Jeffrey Raff PhD, Jungian Analyst
September 20, 2013
In this lecture I will differentiate between fate and destiny. I shall discuss fate as the force that appears outside of ourselves, often impersonal, but with such power that it dominates our life leaving us little choice but acceptance or resistance. Destiny, on the other hand, I see as the drive that pushes us to become ourselves and to embrace our own totality as a way of being. Unlike fate, destiny cannot compel us to honor our nature and find ways of expressing it in life. Choice is essential to realize our destiny, but our choices are limited by the very nature we are trying to express. I shall discuss the ways in which we can make informed, conscious choices that allow our destiny to express itself, as well as the barriers to making these choices.
Jeffrey Raff, PhD, trained at the Jung Institute in Zurich and has been a Jungian analyst in private practice in Colorado for over 35 years. A senior analyst of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, he is currently president of the Jung Institute of Colorado and an adjunct professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute. An internationally respected analyst, author, and teacher, his many writings include articles on Kabbalah and alchemy and four books, including Jung and the Alchemical Imagination; The Wedding of Sophia; and The Practice of Ally Work.
Nora Swan-Foster, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Jungian Analyst
Friday Evening Lecture – October 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The hero’s journey is a well-known construct that bares truth for a particular aspect of the soul’s development, yet wherever we shine the light there is shadow. The feminine initiation process typically exists in the unseen and unrecognized space where relationship to the invisible is an essential task for the soul and for contemporary culture. Such a psychological oversight puts us at risk for a one-sided attitude when aspects of the feminine initiation, including feminine aspects for the heroic man are minimized. How do we imagine what is not yet knowable? The pregnant woman holds an intimate relationship with the invisible. She also exists in a tension between life and death. As a result, she naturally amplifies an essential aspect of the feminine psyche. The initiatory tasks and selected myths that reveal the structure and movement of this psychic process will be considered to amplify personal and collective challenges.
Nora Swan-Foster is a trained art therapist and Jungian psychoanalyst with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. After graduating from Lesley College in 1986, she completed her registration and board certification as an art therapist (ATR-BC). Nora received her certification as a Jungian Analyst from the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts (IRSJA) and is a psychoanalyst through the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NCPsyA). Nora is a member of the IAAP and holds a Colorado license as a professional counselor
Saturday Workshop: The Creativity of Pregnancy – Turning Inwards
Pregnancy is not just a physical experience for women; it is also a psychological process that amplifies a natural tension within the psyche for all human beings, particularly the tension between life and death. Reflecting an aspect of the feminine initiation process, pregnancy is a symbolic state of incubation or gestation prior to birth. All too often we rush through this phase so as to attain what the collective values, such as the baby. But what does this invisible, sacred and demanding phase hold that might want to become psychologically known to us? What is it we might want to disavow into the shadow? Using an experiential creative process, we will consciously engage with the process of holding the unknown and making something pregnant. We will consider the four specific myths from the lecture in greater detail so as to explore the intricate dynamics of the feminine initiation process and the particular tasks that are used when the psyche is pregnant.
Jeffrey T. Kiehl, Ph.D., M.A., LPC, Jungian Analyst
Friday Evening Lecture – November 15, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
“… wholeness … has always been characterized by certain cosmic affinities: the individual soul was thought to be of ‘heavenly’ origin, a particle of the world soul, and hence a microcosm, a reflection of the macrocosm.”
C.G. Jung (CW 10, par. 635)
Jung spent much of his career working with people who were ultimately seeking a sense of wholeness in life. In today’s world of technological speed and parallel processing people search even more so for a felt sense of wholeness and meaning in their lives. This search transcends time and place and as such is archetypal in nature. Finding wholeness and meaning in our lives is related to finding our place in the cosmos. What is my purpose? How do I make a difference in this vast universe? The quest to answer such questions places us on the path of individuation. Jung felt the exploration of correspondences between the microcosmic and macrocosmic worlds were deeply related to finding meaning in life. He also felt the concept of cosmic affinity, in which we as individuals are connected to the cosmos, is central to finding a sense of wholeness. Jung’s personal contribution to finding connectedness to the cosmos was his discovery of synchronicity. In this presentation, I explore Jung’s work on finding wholeness and meaning in life and how this relates to finding connectedness to the larger world. I use images and Jung’s writings to explore our cosmic affinities in the world and how this leads to a sense of greater interconnectedness. I end the presentation with a reflection on how these Jungian concepts connect to those in Buddhism.