Spring 2014 Lectures

Join us for an exciting Spring 2014 Lecture schedule. All lectures are located at:

First Divine Science Church,
14th Ave. and Williams St.
Cost: free to members,  $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

The Soul in Hell and its Liberation: Reflections on Clinical Depression in Light of Dante’s Divine Comedy
a lecture by Donald Kalsched : January 31st, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Trauma survivors often report that their lives are a “living Hell.”  This pathological situation is created by the psyche’s archetypal defenses and their depressive power over what one psychoanalyst called “the lost heart of the self.” Psychotherapy of this condition involves what the medieval theologians called a “Descendit ad Inferos“–a harrowing descent into the “under-world” to confront the un-remembered pain of the patient’s early life.  Dante’s Divine Comedy gives us a beautiful literary example of such a descent as Dante and his guide Virgil journey together into the realm of the “dark Lord” of Hades. In this slide-illustrated lecture Dr. Kalsched will show how depth psychotherapy in conjunction with affective neuro-science, and the findings of attachment theory all lead toward answers of the central question posed by both the clinical and literary material, vis.  how can the otherwise sealed crypt of Hell be opened and its occupants liberated?

Donald Kalsched, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst and clinical psychologist who practices in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Santa Fe and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and lectures internationally on the subject of trauma. His most recent book is Trauma and the Soul: A Psycho-spiritual Approach to Human Development and its Interruption. He and his wife live in Albuquerque during the winter, and summer in Newfoundland, Canada.             

UFOs and the Emergence of the Cosmic Psyche
a lecture by Bernice Hill : February 28th, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Bernice Hill describes in her recently published book how she was drawn to explore the mysteries of UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation. The uninvited “allure” of this strange field was originally stirred by the dreams, and stories of her clients. The consistent message she heard was of ETs concern for our Earth which paralleled her own deep worry, which began much earlier when she worked in the Canadian Department of Defense studying the damaging effects of atomic radiation on living cells. A series of synchronicities deepened her adventure when at a UFO gathering she met a shaman sent out by the New Zealand grandmothers. They spoke of their ancient Prophecy in which we had entered the time of  “the great Purification.” Bernice felt “called” to take circles of women on pilgrimage to Peru, New Zealand, and Egypt. In her talk she will look at the larger UFO/ET picture through the lens of Jungian psychology.

Bernice Hill, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice for over thirty years in Boulder, Colorado. She is a senior training analyst with the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and a member of the International Association for Analytic Psychology. For many years she facilitated workshops based on the Holotropic Breathwork of Stan and Christina Grof. Her recently published book is “Emergence of the Cosmic Psyche: UFOs/ETs from the Perspective of Depth Psychology (Available through Amazon).

Inisfáil: Island of Destiny
a presentation by Clare Muireann Murphy : April 4th, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Workshop: April 5th, 2014, 10 am to 4:30 pm

Workshop cost: $75, $65 for members

Upon arrival at Inisfáil, the Irish gods burned their boats so they could never leave the island of their destiny. They fought fiercely against foes and prophecies to keep their land for themselves. Kings fall, battles rage and prophecies are fulfilled in this epic telling of the Mythological Cycle of tales from Irish Mythology.

Workshop: INTRODUCTION TO STORYTELLING: The art of powerful speaking (contact us for more details).

Clare Muireann Murphy is an international performer, storyteller, writer, public speaker and curiosist. She teaches at universities around the U.S. and Canada. She has played the Globe, Soho and Barbican Theatres, London. She is a regular panelist at the Conference of World Affairs, CU Boulder. Clare is a member of Talking Skull Ensemble, Storytelling Collective. She currently studies under Abbi Patrix, Maison du Contes, Paris. She lives in London, and works around Europe and the Americas.

Cosmic Affinities
a lecture by Jeffrey Kiehl : May 2nd, 2014 at 7 p.m.

“… wholeness … has always been characterized by certain cosmic affinities: the individual soul was thought to be of ‘heavenly’ origin, a particle of the world soul, and hence a microcosm, a reflection of the macrocosm.”

C.G. Jung (CW 10, par. 635)

Jung spent much of his career working with people who ultimately sought a sense of meaning in life. In today’s world of technological speed and parallel processing people search even more so for a felt sense of meaning in their lives. The age-old concept of cosmic affinity, in which we as individuals are connected to the cosmos, is central to finding a sense of being in this world. This presentation explores how our search for meaning evolved through the ages and the psychological implications of this development. Using images and Jung’s works we will explore our evolving cosmic affinities and how to create a deeper sense of meaning in life.

Jeffrey Kiehl, Ph.D., M.A., LPC is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He is Vice-President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado, a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and the International Association for Analytical Psychology. Over the past fifteen years, Jeffrey has lectured and given workshops both nationally and internationally on topics including: Jungian ecopsychology, film interpretation and alchemy.

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