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The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado presents,  Deconstructing P’aqo: On the Origins of Andean Shamanism

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado presents Deconstructing P’aqo: On the Origins of Andean Shamanism

a lecture by Deborah Bryon

May 11th, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

Archeological evidence confirms that shamanism appeared roughly 20,000 years ago in Siberia. Preeminently a phenomenon of the Central Asian Steppe, the word shaman is not Peruvian in origin, but comes from the Tungus language and refers to the “priest of the Ural-Altaic people.” From the Tungus word ‘saman,’ it literally means “one who is excited, moved, or raised.” The role of shaman can be found throughout ancient indigenous cultures including among the extant healers practicing in the Peruvian Andes. Like the shaman, the p’aqo is a specialist in ecstatic trance, a technician of the sacred. In altered states of consciousness, he or she communes with powers animating the world in order to address specific problems of the community.  Dr Bryon will focus on the origins of this unique calling, its provenance within the Central Asian Steppe, and its direct impact on the practices and traditions of the Peruvian p’aqo

(a workshop on May 12 will be open to the public. More information is to come.) 

Deborah Bryon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and senior Jungian Analyst in Denver, CO. She is also an artist member of Spark Gallery. Deborah has written books on the Inca Shamans, receives ongoing in-depth training with Q’ero shamans in Peru and has undergone a series of sacred initiations with them.

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado Presents, Poetics of the I Ching: Metaphor and the Book of Changes

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado Presents

Poetics of the I Ching: Metaphor and the Book of Changes

a lecture by Gary Foster and Autumn Noelle Hall

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April 6th, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.
Cost: free to members,  $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

The ancient Chinese Oracle is at once a tool to trace the patterns of change in one’s own life and a guide for one’s personal psychic understanding. Learn how consulting the I Ching creates a confluence between the Inner and Outer sage, symbolically yielding poetry and meaning. Understand how to build one of 64 hexagrams and interpret the changes of the lines within, find the underlying pattern of change in the moment, and trace the creative movement of Yin and Yang in your life.

Gary Foster, MA-COMM, is a graduate of the Defense Language Instituted (DLI) in Monterey, California where he studied Chinese Mandarin. He later received his undergraduate degree in Asian Studies/Chinese and a Master’s degree in Communications. Gary worked for 33 years as a Chinese Linguist/Cryptanalyst and Intelligence Analyst/Consultant for the Department of Defense. He has travelled widely in Asia and brings over 40 years of I Ching practice and study to bear on his understanding of Asian culture and thought.

Autumn Noelle Hall is an honor graduate of DLI and served for 4 years as a Chinese linguist for the DOD. She is an internationally recognized Asian Short Form poet and is currently the Tanka Prose editor for Ribbons, the official print journal of the Tanka Society of  America. She and Gary have partnered for the last 10 years in furthering their mutual understanding of the I Ching.

For further information, please contact The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado at

(303) 575-1055

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado presents, The Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light!

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado presents

The Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light!

a lecture by John Todd

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March 2nd, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.
Cost: free to members,  $15 at the door,
$10 students and seniors

Jung often saw parallels between our relationship to the unconscious and our relationship to Nature. According to Jung, “Nature is not matter only, she is spirit. Were that not so, the only source of spirit would be human reason. It is the great achievement of Paracelsus to have elevated the “light of nature” to a principle…The lumen naturae is the natural spirit, whose strange and significant workings we can observe in the manifestations of the unconscious….” This lecture will be an exploration of the concept of the Lumen Naturae and its importance in Jungian theory as well as the “light bringers” who deliver its message, via clinical and mythological/fairy tale material.

John Todd, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Evergreen, Colorado. He graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is the Associate Director of Training for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado.

For further information, please contact The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado at

(303) 575-1055

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado Spring 2018 Lecture Series

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado
Spring 2018 Lecture Series
UPDATED MAY LECTURE AND PRESENTER

Please note our location and format: Park Hill United Church of Christ, 2600 Leyden Street, Denver, CO 80207; Social and refreshment time will be 6:30-7:15p.m., followed by lecture and discussion.

Cost: free to members,  $15 at the door,  $10 students and seniors

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Matter and Spirit: A Look at Psychology & Alchemy in the Process of Individuation

a lecture by Lara Newton 
February 2nd, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

C.G. Jung saw his psychological work as similar to that of the solitary alchemist, striving both to liberate spirit from matter and to imbue the inert matter with spirit, a cyclical process in which the transformative experience of individuation comes to life. In this lecture, Lara Newton will present and explore the psychological dimensions that alchemical imagery opens to us. She will discuss the alchemical process and some of the major operations from a depth psychological perspective, always recognizing that the container for this process is our human experience of the ever-evolving movement between matter and spirit. Throughout the presentation, dreams will be used to amplify and elucidate the alchemical images and process.

