Visiting Scholars Lecture Series: 2003
Jeffrey Raff, Ph.D. The Two Hands of God: Synchronicity and Meaning
If you like, his quality is the Divine Presence; or if you like, the totality of the Divine Names; or if you like, it is as the Prophet said: “God created Adam according to His Image,” and this is his quality. In creating him, God brought together both His Hands, and therefore we know that He gave him the quality of perfection .. . .He is the totality of the cosmos in terms of its realities, for he is a whole world in himself, while everything else is but a part of the cosmos. Ibn Arabi
Once we lift ourselves out of the box of causal thinking, we see the unfolding of life from a new perspective—what Jung termed synchronicity. Synchronicity is the simultaneous occurrence of inner and outer events that are related by meaning. We explore the nature of meaning, its relationship to life´s experiences and methods of discovering it. Revising Jung´s theory, Dr. Raff urges a return to the notion of objective Meaning that permeates and guides all of life, and shows the relationship of synchronicity to individuation.
Jeffrey Raff, Ph.D., trained at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich and is in private practice in the Denver area. Author of several articles and books dealing with Jungian psychology, shamanism and alchemy, his publications include Jung and the Alchemical Imagination and The Wedding of Sophia. He is currently working on a book on synchronicity and imagination.
Maureen Murdock, M.A. The Sacred Feminine
Since the first sculpted figures of the Paleolithic era around 20,000 BCE to the current ../../i of the Black Madonna throughout Europe and Central and South America, the sacred feminine manifested in mythological history as the goddess has survived as an expression of the sanctity and unity of life. Although she has gone underground at various points in human history, she has remained active in our deep unconscious, awakening us to her image in our dreams and creative yearnings. In this slide lecture we examine the cultural and archetypal aspects of the sacred feminine represented by such ../../i as the Goddess of Laussel, the Egyptian Isis, the Great Mother of life and death; Sophia-Shekhinah, the Holy Spirit of Wisdom; and the Black Madonna, who calls us to restore the balance so badly needed in our western understanding of God today.
Maureen Murdock, M.A., M.F.T., is a psychotherapist, depth psychology professor and past Chair of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of The Heroine´s Journey: Woman´s Quest for Wholeness; as well as the recently published Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; Fathers´ Daughters; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children and The Heroine´s Journey Workbook. She is also the editor of Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life. In the last five years, Maureen has made pilgrimage to Black Madonna sites in Switzerland, France, and Spain.
Steven Joseph, M.D.
Realizing endlessness within the
boundaries of ordinary life:
Psychical experience in the Sufism of Ibn Arabi, the Kabbalah of Rabbi A. I. Kook, and the analytical psychology of C. G. Jung
Many traditional sacred psychologies have, as a core motif, an intention of helping spiritual seekers make real the essential purpose of their human existence. This essential purpose is expressed in many different ways in different traditions. One way of saying it is this:
To create a dwelling place within our ordinary everyday living and conscious awareness, for the infinite One that is the unknowable endless mystery, wellspring and unconscious background source of all and everything.
In this workshop we look at teachings from the Sufi master Ibn Arabi, the 20th century Kabbalistic master Abraham Isaac Kook, and depth psychologist Carl Jung, which illustrate and illuminate this core motif.
Steven Joseph, M.D., is a Jungian analyst and board-certified psychiatrist practicing in Albany, CA and Tucson, AZ. He is a member and training analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, and the immediate past Editor of The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal. He is a long-time student and teacher of the Jewish mystical tradition.
Joan Chodorow, Ph.D. Emotions and the Archetypal Imagination
For Jung, the emotions are at the foundation of the psyche. They are the source of psychic energy and the higher functions. The natural process of psychological development transforms the emotions into a sensitive network of feelings and complexes and ultimately the highly evolved expressive patterns of human culture. This presentation looks at the nature of the emotions, individually and as a system, with special attention to Joy and Interest as they modulate and transform Grief, Fear, Anger, Disgust (Contempt/ Shame) and Startle. Participants are invited to remember and imagine these universal patterns of expression and transformation. The program includes slides to illustrate.
Joan Chodorow, Ph.D., is an analyst and faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She is a registered dance therapist and one of the former presidents of the American Dance Therapy Association. Dr. Chodorows publications include Dance therapy and depth psychology: The moving imagination; and an edited volume entitled Jung on active imagination. Her early papers appear in Authentic movement: Essays by Mary Whitehouse, Janet Adler and Joan Chodorow. Her forthcoming work is Active imagination: Healing from within. She lectures and teaches internationally.
Neil Russack, M.D. Animals in Art, Dreams, & Life
The animal image is a frequent one in dreams where a particular animal often takes on a symbolic meaning that is not immediately apparent from the way the same animal behaves in life. This seminar presents animals that have played an important role in world art, explores the symbolic status that each of these animal types has assumed in the creative unconscious, and compares the image of the animal to the ways in which the actual animal is encountered in the natural world.
Neil Russack, M.D. is a Jungian analyst practicing in San Francisco, where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. As a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, he frequently lectures about animals and nature in the psyche. His book, Animal Guides in Life, Myth and Dreams (An Analyst´s Notebook), was recently published.
Bryan Wittine, Ph.D. Archetypal Images of Enlightenment
In this seminar we contemplate archetypal ../../i that represent enlightenment, liberation, or union with God, from mystical traditions across cultures. We discuss Jungs concept of the transpersonal Self and compare it to the enlightened state that mystics believe is the innermost essence of the mind. Over the centuries, many different ../../i have appeared in the mystical traditions to represent our innermost essence. The enlightened mind is said to be like a jewel with different facets, such as wisdom, compassion, purity, peace, love, freedom, and power. When we contemplate these ../../i as part of disciplined spiritual practice we are brought face to face with vivid representations of who and what we might be when we manifest our deepest human potential. After contemplating these ../../i, we consider how they are used on the path of spiritual transformation, and their relevance to the depth psychological process of individuation.
Bryan Wittine, Ph.D., is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley and a member of the teaching faculty at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He has practiced meditation for over 30 years and has been trained in esoteric, Buddhist, and Sufi traditions. Dr. Wittine is a co-founder and former chair of the Graduate Program in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, and former Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Holistic Studies, at John F. Kennedy University. He lectures internationally and has published several papers on the integration of mysticism and depth psychology.