Lecture Archive: Fall 2011

Sept. 16th, 2011

Sustaining Earth, Sustaining Soul a lecture by Jeffrey Kiehl

Man feels himself isolated in the cosmos. He is no longer involved in nature and has lost his emotional participation in natural events, which hitherto had a symbolic meaning for him. C.G. Jung

How can we sustain our world and soul at the same time? Living sustainably means living in a supportive and creative balance with Nature. Psychologically, living in balance with the world brings a feeling of inner wholeness. Thus, healing our outer connection to Nature creates healing within us. Furthermore, when we connect to the natural world, our actions in the world become more centered and thoughtful. We experience the interconnected web of life. Often the busy world we live in pulls us away from this interconnectedness with nature. Carl Jung recognized that the seemingly separate inner and outer worlds were really one world, the Unus Mundus. In this presentation, we will reflect on how to live a more balanced life within the world and embark on new ways of living sustainably. We will look at the concept of the world soul or Anima Mundi and deepen our awareness of how we can sustain both world’s soul and our soul.

Jeffrey Kiehl, M.A., LPC is a Jungian Analyst in Boulder. He is a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Jeffrey has presented on the topic of Psyche and Nature at workshops and conferences around the U.S. He is also a climate scientist who has worked on the issue of global warming for thirty years. He holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science and an M.A. in psychology.

Oct. 14th, 2011 at 7 p.m.

The Shadow of the Bat a lecture by John Todd

Most early human cultures revered the bat. Not only was the bat revered for the essential role it plays in our ecosystem as pollinator, seed disperser, and natural insect controller, it was also appreciated for its uniqueness. Bats are the only mammals that possess the ability for sustained flight, they nurse their young, and even share brainwave patterns common with those of primates. Yet, they mostly live underground in caves, sleep upside down, have the ability to see in the dark, and are nocturnal.

Despite their clear benefit to humans and our ecology in general, Western culture has demonized the bat, and therefore one wonders why so much negative shadow material has been projected on the bat. What does the image of the bat hold for the Western psyche? What aspects of ourselves have been deemed demonic that are essential to our own inner ecosystems?

John Todd Ph.D. is a Jungian Therapist who has been in practice since 1993. He currently has a practice in Evergreen and is in the final stages of Analytic Training.

Lecture: Nov. 4th, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Workshop: Nov. 5th, 10am-3:30pm

Past Life Experiences and Dreams a lecture and workshop by Sabine Lucas

Dr Lucas writes that she had her first past life dream in 1976 while she was in Jungian analysis in London. During her subsequent training at the Jung Institute in Zurich it became clear that although a few Jungian analysts had also noticed these dreams, the subject of reincarnation had been taboo since Jung’s time. Nevertheless, her unconscious ignored what was politically correct to dream about and continued to flood her with past life memories. Eventually, she came to realize that the integration of this ego-distonic material was at the core of her individuation process and needed to be tended and protected. This personal past life integration work continued for many decades after her graduation from the Jung Institute and gradually expanded into her analytical practice, also maturing into a book on the subject which was published in 2008.

As the concept of reincarnation is spreading like wild fire in the West, and more and more people are undergoing past life regressions, it is time to acknowledge the undeniable fact that, if past life memories are accessible under hypnosis, they must also leave their traces in dreams. This will be an introduction to the subject for the purpose of creating greater awareness.

In our Saturday workshop, we will expand on this topic and explore the meaning of these dreams and experiences in our lives.

Sabine Lucas, Ph.D., born and raised in Germany, is a Jungian analyst diplomate and a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She has been in private practice in Santa Fe since 1987 and is licensed in New Mexico as a professional mental health counselor. She has worked as a psychotherapist for over thirty years in England, Switzerland, and the United States. and is an experienced lecturer, group leader, workshop facilitator, translator and writer. She specializes in dream analysis and past life dreamwork and has written a groundbreaking book on past life dreams which was published by Inner Traditions/ Bear & Company in 2008.

Dec. 2nd, 2011 at 7 p.m.

The Labyrinth: Exploration of an Ancient Archetype
a lecture by Nicholas Nossaman

The labyrinth is a configuration of pathways that has been in existence, in various forms, for more than 4000 years. It is a mandala, which is available for experience in a powerful participatory fashion. Having receded in favor during the age of denigration of the feminine principle and of emphasis on rationalism and intellect in the Western world, the labyrinth is being rediscovered by increasing numbers of people. The experience it facilitates provides both a metaphor and a precious means of accessing the greater Self in the path of individuation. This presentation will explore these elements of this sacred geometric space and the numinous opportunity it provides.

Nicholas Nossaman, M.D., D.Ht. is a physician practicing homeopathic medicine in Denver for the past 35 years. His interest and involvement in Jungian psychology predates his awareness of homeopathy and includes time spent in analysis and in dream work as well as application of Jungian principles in his medical practice.