Lara Newton, M.A., is a Senior Diplomate Jungian Analyst in private practice in Denver, Colorado. She is the Director of Training for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the President of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado.  

The Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light!

a lecture by John Todd
March 2nd, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

Jung often saw parallels between our relationship to the unconscious and our relationship to Nature. According to Jung, “Nature is not matter only, she is spirit. Were that not so, the only source of spirit would be human reason. It is the great achievement of Paracelsus to have elevated the “light of nature” to a principle…The lumen naturae is the natural spirit, whose strange and significant workings we can observe in the manifestations of the unconscious….” This lecture will be an exploration of the concept of the Lumen Naturae and its importance in Jungian theory as well as the “light bringers” who deliver its message, via clinical and mythological/fairy tale material.

John Todd, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Evergreen, Colorado. He graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is the Associate Director of Training for the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado.

Poetics of the I Ching: Metaphor and the Book of Changes

a lecture by Gary Foster and Autumn Noelle Hall
April 6th, 2018

The ancient Chinese Oracle is at once a tool to trace the patterns of change in one’s own life and a guide for one’s personal psychic understanding. Learn how consulting the I Ching creates a confluence between the Inner and Outer sage, symbolically yielding poetry and meaning. Understand how to build one of 64 hexagrams and interpret the changes of the lines within, find the underlying pattern of change in the moment, and trace the creative movement of Yin and Yang in your life.

Gary Foster, MA-COMM, is a graduate of the Defense Language Instituted (DLI) in Monterey, California where he studied Chinese Mandarin. He later received his undergraduate degree in Asian Studies/Chinese and a Master’s degree in Communications. Gary worked for 33 years as a Chinese Linguist/Cryptanalyst and Intelligence Analyst/Consultant for the Department of Defense. He has travelled widely in Asia and brings over 40 years of I Ching practice and study to bear on his understanding of Asian culture and thought.

Autumn Noelle Hall is an honor graduate of DLI and served for 4 years as a Chinese linguist for the DOD. She is an internationally recognized Asian Short Form poet and is currently the Tanka Prose editor for Ribbons, the official print journal of the Tanka Society of  America. She and Gary have partnered for the last 10 years in furthering their mutual understanding of the I Ching.

Deconstructing P’aqo: On the Origins of Andean Shamanism

a lecture by Deborah Bryon

 May 11th, 2018 at 7:15 p.m.

Archeological evidence confirms that shamanism appeared roughly 20,000 years ago in Siberia. Preeminently a phenomenon of the Central Asian Steppe, the word shaman is not Peruvian in origin, but comes from the Tungus language and refers to the “priest of the Ural-Altaic people.” From the Tungus word ‘saman,’ it literally means “one who is excited, moved, or raised.” The role of shaman can be found throughout ancient indigenous cultures including among the extant healers practicing in the Peruvian Andes. Like the shaman, the p’aqo is a specialist in ecstatic trance, a technician of the sacred. In altered states of consciousness, he or she communes with powers animating the world in order to address specific problems of the community.  Dr Bryon will focus on the origins of this unique calling, its provenance within the Central Asian Steppe, and its direct impact on the practices and traditions of the Peruvian p’aqo

(a workshop on May 12 will be open to the public. More information is to come.) 

Deborah Bryon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and senior Jungian Analyst in Denver, CO. She is also an artist member of Spark Gallery. Deborah has written books on the Inca Shamans, receives ongoing in-depth training with Q’ero shamans in Peru and has undergone a series of sacred initiations with them.

THE C.G. JUNG SOCIETY OF COLORADO SPRING 2017 LECTURE SERIES

THE C.G. JUNG SOCIETY OF COLORADO
SPRING 2017 LECTURE SERIES

Cost: free to members,  $15 at the door,  $10 students and seniors

Please note our location and format: Park Hill United Church of Christ, 2600 Leyden Street, Denver, CO 80207; Social and refreshment time will be 6:30-7:15p.m., followed by lecture and discussion.

[DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE PDF]

Politics, Culture and the Play of the Opposites
a panel discussion with 
Jeffrey Raff, John Todd and Kaitryn Wertz
February 3rd, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. 

