Projection and Re-Collection in Jungian Psychology: Reflections of the Soul by Marie-Louise von Franz

In our first legacy book written by a woman, one of Jung’s inner circle, we explore what it means to project and then to withdraw one’s projections, individually and collectively. Indeed, projection is rampant in American culture. How is that affecting our psyche?

Now that we have an understanding of how projection operates in life, in ourselves, in others, we will proceed through the next two chapters more rapidly. Von Franz takes up the issue of projection of spirit into matter from the perspectives of religion (chapter 2) and science (chapter 3). She gives us historical examples of the workings of projection, particularly in ancient Greece and early Gnosticism. Then, she describes how the god- image continues to be projected in modern physics.

The Legacy Series Reading Group meets once a month. Drop-ins are welcome.

William James Part II—with Eileen Murphy, MD

Tonight, we continue with William James. Our focus is on Truth. Since the time of Aristotle, Truth has worn many outfits—the Truth of Mystics, the Truth of the Inquisition and of Witch-hunters. There are philosophical truths of Correspondence and of Coherence. With William James, comes the Pragmatic Truth. James also advances another Truth—a spiritual one. He chooses to believe in a Creator God who is kindly disposed towards us human beings. Pragmatism was challenged by philosophers Nietzsche and Foucault who say that Truth is dressed in Power. The trendy styles these days are “truthiness” and “post-truth.” Where might various ideas of Truth lead us? Jung speaks differently of Truth—is it mystical?

Psychogeography: from Landscape to Mindscape—with Gregory Brun

Like psychotherapy, psychogeography inhabits the uncertain border between science and art. It is the exploration of landscape and nature as a mapping of the psyche, in which inner terrain becomes outer terrain and vice versa, and in which the structures of society are experienced by the act of walking the land.

From the wandering of Theseus in the Labyrinth to Guy Debord’s drifting in the streets of Paris and our modern condition, we’ll gather for a discussion about the Real, maps, emotions, soul and subversion.

The Earth has a Soul: Jung on Nature, Technology, Modern Life

The Earth Has a Soul: Jung on Nature, Technology, and Modern Life, gathers writings of Jung, edited by Meredith Sabini. Our discussions are focused by the acute awareness of our deepening planetary crisis, while consulting Jung for such insights as “Nature, psyche, and life appear to me like divinity unfolded—what more could I ask for?” This is a monthly discussion group. Drop-ins are welcome.

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