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Letter to the board and members
C.G. Jung Society of Lafayette
If the works succeeds, it often works like a miracle . . .
Deo concedente as the alchemists inserted into their recipes.
--C. G. Jung, "The Psychology of the Transference"
I am writing to express my heartfelt thank you and appreciation for the generous sponsorship, support
and interest that your society has shown in my work, and specifically for my book on Africian Healing
which hasbeen accepted for publishing by a renowned US publisher. This would not be possible without
your assistance. My experiences with the society, both as a presenter as well as personally, have always
been uplifting, encouraging and confirming. It is gratifying to know that the ethos of your society honors
the objective psyche and contributes to the work of C. G. Jung.
I look forward to on-going sharing and association.
Lynne Radomsky, Ph.D.
Jungian analyst/Clinical psychologist
Anticipated date of book is 2019. As soon as we know that it is out in print, we will let you know.
Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light!
John Todd, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst
Dates & Times: Friday Lecture, November 9, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday Workshop, November 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registrations: Door registrations begins 1/2 hour before events; pre-register for events on our website at
www.cgjunglafayettela.org >Upcoming Events >John Todd, Ph.D.
Place: Ramsey Hall, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana
Friday Lecture - The Shadow of the Bat
The evening lecture will be an exploration of the image of the bat and what it holds for the modern Westerner.
Most early human cultures revered the bat. Not only was the bat held sacred for the essential role they play in our
cosystem as pollinators, seed dispersers, and natural insect control, they were also appreciated for their
uniqueness. Bats are the only mammals that possess the ability for sustained flight, they nurse their young, and
even share brainwave patterns common with the those of primates. And yet, they mostly live underground in caves,
sleep upside down, have the ability to see in the dark, and are nocturnal. Despite their clear benefit to humans and
our ecology in general, Western culture has demonized the bat and therefore one is forced to wonder why so much
negative shadow material has been projected on the bat. What does the image of the bat hold for the Western
psyche? What aspects of ourselves have been deemed demonic that are essential to our own inner ecosystems? A
deeper exploration of the image of the bat as not only holding negative shadow material, but also holding that of the
light bringer or psychopomp reveals a great deal about the human condition in the modern Western world.
Saturday Workshop - Let There Be Light!
The workshop will be a deeper exploration of the role of the Lumen Naturae (The Light of Nature) and the light
bringer/psychopomp within our psyches with a particular emphasis on those that present themselves to us in the
form of an animal. Film clips, clinical material and personal reflection will be used to further deepen and explore
this vital concept as it manifests in our daily lives and practices as mental health professionals.
John Todd is a diplomate Jungian analyst based in Evergreen, Colorado. A native of Florida, John began his career
spending over a decade as a children and family counselor for Hospice of Florida Suncoast before starting private
practice. In 2006 he relocated to Evergreen with his wife and two children. In his free time he enjoys hiking, skiing,
film, music, and reading.
COSTS: Friday & Saturday (both days) $50.00; Friday (only) $15.00; Saturday (only) $35.00
CEU'S: Friday & Saturday (both days) $30.00; Friday (only) $10.00; Saturday (only) $20.00
THE 'LANGUAGE' OF THE DREAM
"There is no change from darkness to light or from inertia to movement without emotion."
- Jung, CW 9i, par. 179 -
As soon as we begin to wonder about a dream's meaning, we come face-to-face with a dilemma. The language of the unconscious and its dreams is not the language we use in everyday life.
Modern neurology informs us that the source of the rational, linear language we use daily (prefrontal cortex) is offline when we sleep and dream. Instead, it is the brain's older, pre-rational, emotional and imaging centers that busily create dreams each night. These centers express dreams sensuously and concretely as metaphor, analogy, symbol, image, feeling, and emotion.