In times of political and cultural uncertainty it is easy to get confused and fearful. Having a deeper way of understanding events can be helpful sorting through the confusion and discovering for one self the correct response one needs to make to the changes occurring in society. Jungian psychology offers many tools for such understanding, one of which is the theory of the opposites. The members of the panel will discuss not only this theory but also what suggestions as Jungian Analysts they can offer for gaining clarity about the meaning of current events and possible reactions to them.

Jeffrey Raff, Ph.D. graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich in 1976 and has been in private practice in Denver since then. He is the President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado.
John Todd, Ph.D. graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is in private practice in Evergreen. He is a Board member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. 
Kaitryn Wertz, L.P.C. graduated from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is in private practice in Broomfield. She is the Vice President of IRSJA and is a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. 


The Grieving Human Soul: The Grail Myth, Individuation and Masculine Psychology
  a lecture by Ken Schmitz
March 3rd, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. 

When we are living a life that separates us from our authentic self, our soul grieves for us. When our culture is living a life that splits, separates, and demonizes the other, our soul grieves for us.

This presentation will explore the wisdom of the Parzival myth and discuss it as a roadmap to Jung’s work on the individuation process, especially as applied to masculine psychology. We will also see in this myth hold values lessons that are relevant for our culture today. Emphasis will be on how we can learn to listen to the voice of our soul, who longs to be one with us.

The themes explored in this lecture will be beneficial for both women and men, therapist, analysts, and laypeople.

Ken Schmitz LCSW is a Jungian Based Clinical Social Worker.  His 30-year private psychotherapy practice in St. Paul, MN emphasized group work with men seeking to develop an inner life.  He is author of “Search for the Grail: A Man’s Guide for Developing an Inner Life.” He and his wife Judy have recently moved to the Colorado Springs area and are members of The Colorado Springs Jung Society. www.searchforthegrail.com


Revisiting the Well at the Dawn of Life
a lecture by Nancy Furlotti
April 7th, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. 

For the Quiche Maya, the world has been created and destroyed four times as described in the Popol Vuh, their sacred book called The Dawn of Life. This exceptional creation myth from our own American soil lays out a template for a healthy reciprocal relationship between the human and transpersonal realms that remains an important reminder for us today as fear rises, migrations increase, Climate Change becomes a reality, and technology drags us along into its future. The collapse of the Maya civilization over a thousand years ago offers a timeless warning of what happens when we ignore our internal world and fall out of balance with the Gods and nature. It offers a much needed wake up call to help us find our way back to the well at the dawn of life to refresh our sense of purpose and meaning and reinstate balance so needed today.

Nancy Swift Furlotti, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She is past president of the Philemon Foundation and C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, where she trained. She is a founding member of the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado and a member of the Interregional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is on the board of the Foundation for Anthropological Research & Environmental Studies (FARES) and Pacifica Graduate Institute.


Archetypal Patterns and the Right-to-Life/Pro-Choice Movements
a lecture by Sandra Dixon
May 12th, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. 

This talk explores Jungian interpretation of qualitative research with pro-choice and anti-abortion activists. The intensity of the abortion controversy suggests from a Jungian point of view that the issue taps into unconscious feeling and archetypal energies. We would most expect the mother archetype and the child archetype to surface. What do interviews with and observations of activists suggest about how archetypal interpretations can help us frame their words and thoughts so that we can understand and move beyond rigid divisions? Is religious opposition to abortion fueled in part by the coming to consciousness of the Self through the child archetype? Is the wholeness of the woman also an intense concern of pro-choice activists, but drawing on different energies? Time will be reserved for group discussion of the research materials and ideas, which are still works in progress. The audience’s perspectives will be welcome.

Sandra Lee Dixon, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver. She studies long-term moral commitments, especially those that include religion.  Her work for the last decade has turned to investigation of such commitments in the activities of pro-life and anti-abortion partisans. She is interviewing people on both sides of the issue and spending time with them as they work on their cause.

THE C.G. JUNG SOCIETY OF COLORADO FALL 2016 LECTURE SERIES

THE C.G. JUNG SOCIETY OF COLORADO
FALL 2016 LECTURE SERIES

Cost: free to members,  $15 at the door,  $10 students and seniors

Please note our location and format: Park Hill United Church of Christ, 2600 Leyden Street, Denver, CO 80207; Social and refreshment time will be 6:30-7:15p.m., followed by lecture and discussion.

[DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE PDF]

Facing Climate Change Through a Jungian Lens
a lecture by 
Jeffrey Kiehl
September 9th, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. 

