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We Don't Know How to Say Goodbye..."
We don't know how to say goodbye:
we wonder on, shoulder to shoulder.
Already the sun is going down;
you're moody, I am your shadow.
Let's step inside a church and watch
baptisms, marriages, masses for the dead.
Why are we different from the rest?
Outdoors again, each of us turns his head.
Or else let's sit in a graveyard
on the trampled snow, signing to each other.
That stick in your hand is tracing mansions
in which we shall always be together.
Why Is This Age Worse....?
Why is this age worse than earlier ages?
in a stupor of grief and dread
have we not fingered the foulest wounds
and left them unhealed by our hands?
In the west falling light still glows,
and the clustered house tops glitter in the sun
but here death is already chalking the doors with crosses,
and calling the ravens, and the ravens are flying in.
Consciousness and the Unconscious, and Eternal Struggle
By: Deedy Young
Once consciousness develops, the psyche's original wholeness is divided into two forces that
oppose each other, the ego's conscious perspective and repressed unconscious urges. When
represented urges are stirred, we tend to automatically repress them again in order to defend the
ego's outlook. And yet, these urges will resurface inwardly and outwardly. How are we to under-
stand the ongoing struggle between consciousness and the unconscious?
The biblical story of twin brothers, Esau and Jacob, sheds light. Jacob's securing the birthright
of his first-born brother, Esau, through trickery symbolizes the replacing of an older psychological
level, than of Esau's instinctual psychology, with a more developed awareness, Jacob's mental and
spiritual aspects. Two generations later, a biblical story cycle tells of ongoing conflict between the
Israelites and the Amalekites whose leader, Armalek, is the grandson of the instinctual Esau. When
the Amalekites attack the Israelites, Yahweh orders the monotheistic "good" Israelites to wipe out
the polytheistic "bad" Amalekites. the Israelites are successful, but the Amalekites return again and
again. What psychological reality does this suggest? As we explore this, keep in mind that conflicts
between the developed Israelites and primitive Amalekites mirror the ongoing struggle of
consciousness and the unconscious in ourpsyches.
The Israelites attain a more developed consciousness by repressing the instinctual realm.
Gubitz expresses this psychological situation in poetic language, "reaching avidly for the brightness
of transcendent spirituality, one becomes guilty of slighting the earthy ground which gives birth and
nourishment to all of life." Yahweh's response reveals the nature of this "slight" to be contempt for
the Amalekites whose very existence threatens to stir the Israelites' repressed instinctual nature.
However, the psyche's natural urge is to return to a state of wholeness. This built-in dynamic
creates an unconscious desire for the repressed to return to consciousness. Symbolically, each
assault by the Amalekites may be seen as such an attempt. Their repeated attacks also portray the
likelihood we will be confronted by outward forces that mirror what we have repressed.
The Israelites' response is yet more animosity. Their loathing of the primitive Amalekites
suggests when we encounter in another what we have repressed in ourselves, we are likely to
respond with disdain and aggression. Repeated often enough, hostility can become entrenched,
in some instances, going so far as to justify destruction of the "evilother." An individual can persist
in this only by turning a blind eye to their own aggression. Moral responsibility is thus dodged by
projecting into the "other."
How to bridge the gap? It is important to first acknowledge the power of the ego's fixeddesire
to remain untouched. Nevertheless, by withdrawing projections and strugglingto recognize and
integrate what we have repressed, including its hitherto unrecognized value, we may break through
this impasse. What is called for is an honest "inner ear" and "inner eye" attuned to catch our subtle
and not so subtle aggressive or contemptuousreactions. The life of the soul is not to be found in
repressing the instinctual and identifying with the spiritual, but an allowing each its own viability
as we live, creatively, inthe tension between them.
Gubitz, M. (1977), Amalek, the Eternal Adversary, Psychological Perspectives, 53(1), pp. 34-35.
Spring 2018 Upcoming Events
Across the Wide Waters, by Sidney Creaghan p.2
Poems by Akhamatova p.2
Carring My Cross: Remedy for the Times
by Louis Deshotels p.3
Upcoming Event: The Way of the Dream p.4
Upcoming Event: Dreams, Desire and the Longing for
a Creative Life by Georgia Trist, LCSW p.5
Consciousness and the Unconscious, an Eternal Struggle
by Deedy Young p.6
More Red Book Reflections... p.7
Registering for Lectures and Workshops p.7
Board of Directors p.7
Spring 2018 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.
