Lecture Archive: Fall 2005

Sept 9, 2005

This just-completed documentary takes viewers deeply into the experience of practicing Jungian analysis in this new century.

Weaving interviews with nine Colorado analysts – Glen Carlson, Jean Carlson, Laura Dodson, Bernice Hill, Galin McGowan, Lara Newton, Annie Meyer, Jeffrey Raff, and Gary Toub – the film explores the experience of being called to work with the unconscious and training and growing as a Jungian analyst. Interviews explore the relevance today of classical Jungian theory as well as new areas of Jungian exploration. The film also asks, “What will be the future of Jungian psychology?”

The C.G. Jung Society of Colorado is proud to host the world premiere of this film.

Stephen Witty is a Jungian analyst practicing in Colorado Springs and a member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado. His educational background includes a B.A. in English Literature from Yale College, an M.F.A. from N.Y.U. film school, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology, and a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA). He has also published short fiction and poetry.

Oct 7, 2005

JUNGIAN PERSPECTIVES ON ELDERING – by Jean Carlson and Bernice Hill
Our society’s images and stories often devalue older people and promote a yearning to remain young. This offers a bleak future to those who buy into this cultural stereotype. Yet Jung has written: “A human being would certainly not grow to be seventy or eighty years old if this longevity had no meaning for the species to which he belongs.”

What does the psyche want of us in our elder years – as individuals and as members of the collective? What is the archetypal journey? What does it offer us? The challenges and fruits of life-long experience will be explored. We invite the friends of Carl Jung to join us in discussing the light and dark of this mysterious stage of life.

Jean Carlson is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Denver. She is a Senior Training Analyst with the Jung Institute of Colorado and a member of the International Association of Analytic Psychology (IAAP). Trained in Zurich, she has long been inquiring into issues of women’s eldering.

Bernice Hill is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Boulder. She is a Senior Training Analyst with the Jung Institute of Colorado and a member of the International Association of Analytic Psychology (IAAP). She is author of the book Money and the Spiritual Warrior.
Nov 4, 2005

When Rapunzel was twelve years old, a witch shut her into a tower, which lay in a forest, and had neither stairs nor door, but quite at the top was a little window.

Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold, and when she heard the voice of the witch she unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell twenty ells down, and the witch climbed up by it. After a year or two, it came to pass that the king’s son rode through the forest and passed by the tower…

Most of us remember this much – the tower, the witch, the prince and those long golden locks. But what do we know of Rapunzel before her tower experience, and what became of her and her prince after they we ejected from their bridal suite? Who was this witch, Rapunzel’s mother, and who was the prince that found her and lost her and found her again? Rapunzel is a fairytale about the Mother’s Daughter in search of herself and her connection with the masculine. Let us explore her journey together.

Cindy Smock is a Jungian analyst, a member of the Jung Institute of Colorado and of the International Association of Analytic Psychology (IAPP). She has been in private practice in Denver and Gunnison for over 16 years and is a Jung Society board member.
Jan 13 , 2005

In the Italian Alps, fairytales and legends were not the only expressions of collective life over the centuries. In the southern Alps, people love to sing, and their songs are deeply rooted in the human soul. This lecture will show the archetypal background of these old songs through interpretation of the images and the symbolic meaning of the music itself.

After looking into the traditional life of the Ticino people, we will reflect on the psychological interpretation of a song called “Girumeta dalla Montagna,” in which we find the archetype of the Kore. The positive side of this Kore is the “divine girl,” and its negative, or dark side, the “puella.” We look at this puella side in dreams and psychological case material of modern women and men. Finally we will reflect on Jung’s late thoughts on Eros and Love from Memories, Dreams, Reflections, and Marie-Louise von Franz’ understanding of the figure of Sophia.

Regine Schweizer-Vüllers is a psychotherapist and Jungian analyst (IAAP) in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland and a board member of The Research and Training Centre in Depth Psychology. Her book, Die Heilige am Kreuz explores the feminine aspects of the Christian God image. She has also published works about the pagan rite of the sacred dog from the French Middle Ages, and the figure of Saint Nikodemus.