Presentation for the BAJA Seminar on Norse mythology was an oral tradition of the Norse people, who lived in Iceland, Norway and areas around what is now called “the North Sea.” The Prose Edda was believed to have been written by Snorri Sturluson around 1220. The mythological system is complex; the figures are strong and multidimensional. The Aesir (or Gods) were constantly in conflict with the Jotuns (the Giants) who were a race that came before them; it was from the corpse of one of these Giants (Ymir) that the world was created. The greatest of the Aesir was Oden, All Father, and creator of all things in the nine worlds of the Norse.We will explore selected myths that include death (a common theme in Norse myths) and work with the associated psychological parallels of trauma, violence, loss, deception, abandonment and other archetypal themes. We will examine the idea of psychological death/rebirth, and the eternal cycle it suggests, the darkness of winter and the rising of a new warming sun in the spring.
Jung said that the greatest threat to earth is humanity; that was in the context of the atomic bomb, but it applies to our current relationship to nature as well. With Dr. Foster we will examine the Archetype of Nature in its bipolar qualities of light and shadow. Alchemists, attempting to liberate spirit from matter, developed the concept of Anima Mundi—World Soul—which expanded to Ecopsychology in the image of Gaia, or earth as a living organism. The images of this archetype may contain the seeds of transformation needed in these challenging times.
Presenting with Danial Shaw for the Boulder Jung Seminar
A lecture for the Boulder Friends of Jung. Jung viewed himself as a scientist and was fascinated by physics as a way to understand the psyche. His conversations with Einstein and Wolfgang Pauli are examples of how Jung investigated the world around him so as to understand the inner world of the individual. This lecture explored the collaboration between Pauli and Jung.
An all day course, taught in Boulder Colorado, on fairy tales from a Jungian perspective, with CU Professor Dr. Ann Schmiesing.
A sleep over in the Aspen Museum of Art with the past and current artwork of Chris Olifi, and the analysis of the dreams it stimulates.
A day long class on individuation for the Boulder Association of Jungian Analysts. Using the readings from the collected works of C.G. Jung and James Hollis' book "Hauntings" to explore the Jungian concept of individuation.
A fundamental 4- hour class on two key archetypes taught for the Boulder Association of Jungian Analysts in Boulder, Colorado
A lecture for the Boulder Friends of Jung in Boulder, Colorado about the nature archetype, environmental damage, and aspects of the Self in environmental restoration.
An introduction to the images int he Tarot, as seen through a Jungian lens. Presented for the Jungian Seminar in Memphis, Tennessee.
A presentation on Jung and Alchemy using films to illustrate key psychological and alchemical themes for the New Orleans Jung Society.