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Visiting Scholars Lecture Series: 2004

Fall 2004

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. Dreaming & Religion in a War-Torn World

This presentation considers the role of dreaming in the world’s religious and spiritual traditions, with special attention to issues of conflict, violence, and war. Throughout history dreams have played a vital role in the world’s major religious traditions (e.g., Christianity, Islam, Buddhism) and have also been central in the spiritual lives of the indigenous peoples of Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. While much is known about dreams in relation to healing, prophecy, and creativity, less is known about their connection to violence, strife, and the darker dimensions of the psyche Jung termed “the shadow.” This presentation argues that dreaming offers a valuable resource not only for understanding the innate human propensity to violence but also for transforming that propensity in the service of a more constructive and life-affirming future.

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in Religion and Psychological Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and is now a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union and a faculty member in the Dream Studies Program at John F. Kennedy University. A former President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, he is author of several books, including Dreams of Healing, Visions of the Night, and An Introduction to the Psychology of Dreaming.

Jacqueline Thurston, M.A. The Shadow & Spirit Within the Image

Through works of art, we explore the quest to integrate the imaginative realities of the inner world of feeling and idea with the inescapable tangible realities of the external world. This presentation explores the potential for a work of art, and the act of art making itself, to become a symbolic container for the artist´s experience of mastering and integrating a powerful loss, or a series of losses. This human task integrates experiences of loss with transcendent visions of hope and lies at the very heart of the creative process. Each artist presented, working in a different medium, searched for, and found, ../i that provided symbolic containers for their experience. The artists have been selected in part because the very medium in which they chose to work served as a metaphor for the symbolic nature of their experiences.

Jacqueline Thurston, M.A., is an artist, writer, performance poet and Professor of Art at San Jose State University. Twice the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, her work is in major national and international collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Carnegie Museum, The Library of Congress, The International Museum of Photography, The Oakland Museum, and the Bibliotheque Nationale. She has appeared as a performance poet at the Ensemble for New Music and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University.

John Beebe, M.D. Psychological Types

Jung´s theory of psychological types has reached the wider public through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which is used in career counseling, team building in corporate settings, teacher training, and even the construction of characters by Hollywood screenwriters. Few psychologists, however, know how to make typological assessments while working with clients in their offices, without resorting to giving them a self-assessment test. Fewer still know how to use the theory of types to guide their understanding of the process of dynamic psychotherapy, which had been Jung´s original intention in making this contribution. This seminar will show how this theory can be used in clinical work. Suggested background reading: Lectures on Jung´s Typology, by Marie Louise von Franz and James Hillman, available from Spring Publications.

John Beebe, M.D., is a Jungian analyst, the Founding Editor of The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, and a past co-editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He is the author of numerous articles on the anima, film, psychological types, and analysis; an editor of volumes on analytic treatment, and the masculine; and the author of Integrity in Depth; and Terror, Violence, and the Impulse to Destroy. He practices in San Francisco and is a past president of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

Spring 2004

Jurgen Kremer, Ph.D. Healing Stories from our Ancestors

In indigenous traditions healing, creation myth, ancestry, and place are often interlinked. In the Din (Navajo) tradition healing occurs when people put themselves back to their center of creation and rework their lives from this point of balance and well-being. This happens in the several-days-long chantway ceremonies when a patient sits in the middle of a sandpainting and is “sung over.” Indigenous understanding suggests that remembering one’s ancestry or ancestries, and their mythic stories, is crucial for healing.

In this seminar we explore the transformative power of remembering ancestral connections through storytelling, visualization, and ritual. I use an ethnoautobiographical approach to explore the significance of ancestry for personal and cultural healing, using the example of my Germanic ancestry. Pushing remembrance back to our own indigenous connections is foundational work for an imagination that enables us to heal fractured stories and envision a connection to mythic stories that is not appropriative but instead decolonizing. We need to connect to the earth’s secrets and riches by quietly observing and listening to the spirits of our ancestors and the spirits of place. In this way we enter a dialogue that nurtures all our relatives and releases the suffering we carry. Our spiritual and psychological challenge is to re-imagine ourselves with the ancestral stories we carry, as part of the landscape we live in, and its history.

