Lectures and Workshops
All lectures are presented at:
Community United Church of Christ
2650 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder
John Todd, Ph.D., L.P.C.
The Image of the Bat
Friday, May 6, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free to Members Non-members $15.00
SPECIAL NOTE: Tina Jackson of Colorado Parks & Wildlife will help us get up close and personal with bats from 6-7 PM before John Todd’s talk on The Shadow of The Bat. Come with questions and curiosity about bats.
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.
Boulder Friends of Jung
6525 Gunpark, Suite 370-183
Boulder, CO, 80301