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

Trauma and the Soul: Loss of Innocence in Kindergarten—with Saundra Salyer

Trauma constitutes an interruption of the normal processes through which an embodied, true self comes into being. Through dissociation, trauma activates the automatic “self-care system,” organized by a remarkable intelligence in the Psyche which insures survival of the child (Donald Kalsched). The archetypal powers of this intelligence can develop into dark, self-persecutory systems, or organize for the future growth and recovery of a lost heart of the self. This heart of the self, the soul, has potential to birth the…

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All Hallows’ Eve Gathering—with Grégory Brun

Calling all banshees, ghosts, and ghouls for an evening of discussion, candlelight reading, and storytelling! What does Halloween mean for you? How is this tradition relevant today? Join us to talk about the roles of rituals in society, the darkness within, the evils without, masks and possessions! This is a costumed open forum format. *Note for the newcomers: Although McGowan house is haunted all year round, ghostly occurrences tend to be more frequent around the end of October. Visitors are…

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Dream Sculpting—with Lisa Maroski

Once again Lisa leads us in theatrical dream interpretation. In this popular series, we dramatize dream scenarios that participants offer. Come with a dream or dream segment you might wish to be acted out.

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Thomas Mann’s The Coming Victory of Democracy —with Dr. Daniel Gurska

Dr. Thomas Mann, among the most popular writers of the 20th century, emigrated from his beloved Germany to the United States because of being exiled by the Nazis. Mostly known for his best-sellers—Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain, Death in Venice, Dr. Faustus—Mann also produced a wartime journalism legacy that deserves serious attention, now more than ever. Dr. Dan Gurska, mythologist and adjunct professor of interdisciplinary studies, presents Thomas Mann's The Coming Victory of Democracy.

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

James Hillman's seminal work Revisioning Psychology is our next adventure in following the trajectories of depth psychology in our Jung Legacy Series on the 4th Thursday of each month. Hillman developed what he termed "Archetypal Psychology" in the direction of "Soul Making’—a more aesthetic and "polytheistic" approach to the life of Psyche and the archetypes of the collective unconscious. Hillman has been a major influence on the depth psychology approach pursued at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara where his…

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Alchemy, and the Tree of Life —with Eva Rider, MA, LMFT

We find ourselves living in a time of unprecedented dissolution and change. How do we orient ourselves in time and space as our known reality is dissolving and shifting on personal, cultural and global levels? How do we bridge the worlds of Spirit and Matter and find pathways to integrate, balance and bring meaning in these times? Applying a Jungian lens to the ancient glyph of the Tree of Life and its Hermetic underpinnings illuminates the process of transmutation we…

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Object Relations Theory: An Overview of Fairbairn and Kernberg —with Pablo de Amesti Davanzo, MA, MD

Object relations refers to interpersonal relations. Technically, the term object, first used by Sigmund Freud in a context of early mother-child relations, refers to the significant person that is the object or target of someone’s drives. Ronald Fairbairn and Otto Kernbergare two psychoanalysts who have explored the meaning of object as the inner residue of past relationships that shape a person’s interactions in general and with a clinician in the psychoanalytic setting. The purpose of this talk is to offer an introduction to the theoretical framework…

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