The Bat, Its Shadow, and Seeing in the Dark
by Louis Deshotels
Dr. John Todd, in his presentations entitled "The Shadow of the Bat" and "Let There Be Light!" shed clear light on work
with the unconscious. While on one side, the bat tends to receive from us the projection of demonic shadow, on the
other side, the bat in nature has a very good reputation. That is a duality that is paradoxical and real. The shadow part
is striking and even shocking. Bat wings belong to Christian iconography of the devil! And vampires, the bat kind, and
the Dracula kind, are well known as blood suckers. They "cast spells" and feed on human blood. This dark side can
warn us not to be too innocent in pursuit of the unconscious. There is a possibility of deceit and treachery. This is
especially true if we bring unrecognized shadow into the pursuit. Then our unrecognized, duplicitous face may be
mirrored back to us as we meet an adversary. The adversary shows us our face, while we think that one, showing our
face, is terrible!
Matriarchal cultures, on the other hand, like the cultures of many native peoples, tend to see the bat differently from us,
he told us. Native cultures tend to know bats as dedicated protectors of earth and of fertility. These keen observers of
nature know that bats pollinate, carry seed, and eat insects that are bothersome. They also know that bats fly and find
their way in the dark night. Because of this special trait, native people tend class bats in the company of those handy
and helpful guides who are able to lead in moments of darkness! It is plain that bats give guidance to John!
Particularly on Saturday, John punctuated his presentation with striking, beautiful dreams from clients. These dreams
respectfully shed light on us and on the people who receive them. The dreams gave insight, understanding, and even
coaxing and coaching, shedding light on next steps.
In an overall way, John brought light into the sometimes dark and confusing journey that is work with the psyche. He
helped us to know, feel, and experience the Light that may surprisingly emerge. That light brings hope by way of the
experience of not being alone. That is so when something unknown before, shocks, or encourages, with its presence.
John loaned us evidence of the Light, Nature's Light. That Light shines at times, in confrontation with darkness. That
is a stirring experience. That stirring loans encouragement!
JUST AS I SUSPECTED
In a vision I heard this clearly whispered:
Study those who sing the most, but are free
of criticism or praise.
Following that advice, things turned out
just as I suspected:
I started spending more time with birds.
ACROSS THE WIDE WATERS
By Sidney Creaghan
"A poem is created from the constant flow of information more often mysterious discourse running through the
poet's mind that somehow has access to the mind of poetry itself." - Unknown Poet -
Hafiz, the poet and spiritual teacher addressed in this
newsletter was born in Shiraz, a beautiful garden city
of Persia in 1320-1380. He is one of the most beloved
poets of Persia, as is his Persian predecessor, Rumi,
born in 1207-1273, Afghanistan. The book I am
taking his work from is A Year With Hafiz, Daniel
Ladinsky. The collection of his work, his Divan, is a
classic in Sufi literature and mystical verse. An
instruction poem on the back cover of the book
speaks particularly to the mystical in his writing.
I am a hole in a flute --- that The Christ's breath moves
through --- Listen to this music.
Hafiz was introduced to the west by Goethe who
became passionate about his work saying, "Halfiz has
no peer." Ralph Waldo Emerson, deeply affected by
Hafiz's work said, "Hafiz is a poet for poets." His
poems influenced the mind of Nietzsche, the poet
Garcia Lorca, and composer Johannes Brahms put
some of his lines into his compositions. Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle's character, Sherlock Holmes, quotes
Hafiz in Doyle's mystery series and Queen Victoria
consulted his works in times of need. Hafiz's poems,
almost 700 years later, are appreciated, studied, taught
and influence millions the world over.
I am drawn to Hafiz, just as I am to Rumi, due to their
brilliance and keen observation of human nature.
Their ability to express sweeping idea's, simple and
complex, with only a few words is deeply inspiring.
Their use of underlying meaning and even dark
meaning with a tongue in cheek manner that disarms
the reader or the listener to accept their own foibles
and short-comings without angst. Hafiz and Rumi's
poems harvest no malice yet they do harvest self-
awareness, forgiveness, love of life and laughter.
Some of the poems inspire the partakers to suddenly
want to lead a better life, including a more light-
hearted yet passionate life.
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 begins: 30 minutes before Friday night lectures and 15 minutes before Saturday workshops.
FIND A BETTER JOB
Now that all your worry has proved such an
unlucrative business. . .why not find a better
And while you are at it, scouting about town
and fine tuning your resume, maybe light a
candle in some church.
All is flux, nothing stays still,
Nothing endures but change.
