been teaching gardening at Front Range Community College, Denver Botanic Gardens, through garden centers and at various venues both locally and nationally.

Marilyn’s first book was The Intuitive Gardener: Finding Creative Freedom in the Garden.  Her second book: Shrub Roses: Paradise in Bloom, will be out in the spring of 2004. She writes for The Villager and Colorado Gardener, as well as nationally for Gardening How-To magazine.

Nov 7, 2003

THE SPIRITUAL WARRIOR: A JUNGIAN PERSPECTIVE ON WEALTH AND MONEY – by Bernice Hill

Bernice Hill writes: At a time when some observers give us a fifty-fifty chance of surviving as a species, it is important that we wrestle with the big questions.  Jung foretold our present dilemma in his classic article “Modern Man in Search of a Soul.”  Based on the growing disparity between the wealthy and the poor — and our inability to come to grips with the strain we are placing on our environment — a profound shift in our psychological perspective becomes daily more important.   How can a Jungian perspective give us a new way of viewing this dilemma?  How can it affect our relationship with our resources? With a slide and music presentation, I will explore this theme using material from my forthcoming book “The Spiritual Warrior: A Jungian Perspective for Troubled Times.”

Bernice Hill, PhD is a diplomate Jungian analyst in private practice in Boulder. She has given workshops for the International Society for Transpersonal Psychology, the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine, and the Monroe Institute.  Her previous book, The Turquoise Horse, explored her interest in the symbolism of the horse and other creatures of nature in the healing journey of women.   Her new book is being published in collaboration with the development of the Wealth and Wisdom Program of The Marpa Center at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

Dec 5, 2003

ACROSS THE THRESHOLD – by Cindy Smock

Cindy Smock writes: “Traditional societies which orient their lives around the sacred have established means for discovering the gate into sacred space and ways of relating to it when it is found. They know how to move into it and out of it; they are at home there. Modern Western man, however, lives mostly in a profane world, cut off from the sacred. Still, his longing for it remains intact, for this is archetypal. If the traditional ways do not work for him, how does he find his gate to the sacred and how does he earn his passage through that gate? Perhaps if we can trust the archetypal process that has led other seekers through that gate, we can find our way as well.

“In my presentation, I will talk about the passage through our own sacred gate: how we find our gate; what guards our gate from premature passage; the individuation process that we must experience before we step over the threshold; and how we relate to the experience once we do.”

Cindy Smock, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Senior training candidate at the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts training institute in Denver. She has been in private practice for 16 years and has offices in Gunnison and Denver.

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