Polarization’s Possible Opportunity
by Louis Deshotels
Perhaps it is sufficient to say that in our times the argue-ability of everything and anything has become one of the
paramount Signs of the Times to the annoyance of everyone. Some call this “polarization.” One way of understanding this,
is to point to the falling apart of fundamental cultural norms. Another way of understanding this is to say that the vessel of
meaning that has held America together, and more deeply, the Matrix of Value of Western Civilization, may be in the process
of cracking. In this process, precious meaning, once held as unifying energy, is spilling, to the disoriented consternation of
many. In these times of Apocalyptic disease, we live our lives as calmly as we can.
The loss of innocence brought by disorientation clearly brings anxiety on the one hand, but it is also possible that it
bring development. That development may begin by recognizing value in the loss of innocence. That loss may lead to
recognition of the Shadow. The Shadow is that inward “Other” who is the opposite of all we want to be, and, possibly, think
we are. Perhaps this is a meaning of the saying of Jesus, “Take the plank out of your own eye first …,” then you’ll see better.
But what if “the Plank” is lodged and removing it seems not at all possible? Then what may happen is that vengeance and
judgment are not recognized as inward features but are then found outside, as “the speck in my brother’s eye” that bother’s
the hell out of me! If only “the hell” moves INTO me and then NOTICED by me as “the Plank,” then there’s hope!
Jewish mysticism in the Kabbala offers strange reflections on the nature of evil. It suggests that the opposites of Strict
Justice and Mercy, in God, are meant for each other, to balance each other. But its reflections wonder: If, in God, or otherwise, Judgment becomes completely separate from Mercy, isn’t that like thecondemning presence of Satan and Hell? Then, it
suggests, the Left Hand of God’s Judgment and the Right Hand of God’s Mercy have both entered the heart of an individual in
open conflict with each other, and out of balance: which, if noticed, is sure to cause a loss of innocence! Then, growing up to
one’s need for Mercy may lead to balance in God and in me, because in me, God may be reminded of his need for balance.
This process would seem to be similar to the process witnessed in the Book of Job. There Satan inspires God with
Doubt regarding Job. (An old Rabbi says that if it was not said in the Bible, it would be blasphemy to say it.) This conspiracy
brings Job’s affliction. And Job, in his affliction, calls on his Redeemer, Who, in spite of the frightfulness of His Judgment, is
also, to Job, still a Living Redeemer. And isn’t this similar to Jesus, who, on the cross, seems to notice that he is abandoned by
God? And the first of the 12 Steps suggests a disoriented “powerless” and “unmanageable” state can also be a portal into a
spiritual outlook that is “development.” And this “development” is clearly Beyond the ordinary, “sensible,” ego view of things.
This seems to be the way that which is Greater manifests in the life of an ordinary individual, depressing an ego, and, at
the same time, enlarging it, as that ego notices the Source of its Greatness, there-and-not-its-own, but Present, within! In this
way Justice and Mercy, in the individual, come to find each other, and perhaps, work at restoring the Balance of the Universe.
This process begins by taking the arguing about everything as an inward unsolvable conflict that, like Job, or Jesus, an
ordinary individual is inspired to seek for what seems, to the “sensible,” an impossible answer.
Fall 2017 Upcoming Events
Across the Wide Waters, by Sidney Creaghan p.2
Poems by Allison Pelegrin and Jane Hirshfield p.2
Upcoming Event: Michael Conforti, Ph.D.: Dreams,
Complexes and the Self and The Self
Eclipse of God and The Creative p.3
Registering for Lectures and Workshops p.3
Upcoming Event: Deedy Young: True Religion:
Individuation, Alchemy and Poetry p.4
Upcoming Event: Lynne Radomsky, Ph.D.
The Kabbalistic Creaton Myth p.5
Polarization's Possible Opportunity, by Louis Deshotels p.6
Red Book Reflections: Charlene Henry p.7
Poem by Scott Owens p.7
Board of Directors p.8
Upcoming Events Calendar p.8
Fall 2017 Upcoming Events.
The C. G. Jung Society of Lafayette, Louisiana is a
private nonprofit organization established to present
educational, interdisciplinary programs inspired by the
analytical psychology of Carl Jung. The purpose of our
Society is to serve the individuation process and to
foster a depth relationship with the objective psyche.
Jung’s psychology offers recognition of the innate
instinct to find meaning even in the face of suffering.
His psychology offers insight into how to be the one
human being one is.
Self-Portrait as a Voodoo Doll
Chicken livers instead of a heart
and everything hurts.
These button eyes mislead---leaves fallen
to the ground, penny wishes
in gum-clogged fountain---
they tell me everything is fire.