The bravest hour strikes on our clocks:
We know what trembles on the scales,
and what we must steel ourselves to face.
may courage not abandon us!
Let bullets kill us...we are not afraid,
nor are we bitter, though our housetops fall.
We will preserve you, Russian speech,
from servitude in foreign chains,
keep you alive, great Russian word,
fit for songs of our children's children,
pure on the tongues, and free.
The Death of Sophocles
That night an eagle swooped down from the skies
onto Sophocles' house.
And the garden suddenly rocked with a cry of cicadas.
Already the genius strode toward his immortality,
skirting the enemy camp at the walls of his native city.
Then it was that the king had a strange dream:
Great Dionysus ordered him to lift the siege,
so as not to dishonor the service for the dead
and so grant the Athenians the solace of his fame.
"No foreign sky protected me,
no stranger's wing shielded my face.
I stand as witness to the common lot,
survivor of that time, that place."
ACROSS THE WIDE WATERS
By: Sidney Creaghan
For this issue I am honoring the extraordinary Russian poet, Anna Akhamatova and a remarkable book, POEMS OF AKHAMATOVA, selected, translated, and introduced by Stanley Kunitz with Max Hayward. They have this to say about her:
"Anna Akhamatova was a reticent woman, and even if she had not lived in the extraordinary isolation to which the circumstances of her time condemned her, we would doubtless still know little of her life...except that (which) she chose to say in her verse, and in the brief autobiographical note published in Moscow not long before her death. Reticence was part of her style. It was reflected (in) her poetry as extreme economy, not to say brusqueness: an imperious take-it-or-leave-it which at once drew attention to her when her work was first published, marking her off from the fashionable poetesses of the day ("poetess" was a word she loathed). Reticence went naturally with her regal manner.
Akhamatove, 1889-1966, witnessed the chaos in Russia and abroad in the first half of the twentieth century. She chronicled her country's troubled times in poems of sharp beauty and intensity. Akhamatova was a star of St. Petersburg's pre-revolutionary literature set, which included Boris Pasternak, Osip Mandlstam, andAlexander Blok. Her genius is now universally acknowledged. This book, landmark collection, features the Russian original and the English translation on facing pages."
Registering for Lectures and Workshops
You have several options for registering for the lecture/workshops offered this spring.
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 lectures and 15 minutes before Saturday
Carrying My Cross: Remedy for the Times
By: Louis Deshotels
"The discerning person knows and feels that his psyche is disquieted by the loss of something [the eternal
images] that was the life-blood of his ancestors. ... The undiscerning missnothing, and only discover
afterwards, in the papers (much too late) the alarming symptoms that have now become "real" in the outside
world because they were not perceived before inside, just as the presence of the eternal images was not
noticed. ... Once the symptoms are really outside in some form of sociopalitical insanity, it is impossible to
convince anybody that the conflict is in the psyche of every individual, since he is now quite sure where his
enemy is. Then, the conflict which remains an intrapsychic phenomenon in the mind of the discerning person,
takes place on the plane of projection in the form of political tension and murderous violence."
(Jung, CW 14, para. 510)
So here in Jung's statements from the mid 1950's we may find orientation that could prove helpful today!
The conflict is "in the psyche," but only "in the mind of the discerning person." The "tension" and "violence"
rivets in a distracting way, keeping it as everyone else's problem! And "THEY" should take care of "THEIR"
problem. The distraction of "News" and "Fake News" on TV and on the phone keep focus on "The Problem"
and it is always out there, in someone! But if the issue begins in the pysche, then in the psyche is where it must
return. An orientation toward the inner conflict, while difficult and lonely, possibly has a different effect.
Turning toward the inner conflict, we might find the incorrigible one within: the Shadow! If, then, the irate
instigator can be seen within, the experience of the discrepancy between what we would like to be and its
opposite, may make itself felt TO US! Then the tension held within may produce and unexpected outcome.
But if we avoid or meddle, the hell of it all may increase. The experience of conflict, when felt and not acted
out, may produce unexpected inner unity and a clear direction that carries weight and conviction and not mere
impulsive emotion. "Is this perhaps the meaning of Christ's teaching, that each must bear his own cross?"
