CAJP Program Schedule 2019 – 2020
A Lecture by Russell Holmes
Friday, September 20, 2019, 7:30pm
St. James Episcopal Church
1018 Farmington Ave
West Hartford, CT 06107
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With recently published details of the bee “colony collapse disorder” we are more aware of the presence and function of the honey bee, and forced to a renewed interest in what most of us ignore or take for granted. We are told by experts that we are dependent on the pollinated activities of bees for one third of our food supply.
First off, the hive life of bees is both fascinating and a model for individuation—“they always go for the rose” (Jung). And more specifically, for our purposes, they are related, via honey, to alchemical Coagulatio, the process of getting life materialized and solidified.. Jung comments that honey is essential, the alluring sweetness that excited desire and lures us into life and reality—go for it! In the Odyssey there is a scene in a cave (“Cave of the Nymphs”) where bees deposit their honey and large stone jugs. The cave has two entrances. the first is for souls lured from heaven (caelum) to incarnation; The second is an entrance for souls lured from incarnation to immortal divine life (caelum). The sweetness of the honey excites the desire to both these realities…
From the beginning (100 million years) bees have been significant providers of honey, wax and symbolism in all cultures and religions . Mr. Holmes will discuss these, including references to unconscious material.
Russell Holmes, IAAP is a Jungian Analyst, a graduate of C.G. Jung Institute Zurich, and a member of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts and the International Association of Analytical Psychology. He is retired from private practice and resides in Webster, New Hampshire.
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A Study of C.G. Jung’s The Red Book
Fall Seminar 2019: October 5, 12, 19, 26, and November 2, 9, 16.
Winter Seminar 2019-2020: January 4, 11, 18, 25, and February 1, 8, 15.
Spring Seminar 2020: March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4, 11, 18.
Saturday Mornings: 9:30 — 12 Noon
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 679 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06119
Seminar Fee: $250. Advance Registration Required; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-948-9445
From his Collective Works, we experience C.G. Jung primarily as a doctor, a physician, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, and last but not least a student of the human history of religious ideas. In The Red Book, we experience a different Jung. Here we experience Jung as his own patient, as the person suffering under inexplicable and irrational forces originating from within himself, from the depths of his own psyche. We also witness his attempt to understand what these experiences were asking of him. He faithfully recorded his conversations with Elijah, Salome, and Philemon – a threesome who were repeatedly critical of Jung with respect to his limited understanding of the nature of God and love. Jung consequently lost himself just as he previously had understood himself. But this confusion seemed to have a hidden goal for it resulted in Jung’s meeting the primitive giant Izdubar, who was searching for the place on the earth where the sun lands when it goes down at night. Of course there is no such “place.” But the love that developed between them as they attempted to bridge both the historical and intellectual eternities that separated them, became the stone at the center of Jung’s psychology and his Red Book. It is an image for the transcendent mystery within the human psyche that impels us, consciously or unconsciously, towards the mystery of wholeness.
James Scherer is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute, Zurich, with a Diploma in Analytical Psychology. He lives in Hartford where he has practiced as an analyst since 1986. During these years he has offered continuing Saturday seminars and occasional lectures.
CAJP Program Schedule: Previous Years
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