C.G. JUNG PUBLIC LECTURES 2018/19
Venue: The Upper Room,
Redland Park United Reformed Church,
Bristol, BS6 6SA
10.30am - 12.45pm
Cost: £12, Concessions: £8
SPEAKERS FOR THE 2018/19 LECTURE PROGRAMME.
The Mythopoetic Life of the Unborn Child.
“The history of man for the nine months preceding his birth would probably be far more interesting and contain events of greater moment, than all the three score and ten years that follow it” Samuel Coleridge Taylor
The deep structures of the psyche are (literally) in-formed by prenatal experience that begins at conception and continues throughout gestation, so that by time we are born we are already prepared to meet the world with a set of well-formed expectations. These ‘imprints’ continue to influence our sense of self and the world throughout life and can be accessed through the deep imagination and embodied enquiry. This talk will be divided between film of working with infants and an overview of how ‘archetypal events’ and ‘archetypal biological matrices’ rooted in early prenatal experience show up in the therapy room later in life.
Matthew Appleton is a Body Psychotherapist living and working in Bristol. He is co-founder of Conscious Embodiment Trainings www.conscious-embodiment.co.uk with more than 20 years experience of international lecturing and workshop facilitation. He is a member of the International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine and developed Integrative Baby Therapy, which is now taught in a number of countries, to health practitioners working with babies and their families. He worked, for 9 years, as a houseparent at A. S. Neill’s famous democratic school Summerhill and his book ‘A Free Range Childhood’, based on his experience, has been published in several languages. Although not a Jungian, his work is influenced by Jung and his contact with indigenous elders of the Native American tradition.
Vermeer’s Dream. The value of judgement: the judgement of value.
Johannes Vermeer (1663 – 64)
Woman with a Balance
Washington D.C. National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection
Jung described art as not unlike a dream: “One can take art as a form of dream. Just as the dream seeks to maintain a psychological balance by filling out the daytime conscious attitude by the unconscious elements, so art balances the tendency of the time.” (1925 Seminars, p.57). This presentation will explore this invitation by considering a particular painting by Vermeer for what it may reveal about archetypal aspects of the image and the relationship to daily experience.
Ailish O’Driscoll is a Jungian analyst practising in Gloucester, a member of the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists. Her background is in science and religious studies. She spent five years studying theology as a post-graduate. She is interested in alchemy, Irish culture, the idea of ‘presence’, and Dutch art.
Between the Given and what Gives: how predetermined the personal idiom of an individual might be.
In this talk we will seek to explore how pre-determined the personal idiom of an individual might be. How might we work with it and help facilitate its emergence? What kind of unconscious complexes might it be dragging in its wake? How might fate seek to have its way with any ideas of destiny?.
We’ll be linking different symbolic systems with one another, drawing on relational psychoanalysis, Jungian typologies, the ‘operations’ of alchemy and the ‘elements’ of astrology. There is also the question of the psyche’s timing, particularly in relation to crises, and how might all this manifest within the intensity of clinical work.
While the scope of the talk will be extensive, handouts will be provided to help us navigate the terrain.
Chris Williams has worked as a psychotherapist in Bath for over 30years having trained in the early 80s with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) and then with the Association of Jungian Analysts (AJA) in the 90s.
Currently he is a core faculty member of the post graduate AJA training programme where he leads seminars on: the Imaginal seen through the medium of film; Eros in the analytic encounter; Hermeneutics and language; Synchronicity and the borderland; Jungian typologies. Over the years he has given talks in Bristol on Narcissus, the mirror, the pool and the silver screen; Money: symbol of the Self; Minding the gap: time travelling with Winnicott, Jung and Lacan; the Supervisory matrix through the lens of Jung and Winnicott.
For a number of years he supervised Russian psychotherapists, who were seeking a Jungian specialization via a shuttle programme. He continues to be a training therapist and supervisor for various psychotherapy organisations.
A Tree May Speak: varieties of encounter between Human and Other life, and why they matter.
Attempting to describe the mentality of a Paleolithic cave artist, Jean Clotte* talked of a dissolving of categories, in which “a tree might speak...a man can be transformed into an animal...” This mentality is what Jung once referred to as the “bush-soul”, and it persists within contemporary individuals who experience it directly during intimate encounters with other-than-human life. Indeed it may be re-emerging. What are the conditions which enable us to enter this zone of perception, and why is it important - for therapy and for our wider culture? I will attempt to answer these questions drawing on many contemporary personal narratives, and psychological theorists including Kohut and Stern.
*Archeologist Jean Clotte speaking in Werner Herzog’s film “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” (2010)
Kelvin Hall’s most recently published piece is “Coming Home to Eden: Animal-Assisted Therapy and the Present Moment.” in the latest edition of The British Journal of Therapy Integration. This follows a succession of talks and writings on the theme of our relationship to other-than-human life, which has been his pre-occupation for the last decade. He has worked as an integrative psychotherapist for thirty-three years and includes outdoor and equine-assisted approaches within his practice. He has received the Emeritus award from BCPC and contributed chapters to two books linked to the subject of this talk.
The Archetype of the Binarius and the Prehistory of the Computer.
