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Four week course on Personal Myth

Personal Myth and the Quest for Meaning

Four class course by Dennis P. Slattery

“Thus it is that I have now undertaken, in my eighty-third year, to tell my personal myth. I can only make direct statements, only ‘tell stories.’ Whether or not the stores are ‘true’ is not the problem. The only question is whether what I tell is my fable, my truth.”

C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams Reflections, pp. 3-4.

Course Overview: In this series of webinars, we will explore several angles on the complexity of personal mythology. Jung himself saw it as “the task of tasks” for anyone of us. Not knowing some of the contours of our personal mythology leaves us open to all forms of propaganda, abuse and misdirection, especially when we unknowingly or knowingly, begin to live out another’s personal myth, leaving our own gasping at the side of road, unacknowledged and unlived. We will engage the four arenas outlined below to come to a greater understanding of what myth is wanting to live us.

Class I. Personal Mythology. I will use sections from my own book, Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story (2012) to engage some of the terms of a personal myth as I understand it. I will also invite you, between each session, to engage one or two “riting meditations” and ask that you write them out in cursive rather than use your lap top. In our next session I will invite some of you to read what you have written.

Class II. Joseph Campbell and The Hero’s Call to/Refusal of The  Adventure. We will select several key passages from The Hero With a Thousand Faces to deepen our understanding of being called and, if one so chooses, refusing the call.

Class III. Living Myth and Mimesis. The ancient Greeks discovered what Aristotle was to call mimesis, which is a process by which we discover something in the outer world that has a connection to our inner world. Our creation of a personal myth is generated in part from such a connection. Mimesis also rests at the heart of stories, narratives that have particular resonance in our lives.

Class IV.  Psyche, Poetics and Mythic Analogies. Jung himself wrote that “analogy formation” is a law which to a large extent governs the psyche. We will ask how the power of analogy is operative in the creation of our personal mythology.

Presenter: Dr. Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. is Core Faculty, Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California, where he holds the rank of Distinguished Professor. See www.pacifica.edu  He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 25 volumes, including six volumes of poetry and one novel. His recent books include: Bridge-Work: Essays on Mythology, Literature, and Psychology (2015), Creases in Culture: Essays Toward a Poetics of Depth (2015) and Our Daily Breach: Exploring Your Personal Myth Through Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick (2016). He offers Riting Personal Myth Retreats throughout the United States, in Canada, Europe and Ireland.

 

 

Number of classes: 4

Length of each class: 90 min

 

Price: $89.00

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A course with James Hollis

Jung Platform and SAAJA present: A course with James Hollis.

Internationally acclaimed Jungian Analyst, teacher and author James Hollis presents this course on four important life topics.

Each class is 60 minutes + 30 minutes bonus discussion between Hollis and the Cape Town participants.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Class 1: On the Psychology of Men.

Women have courageously examined their roles and the limitations placed upon their souls.  Men similarly need to examine the presuppositions and limitations which govern their lives.   This program will explore the range of male definitions, the often unconscious relationship to mother and father, and the role which fear plays in mens lives.   Only a frank discussion of these secrets breaks the conspiracy of silence which estranges them not only from women but even more from themselves. (This program is as much for women as it is for men).

Class 2: On The Psychology of the Second Half of Life.

Finding meaning in the second half of life requires asking larger questions of ourselves, and challenging our values.  To ask these questions three things are requisite:  that we recover a sense of personal authority, that we strike a better balance between obligation to others and obligation to self, and that we construct a more mature spirituality. How do we recover our lives, grow as persons, and become increasingly at home with the person we are becoming?

Class 3: On the Psychodynamics of Relationships.

No theme seems more to preoccupy us than the desire for relationship, yet everywhere we see broken relationships. Why?   Is it that relationships are too important, but how could that be? The relationship between self and Other carries always the imprint of first relationships.  In any present relationship we are inevitably enmeshed in the psychological mechanisms of projection and transference of our earliest images of self and Other. This lecture will explore our projection/transference dynamics, the desire to merge with the other which our hidden agenda embodies, and the search for the Magical Other.

Class 4: The Personal Myth in Turbulent Times.

Just over a century ago, Jung asked himself, “What is my myth?” He concluded he could not answer that question, and thus launched a sustained effort to address the matter. Can we answer it? In order to begin, we first have to understand what is meant by myth. Then, we need to consider what the question itself means. Why we even have to ask this question is yet another question. What is the cultural context in which we raise these questions? How do our personal journeys intersect with the climate of our time?  How does one go about the construction of, or the identification of the “personal myth,” and how does that very personal work affect our relationship to others?

James Hollis has taught on Jungian Psychology all over the world and hardly needs introduction to South African audiences where he is well known for his books which include: The Middle Passage (1993), Under Saturns Shadow: The Wounding and Healing of Men (1994), Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places (1996), The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other (1998), What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life (2008) and Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts who run our lives (2013).

