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A nonprofit organization since 1981, CAJP exists in order to provide an opportunity for lectures, study, and discussion of the work of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung. CAJP is dedicated to making the methods and insights of Jung more widely available to individuals and professional groups through a program of extended education.
Karen Smyers: Sky Mother and Earth Father: Ancient Egyptian Notions of Gender
The ancient Egyptians lived in a world of consciously held oppositions that they attempted to keep in balance. In this lecture, we will explore how they constructed gender, examining sociological roles of women and men, as well as archetypal notions of masculine and feminine in the realm of the gods. Some of their conceptions are striking: the sky is feminine and active, and the earth is masculine and inert. We will consider how these notions might expand the Jungian notions of anima and animus and eros and logos for 21st century humans.
Karen A. Smyers, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst (IAAP) is a former Associate Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Wesleyan University and a graduate of ISAP-Zurich. She has a private practice in Northampton.
“Only with Christ did a devil enter the world as the real counter part of God, and in early Jewish-Christian circles Satan…was regarded as Christ’s elder brother.” Aion, para. 113.
Scripture (Paul’s letters, 1John, Revelation) warned that there would be no resurrection until after the reign of this evil elder brother. If that apocalyptic imagery is translated into psychological language, it becomes the individual’s task of finding the meaning hidden in everything one has previously not valued – which indeed the evil brother represents. The great challenge of an “end of time” is to survive this adjustment. Jung takes up this difficulty in AION. Very carefully he describes the metaphysical ideas that made the birth of a God-man possible, and how the appearance of the Antichrist – anticipated very shortly after Christ’s death – became consistent with the aeon’s movement into the second fish in the symbol of Pisces. Jung explains how this development was anticipated within Gnostic circles before, during, and after Christ’s life, as well as in the ideas and visions of certain Christians. We are now ending the era of the second fish of Pisces, a time that has brought us face to face with a moral conflict suggested by the opposites of good and evil, of light and dark, in ways that were never thought possible. The final chapter in AION is titled, “The Structure And Dynamics Of The Self.” This is Jung’s vision in schematic form of the self, and we could also say of the creation, as spirit, psyche, animal, and matter. It is in its totality beyond assimilation by human consciousness, but the “end of time” is forcing each of us to take another step in that direction. Required texts: Jung’s AION and Edward Edinger’s The AION Lectures.
James R. Scherer holds a Diploma in Analytical Psychology from the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He is a member of the International Association For Analytical Psychology and the New England Association of Jungian Analysts. He lives with his wife in Hartford, where he has had an analytical practice for 30 years. Including occasional lectures, he has offered continual Saturday seminars on the psychology of C.G.Jung to the CAJP during these years.
For the Winter session, the Jungian Reading Group will continue reading Two Essays on Analytical Psychology,
CW vol 7.
Joseph P. Wagenseller, D. Min., N.C. PsyA., L.P.C., L.P. is a Jungian Analyst in private practice in Westport, CT, having practiced for 37 years in Manhattan. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Temenos Institute, now celebrating its 38th year in Westport and is the past President of the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. Currently he is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Board for the Accreditation of Psychoanalysis. Additionally, Dr. Wagenseller is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of “The Archetype of Vocation,” in Protestantism and Jungian Analysis, “Spiritual Renewal at the Midlife from a Jungian Perspective”, Journal of Religion and Health (Vol. 37, No 3) and “Individuation, Jung’s Psychological Equivalent of a Spiritual Journey” in the Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality, ed. Lisa Miller, Ph.D., Oxford University Press, Inc., 2012.
LECTURE: SPIRITUAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL INFLUENCES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF JUNG’S WORK
Royce Froelich, L.C.S.W., M.A., M. Div.
Friday, April 10, 2015
This multi-media presentation offers an overview of a number of the inspiring theorists and theologians who informed Jung’s work- tracing his thinking through Western philosophy and various religious traditions he encountered, along with gnostic and mystic predecessors. When combined with autobiographical accounts of his ancestral heritage and personal experiences of the numinous, we can enjoy and benefit from a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of Jung’s Analytical Psychology.
Royce Froelich, L.C.S.W., M.A., M. Div. is a Jungian analyst with a private practice in N.Y.C. A graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute of N.Y., Columbia University’s School of
Social Work, Union Theological Seminary and the New School for Social Research, he is currently on the faculty of the C.G. Jung Institute of N.Y.