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Public Programs in Depth Psychology 2015

Seth Isaiah Rubin, Ph.D., Preparing for the Mystery of Death

Seth Isaiah Rubin, Ph.D. Saturday March 28, 2015, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Art 102, Sonoma State University
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Donations accepted
$30 fee for 3 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); CE registration at the door the morning of the event
$8 parking in Lot A next to the Art Building or $5 in Lot E, F, G (download campus map)

Life and death are two sides of the same coin. So understanding its place in the life cycle and preparing for death is an integral part of living life fully and becoming whole. This is the core of the individuation process. In this seminar we will carefully examine what it means for you to prepare for death. By exploring your preparations for death in terms of sensation, feeling, thinking and intuition, the four psychological functions according to Jung, you will move toward realizing wholeness and away from one-sidedness. The goal of your work in this seminar is to think creatively about the place of death in your life and how you might anticipate meeting it.

Here is a sample of what you will encounter in your work with me:

Sensation: the reality based aspects of preparing for death including, for example, wills (such as living and professional), health proxies, and burial or cremation pre-arrangements. How do you want to die?

Feeling: unfinished business with colleagues, friends, and family; relations with groups, organizations, and the collective; legacies. What do you value, and what can you let go of?

Thinking: thoughts about life and death. Reflections about the meaning of life and death. How could your death be meaningful for you?

Intuition: the mystery of life, the mystery of death. Origins and destinations as reflected in dreams, active imaginations and spiritual musings. What is your personal myth about death and dying?

Seth Isaiah Rubin, Ph.D., was seduced into the study of psychology by Lee Sechrest at Northwestern University in 1964. He graduated with honors in psychology in 1966 and continued at Northwestern defending his masters thesis in human vision under the direction of Robert Sekuler in 1967 and his Ph.D in measurement methodology with Donald T. Campbell as his advisor. As a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, he had a series of four archetypal dreams that led him to pursue clinical training in the Department of Psychiatry and then matriculate at the Jung Institut-Zürich. Frau Aniela Jaffe and Mario Jacoby served as his training analysts and Verena Kast, Kathrin Asper, Adolf Guggenbuhl-Craig and Paul Brutsche provided his control analysis. The Diploma in Analytical Psychology was awarded in 1987. He became a full professional member of the San Francisco Jung Institute in 1993, serving as the Principal Investigator of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Project from 1998 to 2004, and briefly as the Clinic Director at the Institute (2004). Seth practices as a clinical psychologist and Jungian Analyst in San Francisco.

Kate Donohue, Ph.D., R.E.A.T., A Transcendent Journey through the Mother-Line: A Voyage with Helen Hardin, Southwest Artist

Kate Donohue, PhD Saturday April 25, 2015, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Art 102, Sonoma State University
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Donations accepted
$30 fee for 3 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); CE registration at the door the morning of the event
$8 parking in Lot A next to the Art Building or $5 in Lot E, F, G (download campus map)

Helen Hardin, a southwest artist, created her own imagistic mythology. She called these images her feminine trinity: Changing Woman, Medicine Woman and Listening Woman. They combine universal themes and Native American Tewa spiritual legends. These images emerged from her investigation of the Motherline, the unconscious feminine legacy of one's family: personally, culturally, creatively and spiritually. Stories from the Motherline are pivotal in the individuation process.

Using the life and transcendent images of bi-cultural Southwest artist Helen Hardin, we will explore her Motherline individuation process by delving into the personal, maternal, cultural and spiritual paradoxes that molded her experience, and explore the dynamic of bridging these paradoxes, via the transcendent function. By contrasting her early childhood development with her adult behavior, we see the compensatory function at work. Through her images, we see how she formed a relationship with her shadow, her animus and to the sacred. Her individuation process through the Motherline led her to numinous experiences and to the sacred feminine. There will be an opportunity for participants to explore their own relationship to the themes of the sacred feminine and the motherline that are explored in this presentation.

Helen Harding painting (image © Helen Hardin Estate)

Kate T. Donohue, Ph.D., R.E.A.T., is a licensed psychologist and registered expressive arts therapist in private practice in San Francisco. She was a founding faculty member of California Institute of Integral Studies' Expressive Arts Therapy M.A. program, founding board member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, and received their shining star award in 2005. Besides teaching at many universities in the USA, Kate is an international trainer focusing on presenting Jungian-oriented expressive arts approaches to the global community. She has taught in Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa, focusing on trauma, grief, dreams and aging. Through her love of indigenous dance she has followed a current passion to explore the indigenous archetypal roots of the arts, and in 2014 led a group of professionals to Ghana to explore this approach. She will be conducting a similar training in India.

Richard Tarnas, Ph.D. Is Modern Humanity Undergoing a Rite of Passage?

Rick Tarnas PhD Saturday Feb 28, 2015, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Art 102, Sonoma State University
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Donations accepted
$30 fee for 3 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); CE registration at the door the morning of the event
$8 parking in Lot A next to the Art Building or $5 in Lot E, F, G (download campus map)

“We have not understood yet that the discovery of the unconscious means an enormous spiritual task, which must be accomplished if we wish to preserve our civilization.”  C. G. Jung

Our time is pervaded by a great paradox. On the one hand, we see signs of an unprecedented level of engaged global awareness, moral sensitivity to the human and non-human community, psychological self-awareness, and spiritually informed philosophical pluralism. On the other hand, we confront the most critical, and in some respects catastrophic, state of the Earth in human history. Both these conditions have emerged directly from the modern age, whose light and shadow consequences now affect every part of the planet. 

We are facing a threshold of fundamental collective transformation that bears a striking resemblance to what takes place on the individual level in initiatory rites of passage, in near-death experiences, in spiritual crises, and in critical stages of what Jung called the individuation process. Can we find a place of equilibrium, an eye in the storm, from which we can engage this time of intense polarization and rapid change more consciously and thus more skillfully?  And in such an era of transition, what is the role of "heroic" communities which carry principles and perspectives that run counter to the mainstream modern world view?

Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He also lectures on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern that became both a best seller and a required text in many universities; and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UK.  Professor Tarnas frequently lectures at various Jung institutes and societies in the U.S. as well as at Eranos in Switzerland, and served for six years on the Board of Governors of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

This fall we welcome:

Karlyn Ward, Ph.D., Jungian analyst, on music and depth psychology | Sat. Oct 24

 

Public Programs in Depth Psychology

Jungian Analyst Seth Isaiah Rubin, Ph.D. presents on preparing for the mystery of death on Sat March 28, 10 am - 1 pm in Art 102.

Information Meeting

Rune drumAttend our next Information Meeting for the MA in Psychology, in depth psychology on Sat. March 28, 2-4 pm in Art 102.