Structure of each class:
50 minute lecture
10 min general Q&A
30 min Q&A with SAAJA only

Cost: $89

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The Frankenstein Prophecies: Jungian-Archetypal Reflections on Ecological Crises and the God Wars

A 10 class audio course

The Frankenstein Prophecies:
Jungian-Archetypal Reflections on Ecological Crises and the God Wars

Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D.

Course description: Based on a close reading of Mary Shelley’s novel this webinar series explores multiple ways her story is a re-telling of the mythic tale of Prometheus and the Christian story of creation within the context of science and technology. As such Shelley’s story haunts our time as a prophetic unfolding of the origins of technological power. Using a Jungian-Archetypal approach, this series takes up these prophetic amplifications as a collective symptom that calls us to remember what we have forgotten regarding our place within nature and the cosmos.

Speaker: Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D., is an Affiliate Member of the
Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and an emeritus professor of psychology in the Clinical and Depth Psychotherapy Programs at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has authored six books, has contributed chapters to numerous edited volumes, and published essays and reviews in many professional journals. In addition to lectures and workshops presented in the U.S., he has taught and lectured in Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and parts of Africa.

Brief Description of the 10 sessions

# Lecture 1: A presentation of seven prophetic themes in Mary Shelley’s original story.

# Lecture 2: Introduction: Technology as Cultural Symptom and Collective Dream

# Lecture 3: Stealing Fire from the Gods: Titanic Hubris

# Lecture 4: Conceived by Man, not Born of Woman

# Lecture 5: Flight from Death

# Lecture 6: The Eichmann Complex

# Lecture 7: The Last Generation?

# Lecture 8:The Orphan

# Lecture 9: Fire and Ice

# Lecture 10: What are Poets for in a destitute time?

Length: 60 minutes per lecture

Cost: $150 for 10 audio lectures.

Price: $150.00

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Malidoma Some: four class course on Africa Spirituality – Introduction to the Central Pillars of Dagara Cosmology.

Course Title: Introduction to the Central Pillars of Dagara Cosmology.

Course description: In this four class course, Malidoma Some will discuss the five elements of the Dagara Cosmology. Those are Fire, Water, Earth, Mineral, and Nature, and are profound catalysts to reclaiming your personal power. This discourse of each element will inspire listeners and provide a unique glimpse into the healing wisdom of indigenous Africa. The African Wisdom tradition has deep insights for practical living in the western world.

Class 1: Fire. Fire is the primordial element of creation that relates to passion and compassion, as well as the ancestors. We will talk about the cosmological meaning of this element with an emphasis of how it operates in daily community & individual lives.

Class 2: Water. The cosmological meaning of Water will be discussed and examined as the generator of life and the tool with which cleansing, purification and peace are affected.

Class 3: Earth. This discussion will center on the cosmological meaning of Earth as the home and the place of belonging and identity, the generator of comforts and wellness.

Class 4: Mineral & Nature. In this section we will combine the two final elements of Mineral & Nature. Mineral is the element of remembering, connecting, the tool for tuning in to each other and listening to the Other World and to this world. The element of Nature is the tool for effecting transformation, change, and bringing magic into life.

Malidoma Patrice Some is from Burkina Faso, West Africa. In his native language, Malidoma means “be friends with the stranger”. A gifted medicine man of the Dagara tribe, he holds three master’s degrees and two doctorates, from the Sorbonne and Brandeis. He is the author of ‘Of Water and the Spirit’. He is a spokes person and storyteller of the African Wisdom tradition.

Find here a youtube clip on Malidoma Some : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiDAnO1tKxA

Type of class: Audio Recording
Length: 4 x 60 minutes
Cost: $89

You can also send a check to:
Jung Platform
29 W. Layton Ave
Salt Lake City, UT, 84115

Price: $89.00

US: $89.00
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Alchemy course : Embodying James Hillman’s Alchemical Psychology

This is the very well received course on Alchemy by Robert Bosnak and Patricia Berry.
This course includes 10 audio recordings of a live webinar, each an 1.5 hours long.

James Hillman was a past master of alchemical psychology. This field uses metaphors derived from ancient alchemy to elucidate deep structures in the creative imagination. Creative processes are not random. Imagination embodies along lines that become apparent when we ponder the frequently incomprehensible images of alchemy. James Hillman was the primary training analyst of Robert Bosnak, who developed the field of embodied imagination: the way in which images can be felt in the body and shape our embodied condition. By studying alchemical psychology we come to understand ourselves and other humans in surprising ways that frequently diverge sharply from the habitual understandings we have unconsciously absorbed from the cultures in which we were raised. These new awarenesses can engender unexpected new vitality and wonder.

This course will follow the teachings of Hillman in his final and most profound book, Alchemical Psychology. This volume covers a lifetime of studies and is quite difficult to read by someone who is not deeply steeped in alchemy, the work of C.G. Jung as well as James Hillman. Bosnak and Berry have studied these thinkers for well over 40 years.

