Cambridge Jungian Circle
Mandalas © Jacquelilne Shaw 2014
VIDEOS of EVENTS 2020-21
Friday 18th SEPT 2020 (7.30-9pm BST)
International Zoom Event San Francisco USA
HILDEGARD ILLUMINATIONS, JUNG & THE RED BOOK
Kayleen Asbo, Passionate Scholar: a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves myth, music, psychology, history and art with experiential learning.
Carl Jung and Hildegard of Bingen were both powerful mystics whose connection to transpersonal forces led them to boldly embrace unconventional lives of healing and wholeness. Jung's visionary experiences in the 20th century became the basis for his celebrated Red Book from which all of his later theories on depth psychology emerged. 900 years before, the Benedictine Abbess Hildegard of Bingen had a midlife awakening that opened the floodgates of inspiration, leading her to become a theologian, playwright, composer and pioneer of natural medicine as well as a spiritual director and artist. In this visually rich presentation, cultural historian and mythologist Dr. Kayleen Asbo shares the parallel processes of these two extraordinary geniuses, and reveals how the artistic process can become the seed for our own illumination.
Friday 16 OCT 2020 (7:30pm BST)
International Zoom Event from Essex UK
SYNCHRONICITY AS CULTURAL CRITIQUE
Professor Roderick Main, University of Essex
Jung developed the concept of synchronicity as part of his critique of the cultural condition of his day, which he saw as characterised by excessive rationalism in science, loss of a sense of the sacred, and social mass-mindedness—a condition that could be aptly described in terms of Weber’s notion of disenchantment. In this talk we consider whether synchronicity, as a holistic principle of acausal connection through meaning, might also have anything to contribute towards addressing the many social, political, and environmental crises that beset our contemporary world.
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Friday 20th NOV 2020
International Zoom Event from London UK
TOWARDS AN ECOPSYCHOTHERAPY
Mary-Jayne Rust, Jungian Analyst,
In this talk I share some stories from the consulting room of deep love, attachment and loss in our relationships with the nonhuman world. As ecological and social crises worsen, many are experiencing a range of emotional responses including eco-grief or eco-anxiety, part of what some call ‘separation sickness’, a cultural trauma passed down through many generations. As we re-member our deep bonds with the whole earth community, and struggle to come to terms with ourselves as animals, we may find our way into an experience of living inside a conscious, sacred matrix. This way of being in the world is ancient, as Jung has often described. This shift in perspective can often be supported by taking therapy outdoors as well as through the dream world. These issues are central to the work of ecopsychotherapy.
Friday 19th FEB 2021 ZOOM Plenary (7.30pm UK Time)
REFLECTIONS: A SYMPHONY
Analysis of Composing
Dr Susannah Self
Composer and Opera Singer
Cambridge Jungian Circle member
Jung’s autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections is a challenging crucible in which to contextualise my love of Jung's thought, within music. I focussed on the chapter "Visions" in which Jung recounts his near-death experience from a heart attack. He looks back at the World from outer space and experiences complete bliss and release. This moment is realised through Jung’s deep connection to Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching
Without leaving home you can know the whole World,
Without looking from your window you can see the way of heaven.
My presentation includes an analysis of the symphony’s texts interweaved with its three movements presented on film. In particular my focus is on the writer Claire Dunne’s interpretation of Jung as a Wounded Healer of the Soul. Memories. Dreams, Reflections was recorded in 2006 by the Moravian Philharmonic, an orchestra once conducted by Mahler.
Friday (SECOND FRIDAY) MARCH 12th2021
Melanie Rein, Jungian Analyst, IGAP
Image: Israhel van Meckenem - Ornament with the Tree of Jesse, 1480–90
With kind permission of The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism
This talk considers the unconscious patterns which run through families and generations of families, as one generation inherits, responds and reacts to the complexes and archetypal energies of the previous generation – and even of the generation before that – parents, grandparents and in some cases, great-grandparents. Dr Rein draws on the symbolic nature of the genogram, or psychological genealogy tree, exploring its connection to the Tree of Life and its value as a visual image for eliciting, revealing and deepening insights into family and ancestral patterning.
Melanie Rein (PhD) is a training analyst and accredited supervisor with the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (G.A.P.) and a member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP).
Friday 16th APRIL 2021
LILITH: CULTURE and DIVERSITY
Jungian Analyst, IGAP
Eric Neumann has famously written about the "fear of the feminine"' But "fear of" is not something usually associated with the feminine, which has been and still is regarded as inferior and lacking authority in most cultures.
Masculine spirit, and its capacity to order and rule, has been the highest value: "the devaluation of the feminine is to be understood as an attempt at overcoming the fear of the feminine and its dangerous aspect as the Great Mother and as anima"... (Neumann, The Fear of the Feminine", Princeton 1994). The Figure of Lilth tells the story of what happened to the devalued Feminine in its exile: of its suffering, its rage and its come back, with all the terrible consequences associated with it.
The Speaker aims to reflect on the significance of the figure of Lilith and the "fear of the feminine" with regards to both current collective trends and patients in their clinical analytical practice.
Friday 15th JANUARY 2021
International Zoom Event NYC USA
7.30-9pm British Standard Time
THE RACIAL COMPLEX
Dr Brewster is the author of three books: The Racial Complex (2019), Archetypal Grief (2018), and African Americans and Jungian Psychology: Leaving the Shadows (2017)
Dr Brewster held this Event as a SEMINAR in which she and participants discussed issues related to topics in her latest book.
In The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race, Dr Brewster revisits and examines Jung’s classical writing on the theory of complexes, relating it directly to race in modern society. In this groundbreaking exploration, Brewster explores how racial complexes influence personality development, cultural behaviour and social and political status, and how they impact contemporary black & white, American racial relations.
She also investigates aspects of the racial complex including archetypal shadow as core, constellations and their expression, and cultural trauma in the African diaspora. Analysing Jung’s work with a renewed lens, Brewster extends Jung’s work to become more inclusive of culture and ethnicity, The book concludes with a discussion of racial complexes as a continuous psychological state and how to move towards personal, cultural and collective healing.
There are no Plenaries or Workshops in July, August or December
SAT 22 MAY 2021
PHILEMON, KA, AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE CREATIVE SPIRIT IN JUNG'S RED BOOK AND ART 1919-1923; SOME REFLECTIONS
Diane Finiello Zervas, Jungian Training Analyst, IGAP, Educator (Red Book Seminars), Author, Private Practice, London
Author of Imitations of Individuation: Jung's Mandala Paintings in the Red Book, 1915-20
Diane is currently interested in Jung’s visual imagery in The Red Book, and is one of the leaders of the London Liber Novus reading seminars organised by The Circle of Analytical Psychology. Her essay on Jung’s mandala sketches, “Intimations of the Self”, was published by Norton in The Art of C.G. Jung, 2019.
Thanks to the publication of The Red Book (2009) and The Art of C.G. Jung (2019), we now have a substantial corpus of the visual images that Jung created whilst he was concurrently developing analytical psychology between 1913 and 1923.
In my workshop/seminar, I identify several previously unrecognised representations of two of Jung’s most important personifications, the ‘dominant fathers’ Philemon and Ka. With their identities revealed, it becomes possible to trace their roles in some of Jung’s artistic works that include the image of the cross-quartered circle and sphere (which Jung called the quadratura circuli), his prime example of the reconciling symbol of the creation of the new god, and of individuation. Powerpoint images are included and ample time for discussion.