Lecture Archive: Spring 2009

March 6th, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.

MATTER OF HEART:The extraordinary journey of C.G. Jung into the soul of man a joint film presentation with the C.G. Jung Institute

Matter of Heart is a compelling and inspiring film portrait of C.G. Jung, revealing his extraordinary genius and humanity through a skillful interweaving of rare home movies, valuable archival footage and a wealth of interviews with such notables as Marie-Louise von Franz and Sir Laurens van der Post. The Jung Society and Jung Institute proudly present a showing of this remarkable film, followed by a panel discussion with Jung Institute members Lara Newton, Gary Toub, and Christine Chao. Download a pdf for this event >>

Lara Newton, M.A. is a senior Jungian Analyst, President of the Jung Society of Colorado, and Vice-President of the Jung Institute of Colorado.

Gary Toub, PhD. is a senior Jungian Analyst and President of the Jung Institute of Colorado.

Christine Chao, PhD. is a psychologist and advanced training candidate with the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.

April 3rd, 2009 at 7 p.m.

An Invitation to Meet our Shadow: The First Step to Liberation a lecture by Paula MacKinnon

Jung states: “…the great question is, is it a good thing to have consciousness? Many people say ‘don’t you think it is dangerous?’ In reality the men who talk in this way are all soul virgins, trying to keep themselves unaware, afraid of their own innocence, men who have never gone through a soul-defloration. When you consider consciousness as a great achievement, the worm is very important.”.The early Gnostics thought that the Divine, in his pity for mankind, sent the worm (the snake) to bring the knowledge to mankind that the work of the Divine was imperfect. When one recognizes that a thing is imperfect, then one can do something about it. Thus the first step toward liberation.

This lecture will focus on the importance of inviting the knowledge that our shadow can bring to us and in so doing, the possibility of new energy, of new life, of ‘escaping the curse of unconsciousness.’

Paula MacKinnon was initially trained as a Family Therapist, and after ten years in private practice and being continually and patiently taught by her clients to see the light within each soul, she heeded the call to Zurich. Graduating in 1998 from the C.G. Jung Inst. in Zurich, she practiced both in Zurich and Nova Scotia for the next 9 years. She has no idea why she is in Colorado but trusts the call of her soul.

May 1st, 2009 at 7 p.m.

The Meaning of Color in Dreams a lecture by Laurel Howe

Have you ever dreamt of a blue eagle or a pink wedding dress? A lavender door or a crimson truck? Do color “themes” run through your dreams over time?
Sometimes dreams choose very specific colors. Understanding how color is mixed and where it comes from can give us deeper insight into these dreams.
Jung said that when his patients started drawing their dream images in color, this was an indication that they were involved in their analysis on a deeper feeling level. In this lecture, Laurel will look at the relationship between color and feeling, both in the context of analysis and in individual dreams. She will review color theory, considering the difference between pigment- and light-oriented color systems, to puzzle out how color can temper a symbol’s meaning; She will explore the meaning of colors in dream images from case material; And she will ponder the meaning of the appearance of color itself.

Laurel Howe, M.A. is in private practice in Denver. She is now an analytic diploma candidate at the Centre for Depth Psychology in Zürich, Switzerland, anticipating completion in June, 2009. She teaches for the Colorado Sandplay Therapist Association and is a board member of the C. G. Jung Society of Colorado. Laurel earned a BFA in painting and has been interested in color for at least 30 years.

May 29th, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Aztec Mythology and the Meaning of Sacrifice
a lecture and workshop by Nancy Furlotti

Mesoamerica was comprised of civilized societies of great cultural depth and complexity whose cultural influence ranged from the Southwest United States to Central America. This is part of the cultural collective unconscious that continues to have an influence on people living in the Southwest. Though developed in isolation from the rest of the world, these mythological motifs show striking universal patterns. Sacrifice was an intrinsic part of the life of this culture and is the archetypal motif that Aztec mythology is best known for. In this lecture, Ms. Furlotti will explore the meaning of sacrifice, so important in our work with the psyche, and describe Nahuatl mythology, the foundation on which the Aztec civilization rose and which also contributed to its downfall. The material will be amplified with images of the many gods.

Workshop Sat, May 30th 9a.m. to 1 p.m On Saturday, a workshop from 9a.m. to 1 p.m. will allow a small number of participants to work further with Ms. Furlotti in exploring the Popul Vu, the Quiche Maya book of creation, also called the book of the “Dawn of Life”.

This was one of only four hieroglyphic books to survive the manuscript burning by missionaries in the New World. We will amplify the third part, which tells the story of two brothers’ decent into the underworld, through the lens of Jung’s understanding of the hero’s journey.

Nancy Furlotti is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Los Angeles. She is a faculty member and former President of the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.
Nancy’s interest in exploring symbols and deepening her understanding of Jung, have landed her on two foundations: ARAS and the Philemon Foundations. She is an enthusiastic supporter of their publications, which she believes are important contributions not only to the Jungian community, but also to the world.