In the course we will go through the book Alchemical Psychology page by page, and frequently line by line, sometimes dropping even between the lines into the great mystery itself. For those who have tasted these mysteries, there is no way back. One is haunted by them for life. It was so with Jung, Hillman, and with Bosnak and Berry as well. It will happen to you if you’re open to it.

Topics of this course:
1 – The Therapeutic Value of Alchemical Language: A Heated Introduction
2 – Rudiments

Robert Bosnak, PsyA, is a Jungian psychoanalyst who graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich in 1977. Since then he was been in private practice in the United States and Australia. He founded the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary, developed a method of working with dreams called Embodied Imagination. He also wrote several books, among which the worldwide bestseller ‘A Little Course In Dreams’.

Patricia Berry, Ph.D, is one of the founders of Archetypal Psychology along with James Hillman. She is a Zurich-trained Jungian Analyst and author of Echo’s Subtle Body: A Contribution to Archetypal Psychology. In 1991 she was the first Scholar in Residence at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. She lectures internationally and has served as president of both the New England and the Inter-Regional Societies of Jungian Analysts.

Price: $150.00

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Alchemy Course on Salt, Black and Blue

An In-depth Course on Alchemy

Embodying James Hillman’s Alchemical Psychology
on Salt, Black and Blue

By Robert Bosnak and Patricia Berry
Developed by Cyberdreamwork.com and Jung Platform

About the course: James Hillman was a past master of alchemical psychology. This field uses metaphors derived from ancient alchemy to elucidate deep structures in the creative imagination. Creative processes are not random. Imagination embodies along lines that become apparent when we ponder the frequently incomprehensible images of alchemy. Patricia Berry was among the early founders of Archetypal Psychology beginning in the mid-1960s in Zurich, Switzerland. She was companion and spouse of James Hillman for 20 years.
James Hillman was the primary training analyst of Robert Bosnak, who developed the field of embodied imagination: the way in which images can be felt in the body and shape our embodied condition. By studying alchemical psychology we come to understand ourselves and other humans in surprising ways that frequently diverge sharply from the habitual understandings we have unconsciously absorbed from the cultures in which we were raised. These new awarenesses can engender unexpected vitality and wonder.

This course will follow the teachings of Hillman in his final and most profound book, Alchemical Psychology. This volume covers a lifetime of studies and is quite difficult to read by someone who is not deeply steeped in alchemy, the work of C.G. Jung as well as James Hillman. Berry and Bosnak have both worked with and studied these thinkers for well over 40 years.

In the course of between 30 and 40 sessions we will go through the book Alchemical Psychology page by page, and frequently line by line, sometimes dropping even between the lines into the great mystery itself. For those who have tasted these mysteries, there is no way back. One is haunted by them for life. It was so with Jung, Hillman, and with Bosnak and Berry as well. It will happen to you if you’re open to it.

Here is a sample of the questions and reading suggestions that will be send to you before each class. Here are the reading suggestions and musings by Robert Bosnak for class 1.

Audio clip of Robert Bosnak for 30 seconds on ‘Alchemy is about love’.

Robert Bosnak, PsyA, is a Jungian psychoanalyst who graduated from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich in 1977. Since then he was been in private practice in the United States and Australia. He founded the Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary, developed a method of working with dreams called Embodied Imagination. He also wrote several books, among which the worldwide bestseller ‘A Little Course In Dreams’.

Patricia Berry, Ph.D, is the author of Echo’s Subtle Body: A Contribution to Archetypal Psychology. Her dissertation at the University of Dallas was a study of Jung’s work as a psychopoeisis. In 1991 she became the first Scholar in Residence at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Currently she serves as president of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She is in private practice and does supervision.

Course: 10 audio lectures of 1.5 hour.
On the chapters Salt, Black and Blue from James Hillman’s book Alchemical Psychology.

Cost: 10 Sessions: $150

You can also send a check to Jung Platform, 29 Layton Ave. Salt Lake City. Utah. 84115

Price: $150.00

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Malidoma Some – A Healing Relationship with the Ancestors

“The endless challenges faced daily in this culture could be traced back to a disturbing relationship with ancestors. This in turn, could be a reflection of the rather dysfunctional relationship forced upon people by the circumstances of modernity. How do we repair, heal, and honor the undying tie with our forbears? How can this reflect on our relationship with this world and with each other in family and in community? These are some of the questions that this weekend will attempt to address. We will engage our ancestors, the good and the bad, the appealing and the less than appealing in an attempt to clear whatever dirty laundry has been the unfinished homework that together we must do. We will learn of their wishes and share ours with them. Together with them we will ritualize our mutual concerns in an initiative that heals our world and theirs.” ~Malidoma Patrice Somé~

Malidoma Patrice Some, PhD is from Brukina Faso, West Africa. He is a gifted shaman and holds three master’s degrees and two doctorates. He is a storyteller, author and spokesman of the West African wisdom tradition.

Price: $14.75

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