Human caused climate change has placed the planet in a precarious state. It is imperative that we address this situation as soon as possible for the longer we wait, the more we commit future generations to disruption. Yet there is great resistance to addressing this issue. Jungian psychology provides a unique perspective on the problem of climate change for it recognizes the importance of the unconscious in affecting our perception of and actions in the world. In this presentation, we explore how the structure and dynamics of unconscious processes relate to climate change and how these processes provide pathways to addressing the problem. We consider the archetypal presences that pervade our relationship with the natural world and how our collective disconnection from these archetypes has led to the myth of unbounded growth and exploitation of natural resources. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how to reconnect to the sacredness of Earth, which is essential to addressing the issue of climate change.

Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD is a Jungian analyst and climate scientist. He is an adjunct professor at University of California, Santa Cruz and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is a senior training analyst at the CG Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, which provides a Jungian perspective on climate change. Jeffrey lives in Santa Cruz, California.


War of the Ancient Dragon 
a lecture by 
Laurel Howe
October 7th, 2016 at 7:15 p.m.
Already branded a bully and nearly expelled from first grade, six-year-old Randy is not happy about coming to therapy. But like most children, he cannot resist the sandtray. Randy conducts bloody wars in his sandplay process, burns fires, tortures helpless victims, and eventually turns a corner, discovering something “never before seen in the world.” He calls one of his wars The War of the Ancient Dragon, which hints at the uncanny alchemical content of his work, at times calling up the words and images of such “ancient philosophers” as Zosimos. Laurel Howe titled her book about Randy’s opus after this war. She will show us how Randy’s inner war fights itself out over time, gradually releasing Randy from its grip. This powerful healing process touches the heart and shows us the living archetypal patterns guiding the imagination of a vivacious little boy as he discovers a new attitude towards life.

Laurel Howe, M.A., CST-T, is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst trained at the Centre for Research and Training in Depth Psychology, Zürich. She is a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and an advisory board member of the Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association. For each copy of War of the Ancient Dragon: Transformation of Violence in Sandplay sold, two dollars are donated to the UNICEF fund for child refugees fleeing Syrian violence. 


Darkness Rising
a lecture by 
Stephen and Joyce Singular
November 11th, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. 

In 1984, Stephen Singular began his book-writing career following the assassination of Denver talk show host Alan Berg by a band of neo-Nazis from the American Northwest. Talked to Death: The Life & Murder of Alan Berg explored the racial, political, and religious issues behind the killing. In 1990, Stephen and his wife, Joyce, met and formed a partnership in forensic journalism, with a female perspective now added to the work. Since then, they’ve written a dozen books about high-profile crimes occurring within the context of large social issues. In case after case, they’ve documented how an environment that supports angry rhetoric can eventually descend into violence. Their talk this evening will take you inside that process and show how these emotional dynamics have played out again and again in prominent murders or other major crimes. When the language of hatred becomes normalized, violence is waiting to erupt.

Stephen Singular has written 22 non-fiction books, many about high-profile crimes. Two were “New York Times” bestsellers and four have been made into films or television movies. Joyce Singular co-authored the last two books, including The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and The Epidemic Of Mass Violence Committed By American Youth, nominated for the 2015 Colorado Book Award for creative non-fiction. Their son, Eric, was instrumental in the research and writing of this book. 


The Annunciation: Transcendence Expressed Through Art from the Renaissance
a lecture by Kathryn Kuisle 
December 2nd, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. 

In this lecture I will explore the symbolism and depth of meaning in the long ago story of the Annunciation, when the angel appeared to Mary and she received a startling message.  This is a scene that many artists of the Renaissance period and later have painted in a variety of ways.  Several paintings will be shown as we look at how artists expressed the moment of “the annunciation” which Carl Jung spoke of as symbolizing an experience “that grips us or falls upon us as from above” possible in our own psychological work.

The story of the annunciation expresses transcendence.  I will discuss this topic and Jung’s concept of the transcendent function, a relationship between the conscious and the unconscious, and responses that the artists portray in these paintings.  As well as our responses to an experience of the transcendent.

Kathryn Kuisle, Ph.D., is a Jungian analyst practicing in Colorado Springs and Denver.  She graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich and holds a Ph.D. in analytical psychology from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.  She is on the Board and teaches at the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado.  As an affiliate faculty of Regis University, she teaches in the Masters in Counseling Program.  Her website is www.kkuisle.com.

April lecture: “Reflections on the Individuation Journey: a dialogue”

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 Congregational (UCC) Church,
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 in private practice 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 Jungian Analyst in private practice part-time in Denver. She also lives and ranches in the Gunnison area. She is on the Board of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and a past member of the Board of the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado.

For further information, please contact The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado at (303) 575-1055
or go to https://jungsocietyofcolorado.wordpress.com