(Jung, CW 14, para. 512)
-Louis A. Deshotels-
Learn to recognize the counterfeit coins
That may buy you just a moment of pleasure
But then drag you for days
Like a broken man
Behind a farting camel.
Hafiz, Sufi poet
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Dreams, Desire and the Longing for a Creative Life
But I Can't Draw! - Bringing Dreams to Life
Georgia Trist, LCSW
Dates: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Times: Registration -
8:30 to 9:00 AM
Morning Lecture -
9:00 to 11:00 AM
Afternoon Workshop - (limited to 15 people)
12:00 (Noon) to 3:00 PM
Place: Ramsey Hall, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana
Lecture: "Dreams, Desire, and the Longing for a Creative Life" ....
In this lecture Georgia Trist will take us deep into her personal individuation journey with all its desire, disappointment, and discovery, by sharing her experience of painting and dialoguing with the images that have come to her in her dreams. Her personal story provides us with a living example of Jung's process
of Active Imagination.
Workshop: "But I Can't Draw! - Bringing Dream to Life ....
We all have ability to explore our dreams through the exploration of line and color. Georgia Tris has designed this workshop to facilitate the opening of new paths to dream amplification by pleasurably engaging
with materials and methods in a supportive environment. When we help give our dream images forms of
visible expression, we get closer to their potential meaning and live-giving energies.
Bio: Georgia Trist, LCSW:
Georgia Trist, LCSW,began her adult interest in art in the world of quilting as the owner of The Quilt Cottage in New Orleans for nearly 20 years. During that time she designed, created, and taught quilting. At
mid-life she returned to graduate school and earned a master's degree in social work at Tulane University.
For the next 20 years she had a private practice as a licensed clinical social worker, using art with her clients
as a mean of psychological inquiry and healing.
Georgia has beenstudying with the New Orleans Jungian Seminar for the past 10 years, learning how
deeply important art and all forms of creativity are to the human spirit. For the past 5 years she has been
studying oil painting at Abbey Artworks at St. Joseph's Abbey, combining her interest in the psychological,
spiritual, and artistic realms.
Costs: Lecture only: $20.00
Lecture/Workshop (includes art supplies): $60.00
Note: Please note that the afternoon workshop is limited to 15 people only.
The morning lecture can be attended alone, but to attend the afternoon
workshop you must attend the morning lecture as a prerequisite.
Certificates of Attendance will be available.
Please visit www.cgjunglafayettela.org >Upcoming events >Georgia Trist, LCSW for more information or to pre-register for this event.
"If only a worldwide consciousness could arise that all division and all fission are due to the splitting of opposites inthe psyche (and transpersonal psyche), then we would know where to begin."
(C. G. Jung, CW 10, Para. 575)
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The Way of the Dream
The Way of the Dream is the famous 1985 documentary film of interviews with Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz,
eminent analytical psychologist who was a close collaborator with Carl G. Jung, in conversation with her
student Fraser Boa. This documentary film will be shown in four parts followed by a panel discussion.
DATES: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018
PART I PART II PART III PART IV
Descent into Dreamland Our Shadow Knows Hell Hath No Mirrors Liberation of the Heart
Charting the Unconscious The Devouring Mother The Hanged Man Liberation of Relationships
The Structure of Dreams Slaying the Dragon The Tyrant Dreams of a Lifetime
The Living Symbol Looking Through the Moon Flying Through Roofs The Maker of Dreams
The Ladder to Heaven The Inner Bride The Inner Guide Q & A Panel Discussions
The Forgotten Language Q & A Panel Discussions Q & A Panel Discussions
Q & A Panel Discussions
PLACE: Ramsey Hall TIMES: Registrations: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Film showings: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
400 Camellia Blvd.
Lafayette, Louisiana NOTE: Q & A Panel Discussions after each showing.
The Way of the Dream is based on an extraordinary series of films made by Fraser Boa, who collected first-
person accounts of dreams in street interviews with ordinary men and women in various parts of the world.
