Here are the talks and workshops that happened at the Monterey Friends of CG Jung.

Book Reports—with Eileen Murphy and Gary Lowe

In our ongoing book-report tradition, we will learn about current books from a few of our interested members. Eileen will review How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi. Gary will review Beyond Order by Jordan B. Peterson. Open discussion will follow each review.

Archetypes in the World Today—Talk Circle

Archetypes have been described as “primordial, structural elements of the human psyche… irrepresentable in themselves… especially recognizable in basic and universal experiences of life such as birth, marriage, motherhood, separation, and death…” Tonight, each of us is invited to speak of our archetypal experiences—and also to raise questions about what this term means in personal and world life today.

The Alchemical Tree: Alchemical Correspondences in IndividuationThrough the Hermetic Tree of Life—with Eva Rider

The Hermetic Tree of Life is a mandala and visual map offering a glimpse into alchemical processes that illuminate Jung’s individuation processes. The Tree links the worlds of astrology and alchemy incorporating above, so below, inner and outer, masculine and the feminine, force and form, involution and evolution. The 17th century alchemical diagrams of the Azoth, such as that of Basil Valentine, depicts these transmutations in alchemy via Mercury, the animating spirit hidden in matter. Joining these two systems enables a multidimensional view into its heart linking cosmos, psyche, and matter through the journey from prima materia to philosopher’s stone. This presentation will explore these correspondences via the Sephiroth on the Tree and the Azoth with an emphasis on the astrological and elemental correspondences they represent. With the aid of image and symbol, we follow the winged feet of Mercurius into the mysteries of transformation from Spirit into Matter.

Recruitment Vulnerability—with Dave Zuckerman, PhD

Why do so many young people, mostly young men, join violent groups around the world? Is it a bad gene? Are they just plain evil? Were there clues or signs that everyone missed? Are there predictive traits or behaviors? In this talk, Dr. Dave Zuckerman presents a model he has developed over the past fifteen years that indicates heightened vulnerability to terrorist recruitment. While the model does not guarantee that someone will (or won’t) become a terrorist, it uses both established and novel social science constructs to indicate an increased chance of susceptibility to recruitment into extremist groups. 

Dave Zuckerman is a Fulbright Scholar who holds the rank of Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Sacramento. He has studied and taught about terrorism to civilian and military audiences across the USA and Europe, and has worked with the law enforcement and security community for over twenty years. Dave has published studies of terrorism in Belfast and of Al-Qaeda’s English-language recruitment in the West. Dave is a former president of the International Jean Gebser Society, has spoken to the Monterey Friends of C.G. Jung, and presented at the joint conference of the Monterey Friends of C.G. Jung and the International Jean Gebser Society in 2019. Dave has been a visiting professor in Canada, Finland, China, and Taiwan, and is currently involved in a degree completion program for students incarcerated in California’s state prisons.

Jung Legacy Series: James Hillman’s
Revisioning Psychology—with the Rev G.F. Kohn, PhD

In his seminal work Revisioning Psychology, James Hillman presents his Archetypal Psychology in the direction of “soul making.” Hillman is a major influence at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara where his archives are located. The Legacy Series is a seminar study. Open discussion is encouraged as we work our way through the book. All are welcome to join our ongoing discussions of Hillman’s approach to depth psychology.

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