Jurgen W. Kremer, Ph.D., Diplompsychologe, is an Executive Editor of ReVision, and author of Towards a person-centered resolution of intercultural conflicts. He is former Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Saybrook Institute; Academic Dean, Integral Studies Program, East-West Psychology Program, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS); and Co-Director of the Ph.D. program for Traditional Knowledge, CIIS. He has edited ReVision special issues on Peace and Identity; Paradigmatic Challenges; Culture and Ways of Knowing; Indigenous Science; Trance and Healing; and Transformative Learning.

Meredith Sabini, Ph.D. Field of Dreams

Dreams offer a portal to the whole range of human experience. This seminar covers areas of healing in the field of dreams, including Asklepian healing traditions; “culture dreams” and Native American attitudes toward dreams; objective dreams and the dreaming mind as an information source; and an evolutionary approach to dreams.

Ancient Asklepian and Hippocratic healing traditions included both doctors’ and patients’ dreams; modern versions of these rites and current findings on dreams of illness are discussed. “Culture dreams,” including the prophetic dreams of Black Elk and C. G. Jung, as well as contemporary examples of dreams about 9/11 and the environmental crisis, are discussed. We compare our culture’s avoidant attitude toward dreams with that of the Lenape, Iroquois, and Algonkian, where dreams wove into all aspects of societal functioning.

Jung spoke of “objective” dreams; he also stated that our evolutionary heritage reveals itself in the dreaming mind. The Taoist shaman’s Rainmaker story offers a model for applying a depth psychological approach to environmental and sociopolitical dilemmas. Could we use dreams to gain information and insight into the high rate of breast cancer in Marin County, for example? Recent evidence from neuropsychology and evolutionary psychiatry shows that basic dream themes like falling, being chased, and taking a test correspond to ancient survival patterns. Psychiatrist Anthony Stevens and human ecologist Paul Shepard have suggested that our dreaming mind, now dated at 142 million years, may offer vitally important guidance through this risky period in our species’ survival.

Meredith Sabini, M.A., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist practicing in the field since 1972. She is author of The earth has a soul: The nature writings of C. G. Jung, and numerous articles on depth psychology. She is the founder of The Dream Institute of Northern California, in Berkeley.

David Tresan, M.D. In the Service of the Natural

Both Freud and Jung start with and then leave the primitive mind behind in the construction of their theories of consciousness. Neither would aver, though, that the primitive no longer resides within us, but because they both portray natural man (and woman) as so elemental and archaic, we are hard put to recognize him or her in us except in a stereotyped and demeaningly inferior way. For both Freud and Jung, the primitive is portrayed primarily as the Paleolithic while the more recent Neolithic, bronze, and iron age human is overlooked.

History tells us that the real story reads otherwise. Natural man and woman, far from only carrying a club or a suckling baby and being garbed in loincloth, gave rise in antiquity to societies and cultures that stand among the most remarkable achievements in the history of humankind. These ancestors still dwell within us and among us, often unrecognized in their ways, and they routinely bring their problems to therapy and analysis. What represents healing for these ubiquitous primitive and not so primitive psyches and aspects of psyches? Is a healed Neanderthal still a Neanderthal, an early Minoan still a Cretan, an ancient Mesopotamian a paradigm for a modern Self in psychotic process, an heroic Homeric man a present-day ever warring egotist? How do such minds think? Is this us?

This talk is part of a work in progress that ranges from psychological considerations of the natural to the transcendent. The pole of interest for this seminar lies in the direction of the former, and exploration together will hopefully shed some light on the earlier phylogenetic levels of development and also provide a deeper and broader context for the individual work we do in the name of psychotherapy and analysis.

David I. Tresan, M.D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Mill Valley and San Francisco. His abiding interest lies in the history of ideas and science, the evolution of consciousness, the psychology of the transcendent, and, most importantly, clinical work. He has recently written on religion, neuroscience, and aging in various reviews and papers. A presentation in April, 2003, entitled This New Science of Ours; A More or Less Systematic History of Consciousness and Transcendence, will appear in 2004 in two parts in the spring and summer editions of the Journal of Analytic Psychology.