Spring 2015 Lectures

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Recollection and Recollectivization:
The Transient Personality in Search of Memory
a lecture by Erel Shalit
February 13th, 2015 at 7:15 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ,
2600 Leyden Street 
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

On the dark, shadowy side of the postmodern condition, we stumble upon transiency and fragmentation, alienation and rootlessness. In this lecture, I will look at ‘the never guilty mass man’, of the post-modern condition, related to Erich Neumann’s concept of recollectivization. Particularly, we may observe the relationship between the individual and the fragmented group. In the condition of recollectivization, ego and consciousness are lost in the group, however, in a way strikingly different from the early state of oneness with the group.

Recollection serves as an antidote to recollectivization, and may show us “how we should act when the libido gets blocked.” A smell and a fragrance, a subtle taste “of a cake dipped in tea” (Proust), re-calling a childhood memory or forgotten times, and the recollection of ancient wisdom and the ancestors, may provide the individual and the group with an anchor across the boundaries of time. Thus, recollection is a central aspect of the conscious, explored life.

Erel Shalit is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Tel Aviv, past President of the Israel Society of Analytical Psychology, and founding Director of the Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy Program at Bar Ilan University. He is the author of several books, and chair of the forthcoming Jung Neumann Letters Conference, April 24-26, 2015.

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Borderlands of the Psyche: Perspectives on How Culture and Country meet Jungian Psychology
a lecture by Lourdes Albarrán and Christine Chao
March 6th, 2015 at 7:15 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ,
2600 Leyden Street 
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

The specific cultural traditions and backgrounds of a people are fueled by powerful symbols and myths that have the potential to bring profound riches to all of us. Both presenters of this lecture will address this topic and share their own experiences, illustrating the healing and enriching power that comes from the process of exploring the cultural dimensions of personal experience.

Lourdes Albarrán will talk about the powerful mythical dynamics of the Mexican divine “Feathered Serpent,” Quetzalcoatl and his brother God, Tezcatlipoca. She will address the psychological complexes in her culture that stem from the lived experience of this myth.

Like many mixed-race people, Christine Chao brings a lived struggle of the “tension-of-opposites” from her Chinese and European ancestors. She will address this experience through the concepts of Yin and Yang, looking at some of the pan-Asian psychological dynamics that operate across Asian cultures, including the “model minority” complex.

Lourdes Albarrán is a Jungian Analyst (2010) from Mexico who trained in Colorado, and she is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. She has international experience in training and teaching.

Christine Chao, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst and licensed clinical psychologist, in private practice. She is a past clinical director of the Asian Pacific Development Center where she continues to consult. 

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Reflections on the Individuation Journey: a dialogue
a lecture by Cindy Smock and Lara Newton
April 10th, 2015 at 7:15 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ,
2600 Leyden Street  
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

“Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” ~ C.G. Jung

In this presentation, two Jungian analysts share their life experiences and work over the years in this mysterious process we call individuation, a process of making the darkness conscious. We will explore the individuation process from personal, family and ancestral, as well as cultural and archetypal perspectives. The presentation will be in the format of a dialogue in which we share dreams, studies, personal experiences and observations, and also some speculation regarding collective phenomena as they relate to the individuation of humankind.

Lara Newton is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Denver. She is President of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado and Director of Training of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. She is currently working on a book of fairytale interpretations.

Cindy Smock is a Senior Jungian Analyst practicing in Denver. She is on the Board and is a Training Analyst for the C G Jung Institute of Colorado.

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Marriage as a Sacred Journey
a lecture by Roland Evans
May 1st, 2015 at 7:15 p.m.
Park Hill United Church of Christ,
2600 Leyden Street  
Cost: free to members, $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

Individuation is seldom an experience carried out alone and solely for our own individual benefit. As human beings, we flourish within loving, nurturing relationships—and it is often within relationship that we evolve psychologically and spiritually.

  • Marriage can be seen as the archetypal image of committed relationship, the container for our most intimate struggles, joyful delights and painful conflicts. Treading the sacred journey of marriage, we enjoy continual opportunities to practice selflessness, to open our hearts and encounter the deeper meaning of love. Through love of an individual we discover love for the Universal. That is the essence of individuation.

Using stories, examples and specific suggestions, this talk will explore marriage and intimate relationship as a path to inner growth and practical spirituality.

Roland Evans is a transpersonal psychotherapist, writer and teacher in Boulder, CO. Born in Ireland, he attended the Universities of Edinburgh and Pennsylvania, trained as a clinical psychologist in London and taught at Naropa University. He has worked with dreams from a Jungian perspective since 1979. He is author of Seeking Wholeness (2001) and coauthor with Jerry Ruhl of “Spirituality and Relationship in Later Life,” a chapter in Jung and Aging (2014).

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