Spring wastes its pinks on me.
Full moon spooking
through the skylight---
I startle awake with moss in my hair,
afraid to wonder where I’ve been.
Burlap skin, burlap dress.
I read books upside down,
pick at scabs on my feed sack flesh
until an arm comes off.
I can’t believe what I’ve become,
black dogs following everywhere.
- Allison Pelegrin -
“Each element in a poem is expected
to be meaningful, part of a shaped and
shaping experience of a whole .…
reading poetry we shift instinctively
into these altered expectations and
assumptions…the new form signals
us to listen for concentration’s
- Jane Hirshfield -
ACROSS THE WIDE WATERS
By: Sidney Creaghan
There is an interesting voice in the story of Louisiana poetry, Allison Pelegrin. Her work is original, bold, unflinching, filled with rivers, lakes, bayous, and mud parlayed through eros, pathos and other various brave passions. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the arts. Her works have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review.
She is a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University. David Kirby, author of, Get Up Please, featured in our last newsletter says, “Allison Pelegrin’s Waterlines starts locally then radiates outward, not geographically so much as emotionally and spiritually. She stays close to her roots yet journeys out and back, ranging widely and then coming home to tap strength and sustenance,” a familiar place many poets return to and there find sustenance and strength.
I recommend to you, Waterlines, LSU Press, not only as a provocative book of poetry but as an experience in the creativity of putting just the right words together in a new way.
Dreams, Complexes, and the Self
The Eclipse of God and the Creative
Michael Conforti, PhD
Dates: Friday Lecture, August 25, 2017
Saturday Seminar, August 26, 2017
Place: Ramsey Hall, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana
Times: Friday: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Registration 8:45 to 9:00 a.m.)
(There will be no break for lunch but snacks will be provided.)
Friday Lecture: Dreams, Complexes, and the Self
This lecture will address the archetypal dimension of the dream and how that objective dimension can get lost
within the realm of one’s personal complexes. Often our inner demons and complexes distort the eternal and
archetypal dream images and we miss the inherent archetypal story contained within it. In working with dreams
throughout the weekend we will take an in-depth look at the profundity of the dream messages to understand the
content contained within them.
Saturday Workshop: The Eclipse of God and the Creative
This seminar presents an understanding of what it means to work with the Objective Psyche, the realm of the
transpersonal and non-personally acquired contents of the Psyche. We will focus on the relationship and
difference between the Objective, archetypal meaning of images and the dreamer’s personal complexes. An
important aspect of this seminar is for the participants to learn ways to translate the meaning of dreams in a
way that is understandable to the individual, allowing them to bring wisdom of Psyche into their lives.
Please visit www.cgjunglafayettela.org for more information about this event.
Michael Conforti, PhD, is a Jungian Analyst and founder of the Assisi Institute. He is an author, an
international speaker, is and has been a faculty member of different institutes, is investigating the workings of
archetypal fields, and maintains a private practice in Mystic, CT, as well as consulting with various individuals
and corporations around the world.
Members: Fri. & Sat. $70 - Fri. only $35 – Sat. only $55
Non-members: Fri. & Sat. $80 – Fri. only $40 – Sat. only $60
Students, Faculty, and Staff with ID: Fri. & Sat. $25 – Fri. only $10; Sat. only $15
CEU for Social Workers and Licensed Counselors: Fri. & Sat. $30; Fri. only $10; Sat. only $20
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Board of Directors
Susan O’Neal, President
Louis Deshotels, Treasurer
Charles Zeltzer, Ph.D.
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Registering for Lectures and Workshops
You have several options for registering for the lecture/workshops offered this fall:
1. Go online to our website at http://www.cgjunglafayettela.org and register through PayPal.
Please register at least one day ahead of event.
2. Send check with your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and name of lecture
workshop and/or that you plan on attending to C.G. Jung Society of Lafayette, LA, P.O. Box 683,
Abbeville, LA 70511. Please mail at least a week ahead so registration is received before event.
3. Register at door before event: 30 minutes before Friday night lecture and 15 minutes before Saturday
"Not everybody has virtues, but everybody has the low animal instincts, the basic primitive caveman suggestibility,
the suspicious and vicious traits of the savage. The result is that when you get a nation of many millions of people,
it is not even human. It is a lizard or a crocodile oar a wolf."