Heraclitus (540-480 BC)
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In the collective culture today, both socially and politically, the concept of "The Other" has been making itself known. After hearing "the other" spoken over and over by TV hosts, in movies (The Shape of Water), and in the fiery rhetoric as the movement of exiles worldwide try to take refuge in a new place "to belong," I recently heard someone use the term "stranger" instead of "the other." This triggered in me a memory of having written in the lake 1990's a short essay on "Stranger" for The Book of Symbols published by ARAS. I would like to share this with you and hope that you find it informative.
Stranger. Etranger While the word itself suggests uncertainty, the image of stranger evokes a visceral reaction. As the stranger appears in the doorway in Signorelli's painting The Birth of St. John the Baptist, we are called to ask, "Who enters? Friend or foe?" The mysterious other, this foreigner appears and time stands still. We are left not knowing whether to move toward or away from this "alien" being.
Stranger derives from the old French estranger, which means "foreigner" or "alien." The Latin is hostis, which means both "guest" and "host" and is the root of the work "hospitality." Culturally and religiously there developed over time a direct connection between these two concepts in, for example, the opening of hostels and hospitals, through the encouragement of Christ's words, "I was a stranger and you took me in" (Matt. 25:35).
In primitive cultures the stranger was seen as an enemy, a threat to the cohesion of the group or clan. Borders of territories were fiercely protected and the stranger who entered was either captured or killed so as not to contaminate the group with his foreign spirit or magic. In Hebrew the word sar translates as stranger and is also the root of the word for "border." As cultures developed more cohesion, however, the role of the stranger changed from enemy to emissary. After ritual purification, he was allowed into the group as educator or bringer of new energy.
The image of stranger as angel or God in disguise arises in the Old Testament. Abraham welcomes and feeds the strangers who are bringing prophetic information to the tribe (Gen. 18:1-16). God in hiding also appears in the Iliad and the Odyssey. "For gods may wear the guise of strangers come from far-off lands; they take on many forms and roam about the cities: they would see if men live justly or outrageously" (Homer. The Odyssey of Homer. Berkley, CA. 1990, p. 362). Janus-like, the stranger is the bearer of the new as well as the destroyer of the old. Thus he is to both be appeased and feared. In Ovid's Metamorphoses, Philemon and Baucis offer hospitality to Jupiter and Mercury disguised as strangers, and are thus saved from destruction.
In dreams, the stranger makes his appearance as a shadow figure, an "unknown other" crossing the boundaries from the unconscious to the conscious. He appears as the bringer of change, which can be both
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JUST BEFORE DAWN
The best time to look for treasure starts
late at night.
The sentiment then settles in our sphere,
freed from all the day's hard wants.
One can get a clearer shot of God moving
in the forest, just before dawn.
And is there ever a minute, my dear,
when you are not hunting love?
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C.G. Jung Society of Lafayette, LA
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Dr. Carolyn Bates' Lecture & Workshop
by Monica Daigle
On August 24-25, 2018, the Jung Society of Lafayette hosted Dr. Carolyn Bates, a psychologist and Diplomate Jungian
Analyst from Austin, Texas. In her lecture and workshop "Jung and Navigating the Collective Times," participants
were invited to explore cultural complexes, as well as archetypal perspectives in current political and cultural events.
She illustrated how current events destabilize well being in the collective, and how cultural and psychopolitical
disruptions can affect an individual's internal organization. As she put it, "We are living in a time when we are loudly
invited to create new understanding around both personal and collective shadow." She went on to say, "Until we know
what we disavow in ourselves, the disavowed lives on in not only personal shadow, but collective shadow." She
emphasized the importance of shadow work and withdrawing projection. Participants explored how myth, fairy tale,
and film can help us to recognize shadow, its projection and recall.
As a presenter, Dr. Bates was warm, relatable, engaging and informative. Her visit and her work was enjoyed by all.
"Shame is the feeling response to human vulnerability - it is the emotional and physiological state that keeps us from
owning shadow more than any other feeling state. We'd all do a lot better if we quit trying to outrun this particular
feeling state. Because our attempts to outrun it: through projection, through denial, through blaming, our futile
attempts to outrun it cause so much more trouble than simply embracing it, feeling our way through it, knowing some-
where in our psyches not to identify with the negative and exaggerated whisperings it brings, so that we can get on the
other side of it." - Carolyn Bates -
C. G. Jung Society of Lafayette, LA
157 Oakview Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70503
In Memoriam: Deanna Fouin
Deanna, one of the founders of our C. G. Jung Society and a beloved character in many circles around Lafayette, died on
December 19, 2018. Deanna played many roles in her lifetime: as a teacher, principal of a school, Mother General for the
Most Holy Sacrament Convent, counselor, and therapist. In the background of all of these roles, was Deanna's devotion to
the psychology of C. G. Jung. Deanna's sense of humor, her warm engaging demeanor with all people and her lifetime of
service to others will always be cherished by those who knew her. Rest in peace, dear friend.