Our training to use rational, linear language starts very early in life. When it comes to grasping the dream's language, this language is not in synch with that of the dream. How might we develop and "ear" for the dream's language? This language may also speak to us in music, and art form that can elicit all manner of responses from the depths of the psyche. So, too, can an actor's nuanced interpretation of a screenwriter's or playwright's work. In form of creative expression, whether it be poetry, painting, sculpture, etc.
Art forms that stir us call us to attune to our responses, to the feelings, emotions, memories, images, and bodily reactions they elicit . . . and so do dreams. What if we were to resist the urge to take the lead by trying to analyze a dream? What if, instead, we first let ourselves be led by our responses, rather like a dog following a scent? In this way we might begin to fathom the dream, making discoveries of which the rational mind had no knowledge. If we later take time in quiet moments to revisit these discoveries, they are likely to flesh out and more discoveries may emerge.
- Deedy Young -
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Fall 2018 Upcoming Events
Fall 2018 Upcoming Events
Probably used to the rain
and hardly not at least one of us
a door could open will open that dusty gate
but you and I have to step aside and a new light is standing there
to allow that deeper space
to ascent the way the deeper where it has been shining
always knows to ascend for a thousand years
but you and I have to only our shadow was blocking it.
as we step aside to allow Consumed by the light we open
what is next. to what was always there,
what was strong enough to wait.
All that was always there
will step forth, Sidney Creaghan
all we have to do January 8, 2018
is step aside
to allow the passage
the freedom to flow.
One night or some morning
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 using credit card/debit card. 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 and/or workshop 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 workshops.
Jung and Navigating the Collective Times
Carolyn Bates, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst
Dates & Times: Friday Lecture, August 24, 2018
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday Workshop, August 25, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registrations: Door registrations begins 1/2 hour before events; pre-register for events on our website
at www.cgjunglafayettela.org >Upcoming Events >CarolynBates, Ph.D.
Place: Ramsey Hall, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana
Friday Lecture - Jung and the Collective: Conscious Grounding in Uncertain Times
"It is, unfortunately, only too clear that if the individual is not truly regenerated in spirit, society cannot be either, for society is the sum total of individuals in need of redemption. - C.G. Jung -
None of us is immune to the currents of cultural and societal change happening around us, in particular when they feel so seismic in nature. In addressing the cultural anxiety and uncertainty not only in our current political climate but in the swirling changes of world events, Jung’s understanding of the collective and his ideas of the ego’s relationship to “the other” may guide us in how to better ground ourselves. This lecture will explore the eruptions of cultural shame that contribute to the current schisms in our country and how the archetypal imagery found in the ancient myth of Poseidon and Medusa may help us understand the forces at play.
Saturday Workshop - When the Center Will Not Hold: The Dangers of Collective Shadow Projection
"Where force rules, there is no love, and where love reigns force does not count." - C.G. Jung -
Is it possible that we can find the tension of these opposites – power and eros – wrestling at the core of most shadowed conflict: intrapsychic, interpersonal, familial, socio-political and cultural? Jung clarifies that hidden within conflict lays an invitation to meet Shadow – both individual and collective – at key moments in the process of psychological growth.
We will explore how the things that threaten us – that feel ominous and frightening to us – present us with valuable opportunities for individuation. Using the myth of Psyche and Eros, workshop participants will be invited to explore how both myth and fairy tale can help us recognize shadow, its projection and its recall. This workshop will include a power point, discussion, the sharing of dreams, and writing.
Prior to this workshop, participants are encouraged to view two films: Bill Condon’s 2017 version of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast and Anthony Harvey’s 1968 film The Lion in Winter.
Carolyn Bates, Ph.D. is a psychologist and diplomate Jungian analyst in Austin, Texas. In addition to her analytic practice, she currently serves as President of the Texas Seminar of the Inter-Regional Society Society of Jungian Analysts’ training institute. She offers lectures, workshops, and classes on dream interpretation, the symbolism of pilgrimage, the feminine archetype in dreams and fairy tales, ethics andand the depth psychotherapy process, and the phenomenon of synchronicity and trauma in the collective.
