Jeffrey Raff, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst
The Wedding of Sophia
Friday, March 4, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
About ten years ago, after a deep experience of Sophia, I wrote The Wedding of Sophia as a way to share with others some of what I learned in my experience. In particular, I wanted to present a mode of understanding profound inner experiences that connect the human ego to a reality outside of the psyche, a reality I call the psychoid. In this lecture I will revisit some of the main ideas of the book; in particular, the need to understand how we as humans can connect to the larger forces and beings that surround our ordinary reality. I will also discuss the myths and symbols connected with Sophia as Wisdom, as well as some of the teachings of Alchemy, that may prove useful in forging your own wedding with Sophia.
Jeffrey Raff, PhD, Jungian Analyst 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.
Link to KGNU interview with Jeff Raff: http://news.kgnu.org/2016/02/the-wedding-of-sophia-the-divine-feminine-in-psychoidal-alchemy/
Chris Chao, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst
What’s Race Got to Do with It: Viewing Race and Ethnicity through a Jungian Lens
Friday, April 1, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
So many people appear to know exactly what they mean when they speak of culture, race and ethnicity. So many Jungians appear to know exactly what they mean when they speak of the Self, the Shadow, the Collective, and Individuation. But often it seems that these concepts are never talked about in the same breath, never examined, never touched upon either by people who are descendants of White Europeans or by people of color.
Rather than conceding that “never the twain shall meet,” this lecture, will attempt to bring Jungian concepts to bear on current issues of race and ethnicity in our culture. We will examine topics such as: In addition to a “collective unconscious” do we also have a cultural unconscious? Do we have a ”cultural ego”? Is there such a thing as a “cultural persona? Do we have a “purity complex?” How do we know when a “cultural complex is operating? What does it mean to have a person of another race show up in our dreams?
My experience in conducting workshops and teaching about issues of race, is that often we both consciously and unconsciously become stirred up when talking about these topics. Therefore we will try to create a Temenos, a place of safety and sanctuary where we can explore how these dynamics play out in our lives and how by engaging and wrestling with them we enlarge the boundaries of our own souls.
Christine M. Chao, Ph.D. currently in private practice, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a diplomate Jungian analyst. She has had a longstanding interest in Asian and Asian American psychology and has published several articles in this area. Other interests include the significance and function of ancestral altars, and how Jungian work can help open up “seats at the welcome table” for people from widely diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” C.G.Jung
John Todd, Ph.D., L.P.C.
The Image of the Bat
Friday, May 6, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Most early human cultures revered the bat. Not only was the bat held sacred for the essential role they play in our ecosystem as pollinators, seed dispersers, and natural insect control, they were also appreciated for their 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. And 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 is forced wonder why so much negative shadow material has been projected on the bat. Jung often stated that the alchemical tradition (that often used the image of the bat within its texts) compensated for what was lacking in Judeo-Christian tradition. 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?
Dr. John Todd is a diplomate Jungian analyst based in Evergreen, Colorado who has been in the mental health field for the past 23 years. A native of Florida, John began his career spending over a decade as a children and families counselor for Hospice of the Florida Suncoast before starting private practice. In 2006 he relocated to Evergreen with his wife and two children.