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Spring 2019 Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events Calendar
2/22/19 Fitcher's Bird and the Return of Spiritual Life to Nature
(lecture), Laurel Howe, Jungian Analyst
7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
2/23/19 Fitcher's Bird (cont'd)
(workshop), Laurel Howe, Jungian Analyst
10:00 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M.
4/05/19 FILM: Science of the Soul
10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
Marion Woodman, well-known and much loved Jungian analyst, died on July 9, 2018 in London, Ontario. She
was 89. Marion, because of her own personal work, brought to the Jungian community her work with the
Mind-Body Connection, particularly in relation to eating disorders, addiction, and perfectionism. For those of
us who were lucky enough to experience her in a women's intensive workshop, she brought creativity, movement,
dance, and voice work to the fore in Jungian circles. Rest In Peace.
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Spring 2019 Upcoming Events
JEALOUS HEARING SOMEONE LAUGH
Have you ever felt jealous hearing someone
laugh? And then began to think to yourself,
"Why am I so caught in the world's snare?
Why don't I know right now freedom
in other voices when their spirit like an
arrow takes flight above the hour's concern?"
But the heart's laughter is never there to taunt
another, especially if the other is feeling low.
Real laughter is a waving, a beckoning, a
message, a calling to all that says,
"Over here, come over here for a minute . . .
where things look so different, and you can
have more fun!"
Board of Directors
Susan O’Neal, President
Louis Deshotels, Treasurer
Dr. Steve Staires
Charles Zeltzer, Ph.D.
Charlene Henry, Editor
Right Angle, Inc.
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In the Fall 2018 Newsletter we announced that we would be showing Science of the Soul, a three-part series narrated by Jungian Analyst, Edward Edinger. The description of the video jacket states:
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 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-forty-minute films in the series that will be shown on Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Part I - The Collective Unconscious; Part II - The Structure of the Psyche; Part III - Social Implications. Between each
film will be a short discussion led by a panel of local therapists.
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.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
As we welcome in the New Year, I can't help but look back at the past year and reflect on all that we have experienced
as a group...the Jung Society is thriving.
We have hosted wonderful speakers with inspiring messages for all of us. At the beginning of the year we hosted a
four-part movie series call The Way of the Dream with discussion led by local Jungian therapists. Then in the fall we
had two Jungian analysts who spoke on the Shadow from their different perspectives, Carolyn Bates from Austin,
Texas and John Todd from Evergreen, Colorado.
Thank you to our Speaker's Committee - Monica, Louis, Pat, and Charlene. Plans for 2019 are well underway. And,
thank you, our members, for your continued support and participation. Your membership has enabled our group to
keep active for many years.
I know that all of you join me in congratulating Charlene Henry, one of the founders and leaders of our group, on her
recent accomplishment on becoming a Diplomate Jungian Analyst from the Research and Training Centre in Depth
Psychology, according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz, Zurich, Switzerland. Charlene, we honor, celebrate,
and thank you for all of your hard work.
I will be seeing you in the spring for our wonderful lineup of programs.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year,
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fascinating and frightening, that which Rudolph Otto is a the essence of the experience of "the holy." Jung describes the unconscious as "the Unknown as it immediately affects us" and developed the techniques of active imagination to deal with these alien images from our dreams (CW 8:68). In integrating these unknown parts we work toward wholeness, a way of going home to ourselves.
Psychologically, a stranger is the perfect screen for catching the projections of unknown parts of ourselves. When these strange parts of ourselves are left in the world as projections we are split apart, and this can be the making of prejudices and wars of all sorts. However, when we integrate these foreign parts, we are then more able to respect difference and otherness outside of ourselves. Then, as Francis Bacon said, "If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them" (Bacon, Francis, The Essays, 98)
The Book of Symbols, ARAS, 2010
Predator, Devourer, Minic of Death
Delusional escape into void,
Running from Living and partly Living,
Seeking Perceiver's erasure.
That-Which-Lives knows the Mechanics
Of Animal Unconscious Instinct,
Brings Light to entrapment's Freeze,
Leads by Mirroring Sight!
Livingness mirrors understanding to eyes
Void's source of Delusional emptiness:
It fears itself, lest it be Prey,
Eat! Fill, Predator: Emptiness, your Feast!