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‘True Religion’: Individuation, Alchemy and Poetry
Deedy Young, L.C.S.W., Diplomate Analyst
Jung wrote “the strongest urge in every being, the urge to realize itself, is an incarnation of the
inability to do otherwise, equipped with all the powers of nature and instinct.” Central to our
nature, this urge is the driving force behind individuation, the lifelong process of becoming who
and what we are. In researching alchemy, Jung recognized alchemical images to be symbolic of the
psychological processes inherent in individuation’s overarching process of transformation. He
concluded the “alchemical procedure could just as well represent the individuation process of a
Like alchemical images, poetry can also shed light on individuation. Poetry’s languages of symbol,
imagery and feeling are able to bring the concept of individuation vibrantly alive by adding nuance
and conveying the numinous energy associated with an individuating experience. In this
presentation, I entrust to poetry—one poem by D.H. Lawrence and several of my own—the task of
bringing individuation and its underlying alchemical processes to life.
Deedy Young, L.C.S.W., is a diplomate the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She lives
and works in Lafayette, LA as an analyst in private practice. One of Deedy’s poems will be published
in the upcoming edition of “Psychological Perspectives.” They will also be publishing her article on
"True Religion..." in early 2018. She is a faculty member of the New Orleans Jungian Seminar, an
organization which annually offers a series of monthly seminars to those who wish to explore
Jungian psychology in depth, as well as serving as a point of entry for analytic training with the IRSJA.
Date: Friday September 29, 2017
Place: Ramsey Hall, St. Barnabas Church
400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana
Times: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration: 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.)
Costs: Members: $15.00
Student/Faculty w/ID: $10.00
“The most general neurotic symptom to-day is restlessness. That isn't yet looked at as a
neurosis because everybody is so restless, but it is actually. Restlessness is caused by a
surplus of bottled up energy which makes us fuss around all the time because we are not
connected with the dream world or the unconscious.”
- Marie Louise von Franz in The Way of the Dream, pg. 34 -
Upcoming Events Calendar
8/25/17 Dreams, Complexes, and the Self (Lecture)
Michael Conforti, Ph.D., 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.
8/26/17 The Eclipse of God and the Creative (Seminar)
Michael Conforti, Ph. D., 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
9/29/17 True Religion: Individuation, Alchemy, and Poetry (Lecture)
Deedy Young, LCSW, 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.
10/27/17 The Kabbalistic Creation Myth (Lecture)
Lynne Radomsky, Ph.D., 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.
10/28/17 The Kabbalistic Creatiion Myth (Workshop)
Lynne Radomsky, Ph.D., 9:45 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
TBA - The Way of the Dream (Famous documentary film)
Dr.Marie Louise von Franz
Film to be shown in 4 parts.
Dates, Times, and Place TBA
Saint Tammany Nocturne
Saint Tammany, I am not contemplative, but I recognize
a blessing taking shape. Lately it has rained so much
that bamboo bends, genuflecting in steam that rises
from the earth. Termites sail the air like a sawdust, or snow.
Before the butchery of your name and the sainthood
That followed, you were Chief Tamanend of Delaware Nation.
Peacemaker, the Dutch called you, and also king.
Non-Catholic, non-Christian, but something Assisi-like
in your silence and tribal dress. A stranger to all things bad.
What would you think of your sainthood in the cutthroat
Church of America, of your namesake parish here,
in Louisiana? As happens with lesser saints, you were forgotten,
shoved aside, banished to the badlands in the west, exiled
south to marshes with muggy, mosquito sunsets. None
of your totem animals followed. Not one of these water birds
is your familiar. In Delaware bronze, you stand on a turtle
with an eagle on your shoulder. Highways crisscross behind,
rush hour choking you with smog, and at night, the burn
of side-swiping snow, the last of red taillights a constant
come-and-go lasso. Among your people, holy man,
a turtle is regal and signifies the earth, but here, turtles
on highway are flipped over, cracked and festering,
their underside fish belly white. Yesterday I posted one
inching for the centerline from the gravel shoulder.
As though you were watching. I held up traffic
and detoured to Bogue Falya Park, feeling like a priestess,
or bride on the pathway laced with catalpa blossoms
and moss. Evening came, rising from misty ditches,
aiming for the sky, but how fitting that the cool air paused,
hovered no higher than my ankles or this turtle’s shell.
- Allison Pelegrin -
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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
I hope everyone has had a nice summer and now looking forward to cooler days and less humidity. Fall has always
been my favorite time of the year, kids back in school, looking forward to holidays and anticipating that first cool
Plans are well under way for the Jung Society's fall programs. Our next event will be in August with Michael
Conforti, a Jungian analyst from New York. Then in September, local analyst Deedy Young, wil speak to the group,
followed by Lynne Radomsky, from South Africa in October.
To all our active members, we thank you for your support and involvement. It has enabled us to keep our
group viable for many years. I encourage you to renew your membership and for non-members to sign up. Your
support and input is welcomed and valued.
