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Stephen J. Foster, Ph.D., MA, Jungian Analyst

Pauli and Jung: Physics meets Psychology

Exploring the Relationship Between Two Great Thinkers

Friday, April 7, 2017   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Free to Members         Non-members $15.00

Location: Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, CO 80305

Wolfgang Pauli was a Nobel Prize winning physicist who helped develop a model of the atom, the mathematics associated with the behavior of electrons within the atoms and periodic table.  He sought to define a unified field theory of the atom.  However, in 1930, his personal life was fragmenting when he sought help from Jung.  Jung assigned Erna Rosenberg to work with Pauli, but had access to his archetypal dreams, which he later used in his work on Psychology and Alchemy. Pauli later responded to Jung’s work with a letter that said, “even the most modern physics lends itself to the symbolic representation of psychic processes” and “that there are deeper layers that cannot be adequately defined by the conventional concept of time.”

Carl Jung was 55 years old when Pauli approached him and Jung had been through his own process of separating from Freud, established Analytical Psychology in Zurich and was developing his ideas on the relationship between psychology and Alchemy.  Jung’s work with Alchemy hinted at a unified field theory through the concept of Unus Mundus, or the idea of One World that discussed a relationship between psyche, soul and spirit.

In 1940, Pauli and his wife escaped to New York, as he was refused Swiss Citizenship because, under Hitler’s occupation of Austria where he was born, his passport indicated he was a German Jew.   In 1945 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics and in 1946 he was granted US citizenship.  When Pauli returned to Switzerland after the war, he and Jung resumed their relationship.  This lecture will present an overview of the work they did together, which went beyond Synchronicity.  It will consider the 80 letters they shared, the essays on which they collaborated, published and unpublished, and some of the current work in Analytical Psychology that have come out of their joint work.

Stephen Foster, Ph.D., MA, LPC, NCPsyA, Jungian Analyst, is a licensed professional counselor and Certified Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in Boulder, Colorado.  He is a graduate of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and is a senior teaching analyst with the Boulder Association of Jungian Analysts. Stephen is a long-time presenter for BFJ in the area of the psychology of the environmental contamination, alchemy, fairy tales and myth, and movie interpretation.


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Jeffrey T. Kiehl, PhD

A Jungian Approach to Climate Change

 

Friday, April 28, 2017   7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Free to Members         Non-members $15.00

 

Location: First Congregation Church, 1128 Pine Street, Boulder  80302

 

Human caused climate change has placed the planet in a precarious state. It is imperative that we address this situation as soon as possible for the longer we wait, the more we commit future generations to disruption. Yet there is great resistance to addressing this issue. Jungian psychology provides a unique perspective on the problem of climate change for it recognizes the importance of the unconscious in affecting our perception of and actions in the world. In this presentation, we explore how the structure and dynamics of unconscious processes relate to climate change and how these processes provide pathways to addressing the problem. We consider the archetypal presences that pervade our relationship with the natural world and how our collective disconnection from these archetypes has led to the myth of unbounded growth and exploitation of natural resources. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how to reconnect to the sacredness of Earth, which is essential to addressing the issue of climate change.

 

Jeffrey Kiehl, PhD is a Jungian analyst and climate scientist. He is an adjunct professor at University of California, Santa Cruz and senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is a senior training analyst at the CG Jung Institute of Colorado and the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is the author of Facing Climate Change: An Integrated Path to the Future, which provides a Jungian perspective on climate change. Jeffrey lives in Santa Cruz, California.