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"We have to sacrifice the past in order to illumine the future: we would be immovable, caught, if we could not sacrifice the past. So, in every important stage of history, in the actual moment, the destruction of the past became almost inevitable, spiritually and materially. If we can make that change, if we can destroy the body of the father, if we can cut off the paws of the lion, we can produce the medicine of life eternal: that is, we have helped life to go on, we have severed our lives from the past and so we can live again. Now that is a piece of alchemistic philosophy."
Visions: Notes from the Seminar Given in 1930-1934, Vol. I (9 December, 1931)
- C.G. Jung -
Across the Wide Waters by Sidney Creaghan p.2
Hafiz Poetry p.2
Carolyn Bates Lecture by Monica Daigle p.3
The Bat, Its Shadow and Seeing in the Dark
by Louis Deshotels p.3
Upcoming Events: Fitcher's Bird and the Return
of Spiritual Life in Nature: Laurel Howe p.4
Film Series p.5
The Moon's Voice by Sidney Creaghan p.5
Livingness Provides! by Louis Deshotels p.5
Stranger by Charlene Henry p.6-7
Registering for Lectures and Workshops p.7
Board of Directors p.8
Upcoming Events Calendar p.8
The Moon's Voice
Most times the moon's voice, soft yet never with a doubt
Shines like a god. No matter whatever language your voice uses,
Arabic, Pranayama, water ripple, Swahili, volcanic, storm mind,
Ukrainian or Love, everyone including fairies, humans, mug-warts
or lovers know what the moon's language is saying whether
new crescent or full she's always saying, one, things happen at
the right time, two, being quiet is superior to cacophony, three,
there is a time to grow and become visible active even shining, four,
there's a time to turn inward, retreat into the solitude, become
small, unseen by others even disappear yet be fully present.
Read the messages from the clouds the moon says, They are
hieroglyphs....arrows to announce the arrangements
divined within your heart. Follow what they offer
without fear or argument.
The moon's voice says over and over a celestial reframe,
Life is a circle and death is its gate.
November 7, 2018
Poem inspired by Hafiz
Fitcher's Bird and the Return of Spiritual Life to Nature
Laurel Howe, M.A., Jungian Analyst
Dates & Times: Friday Lecture, February 22, 2019
7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Saturday Workshop, February 23, 2019,
10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Place: Ramsey Hall, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
400 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana
Fitcher's Bird, the Fairy Tale
Fitcher's Bird is a fairy tale about a wizard who lives in riches, deep in the forest. For a long time he has been
kidnapping maidens and taking them in his home, where he offers each of them the key to a forbidden room,
and an egg. All of the maids end up dead except for the heroine, who is clever enough to trick the wizard
and break his spell. What does this wizard symbolize? What does it mean when young feminine energy is being
murdered before it has a chance to make its way into life? And what is it about this heroine that brings about a
completely new situation?
Friday night lecture:
On Friday night, we will read the fairy tale and discuss how to interpret fairy tales from an archetypal perspective
so we understand what they mean symbolically and psychologically.
On Saturday, we will delve more deeply into the individual motifs of Fitcher's Bird, including wizard, maiden, forest,
key, and egg. We will try to understand how the fairy tale might be an alchemical tale about a nature spirit like Mercurius that becomes destructive when forced into a worldview or an attitude that is too narrow. Dreams and artwork will help us explore how the wizardly spirit appears especially in women as the so-called "negative animus," and how we may eventually realize him as a light-bringer with enormous spiritual potential and a desire to be realized in our lives.
Laurel Howe, M.A., is a Diplomate Jungian Analyst and sandplay therapist with a private practice in Denver. She earned her analytic diploma from the Research and Training Centre in Depth Psychology, according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz, Zurich. She is a faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of Colorado and the Boulder Association of Jungian Analysts. Laurel is the author of War of the Ancient Dragon: Transformation of Violence in Sandplay, a detailed study of the uncanny alchemical process of a six-year boy (Fisher King Press). She lectures internationally about Mary Magdalene and the alchemical nature of sandplay.
Registrations: Friday lecture & Saturday workshop - $50.00
Friday lecture only - $15.00
Saturday workshop only - $35.00
CEU's: Friday lecture & Saturday workshop - $30.00
Friday lecture only - $10.00
Saturday workshop only - $15.00
NOTE: Door registrations begins 1/2 hour before events. Pre-register for events on our website at:
w.w.w.cgjunglafayettela.org (Upcoming Events >Laurel Howe).