He then asked Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz to interpret these dreams on film, just as she would in a private
analytical session. The resulting test is a primer explaining and demonstrating the art and science of dream
analysis for the general public. The material covered includes dreams of men, dreams of women, and dreams
tell us about ourselves and our relationships, the historical significance of dreams, and dreams about death
and dying. Then she provides a wealth of information and insight regarding frequently recurring symbolic
dream themes and characters (or personifications), such as the shadow, animus, anima, and the Center
(higher Self). Included are film clips of people on the street talking about their dreams. Dr. von Franz
concludes that one of the healthiest things people can do is to pay attention to their dreams: "Dreams show
us how to find meaning in our lives, how to fulfill our own destiny, how to realize the greater potential of life
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & PRE-REGISTER VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:
www.cgjunglafayettela.org >Upcoming Events >The Way of the Dream
Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz (b. 4 Jan 1915 - d. 17 Feb 1998) was a Jungian psychologist and scholar. Dr. von
Franz worked with Carl G. Jung whom she met in Zurich, Switzerland in 1933 at the age of 18, and collaborat
with him until his death in1961. She also wrote on alchemy, discussed from the Jungian psychological
perspective, and active imagination, which could be described as conscious dreaming.
Fraser Boa (b. 1932 - d. 1992) was a Jungian analyst, a Canadian filmmaker, and a student of Dr. Marie-Louise
von Franz. In 1985, he recorded the famous documentary series of films titled "The Way of the Dream" in
conversation with Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz. He was the brother of Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman and
the late Canadian Actor Bruce Boa.
COST PER SHOWING: $5.00
CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE: Will be available for Social Workers
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
While ushering in a new year, we have much to be grateful for and much to look forward to. But before we march ahead to the future, I want to acknowledge the past year's success in bringing programs to the community that foster growth and development in those individuals who attend them. The purpose of the C. G. Jung Society is to serve the individuation process and is open to all who might have an interest in the works and teachings of
Thanks to all of you who stay involved and support our group by attending our events!
Looking ahead into the New Year, we will be presenting the classic documentary, The Way of the Dream, a video
series with interviews and conversations with Marie-Louise von Franz on dreams and the psyche. Later in the
year we will have a guest speaker who will address the importance of creativity and the Individuation process.
Take a look inside our Newsletter and find out what else is happening this spring. I look forward to seeing every-
one and wish each of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
- Susan O'Neal -
C. G. Jung Society
of Lafayette, LA
157 Oakview Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70503
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Upcoming Events Calendar
1/20/18 The Way of The Dream - Documentary film.
Part I, 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
1/27/18 The Way of The Dream - Documentary film.
Part II, 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
2/24/18 The Way of The Dream - Documentary film.
Part III, 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
3/24/18 The Way of The Dream - Documentary film.
Part IV, 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
5/05/18 Lecture: Dreams, Desire, and the Longing for a Creative Life
9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Workshop: But I Can't Draw! - Bringing Dreams to Life
12:00 P.M. (noon) to 3:00 P.M. (Workshop limited to 15 people)
Presenter: Georgia Trist, LCSW
More Red Book Reflections...
"He whose desire turns away from outer things, reaches the place of the soul....He could find his
soul in desire itself, but not in the objects of desire. If he possessed his desire, and his desire did
not possess him, he would lay a hand on his soul, since his desire is the image and expression of
his soul." (p. 129, Red Book, Readers Edition.)
"Wherever the creative power of desire is, there springs the soul's own seed. But do not forget
to wait." (p. 142, Red Book, Reader's Edition.)
"We should grow like a tree that likewise does not know its law. We tie ourselves up with intentions,
not mindful of the fact that intention is limitation, yes, the exclusion of life. We believe that we can illuminate the darkness with an intention, and in that way aim pas the light. How can we presume to want to know in advance, from where the light will come to us?"
(p. 177, Red Book, Reader's Edition.)
"And yet yearning is the way of life. If you do not acknowledge your yearning, then you do not
follow yourself, but go on foreign ways that others have indicated to you. So you do not live your
life but and alien one. But who should live your life if you do not live it? It is not only stupid to
exchange your own life for an alien one, but also a hypocritical game, because you can never
really live the life of others, you can only pretend to do it. (p. 188, Red Book, Reader's Edition.)
"....But the psychology of the individual corresponds to the psychology of the nation. What the
nation does is done also by each individual, and so long as the individual does it, the nation also
does it. Only the change in the attitude of the individual is the beginning of the change in the
psychology of the nation." (p. 199, Red Book, Reader's Edition.)
Board of Directors
Susan O’Neal, President
Louis Deshotels, Treasurer
Charles Zeltzer, Ph.D.
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