COSTS: Friday & Saturday $50.00; Friday (only) $15.00; Saturday (only) $35.00
CEU'S: Friday & Saturday $30.00; Friday (only) $10.00; Saturday (only) $20.00
Upcoming Events Calendar
8/24/18 Jung and the Collective: Conscious Grounding in Uncertain Times
(lecture), Carolyn Bates, Jungian Analyst, 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
8/25/18 When the Center Will Not Hold: The Dangers of Shadow Projection
(workshop), Carolyn Bates, 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
(See Description Inside)
11/09/18 Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light! (lecture)
John Todd, Jungian Analyst, 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
11/10/18 Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light! - cont'd (workshop)
John Todd, Jungian Analyst, 10:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M>
TBA Science of the Soul, film narrated by Edward Edinger,
"I hope you will find time to commit your plant counterparts to the earth and tend their growth, for the
earth always wants children - houses, trees, flowers - to grow out of her and celebrate the magic of the human
psyche with the Great Mother, the best counter-magic against rootless extraversion."
(Jung, Letters Vol. II, p. 320)
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Across the Wide Waters by Sidney Creaghan p.2
The 'Language' of the Dream by Deedy Young p.3
Poems byLouis Deshotels p.3
Upcoming Events: Jung and Navigating the Collective Times
by Carolyn Bates p.4
Upcoming Events: Lumen Naturae: Let There Be Light!
by John Todd p.5
Film Series p.6
Letter from Lynne Radomsky p.6
Another Reflection from the Red Book p.7
In Memoriam of Charlotte Mathes p.7
Registering for Lectures and Workshops p.7
Board of Directors p.8
Upcoming Events Calendar p.8
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 Life of the imagination seems to be a
hieroglyphic language, a reportare, a true report
and it creates a transfiguration of the real."
- John Keats -
ACROSS THE WIDE WATERS
By: Sidney Creaghan
I was given a small, quiet book of poetry, Bell of the Hours by Brother Paul Quenon. Judith Valente, a correspondent, Religious & Ethics News Weekly, PBS-TV and author describes Brother Paul's work as bridging the life of contemplation with the world of poetry. The bells that sound the hours in his monastery remind us through his poetry that there is sacredness in every moment and call us back to the beauty and light that is in the world if we simply slow down enough to see, hear it and feel it. Even though many of us would not say its simple to slow down in this ever spinning world we have created. His poems, housed among his own zen like black and white photographs fold together like friends to illuminate the nature, the natural world and the austerity of the
monastic life. As these qualities join together on paper we get a glimpse of the depth and value of a life devoted to the spirit and the present moment rather than to the material.
Brother Paul's book starts with a quote from Tomas Merton's Thoughts in Solitude, "The bells say: business does not matter. Rest in God and rejoice, for this world is only the figure and the promise of a world to come, and only those who are detached from transient things can possess the substance of an eternal promise." It feels to me that this way of looking at things reflects well of a life lived through the psyche and the gift of our dreams and by listening to the call of The Self.
In the winter of 2018, we showed a 4-part series of films called The Way of the Dream. In this series Marie-Louise von Franz provided commentary on various themes related to the psyche and its different aspects and how these appear in our dreams. Each film was followed by a very lively group discussion.
This fall we will be having a showing of a series of short films called Science of the Soul by the Jungian analyst Edward Edinger. Here is how they are described on the video jacket:
Are we living in a mythless age? Is orthodox religion bankrupt? Using religious texts, mythology,
modern dreams and the concepts of depth psychology, Jungian analyst Dr. Edward Edinger presents
a series of "video essays" about a new myth, a new "world view," that he sees emerging from the work
of C.G. Jung - a creative collaboration between the scientific pursuit of knowledge and the religious
search for meaning.
There are three 40-minute films in the series that will be shown on one day. Part I - The Collective Unconscious;
Part II - The Structure of the Psyche; Part III - Social Implications. Between each film, we will have a short
discussion led by a panel of local therapists.