Jung referred several times in his writings to the Binarius, especially in relation to the work of the sixteenth century alchemist Gerhard Dorn. In a series of treatises, Dorn articulates the ‘myth’ of the Binarius. He describes its ingress into the human psyche, where it seeks to take root and eventually assume a position of dominance in the delicate balance of the soul. But the myth of the Binarius had its origin long before Dorn. This lecture will trace the hidden biography of the Binarius both before and after Dorn, from its manifestation in ancient Egypt as Seth, the god of strife and division, to its crucial role in modern times as the basis of computer technology.
Jeremy Naydler holds a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, and has written several books on religious life in antiquity and on the history of consciousness. His most recent book is In the Shadow of the Machine: The Prehistory of the Computer and the Evolution of Consciousness (Temple Lodge, 2018).
Behind Forbidden Doors: Bela Bartok’s Opera Bluebeard’s Castle.
There are many doors in the psyche, some of which remain impregnably barricaded against the light of consciousness. What lies behind the forbidden doors? This seminar will examine the Bluebeard motif in fairy tales from a Jungian perspective with a central focus on the music and libretto of Bartok’s haunting opera ‘Bluebeard’s Castle, a work which illuminates the darkest recesses of the human mind and heart.
Tia Kuchmy is a Jungian analyst with IGAP, London, who originally trained as a musician at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. She has a special interest in linking the insights of C.G. Jung with archetypal dynamics in the realm of music, and has given talks in Jungian circles on a variety of topics, including the music of Michael Tippett, Wagner’s Parsifal, Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and the music of Arvo Pärt. She has given presentations at IAAP conferences in Rome and Kyoto. Tia practises in West Sussex and in south-west London.
Early Emotional Trauma and Borderline States of Mind: The patient’s and analyst’s journey through the underworld.
This talk will explore the way that early relational trauma lies behind borderline states of mind and how those may be most safely, effectively and compassionately addressed. It will outline how traumatic experience is central to analytic work - revisiting the origins of psychoanalysis in the light of contemporary trauma theory. It will call on a developed understanding of Jung’s concept of the complex to explore the way that traumatic experience is embedded within, and structures, the personality, as well as how it manifests in the analytic relationship.
The talk will explore the particular difficulties and pressures on the analyst related to working with what was, and remains, unbearable experience (a definition of trauma). This sheds light on the difficulties of working with powerful, borderline states and why an analytic attitude is important in staying true to what the patient is unconsciously bringing forth and reconstructing in the analytic relationship. The Boston Change Process Study Group’s groundbreaking work on the foundational nature of ‘surface interactions’ helps us chart the detailed way these trauma-related dynamics are co-constructed in the analytic relationship. This requires that the analyst is prepared to accompany the patient ‘into the darkest places’ in a way that echoes Orpheus’ journey to attempt to reclaim Eurydice from the underworld.
Marcus West is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and is the Editor-in-Cheif of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. He has taught extensively in this country and abroad and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Essex. He is the author of a number of published papers and book chapters and was joint winner of the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004. He is the author of three books, published by Karnac, 'Feeling, Being & the Sense of Self’, 'Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice', and his most recent book, published in 2016, 'Into the Darkest Places - Early relational trauma and borderline states of mind’, upon which this talk will be based. He works in private practice in Sussex.
The Gravitational Field of Authentic Need.
Central to Jung’s account of human psychology is his theory of Individuation. He maintains that at our core we have a pristine authentic self and that one of the principal purposes of our lives is to move towards a full flowering of our individuality with all its capacity and potential.
However this potential is impeded continually by the intransigence of our defences and our deep need to comply with the collective norms that surround us all.
One of our central premises as psychotherapists is to help our clients moderate the impact of their defences and help their individual aspirations break free of the constraints that collective compliance imposes, in the hope that a more satisfying, more mature authentic self will emerge.
In his paper Andrew Jamieson proposes that as the true nature of these authentic needs appear they will be supported by a facilitating phenomena that he calls ‘the Gravitational Field of Authentic Need’.
Giving examples from his own practice, and with reference to the work of Jung, Darwin, Freud, Iain McGilchrist and the Nobel prizewinning physicist Wolfgang Pauli, Andrew explores this phenomena which he feels is ever-present, as something we all experience in our lives. He believes that if we can recognise and facilitate this ‘Gravitational Field of Authentic Need’ we will greatly assist our aspiration to become more developed, more mature, more balanced individuals.
Andrew Jamieson is a UKPC registered psychotherapist, lecturer and workshop leader. After a long Jungian analysis he trained at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and undertook and received an MA in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy at Middlesex University. Alongside his private practice he organises and facilitates quarterly Jungian workshops at the Littledown Jungian centre in Bath and lectures and writes articles on subjects ranging from Eldership to psychotherapy’s interconnection with philosophy, music and literature.
Everyman a Hedgehog: The repair and healing of the Degraded Masculine.
When Masculinity is rendered wounded and sterile by the spirit of the times, it is Nature herself, in ways that are mysterious and contradictory, that brings about its healing. Even defences and disabilities become her saving graces. Through an examination of the Grimm tale Hans the Hedgehog we can observe the revitalising and recreative powers in action and come to some understanding of how the masculine spirit may be healed and rejuvenated.
Jim Fitzgerald was born and raised in a small village in the south of Ireland. His academic background is in Ancient Classics and Byzantine Greek. After a career as a Primary school teacher in London, he trained as an analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He is a past chairman of The C. G. Jung Analytical Psychology Club, London and a founding member and past chairman of The Guild of Analytical Psychologists. He is also a Senior Member of The Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists. He has a private practice in London and has lectured widely.
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