I hope to see many of you in August.
- Susan O'Neal -
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C.G. Jung Society of Lafayette, LA
All Rights Reserved
I read this poem and felt, viscerally, the
deep-running reality coursing beneath
the conscious mind’s narrow focus:
Our lives are cut from whole cloth.
The poem is an invitation to us, the
readers, to sink into the underlying reality
the poet’s dream has unearthed. It is the
reality of the past, of earth in its sensuous
glory, nourishing us here in the present
and enabling us to move toward a truer
expression of who and what we are.
- Deedy Young -
The Arrival of the Past
by Scott Owens
You wake wanting the dream
you left behind in sleep,
water washing through everything,
clearing away sediment
of years, uncovering the lost
and forgotten. You hear the sun
breaking on cold grass,
on eaves, on stone steps
outside. You see light
igniting sparks of dust
in the air. You feel for the first
time in years the world
electrified with morning.
You know something has changed
in the night, something you thought
gone from the world has come back:
shooting stars in the pasture,
sleeping beneath a field
of daisies, wisteria climbing
over fences, houses, trees.
This is a place that smells
like childhood and old age.
It is a limb you swung from,
a field you go back to.
It is a part of whatever you do.
"The Arrival of the Past"
by Scott Owens from Down to Sleep
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Red Book Reflections…
Each time I pick up The Red Book, I am filled with a
sense of calm and a feeling of expansion on an inner
level. Each time, I marvel at the depths of exploration
of the unconscious that Jung undertook and the
emotions that welled up in him as he encountered the
strange territories of his depths. It is religion, myth,
philosophy, and poetry all in one.
Here are some jewels that he brought up from the
underworld that we can now ponder:
“It is no teaching and no instruction that I give you. On
what basis should I presume to teach you? I give you
the news of the way of this man, but not of your own
way. My path is not your path, therefore I cannot teach
you. The way is within us, but not in Gods, nor in
teachings, nor in laws. Within us is the way, the truth,
and the life.”
“Every step chosen to my soul excites the scornful
laughter of my devils, those cowardly ear-whisperers
and poison mixers.”
“I have had to recognize that I must submit to what I
fear; yes, even more, that I must even love what
“Life does not come from events, but from us.
Everything that happens outside has already been.”
“The events that happen are always the same. But the
creative depths of man are not always the same.”
“If we do not have the depths, how do we have the
heights? Yet you fear the depths, and do not want to
confess that you are afraid of them. It is good, though,
that you fear yourselves; say it out loud that you are
afraid of yourselves. It is wisdom to fear oneself. Only
the heroes say that they are fearless. But you know
what happens to the hero.”
Food for thought - until next time. - Charlene -
The Kabbalistic Creation Myth
Lynne Radomsky Ph.D.
Dates: Friday Lecture: October 27, 2017
Saturday Workshop: October 28, 2017
Place: Ramsey Hall, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana
Times: Friday: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration: 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday: 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Registration: 9:30 to 9:45 a.m.)
In Memories, Dreams, Reflections, Jung described a series of visions in 1944, part of which involved the
mystic marriage as it appears within the Kabbalistic tradition. He wrote: “These visions were the most tremendous
things I have ever experienced” (p. 326).
These lectures focus on the redemption of the feminine principle contained within the symbolism of the
Kabbalistic Creation Myth and the idea of the divine marriage. The main conceptualisation being that the feminine
and masculine aspects of the godhead can be reunited by the actions of the righteous. That is, by becoming
conscious that when the physical union is consummated, the holy marriage, the hierosgamos, is also constellated.
Friday, 27 October 2017
This lecture sets the historical background for the understanding of the Jewish mysticism and the Kabbalah and
the beginning of the Kabbalistic Creation Myth.
Saturday, 28 October 2017
This workshop continues with the unfolding of the Kabbalistic Creation Myth and The Tree of Life, with particular
focus on the idea of the feminine in relation to the godhead and the mystic marriage. Participants will have an
opportunity to be introduced to a form of Kabbalistic practice and meditation.
Lynne Radomsky, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Zürich-trained Jungian analyst with a professional focus
on private practice and post-graduate clinical training and supervision. Her direct and personal experience with
Jewish mysticism provides a rich backdrop to and foundation for her work.
Costs: Members: Fri & Sat-$45; Fri only-$15; Sat only-$30
Non- members: Fri & Sat-$55; Fri. only-$20; Sat only-$35
Students and Faculty with ID: Fri & Sat-$20; Fri only-$10; Sat only-$10
CEU’s: - Fri & Sat-$30; Fri only-$10; Sat only-$20