TBA; COST: $5.00
Beginning in Fishes Eyes, The Comfort missed And Bliss, like Afterbirth
In Refracted Rays of Divine And NOT carried Follows the New Born King
Majesty, Betraying and Obstructing
Appearing in Pinpoints of light Consciousness Louis A. Deshotels
That pierce the Darkness-- Within June 29, 2018
Unwanted, Unexpected, From pinpoints of Light
Incomprehensible A Gathering Image of Abundance
To the Darkness that would Grasp And its Expression
The Light, to Own and Use Gathering in the East in the Night
Like a Ring of Power Light of the Coming Sun
While Deserts of Poverty Overwhelming in its Brightness
Bring no Bliss The Mistress of the Ring
But realizations of Neglect And the Mistress of Light
That project into Things Gives Birth
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Charlotte Mathes, Jungian analyst from New Orleans died on May 29, 2018. We had the great pleasure in the spring of 2007 of having her speak to our group on "Archetypal Aspects of Mourning." Her presentation was based on her own experience in grieving the loss of a son which she wrote about in her book, And a Sword Shall Pierce Your Hear: Moving from Despair to Meaning after the Death of a Child. Charlotte was a soft-spoken,
kind and gentle person whose pain found a creative outlet. Her writing is a gift that she could share with the world. Rest in Peace.
Board of Directors
Susan O’Neal, President
Louis Deshotels, Treasurer
Dr. Steve Staires
Charles Zeltzer, Ph.D.
Charlene Henry, Editor
Right Angle, Inc.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
With the "Dog days of summer" coming to an end, I am anticipating a relief from the intense heat we have been
experiencing! Summer not being my favorite season, I spent much of it inside reading and watching the news...
probably too much! The chaos in our world is producing more and more anxiety and fear and I for one feel
"infected" by it all.
I have to remind myself on a daily basis to stay connected to my inner life and heed the wisdom of Carl Jung, a
man who was in touch with both his inner life and the events of the world and history.
To begin our 2018-19 season, we are very excited to present Carolyn Bates, Jungian analyst from Austin, Texas,
who will address some of these conflicts in our world and what Jung has to say about it. I invite you to attend
the programs we offer and become a member of the C.G. Jung Society of Lafayette so that we can continue to
bring quality speakers who can assist us on our journeys. I look forward to seeing you.
- Susan O'Neal -
C. G. Jung Society
of Lafayette, LA
157 Oakview Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70503
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ANOTHER REFLECTION FROM THE RED BOOK
In the last part of "Liber Primus" in Jung's Red Book called "Resolution" there is a footnote (#221) which
became part of the preface to what we now know as Volume VII of the Collected Works, Two Essays in
Analytical Psychology. Jung wrote this in December 1916, right in the middle of WWI.
I feel like what he wrote is relevant for our time and, probably, for all time.
The psychological processes, which accompany the present war, above all the incredible brutalization of public opinion, the mutual slanderings, the unprecedented fury of destruction, the monstrous flood of lies, and man's incapacity to call a halt to the bloody demon - are suited like nothing else to powerfully push in front of the eyes of thinking men the problem of the restlessly slumbering chaotic unconscious under the ordered world of consciousness. This war has pitilessly revealed to civilized man that he is still a barbarian . . . 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. Only the change in the attitude of the individual is the beginning of the change in the psychology of the nation.
How many times do we need to be reminded that . . . the essential thing is the life of the individual and The psychological rule says that when an inner situation is not made conscious, it happens outside, as fate? Jung repeats this same theme over and over throughout his work! For me, it so easily slips away when I am bombarded daily with the messages that provoke my hate and anger and fear, all of my baser instincts, the stuff of my own Shadow.
If that is not enough, how about, "Why do you observe the splinter in your brother's eye and never notice the great log in your own?" (Mathew 7: 3-4)
What a great task we are being given today. All we can do is the best we can.
- Charlene Henry -