Lecture Archive: Fall 2010

RB_BLAD54_MondHIIllustration from the Red Book by C.G. Jung. © by the Foundation of the Works of C.G. Jung. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, 2009.

Sept 2-4, 2010, at 7 p.m.
Davis Auditorium, University of Denver

Sonu Shamdasani:

To open the Fall 2010 lecture series, we will be joining with the Jung Institute of Colorado to welcome Dr. Shamdasani, the world-renowned Jungian scholar and editor of Liber Novus (The Red Book). He will host a Philemon fundraider Thursday night, give a lecture Friday night and a day-long workshop Saturday.

Sonu Shamdasani, Ph.D., is editor and co-translator of the Red Book, General Editor of the Philemon Foundation and Philemon Professor of Jung History at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London. He is the author of Cult Fictions: C.G. Jung and the Founding of Analytical Psychology (Routledge, 1998); Jung and the Making of Modern Psychology: The Dream of a Science (Cambridge University Press, 2003); Jung Stripped Bare by his Biographers (Karnac, 2005): and has edited, among other works, Jung’s seminar, The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga (Bollingen Series, Princeton University Press/Routledge, 1996).

Thursday, Sept. 2: Jung’s Red Book: A Virtual Exhibition
A donation to Philemon Foundation of $500 gets you into the Thursday night reception/virtual exhibition and two free tickets (reserved seating) to the lecture the following evening.

Friday, Sept. 3: “The Way of What is to Come”: Reading Liber Primus
The world of Jungian Psychology has been profoundly affected by the publication in October 2009 of Jung’s long awaited Red Book. In this lecture Dr. Sonu Shamdasani, general editor of that project and world-renowned Jungian scholar, will give us an introduction to reading Liber Primus – the first parchment signature of Jung’s Red Book. Dr. Shamdasani will reconstruct the sequence of events that underlay it, the various levels of elaboration and commentary, and Jung’s subsequent attempt to translate its conceptions into his scholarly writings. Tickets available at the door.

Saturday Sept. 4: The Dramatis Personae of Liber Primus
In Liber Primus, we encounter the Spirit of the Depths, the Spirit of the Time, the Killed Man, a Scarab, a Youth, Siegfried, Elijah, Salome, the Serpent and the Soul. In this seminar, we will explore these figures, the landscapes of their emergence and their interrelation (it will be expected that participants have read this section of the Red Book).

Sponsored by the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado, The C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado, and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver.

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Oct 1, 2010 at 7 p.m.
The Way of the Sage: Jung and the Tao a lecture by Gary Toub

Being in Tao means flowing with life, living in harmony with one’s true nature. Several thousand years ago, Chinese philosophers wrote about living in Tao. Best known is Lao Tzu, whose work, Tao Te Ching, has attained worldwide popularity. Taoism had a profound impact on C. G. Jung, supporting his discoveries about individuation and living in accord with the Self. Dr. Toub’s own experience with the unconscious led him to study Taoist ideas and practices in great depth, particularly as they paralleled Jung’s thinking. With the help of images he has collected and prepared, Dr. Toub’s lecture and presentation will explore the wisdom of Lao Tzu, the I Ching, and other Taoist sages in considering how we ourselves might live in accord with our inner nature and the unfolding mystery of life. Emphasis will be on tying together Taoist and Jungian thought, and on their applications in day-to-day life.

Gary Toub, Ph.D., psychologist and Jungian analyst in private practice in Denver, is President of the Jung Institute of Colorado. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona and post-doctoral diplomas from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the Research Society for Process-Oriented Psychology. His article on Taoism and Jung, “The Usefulness of the Useless,” is published in Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature.

Nov 5, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Islands and Tides: Natural Symbols of the Psyche a lecture by Sylvia Simpson

Islands hold a fascination for us and have both positive and negative connotations. As Jungians we believe that, just as life evolved out of the primeval sea, so consciousness evolved out of the sea of the unconscious. Jung spoke of “islands of consciousness” which coalesce to form our ego. Dr. Simpson will discuss how islands can also symbolize the Self and will present mythical examples, as well as two of Jung’s island dreams.
The collective unconscious, like the ocean, is fluid and undifferentiated, ancient and unfathomable; its energy that ebbs and flows like the tides. It is our nightly tide of sleep that brings us dreams. The tides are under the control of the moon, and Dr. Simpson will discuss the importance of lunar consciousness. The shore is the liminal zone between the island and the tides, between consciousness and the unconscious, where growth and change can occur.

Sylvia Simpson, M.D. is a Jungian Analyst and Psychiatrist with a practice in Denver. She grew up on a small island off the east coast of Canada and, since then, has realized how her psyche was shaped by this experience. She trained in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital where she specialized in treating people with Bipolar Disorders. Long interested in Jungian psychology, she trained as an analyst through the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.

Dec 10, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Star in the Earth: the archetype of the Earth and the Light from Below a lecture by Christine For

Jung’s study of the great medieval alchemist, Paracelsus, helped to show us a mysterious light in the earth, a light from below. When Paracelsus perceived scintilla or sparks of this new light, he called it the Lumen Naturae, the Light of Nature. In our time, Neumann said this light of the earth is becoming more significant, and that it is identical with a newly emerging spirit of the earth. What is this light or spirit from below, and what must it—what must we—undergo in order to realize its meaning? We will study ‘sparks’ in recent dreams, meditations and sandplay, in particular those that carry hints about ‘renewing the seed of the light,’ ‘finding the star in the earth,’ and ‘discovering the fire from below.’ We will look deeply into a trove of unconscious material for lights from nature that may have collective as well as individual significance.

Christine Ford, MA, LPC, CST-T, is a licensed psychotherapist and certified sandplay therapist (teaching), with a private practice in central Denver. She began studying Jung in San Francisco in 1969, and after moving to Denver in the 1970s, she worked and studied for many years with analysts from the C.G. Jung Institute. She muses about creating a book from her thesis on Psyche and Spirit, titled, “Transformation Through Relationship with Inner Figures.” Chris serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sandplay Therapists of America, and is President of the Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association.